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Install sizes have been ballooning with the onset of 4K gaming, and the recently released PC version of Final Fantasy 15 may well top the lot. The 85GB base game combines with the 63GB optional high-resolution pack to make the install a whopping 148GB. Imagine downloading that on an old modem.
But is it the biggest? I've had a nose around on Steam and consulted the Digital Foundry team, which has analysed Final Fantasy 15 on PC, and tried to find out.
On Steam, many games come close but none top Final Fantasy 15. The Call of Duty games are enormous; Black Ops 3 is a chunky 113GB and Infinite Warfare is 101GB (how big will Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 be this October I wonder?). Middle-earth Shadow of War rockets to 95GB when you bolt the high-res texture pack on, and for what it's worth, base Grand Theft Auto 5 is 76GB, and Ark is 70GB.
Quantum Break [official site] has finally received a proper PC release via Steam (although sadly only Steam so far), rather than the ridiculous Windows Store. (A store that hides where it installs games on your PC, which isn’t something you’ll want with a 70GB game!) I’ve played it through for the very first time this week, and can tell you wot I think of this time travelling multimedia caper.>
Quantum Break [official site], the latest from Max Payne folk Remedy, was a Windows 10 store exclusive on PC, and thus cruelly sent to die a miserable death. However, it has just been exhumed from its Microsoftian grave, and will receive a Steam release next month. Can the heavily-mo-capped, time-twisting story-shooter possibly live a second life at this stage? … [visit site to read more]