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  1. PC Report: Battlefield 1 - Optimized Video Settings

    System Requirements


    Minimum

    • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K or AMD FX-6350
    • RAM: 8 GB
    • HDD: 50 GB
    • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB DirectX 11)
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-Bit)

    Recommended

    • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
    • RAM: 16 GB
    • HDD: 50 GB
    • GPU: GTX 1060, RX 480 (4 GB DirectX 11)
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-Bit)

    Editor's System

    • CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 (Skylake)
    • RAM: 32 GB DDR4 2133MHz (Kingston HyperX Fury)
    • SSD: 500 GB (Samsung 850 EVO)
    • GPU: MSI R9 380 4 GB
    • OS: Windows 10 (Version 1607) (64-Bit)
    While the minimum system requirements may look pretty high an i5-6500 paired with a good graphics card and enough memory should be enough to run the game at very high framerates with really good graphical settings. Overall most settings will generally not change the look of the game by that much, most settings can easily be hand picked and optimized in order to get the highest possible framerate.

    Battlefield 1 can often use up to 3 GB and even up to 5 GB of RAM, systems with limited memory might perform poorly, heavy stuttering might also be present unless more memory is installed.

    Players are unable to access the main menu right away on launch, they'll be transported into the single player campaign instead, the options menu should eventually become accessible however.

    Video Settings

    Advanced Video Settings


    There aren't too many video options, the depth of field effect, which is heavily used on most menus cannot be disabled, it is often the cause of large performance issues, which could be a big problem on lower end systems, it also misleads players into thinking that their framerate might be worse when in reality their in-game framerate might be much better.

    Overall most settings don't change or improve much. There's no control over the tinting effects the game uses, the sun glare effects also cannot be disabled although these are minor things and aren't too important. There's a lack of a draw distance setting which would've greatly helped, by default the standard draw distance is extremely small, even when enhanched with other settings, the antialiasing modes often might fail to hide some of the problems the new rendering engine has, with lots of objects fading out of nowhere or too close to the player's view.

    This issue is prevalent on the Amiens map, where windows and even certain walls will often change out of nowhere as the player gets closer, however Mount Grappa and other similar maps handle this slightly better.

    On the other hand, there are a lot of options related to the gameplay such as plenty of mouse and keyboard options, extensive audio settings and ways to disable the heads up display and other similar things.

    After reaching the main menu, open the options menu by clicking on More located on the top right or on the gear icon located in the center left area under the Shortcuts title.

    Options Menu Locations


    Field of View


    Only values between Vertical 50° and Vertical 105° can be chosen which translate into Horizontal 64° and Horizontal 120°. The vertical values are also translated as horizontal values in the options menu.

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    Aim Down Sights Field of View


    Written as ADS Field of View in the options menu. When enabled the game will replace the zoom in effect while aiming with the desired Field of View value.
    Otherwise when set to Off the weapon will zoom in as usual instead. This can be useful to see more things in a larger area and it shouldn't impact the performance.

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    Motion Blur


    Optimal Setting: 0%

    Things will look smoother while moving the camera around but visibility may be slightly reduced, there's a huge performance drop for such a simple setting however and in most cases it's not worth using.

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    The effect itself can be pretty subtle when set to values between 10% or 15%. Some artifacts might be present when using the highest value.

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    To disable this setting find the options menu located in the top right corner labeled as More then under Options select Video and set Motion Blur to 0%.

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    This setting should be disabled in order to obtain higher framerates and to keep the image clear. Otherwise, this mostly comes down to user preference.
    Motion Blur


    Depth of Field and Weapon Depth of Field


    Optimal Setting: Weapon DOF to Off

    The depth of field effect can only be partially disabled. While the game is paused the overall framerate might be lower, this issue is only present on certain maps however. Close the pause menu before checking the framerate number. The framerate might also drop every time the pause menu is brought up, once the pause menu is closed it might take a few moments for the game to stabilize.
    Pause Menu Benchmark


    Weapons have their own depth of field setting, this effect is only applied while aiming and while in a vehicle.

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    To disable this setting find the options menu located in the top right corner labeled as More then under Options select Video and set Weapon DOF to Off.

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    This setting should ideally be disabled seeing as it has a negligible visual impact.
    Weapon Depth Of Field


    DirectX 11 and DirectX 12


    Optimal Setting: DX12 Enabled to Off

    Use the DirectX 11 mode if possible, on a few specific maps the framerate might be lower while in the loadout area, however it should be fine while actually playing, overall this mode should be more stable and the game should run well either way.

    The DirectX 12 mode can achieve higher framerates but certain maps have some performance issues which can lead to random microstuttering, there's also a minor issue where the framerate might drop while spawning.

    DirectX Framerate


    While using both modes microstutter might be unavoidable on maps such as Amiens and Empire's Edge, while maps such as Mount Grappa perform as they should. On Empire's Edge the framerate might often drop while inside one of the main buildings, this same building is also present on Mount Grappa where there are no performance issues. Lowering the graphical settings on some of these maps might not solve the problem itself.

    Otherwise try setting the Lighting Quality to High or Low or try lowering the Mesh Quality and even most settings to Medium if needed while playing on Empire's Edge if the framerate drops and if the stuttering become unbearable. Amiens has a few specific spots where lowering the Mesh Quality might very slightly help, although the microstuttering shouldn't be as noticeable if the DirectX 11 mode is being used. Running around in circles while in the DirectX 12 mode in certain areas in the Amiens map might ruin the frametime and cause microstuttering.
    DirectX Frametime


    Resolution Scale


    Optimal Setting: 100%
    Better Graphics (High End Only): 125% up to 150%
    Jaggie Removal (High End Only): 175% up to 200%

    This setting controls how many times the resolution should be enhanced, higher values will also very slightly improve the draw distance, the texture filter will be slightly more effective which means that most textures might have a sharper look from far away, the antialiasing techniques are also slightly more effective. When the player is too close to a texture however this effect is lost and the texture will lose most of its sharpness.

    This setting should be kept at a value of 100% seeing as lower values will ruin the overall image and higher values might be too intensive for certain systems to handle. Lower end systems might need to lower this value in order to gain playable framerates, although there are better settings which can be changed first.

    Most differences can be pretty subtle when using higher values and they might be difficult to spot during usual gameplay. Notice the door, the extra detail around the door and the stone fence, along with the mountains and the trees in the distance.


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    When using the maximum value this setting can help alleviate the ring effect present on most textures, which is very often visible while strafing left and right or while moving towards or away near a wall.
    Notice the lamp post on the very far left, which has far less holes while using the highest possible value and how the texture on the wall changes.

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    Often these changes can be less subtle, such as the tree on the far left, its branches are rendered slightly farther while also reducing the amount of jaggies visible to the player.

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    Other subtle changes can be fairly minor but the improvements themselves can be pretty noticeable depending on the model, notice the cables and the crosshair on the gun itself along with the barbed wire on the bottom right.

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    This setting doesn't always help with the draw distance issue however, objects which are just very slightly farther away from the player will be full of holes, even while using the best antialiasing mode. This setting cannot replace the antialiasing modes and instead it should complement them seeing as the resolution scale setting does a poor job at masking any jaggies on its own.

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    This is a pretty unreliable method seeing as it often might fail to even work properly, while the railing here might look perfectly fine, it still often vanished and reappeared very slowly on screen even when it was not supposed to.

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    This setting should only be lowered as a last resort, any values below 100% will heavily ruin the overall image. Any real benefits will only be visible while using higher values.
    Resolution Scale


    Texture Quality


    Optimal Setting: Medium (Normal Trees) or High (Extra Eyecandy)
    Higher Framerate: Low

    This setting has a relatively minor visual impact, it doesn't affect most textures in any meaningful way. The only things which clearly change are the shadows on the player's weapon. When set to Low every texture will have a slightly lighter look to itself, when set to Medium most textures should have their normal look and when set to High or Ultra some textures may also have better reflections or a higher quality look to them.


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    Certain objects such as these trees may look lighter from far away. Set this value to at least Medium to stop the trees from looking like this.

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    There are a few extremely specific spots where setting this to High will help with the look of the game, otherwise it can even be left on Low and the game itself will not change much at all. There are no clear differences between High and Ultra, this setting could be left to at least Medium to solve the tree issue or High for the extra eyecandy and to save some extra memory.


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    This setting does not solve the texture load in issue at higher settings which is visible while using binoculars or while shooting artillery rounds. This is a minor issue and it only happens for a few seconds.

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    Textures Loading


    This setting has a minor visual impact while using any values and a minor performance impact overall. Most differences will be pretty difficult to notice from far away.
    Texture Quality


    Texture Filtering


    Optimal Setting: High
    Higher Framerate: Medium (Might Reduce Microstuttering)
    Better Graphics: Ultra

    Textures will look very washed out when this is set to Low and overall this setting has a major visual impact for a relatively minor performance cost. Most textures will have a ring effect around them which is mainly visible while strafing left and right or while moving towards or away near a wall. This setting often poorly filters most textures even while using the Ultra setting. See the doorway on the left side in order to find the differences.

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    This setting has a major visual impact and a minor performance impact. When set to at least Medium most differences might become fairly difficult to spot while playing.
    Texture Filtering


    Lighting Quality


    Optimal Setting: High
    Higher Framerate: Low (Framerate) or Medium (Eyecandy)
    Better Graphics: Ultra (Worse Performance on Maps with Performance Issues)

    This setting mainly controls what the shadows will look like and which shadows will be rendered. Extra eyecandy is enabled after using values such as Medium and higher.

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    There aren't too many differences between High and Ultra. The lights themselves are often unaffected.

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    There are a few specific areas where the shadows might be completed disabled when this setting is set to Low which may grant extra visibility.

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    Overall this setting should have a fairly minor performance impact with a minor to major visual impact depending on the map, certain maps often feature very simple blobby shadows, ideally this value should be left on High seeing as maps such as Empire's Edge have a few specific buildings where the performance might be lower otherwise.

    Texture Filtering


    Effects Quality


    Optimal Setting: Any (Probably Medium or High)

    There aren't any clear differences as to what this setting affects, it didn't seem to have much of an effect over anything, as with most settings Medium or High should probably be enough. Overall there wasn't really any impact over the framerate.


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    Post Process Quality


    Optimal Setting: Low (Framerate and No Flicker) or High (Minor Eyecandy and Flicker)

    This setting controls which objects should reflect into ponds and rivers and other similar water surfaces, certain surfaces are also enhanced. There isn't much of a point in using values other than Low and High for this setting. Overall this setting might feel a bit buggy because of some odd issues on certain maps. There isn't much of a difference between Low or Medium and High or Ultra. Notice the reflection near the shore and the improved reflections on the boat.


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    This setting isn't as noticeable as it may seem when it is disabled, there's also a rather jarring problem where reflections will update too often as the camera moves making them flicker, this happens on High and Ultra. Overall this setting is mostly useful for screenshots, otherwise most maps lack any large water surfaces or any large reflectable surfaces for this setting to be effective.

    The effect itself is only visible at certain angles, it may also hurt visibility during gameplay. There's also a minor ghosting effect present while laying into ponds and some other mud like surfaces. The flickering effect is also present on vehicles when using High or Ultra. Most vehicles will look slightly shinier, the effect is barely noticeable however and it's not worth using this setting in its current state.


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    Ideally this setting should be left to Low, seeing as overall it has a pretty minor visual impact and it also has a huge performance impact and it doesn't seem to be working properly otherwise.
    Post Process Quality


    Mesh Quality


    Optimal Setting: High (Framerate and Draw Distance and Reduced Microstuttering) or Ultra (Increase Draw Distance)
    Higher Framerate: Low or Medium

    This setting controls the draw distance of most objects and whenever they should cast more shadows, ideally it should be set to at least High or Ultra seeing as anything lower will cause models to appear out of nowhere too often and too close to the player, the increased distance itself is already pretty low and even on Ultra this issue appears too often, lowering other settings just to increase this one is worthwhile as it would make the game more enjoyable to play.

    Each value from this setting does very little to help, the differences are pretty extreme and it really shows how invasive this issue is when using the lowest values.

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    When using a value higher than Low some extra shadows might be thrown in. In more blocked off spaces the differences won't be very noticeable. Notice the tree and how aggressive the level of detail is, with extra branches being visible on Ultra and other smaller details, along with another tree being rendered on the far left.

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    Objects might constantly appear and disappear as the player gets closer to buildings and other facades. Some textures might also look worse and when this is set to Low models will have fewer polygons overall.

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    On Ultra shadows will be cast farther away and other smaller objects will be rendered earlier, the increased radius is fairly small. Finer details such as branches, cables, pieces of metal will be visible from closer away.

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    The effect of this setting is also visible in the loadout menu, with certain buildings outright disappearing and a lot of detail being lost.

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    This setting has a pretty minor performance impact considering its large visual impact over the game compared to other less important settings.
    Mesh Quality


    Terrain Quality


    Optimal Setting: Medium (Enable Parallax)
    Higher Framerate: Low (Disable Parallax and Gain Visibility)

    This setting controls the parallax effect for the terrain, which makes rocks pop out and other similar details. There isn't much of a difference between Medium, High and Ultra meaning that this setting can be left on Medium in order to enable the parallax effect. Depending on the area itself this may slightly hurt visibility for some extra eyecandy. Most surfaces will look flatter than usual however when setting this to Low.


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    This effect is widely used throughout the whole game and depending on the area it can either have a major or minor visual impact.


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    Certain areas in the game might not change as badly however, the effect might not be as noticeable while standing.


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    Muddy surfaces will look flattened when this setting is set to Low and tire tracks and other details will be completely lost.


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    On some maps the geometry might be slightly shifted around instead of adding more depth to the terrain.

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    This setting mostly comes down to preference, if a higher framerate is needed set this to Low in order to obtain a more consistent and even possibly reduce or remove any stuttering issues or to at least Medium to enable the parallax effect itself. Overall there should be a pretty decent performance boost when this setting is disabled. Larger open areas might have lower framerates than smaller more enclosed ones with this setting.

    Different parts of the game are affected differently, the performance can vary.
    Mesh Quality


    Undergrowth Quality


    Optimal Setting: Ultra
    Higher Framerate: Low

    This setting mainly adds shadows to the grass and other small foliage. Higher values control the shadow draw distance.

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    The effects of this setting can be seen on the squad screen, although the shadows might not be applied depending on the current weather.

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    What this is set to mostly comes down to user preference, it has a pretty minor visual impact and it should be disabled if a higher framerate is needed.
    Undergrowth Quality


    Antialiasing Post


    Optimal Setting: TAA
    Higher Framerate: Off (Trees With Holes) or FXAA High (Normal Trees)

    This setting has a huge visual impact over the game, ideally TAA should always be used because of the extremely poor draw distance. When this setting is set to Off trees will have holes and white dots all over them, even on lower end systems the most basic levels of FXAA would really help with this problem. Even then the antialiasing techniques do a fairly poor job at masking most jaggies, with cables, trees and other similar thin objects looking really odd from very close distances. Notice the lamp posts on the left and how some of them have entire pieces of their own models removed because of the different antialiasing modes.


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    This setting mostly comes down to user preference, although for a better experience FXAA or TAA should be used. Lower end systems might not be able to handle either modes however and should disable this setting in order to gain higher framerates.
    Antialiasing


    Ambient Occlusion


    Optimal Setting: HBAO
    Higher Framerate: Off

    This setting mostly comes down to user preference, models will have extra shadows which add more depth, some vehicles may look floaty without this setting and certain areas or textures might look washed out, the visual impact can range from minor to major depending on the map or area, interior buildings will also benefit the most.


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    Some levels might not end up looking too different overall, however things might tend to look a bit floatier.

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    Certain levels and most vehicles will benefit from this setting, rocks and other similar objects will look better.

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    This setting might have a major performance impact on slower systems unless other settings are lowered, faster systems shouldn't struggle too much however.
    Ambient Occlusion


    Optimal Settings


    These are the optimal settings used for this system, among the most performance intensive settings are Resolution Scale which should be set to at least 100% and Post Process Quality which should be set to Low.

    Setting the Terrain Quality to Low and the Ambient Occlusion to Off might also improve the framerate and get rid of some of the microstuttering issues.
    The Motion Blur and Weapon DOF settings should also be disabled in order to instantly gain a few extra frames.

    Optimal Video Settings

    Optimal Advanced Video Settings


    An alternative set of settings can also be used, anything below will very slightly change the look of the game. The Texture Filtering setting or the Mesh Quality and the Antialiasing should be given priority if possible.

    Optimal Settings Advanced Alternative


    Lowering the Mesh Quality setting and disabling the Ambient Occlusion might help in areas where the framerate might often randomly drop. Overall the game should still look mostly the same.

    More Alternative Optimal Settings


    Gameplay was overall really smooth even with the occasionally frametime delay now and then.
    The general performance is highly dependent on which map is currently being played on, certain maps, even though they shouldn't, might do worse than others. Lowering most graphical settings might not help with this issue.
    Monte Grappa Benchmark

    Amiens Benchmark

    Empire's Edge Benchmark


    Gameplay Settings


    There are plenty of extra options, if anything there are more gameplay options than video options. There's plenty of freedom as far as to how and which keys should be assigned, the same keys can even be assigned to the same actions if needed.
    Extra mouse buttons can also be easily assigned on their own separate slots.

    Key Bindings


    There are racing games who wish they had this much control over their input methods.

    Controls Advanced 1

    Controls Advanced 2


    For smoother aiming Raw Input should be enabled, which should ideally eliminate any mouse acceleration and provide improved mouse aiming in most cases.

    Controls Basic


    Custom controls schemes can also be set for the controller, the settings are not limited to the presets.
    Click on the arrows until Custom appears, then select Back and open Key Bindings, then navigate to the desired category and set the desired controller buttons under Stick.

    Controls Contoller Control Scheme


    The heads up display should be fairly customizable.

    Gameplay 1

    Gameplay 2


    Most notifications and other tutorial annoyances can be disabled.

    Gameplay Advanced


    Audio Settings



    There are a fair amount of audio settings and there's also an audio setting for the language, however currently the display language cannot be changed which is strange considering how many options there are.

    Some players might be stuck with the first language they picked when they first installed the game, contacting the EA support might be the only solution in this case and its worth trying.

    Italian



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    • Oct 26 2016 09:15 PM
    • by RaTcHeT302
  2. PC Report: Dead Rising - Optimized Video Settings

    System Requirements


    Minimum

    • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 @ 2.8 GHz
    • RAM: 2 GB
    • HDD: 8 GB
    • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (DirectX 11)
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (64-Bit)

    Recommended

    • CPU: Intel Core i5 Family or AMD Equivalent
    • RAM: 8 GB
    • HDD: 3 GB
    • GPU: ATI Radeon HD 7790, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 (DirectX 11)
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (64-Bit)

    Editor's System

    • CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 (Skylake)
    • RAM: 32 GB DDR4 2133MHz (Kingston HyperX Fury)
    • SSD: 500 GB (Samsung 850 EVO)
    • GPU: MSI R9 380 4 GB
    • OS: Windows 10 (Version 1607) (64-Bit)
    These system requirements aren't too demanding but a graphics card which supports at least DirectX 11 is needed in order to actually run the game, along with a 64-Bit system.

    Most modern systems shouldn't have any issues running the game at smooth a framerate, even at ultra high resolutions. However certain resolutions are not listed such as 1366x768.

    Video Settings


    The game currently doesn't have a field of view setting, there's also a depth of field effect present in the game which cannot be disabled.

    V-Sync and Framerate


    Currently the game has some microstuttering issues in larger open areas, as a workaround set the Framerate setting to 60 or Variable (for high refresh rate screens). Set VSync to On.

    Ideally the V-Sync setting should always be enabled to lessen the amount of microstuttering and to ensure a smooth framerate distribution.

    Frametime Benchmark 60 FPS No VSync

    Frametime Benchmark 60 FPS VSync


    While using a Variable framerate, disabling the V-Sync mode can lead to a very large delay in milliseconds before a frame is drawn, causing extra microstutter.

    Frametime Benchmark Variable Framerate No VSync

    Frametime Benchmark Variable Framerate VSync


    Antialiasing


    The MSAA setting does a pretty poor job at masking most jaggies, any differences are very difficult to spot even while using values higher than MSAA X2.




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    Antialiasing Animated Comparison Far


    There's a strange flickering effect which is most likely caused by the lack of any proper antialiasing techniques.




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    Antialiasing Animated Comparison Close


    On lower end systems this setting can dramatically affect the overall performance, lower or disable this setting if needed.
    Antialiasing FPS Benchmark


    Motion Blur


    As the camera moves blur is heavily applied over the entire scene, some artifacts are also often present. This setting mainly comes down to user preference, otherwise there is very little point in keeping this setting enabled if a higher framerate is needed.

    Frank Blur


    Once this setting is applied the overall framerate will be impacted, even when no motion is present, as such this setting should be disabled if a higher framerate is needed or if the game is stuttering.

    Motion Blur FPS Benchmark


    Shadow Quality


    This setting mainly controls how the shadows will look like. On the lowest settings they will have a blockier look, while at higher values the game will begin using hard shadows instead, these shadows can never be completely disabled.



    It mainly affects very specific entities, such as certain decorative objects and all characters.



    Notice how the door and the main character are no longer brightly glowing.




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    Shadows Animated Comparison


    Not all objects benefit from this setting, certain entities will still be using lower quality shadows such as the electrical's panel power cord. This issue is often visible in certain cutscenes on most characters.




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    Shadows Poor Animated Comparison


    When this setting is enabled all characters will begin casting their own shadows, it also changes how they look when under other shadows.




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    Character Shadows Animated Comparison


    This setting has a minor performance impact in enclosed spaces with no characters.

    Shadow Quality Setting Benchmark (Corridor)


    In areas filled with zombies expect large performance drops, all actors will cast their own shadow. Disable this setting if needed.

    Shadow Quality Setting Benchmark (Zombies)


    Depth of Field


    Currently this setting cannot be disabled, this effect is very heavily used throughout the entire game in order to mask poorly aliased areas. It is also used very often during most cutscenes in order to give the game a more cinematic look.

    Depth Of Field Cutscene 1

    Depth Of Field Cutscene 2


    Notice how the lights and the signs are almost completely out of focus.

    Depth Of Field Hallway


    Performance Analysis


    These are the optimal settings used for this system for usual gameplay. These settings are balanced in order to provide the best performance and visual quality possible. Among the most performance intensive choices are the Antialiasing modes, the Shadow Quality setting and the Motion Blur setting. Lower any of these options in order to gain a significant performance boost if the game is running poorly.

    For the best experience set V-Sync to On and the Framerate to a value of 60 on normal screens or Variable while playing on a high refresh rate screen.

    Optimal Settings


    Whenever an enemy was hit with a melee weapon the game suddenly stopped for a moment. There are constant microstuttering issues in some of the more open areas, however the framerate itself was perfectly fine.

    Audio


    Some basic sound options along with some other general settings.

    Audio And Camera Settings


    Controls


    Most input settings are located in the Options menu. There have been no issues with the mouse and keyboard controls, some of the default keyboard bindings might feel odd however, make sure to rebind some of the stranger keys to anything more comfortable before playing. Certain parts of interface such as the map feel odd to navigate with a mouse. The game also features some mild mouse acceleration which cannot be disabled.

    Sensitivity Settings


    Most keys can be rebound, only certain special keys cannot be used (Print Screen, Scroll Lock, Pause). There's a minor issue where only the Mouse 4 button can be bound, the Mouse 5 button isn't being detected by the game.

    Keyboard Bindings Settings


    All controller buttons can also be reassigned as desired.

    Controller Bindings


    These are the optimal bindings used for this system for usual gameplay, a mouse and a keyboard was overall better over a gamepad due to the rather awkward default control scheme.

    Different Keyboard Bindings 1

    Different Keyboard Bindings 2

    Different Keyboard Bindings 3


    Conclusion


    Higher end systems should be able to comfortably run the game at pretty high framerates, although the more open areas might be affected by some serious microstuttering issues. As a workaround the VSync setting should be enabled and the frame limiter setting should also be set to at least 60 FPS. On lower end systems or while playing at a higher resolution the shadow quality, antialiasing and the motion blur should all be lowered in order to ensure a smoother experience.

    There are some minor gameplay issues, one of these being related to the quick time events, which appear when the player is being grappled by a zombie, if such prompts fail to appear quickly mash the A and D, or Q and E keys, along with the Left Mouse and Right Mouse buttons in order to get past this issue. Whenever an enemy was attacked with a melee wepon, the game would pause itself for a few milliseconds, this could possibly be by design however.

    Overall this is a solid release with a few minor issues, although the video settings could include a few more advanced tweaks but otherwise there aren't any other issues with the game. Performance wise there shouldn't be any major problems.

    • Oct 09 2016 03:40 PM
    • by RaTcHeT302