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PC Report: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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PC Reports are a series of quick first impressions regarding the technical aspects of a PC game. This report was written by PCGamingWiki contributors DAOWAce and Andytizer. For an up to date account of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance fixes and improvements, please visit its respective PCGamingWiki article.

 

The announcement for the PC port of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (originally PS3/Xbox 360 in February 2013) came as quite a surprise, given that the last Metal Gear game to come out on PC was Metal Gear Solid 2 back in 2003, and that all of Platinum's previous games like MadWorld and Bayonetta have all been console exclusive.

 

All signs point to this being a questionable PC port, including the strict and ongoing region locking, the temporary case of Ireland being completely banned from buying the game, and the announcement that the maximum resolution would be 1920x1080. Here at PCGamingWiki, we'll be looking at the quality of the PC port, and see whether the game makes the most of the extra heft provided by the PC platform.

System requirements

Minimum

  • OS: XP or Vista or 7 or 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2400
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTS 450
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard drive: 25 GB available space
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card

Recommended

  • OS: XP or Vista or 7 or 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3770
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 650
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard drive: 25 GB available space
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
DAOWAce's machine: Intel i7-3770K ~4.5GHz, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 3GB ~1050MHz

Andytizer's test machine: Intel i5-4670K, 8GB RAM, GTX 770 2GB

 

Graphics

The graphics menu itself is fairly comprehensive:

 

graphics

Resolution

When it comes to resolution, however, only the following are available:

 

4:3

800x600

1024x768

 

16:10

1680x1050

 

16:9

1280x720

1366x768

1920x1080

 

Noticeably missing are common resolutions such as 1440x900 (MacBook Pro's 16:10 size), as well as anything above 1920x1080, such as the ever-more-popular 2560x1440 used by nearly 1% of Steam users according to the December 2013 hardware survey. Interestingly, Durante has stepped in and produced a hack to create this 3480x2160 screenshot of the main menu. However, Durante has said that he does not plan to further develop or release his methods, stating: "Not sure if I should invest all the effort to get it to a state where it's worth releasing, considering that they seem like they'll probably patch it."

 

Unfortunately, while running in fullscreen, no matter what you set it to, the engine upscales the image to your monitor's native resolution (keeping the 16:9 aspect ratio). To get proper 1:1 display you must run the game in windowed mode if you wish to play in a lower resolution. Thankfully, borderless fullscreen windowed mode can be forced using an application like Borderless Windowed.

 

Some reports show that running the game fullscreen through HDMI results in a 24 Hz cap, meaning the game can only run at a maximum of 24 FPS. A workaround would be to run the game in a window or to force borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

 

Cutscenes

The game runs at a maximum of 60 FPS during gameplay but only 30 FPS in the menus and cutscenes. It appears as if the majority of the immense 25 GB required space is being used to hold 1080p cutscenes and to help hide loading times. However unlike Max Payne 3, which used a similar system, the cutscenes in Revengeance looks far worse than normal gameplay as they are heavily compressed and run at a lower framerate, creating a jarring effect whenever a cutscene is played.

 

Field of view

There aren't any FOV settings in the game at all, and it would've been nice for the port team to include some kind of option for those who suffer from gaming-related motion sickness. As this is a third person game, this will cause problems for fewer people, but FOV options are always nice to have in all 3D camera control games.

 

Performance

Performance feels very good. The game has been rock solid at 60FPS my entire time playing. It's done this while barely even using a full single CPU core (8% average!). GPU usage normally hovered around 45% on my 780 without upping to boost clocks.

 

Quality

Comparing Low to Highest subjectively seems very difficult as there was hardly a difference in graphical quality, even on larger displays:

 

Sound

Standard options here: 3 separate volume sliders for sound effects, music and voices. Sound is played in the background even when the window is not in focus.

sound

Controls

Keyboard and mouse

This is where the port really falls short. There is reverse mouse acceleration (like the Dark Souls port) where very slow movements are completely ignored. The mouse control doesn't feel that good, it's as if it's simulating an analog stick.

 

Some good news: you can slash by moving the mouse in the direction you want while in blade mode, which feel responsive and intuitive. The downside is that when blade mode is activated, the keyboard movement keys are used to control the camera, which can result in very slow turning.

 

Key rebinding is available:

rebinding

Does not support binding controls to extra mouse buttons, e.g. mouse4, mouse5. Controller cannot be rebound, limited to 4 preset options.

 

Controller

Only 360 compatible controllers supported. x360ce must be used otherwise. x360ce can also be used to customize the buttons.

 

Miscellaneous

Intro videos

30 seconds. That's how long it takes to get from starting the game to interacting with the menu. 25 of those seconds are spent looking at company logos fade in and out with no way of interacting or skipping. 5 of those seconds are spent watching the camera pan out from Raiden's face. A courteous developer would let you click through, or to skip the advertising after being forced to watch it once. Removing the \GameData\movie or movie_ui folder doesn't seem to remove these videos unfortunately. Definitely a black mark against this game.

 

Crash when disconnected from internet

Users are reporting that game requires an always on internet connection. When one's internet connection is disconnected, the game suddenly crashes to desktop. This appears to be due to a bug with Steam API rather than always on DRM. I would expect a fix within the next few days.

 

Conclusion

First impressions indicate that the game runs extremely well on my system, which is a relief considering the quite high system requirements. The only real issues with the port are the limited resolution choices (and scaling) along with the poor mouse control. Everything else is fairly well done, and appears to be a well-optimised PC port.

 

PC Reports are a series of quick first impressions regarding the technical aspects of a PC game. This report was written by PCGamingWiki contributors DAOWAce and Andytizer. For an up to date account of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance fixes and improvements, please visit its respective PCGamingWiki article.

 

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      Ambient Occlusion
      Framerate Hit: Minor (High), Medium (Very High)
       
      The game has a fairly simple and light ambient occlusion implementation which can easily be set to High or Extra High without having to worry about the resulting performance. The shadows and the ambient occlusion settings greatly affect how the outer environments look and are perceived to a large extent.
       
      [compimg]http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_691860.png|http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_2526690.png|983|553|Off|Extra High[/compimg]
       
      Without the ambient occlusion most entities look like they are floating. Most interiors also look pretty bare without this setting, and any characters will also be affected.
       
      [compimg]http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_809196.png|http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_1375692.png|983|553|Off|Extra High[/compimg]
       
      Even though this game’s ambient occlusion is very basic, the difference is instantly noticeable. Note how the staircase in the below screenshot stands out on Extra High compared to Off, where it almost seems to float in the scene.
       
      [compimg]http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_852169.png|http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_1797738.png|983|553|Off|Extra High[/compimg]
       

      Volumetric Clouds
      Framerate Hit: Minor (All Settings)
       
      This setting replaces the cheap clouds with far more realistic ones. The effect is pretty lightweight performance-wise while greatly improving the game's look.
       
      [compimg]http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_2045332.png|http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_1210126.png|983|553|Off|On[/compimg]
       
      [compimg]http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_944445.png|http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_79/gallery_371_79_1843503.png|983|553|Crane|Snake[/compimg]
       

      Performance analysis
      The game performs amazingly well, it also manages to scale incredibly nicely on slower hardware, the loading times are also incredibly short and in the end the game behaved better than expected.
       


       
      Testing was done on a system running an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 CPU with 4 GBs of RAM and an Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti, running at a resolution of 2048x1152.
       

      Controls
      While the game performs very well, there are still glaring issues with the way controls are being handled. Very few keys can actually be bound; however, this is a minor issue. Most menus have very poor mouse input, the map and the quick action menu being among those, being very finicky and awkward to use. Furthermore, certain menus can only be controlled using the keyboard, which also behave poorly.
       


       


       
      The horse controls themselves also tend to be pretty unresponsive on both a keyboard and a controller. The default controller scheme in general can occasionally be pretty awkward to play with; mouse aiming also has its own issues. It doesn't feel as precise as it should be, and it feels very floaty.
       

      Audio
      There are only two audio options - the game lacks basic separate volume settings for sound effects, music, ambient noises and voices, which you'd might expect.
       


       

      Conclusion
      While Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain performs excellently on PC, the lack of good mouse and keyboard support, along with the basic audio options might ruin it for some. A controller might be needed in order to properly enjoy the game, which is really a shame considering this is otherwise a joy to play - and being able to play a modern Metal Gear Solid game on PC is completely priceless.
       
      PC Reports are a series of quick first impressions regarding the technical aspects of a PC game. This report was written by PCGamingWiki contributor RaTcHeT302. For an up to date account of Game Name fixes and improvements, please visit its respective PCGamingWiki article.
       
       

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    • By Andytizer
      System requirements
      Minimum
      OS: XP or Vista or 7 or 8
      Processor: Intel Core i5 2400
      Memory: 2 GB RAM
      Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTS 450
      DirectX: Version 9.0c
      Hard drive: 25 GB available space
      Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card


      Recommended
      OS: XP or Vista or 7 or 8
      Processor: Intel Core i7 3770
      Memory: 4 GB RAM
      Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 650
      DirectX: Version 9.0c
      Hard drive: 25 GB available space
      Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card

      DAOWAce's machine: Intel i7-3770K ~4.5GHz, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 3GB ~1050MHz
      Andytizer's test machine: Intel i5-4670K, 8GB RAM, GTX 770 2GB
       

      Graphics
      The graphics menu itself is fairly comprehensive: 



      Resolution
      When it comes to resolution, however, only the following are available: 
      4:3
      800x600
      1024x768
       
      16:10
      1680x1050
       
      16:9
      1280x720
      1366x768
      1920x1080
       
      Noticeably missing are common resolutions such as 1440x900 (MacBook Pro's 16:10 size), as well as anything above 1920x1080, such as the ever-more-popular 2560x1440 used by nearly 1% of Steam users according to the December 2013 hardware survey. Interestingly, Durante has stepped in and produced a hack to create this 3480x2160 screenshot of the main menu. However, Durante has said that he does not plan to further develop or release his methods, stating: "Not sure if I should invest all the effort to get it to a state where it's worth releasing, considering that they seem like they'll probably patch it."
       
      Unfortunately, while running in fullscreen, no matter what you set it to, the engine upscales the image to your monitor's native resolution (keeping the 16:9 aspect ratio). To get proper 1:1 display you must run the game in windowed mode if you wish to play in a lower resolution. Thankfully, borderless fullscreen windowed mode can be forced using an application like Borderless Windowed.
       
      Some reports show that running the game fullscreen through HDMI results in a 24 Hz cap, meaning the game can only run at a maximum of 24 FPS. A workaround would be to run the game in a window or to force borderless fullscreen windowed mode.
       

      Cutscenes
      The game runs at a maximum of 60 FPS during gameplay but only 30 FPS in the menus and cutscenes. It appears as if the majority of the immense 25 GB required space is being used to hold 1080p cutscenes and to help hide loading times. However unlike Max Payne 3, which used a similar system, the cutscenes in Revengeance looks far worse than normal gameplay as they are heavily compressed and run at a lower framerate, creating a jarring effect whenever a cutscene is played. 

      Field of view
      There aren't any FOV settings in the game at all, and it would've been nice for the port team to include some kind of option for those who suffer from gaming-related motion sickness. As this is a third person game, this will cause problems for fewer people, but FOV options are always nice to have in all 3D camera control games. 

      Performance
      Performance feels very good. The game has been rock solid at 60FPS my entire time playing. It's done this while barely even using a full single CPU core (8% average!). GPU usage normally hovered around 45% on my 780 without upping to boost clocks. 

      Quality
      Comparing Low to Highest subjectively seems very difficult as there was hardly a difference in graphical quality, even on larger displays: 
      [compimg]http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_22/med_gallery_1_22_179310.jpg|http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/uploads/gallery/album_22/med_gallery_1_22_50543.jpg|960|540|Low|Custom (Highest)[/compimg]

      Sound
      Standard options here: 3 separate volume sliders for sound effects, music and voices. Sound is played in the background even when the window is not in focus.


      Controls
      Keyboard and mouse
      This is where the port really falls short. There is reverse mouse acceleration (like the Dark Souls port) where very slow movements are completely ignored. The mouse control doesn't feel that good, it's as if it's simulating an analog stick. 
      Some good news: you can slash by moving the mouse in the direction you want while in blade mode, which feel responsive and intuitive. The downside is that when blade mode is activated, the keyboard movement keys are used to control the camera, which can result in very slow turning.
       
      Key rebinding is available:


      Does not support binding controls to extra mouse buttons, e.g. mouse4, mouse5. Controller cannot be rebound, limited to 4 preset options.
       

      Controller
      Only 360 compatible controllers supported. x360ce must be used otherwise. x360ce can also be used to customize the buttons. 

      Miscellaneous
      Intro videos
      30 seconds. That's how long it takes to get from starting the game to interacting with the menu. 25 of those seconds are spent looking at company logos fade in and out with no way of interacting or skipping. 5 of those seconds are spent watching the camera pan out from Raiden's face. A courteous developer would let you click through, or to skip the advertising after being forced to watch it once. Removing the \GameData\movie or movie_ui folder doesn't seem to remove these videos unfortunately. Definitely a black mark against this game. 

      Crash when disconnected from internet
      Users are reporting that game requires an always on internet connection. When one's internet connection is disconnected, the game suddenly crashes to desktop. This appears to be due to a bug with Steam API rather than always on DRM. I would expect a fix within the next few days. 

      Conclusion
      First impressions indicate that the game runs extremely well on my system, which is a relief considering the quite high system requirements. The only real issues with the port are the limited resolution choices (and scaling) along with the poor mouse control. Everything else is fairly well done, and appears to be a well-optimised PC port. 
      PC Reports are a series of quick first impressions regarding the technical aspects of a PC game. This report was written by PCGamingWiki contributors DAOWAce and Andytizer. For an up to date account of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance fixes and improvements, please visit its respective PCGamingWiki article.
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