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Our PC videos of NieR Automata

Our PC videos of NieR Automata

PC players have been waiting for the release of NieR: Automata for 2 weeks, and apparently, the wait may not have been worth it. The PC port of the game seems to suffer from several issues that are quite unacceptable in such a game. To begin with, activating Vsync results in locking the framerate at 30 fps in gameplay sequences, at least on our rig. The only workaround we have found is to play in borderless window mode, which wouldn't be a problem if such a display was indeed available in the game. We then had to find some outside help, with this dedicated program. Alas, even after doing all that, the game still doesn't feel very smooth, despite what our FPS counter keeps saying, which makes the whole experience a little unpleasant to say the least. A few other problems have also been mentioned on the Internet, like the 30 fps cutscenes, which caused the game to get mixed reviews on Steam yesterday - it has improved since then though.


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Commented on 2017-03-18 11:46:32
On PC in fulllscreen with V-Sync ON the game is locked to 60fps in gameplay and 30fps in cutscenes.
Commented on 2017-03-18 11:53:59
A shame it runs so badly on PC. I was really looking forward to play it yesterday, then saw all the problems. And while I don't excuse incompetence, I still could understand if it was a studio's first time porting a game to PC, but it's Square Enix we're talking about.

This shitty job has happened with all 3 of the Final Fantasy 13 games on PC, and now with N:A, and this is a AAA publisher with many amazing teams specialized in porting PC games like the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Hitman games, among so many more.

It's really unexcusable that while paying the same $60 for the same game, PC players get fucked over and over by companies with all these bad ports. While this will never happen, I wish we got a $10-20 discount every time a game ran like shit at launch, either on PC or on consoles.

Just Cause 3 on PS4 and even PS4 Pro still runs on low 20fps often and evn drops below 15fps sometimes, even after almost 1 year and half since it launched, the developers never even bothered to fix and improve the game, even after releasing 3 major DLC story missions packs after. They just don't give a fuck anymore - or maybe they never did and we just didn't know at the time.

PS. If I sound pissed, it's because I was very, very excited to play the game and am now waiting for it to get fixed either by the developers or the community before playing it, no point in playing it now and have the game's experience be negatively affected by lazy development.
Commented on 2017-03-18 12:14:45
On my PC config it runs at 50-60fps 1080p with 2x Antialiasing V-Sync ON. Every other graphic setting at MAX. No stuttering and the game is good.Only problem is 30fps cutscenes and this is not a big problem. I use "x360ce_x64" to configure my gamepad to work with this game and with gamepad,gameplay is very enjoyable.

CPU:i5 3570k OC 4.0Ghz
Videocard: Sapphire 280x
Ram:8gb DDR3
Commented on 2017-03-18 13:08:52 In reply to cirios83
Posted by cirios83
On PC in fulllscreen with V-Sync ON the game is locked to 60fps in gameplay and 30fps in cutscenes.
Not on our side. Activating Vsync yesterday locked the game at 30 and there was nothing we could do to change that. And believe me, I tried everything.
Commented on 2017-03-18 14:19:54 In reply to Sdarts
Yeah, the PC port sucks. Full screen is broken for me. I had to run it with Borderless gaming and turn on Windows Aero to have v-sync. The game runs fine in 1080p on GTX 1070, but with these graphics (I like how the game looks, but it's hardly technically impressive) it should run on a 750ti.
Commented on 2017-03-18 16:10:13
Goddammit. I really wanted to play this on PC because I do not like the Dual Shock 4, but it sounds like I'd be better off getting it on PS4.

Shame really.
Commented on 2017-03-18 16:24:12
The hell? What sort of port is this? I am getting it on PS4, but it is bizarre that it is running worse on PC...
Commented on 2017-03-18 16:28:52
Shame to hear that there are performance issues. I want to get it but I'll be bummed if I can tweak out 60 fps.

Don't really need v-sync though because g-sync.
Commented on 2017-03-18 22:05:09
So, I should stick with the Pro version then?
Commented on 2017-03-18 23:03:02
with it's graphics.....? there shouldn't be an excuse for poor performance...
Commented on 2017-03-19 00:28:27
I forgot about the benefits of console gaming. Thanks for the reminder Nier.
Commented on 2017-03-19 04:52:42 In reply to omniscient
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's a shoddy port, but still runs and looks better on PC than it does on console.
Commented on 2017-03-19 07:21:04 In reply to CloudXIV
Posted by CloudXIV
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's a shoddy port, but still runs and looks better on PC than it does on console.
http://i.imgur.com/f7FdEdG.jpg

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