Why does this run so terribly?

#1 Posted by AlisterCat (5531 posts) -

I've owned this on Steam for quite a while and decided to give it a go. There's a problem though. No matter what I do, the game runs terribly.

I have a pretty good PC, and can run everything else very well. What is going on?

  • CPU: i7-2600K 3.4Ghz (with 4.2Ghz on turbo)
  • RAM: 8GB 1600Mhz
  • GPU: 2x GTX460 1GB Editions
  • SSD
  • Windows 7 64-Bit

DX9, DX10, DX11. All crappy performance. Almost unplayable at DX11. Why!? There are way more visually demanding games that I run perfectly.

#2 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

I have a worse CPU and 1 GTX 460 and I can max it out.

#3 Posted by Pie (7078 posts) -

@CL60: uhh. How?

#4 Posted by Toxeia (729 posts) -

Dual core 3.0GHz with a 460GTX and I max it out. Maybe try with only one GPU. Unless they're designed to run on dual you're not doing anything but gunking up your pipelines.

#5 Posted by Xeirus (1297 posts) -

I've never understood why people shell out for 2 video cards, I've always had a single card and always been able to max games out.

Try what Toxeia said, it's honestly the only explanation short of bad hardware.

#6 Posted by AlisterCat (5531 posts) -

@Xeirus: I only added a second card recently because it was cheap. Not worth it.

#7 Posted by TheHBK (5472 posts) -

Because it is from a communist country.

#8 Posted by Fattony12000 (7288 posts) -

Turn your motherfuckin' res down and your drivers up.

#9 Posted by wemibelec90 (1625 posts) -

It's made by Russians. Nearly any game coming out of there (Cryostasis and Dead Island also come to mind) are usually poorly optimized for PC's.

#10 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

Update your drivers? I used to run that game fine on a 9800GTX, you've got some sort of problem here.

#11 Posted by AlisterCat (5531 posts) -

@Fattony12000: If I have to turn the resolution down I might as well buy the console version...

#12 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5254 posts) -

@AlisterCat: Turn off AA. That is a HUGE resource hog and you really won't notice much of a visual difference, but the performance gain is astounding.

#13 Posted by AlisterCat (5531 posts) -

@wolf_blitzer85: The only options are AAA and MSAA. I can't see a way to disable it.

#14 Posted by wewantsthering (1564 posts) -

@CL60: BS man. At what framerate?

#15 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5254 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

@wolf_blitzer85: The only options are AAA and MSAA. I can't see a way to disable it.

Yeah I meant to say leave it on AAA and stay away from MSAA. If that doesn't work, maybe try and take one card out and see how it runs on one. Nvidia usually has good driver support, but sometimes SLI just won't work.

If that is the case, you can still use the other card as a Physx card. I use my old 260 as one and even with Physx loaded on to that, my GTX 560ti is still running at full load. It's a pretty demanding game.

Okay just loaded it up and noticed something. I have FXAA forced on through Nvidia control panel with drivers 301.42. Turning it off really helped a bunch too. Hope you can get it to work dude. I really enjoyed the atmosphere this game has.

#16 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

SLI makes alot of games run terrible. Why I just buy one decent card.

#17 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@wewantsthering

@CL60: BS man. At what framerate?

40ish
#18 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Something is definitely wrong, I used to have this game running pretty well on my old 4870 on medium/high.

Dx11 can cripple computers because by default it turns on tessellation I believe, but to have it run so bad in Dx9 and 10 screams there's a bigger issue playing into things.

@Xeirus said:

I've never understood why people shell out for 2 video cards, I've always had a single card and always been able to max games out.

Try what Toxeia said, it's honestly the only explanation short of bad hardware.

because 2560x1600 or dual monitors

1920x1080 and below I agree that dual cards are not required to a degree, a lot of people just buy an extra card for cheap if they already have a motherboard with crossfire or SLI support.

#19 Posted by Potts (159 posts) -

Yeah, a lot of those Eastern Bloc games aren't optimized very well, and you really have to tinker to get them to look good at a decent framerate.

But set AA to the lowest possible, and don't use MSAA, as that's the big hog.

#20 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

In my experience, that game was kind of coded for shit. It wasn't optimized well and therefore consumes whatever power you can give it without a ton of payoff. I never ran well on my computer even with stats that should have been able to run it well.

#21 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5254 posts) -

Also if you allow it, try playing the game with a 360 pad. 40-50fps feels much better on a gamepad than it does with a mouse.

#22 Posted by AlisterCat (5531 posts) -

My drivers are always up to date. I don't have any AA enabled as much as I can help it.

I will try removing one of my cards, just to try it out.

#23 Posted by wewantsthering (1564 posts) -

@CL60 said:

@wewantsthering

@CL60: BS man. At what framerate?

40ish

That's not too terrible, but 60fps would be better for a game like that. What resolution?

#24 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@wewantsthering

@CL60 said:

@wewantsthering

@CL60: BS man. At what framerate?

40ish

That's not too terrible, but 60fps would be better for a game like that. What resolution?

1680x1050
#25 Posted by Korwin (2845 posts) -

Open the DX11 options and disable advanced depth of field. Also turn off hardware physX.

#26 Posted by DeF (4855 posts) -

i5 2500 @3.3GHz, 4GB RAM, GTX 560

it ran buttery smooth with pretty much everything maxed except some of the AA settings, which I didn't really try to push. I maybe had one crash (if at all) during my whole playthrough.

#27 Edited by coaxmetal (1605 posts) -

I have a similiar setup but a GT570 instead of 2 460's and I can run it mostly maxed out DX11 and it looks amazing. Maybe your drivers are hella out of date?

#28 Posted by AlisterCat (5531 posts) -

@Riboflavin said:

I have a similiar setup but a GT570 instead of 2 460's and I can run it mostly maxed out DX11 and it looks amazing. Maybe your drivers are hella out of date?

Nope. I always get the newest drivers the day they come out and do a clean install each time.

#29 Posted by wewantsthering (1564 posts) -

@CL60 said:

@wewantsthering

@CL60 said:

@wewantsthering

@CL60: BS man. At what framerate?

40ish

That's not too terrible, but 60fps would be better for a game like that. What resolution?

1680x1050

You probably shouldn't say you run the game "maxed out" when it's at that lower resolution. Usually maxed out is at least 1080p (1920x1080) running at the highest quality settings. I also have a GTX460 + 2500K and I couldn't run it smoothly at 1080p + highest settings.

#30 Posted by Binman88 (3685 posts) -
#31 Posted by AlisterCat (5531 posts) -

I can run the game on High perfectly I have discovered. With my specs I should be able to run it better.

#32 Posted by Zidd (1841 posts) -

update your drivers?

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