Far Cry 4: Early Reports Suggest Impressive PC Optimization

By   /   Nov 17, 2014

Over the past week or so, I wrote a couple of stories on the recently released Assassin’s Creed Unity. Since the game was first shown, I was amazed of how good it looks and specially the concept of being an assassin during the French revolution, intrigued me.

So, I was expecting that it will perform as well as it looks. Sadly, performance wise the game was a mess. What’s more disappointing is that issues with AC Unity are not platform specific, they spread across PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

However, it seems as though PC was hit the hardest, with issues such as choppy frame-rate, crashes and errors of all sorts ruining the whole experience.

The delay of Watch Dogs last year, The Crew this year and now a messy release of Assassin’s Creed Unity indicates that Ubisoft is struggling to meet its timelines.

This makes me wonder, will Far Cry 4 suffer from the same faith as Unity? Or will Ubisoft nail this one?

Fortunately, it seems as though Ubisoft might be back on track as early reports suggest that the game is well optimized on PC and “runs like butter” and what’s more encouraging is that it’s getting some positive review scores.

Unlike Assassin’s Creed Unity, so far there have been no reports suggesting Far Cry 4 is suffering from the above mentioned problems. One early adopter shared his experience with the game’s PC version on Reddit, by saying:

“Alright, so I got Far Cry 4 on PC. Let’s get the obvious out right away: I torrented it. After the abysmal disaster that was Assassin’s Creed Unity, I had to try before I buy, and oh dear Lord, is it optimized.
I have to say, there are a lot of options. The settings look a lot like Far Cry 3’s, but what surprised me was that it runs like butter.”

The user named Dylanroo is running the game on a GTX 660 which is not as powerful as the recommended GTX 680, so he’s not exactly pushing the game. The same user also shared some screenshots (can be seen below) from settings menu.

The setting menu has a number of options to improve gameplay experience such as Post FX, textures, foliage, water, lighting, terrain and some Nvidia effects like volumetric fog, Fur, Shadows, environment, Anti-aliasing and Godrays.

If you are planning to run the game on the lowest settings, then according to a post on reddit, the game runs at around 35-40 Fps on these settings. However, Nvidia effects can create an issue, so in order to get a constant frame-rate, try the following settings:

  • Fur (off)
  • Anti-aliasing (SMAA)
  • Environment (Low)
  • Godrays (off)

Far Cry 4 is just hours away from release and only than we’ll know for sure if it’s able to restore our trust in Ubisoft or not.

What are your expectations from Far Cry 4? Do you think it will live-up to the hype? Let us know in the comments below.

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