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I suggest to add FPS limiter when VSYNC is off. 300 FPS is way higher than any modern screens' refresh rate.
I cap my FPS at 66 for 60 HZ screen to avoid screen tearing.
You need to do something about those lags. Prefetching should be a good solution.
You should pack the game files into *.pak files. It would improve the performance and it will **** the hard disk a lot less.
Until then I will play P2 using Ramdisk.
WAT. How did I miss the release? I though I was subscribed to that page.
PS: I'm big fan of the first Paranoia mod.
Never use MSAA in LA - it's GPU killer :D
The engine is old and many of new graphics features are inefficient. There are many settings those can't be used unless you've a really expensive PC. Reminds me of mods with overly increased grass density/draw distance - people switch grass density slider to the right and the grass gets 100X times denser (denser than in reality), then people complain about ultra poor performance, on their 200 FPS Battlefield machines :D
Some settings make graphics ~30% better but FPS gets twice as low :D
MSAA is very GPU hungry (reminds me of the MSAA used in Metro games) so it's better to try using other AA options in GPU drivers.
Sun shadows are CPU/GPU hungry; they sure make better visuals but it's not worth it IMO.
Stable high FPS > graphics.
Also X-RAY loves high clocked CPUs since the multi core support is very limited. 3-4 gen 3+ GHz i3 CPUs should be enough for very high settings I guess.
You probably entered an area with large amount of NPCs (Bar, or Darkvalley bandit base). The AI is CPU heavy. In some areas I have 60+ FPS but in others FPS may drop to ~25. It's very inconsistent. Lowering r_geometry_lod values and r2_sun 0 reduce CPU load in many cases, I usually use those commands to gain FPS when it gets low.
Aaaand never use MSAA options unless you've high-performance GPU - those are heavier than maxed Metro LL on 1080p without MSAA.
Didn't you notice that zombies appear on same place where scientists/guards were in cut-scenes? It's kinda obvious that the zombies are the personnel of the complex.
I've this problem on R2. People say "r2_tonemap_middlegray 0.5" command in console fixes it, but it doesn't help me.
I don't have that problem on R3 (DX 10), only on DX9.
Try disabling sun shafts (r2_sun_shafts st_opt_off), because if it's not tonemap related, it might be a shader problem.
First of all, thank you for the game!
Now to the stuff that makes the game better (constructive critics!) :D
In the overrun game mode, sometimes the enemy NPCs get stuck in a strange place of the map and the wave never ends.
Map Trapped, easy difficulty, zombie type. Never could get further than wave 8 because of that bug.
Map City, after some time fast headcrabs spawn above the game area (NPCs aim for something in the air but can never hit it).
Please just set time limit for each wave and if the time limit is exceeded make those NPCs die.
Or set a timer for each NPC (if it lived for 2 minutes and never hit player it should die).
I heard that the sound system for STK was made using advanced hardware, thus EAX doesn't always work properly with ac97.
But I had working EAX on some STK mod with inbuilt conexant audio (Lenovo G555).
BTW, a real sound card like Sound Blaster will improve sound quality significantly (both in games and simply for music). But most people give up the quality of sound.
In my opinion, it's better to spend time on making the exising stuff better than switching to something new while the old stuff isn't done fine.
Graphics are good (some models and textures arent't though), the AI and game design are far less advanced than the current DX10 renderer.
For people like you, 11 is just another number. DX11 doesn't make graphics better, it's a tool for programmers to build the graphics on.
Now, implementing DX11 to LA engine will take another half a year (oh, without SkyLoader it will take forever) and it will be pretty much pointless since DX11 only has ve-ery few improvements compared to DX10. "Soft shadows" and "tesselation" are not worth time neither efforts you need to port DX11 to the engine, and they will improve the visuals far less than new fine-tuned weather and other bits of content.
Ultimately, DX11 won't harm, but it's like the last thing on priorities list just because it's not worth it.
More like "SoC inspired" storyline that becomes more and more different as you play further through.
I ran Call of Pripyat on DX11 practically maxed out on HD5770.
It's a newer build and weather/shaders are edited by a new team member which was working on build-o-like weather/graphics mods long before.
I'm not sure about the Dragunov sniper rifle, but view bobbing for all other scoped rifles reduces dramatically if you aim for a longer time. I guess, that may depend on the character skill too though.
All that stuff about Stalker trademark, 1:1 game world based on real geography...
1. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is GSC's trademark, Stalker is non-GSC trademark, for the old film I guess. Stalker Online aka SZONE - another (******) project made in Russia (MMORPG), can use that name in Russian (Сталкер Онлайн). So the trademark is not a big deal - there should be ways to register something like "Stalk The Zone" or "Zone of Stalking" :D
2. 1:1 real Zone in the game will be boring in most cases. It's great idea for Pripyat and the NPP (though game design will be very difficult), but the rest of the Zone is bare landscape with villages lying long from each other and some military objects (Woodpecker, etc). That means that it would take too much time to travel.
1:10 real Zone (reduced distances between remoted interesting objects) is much more playable, enjoyable and still is realistic enough.
But it's still much easier and better for gameplay to make a game world with designer-decided geography.
Maybe you didn't restart the game after applying max settings, so they were never used on first patch. New settings affect the game only after you restart the game.
Grass shadow (CPU/GPU), MSAA (GPU), SSAO (GPU) are the most demanding graphics options which should be disabled in most cases.
That "bug" is nothing but faulty AI. It happened in the original game in different places too - the NPC is trying to attack the source of a hostile sound, but instead of going by a path, they aim through geometry objects to where the sound was heard and move around like crabs. An NPC on second floor might point his gun towards enemy on the first floor. What you saw was the same situation, but instead of floors you had an outdoor area and an underground.
Try switching render maybe? I heard there were some problems with particles on some renders.
OGSE added CoP detectors to SoC months ago. Autumn Aurora 2 has simplified CoP detector system that works purely on scripts. It's all there, but no one yet added the detectors to LA, just because IT'S NOT AN ISSUE.
CAPTAINJAPAN, developing such a large project in free time is very, very difficult, even if you re-use the content. Why didn't GSC make Shadow of Chernobyl just as big as half of LA or not even less? It's too hard? "Stop crying GSC, you just have to do your job!" Oups, they closed the game development department :/
Porting the detectors would take another weeks of work and testing - it's much more important to finish what was already done.
The biggest problem of the game is lack of content on the levels. It's too wide spread. It's better to focus on making few things perfect than chasing too many goals at once. You now tell that LA lacks the artifact hunting from CS/CoP. Ofcouse adding such a complicated feature will fix all the existing problems!
Apart from greater amount of NPCS, devs better fix the broken weather management, slow particle processing on R1 and non-working steep parallax on r2.
It's already removed in the upcoming fourth patch.
If you killed Sin before that, don't go to the mine. Come back to Bar instead.
If we have same problem, then I guess playing on Direct X 9 with enabled sun shafts may be not the best choice for sometimes. Disable sun shafts or switch to DX10.
I can't play this. The game crashes as soon as I cross some trigger.
I guess not. Give it a try - you can always revert back.
There's a chest at Bar in LA. It's should be safe.
Any log? Maybe you don't have enough RAM or you run on 32 bit OS. 4 GB RAM should be enough. Playing on Static lighting reduces RAM usage.