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I usually only play online games, but recently I've been playing some single player games. I'm REALLY new to the single player game experience on the PC. (installed sims 3, nba2k11, mafia 2, GTA 4 this week)

For some reason, GTA 4 is.. well, laggy. It runs smooth as hell for 3 seconds, and than skips. It's unbearable. I did research and people say its hard to run on a PC, but come on... with my specs, almost every game should be able to run decent without lag. (except maybe crysis on highest settings lol)

why is this? do I need to play it on lower settings? Its insulting to have a 3 year old game not run smooth on my PC. I run every other game flawlessly on highest setting possible.

I did the benchmark at highest setting possible and i got 66 frames average. Is this good? Is there a way to make it run smooth at ALL? Thanks!
    
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I ran it on medium type settings with a Q6600 at 3.5Ghz and an 8800GTS G92. I redefined playable for GTA4, because it was hard to get 45fps average on that hardware

But I don't see how you'd experience lag on 66fps average unless it has massive drops. Personally I'd say since it's optimized for 3 cores to turn down HT and overclock on the 4 cores itself and see what that does.
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If you turn all the settings to high then yeah, it will lag/skip no matter what.

It's a poorly optimized, poorly ported console game.

Turning down the draw distance helped me a bit.
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I ran it on medium type settings with a Q6600 at 3.5Ghz and an 8800GTS G92. I redefined playable for GTA4, because it was hard to get 45fps average on that hardware

But I don't see how you'd experience lag on 66fps average unless it has massive drops. Personally I'd say since it's optimized for 3 cores to turn down HT and overclock on the 4 cores itself and see what that does.
has to be drops... when im in a car and press handbrake and somewhat drift, its skip/lag/chop galore.

but looking at my specs, its really insulting to have a game lag like this. i even turned it down to 1280 resolution and same thing. 1920 or 1280, texture low or high, still the same. ***!??!
    
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eh, screw it... i only have a PC, no console, and i really, REALLY wanted to try this game...... anyone recommend me a different game i could play that is a good single player? anything is fine...... i just beat mafia 2 and wanted to play another sandbox game is all, but i am so disappointed in gta4... damn.

metal gear solid, FF7, all sound good.. anyone suggest any games with a good storyline (a storyline that you can get into, like mafia 2) and is fun to play single player? RPG or action only, please!
    
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eh, screw it... i only have a PC, no console, and i really, REALLY wanted to try this game...... anyone recommend me a different game i could play that is a good single player? anything is fine...... i just beat mafia 2 and wanted to play another sandbox game is all, but i am so disappointed in gta4... damn.

metal gear solid, FF7, all sound good.. anyone suggest any games with a good storyline (a storyline that you can get into, like mafia 2) and is fun to play single player? RPG or action only, please!
Mass Effect 1 & 2.
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Just Cause 2 is the game you're looking for

As for RPG's you really should grab a copy of The Witcher and Fallout 3. Get those 3 games and you'll be kept busy for a long long long time!
    
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

OMG, you will like spend days to finish every quest in this game. I'd be surprised if you finish every single thing in the game. So much stuff to do and read.
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Mass Effect 1 & 2.
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Just Cause 2 is the game you're looking for

As for RPG's you really should grab a copy of The Witcher and Fallout 3. Get those 3 games and you'll be kept busy for a long long long time!
thanks, guys! i heard a lot of positive things about mass effect and fallout 3. will try them out and let you know how i like em!! thanks again!

and screw gta4 on pc. i run crysis 2 fine, but not that dumb game lol
    
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Runs fine on my sig rig @_@

Did you auto configure the settings or just slide everything over to max?
Edited by Velathawen - 5/15/11 at 4:10am
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