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NWN 2 : Poorly optimized ?

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I bought Neverwinter Nights 2 and started playing it on my computer, and I was amazed how my computer was struggling with it, it's unbelievable. I usually play all games at 1280x1024 and all the other settings maxed out (AF, AA, HDR, Shadows, texture, ect.) With NWN2 I have to set the resolution to 1280x960, turn off the shadows, turn off AA and I'm still struggling with my framerates from time to time! Is it just me or is this game poorly optimized ? I tried Tweakguides.com's .ini tweaks and it didn't help much. I'm using Warcat 6.12 right, and I've tried the latest Omegadrivers (even if they're well out of date) and official ATI drivers, but these only lowered my framerates even more.

By the way, is it just me or does Warcat Drivers changes the video card image quality from high quality to best perfomance and leaves the games not looking as good as they should ?
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Yep, the game is poorly made for some reason. I can barely run it at 1680x1050 with all setting on Med-Low. And it doesnt even look as good as HL2.
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Is there anyone that might know of a way to improve framrates, whether it be optimizations, drivers, ect. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Well, almost maxed out at 12x10 with med shadows and point shadows off, I mnage 25-30-which is completely playable. BTW, disable point light shadows or w/e it's called. It will boost your fps a lot in some places.
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Yeah it's pretty bad. I even tried it with everything off and it seems as if the game is capped at 30FPS and won't go over it.
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NWN2 is very disappointing graphics vs speed. the game doesn't look that good, yet the frame rates are horrible. Don't get me wrong, the game doesn't look bad either, but if you go close up to the chars you notice they textures a a little blocky. Plus having those 3 set modes for zooming is stupid. Why we can't zoom between the near & far is beyond me. Because what they are set as sucks.

Plus I've found some quest errors. One of them is with the lizards. If you make the deal with them, then you can't continue on with your quests because the town is expecting them to be dead, and you can't kill them, because they aren't around anymore.

I had really enjoyed the first series, even played it all the way thru (both expansions also) twice. This ones going to take me a bit to make it through once possibly. I can over look some of the flaws, but i'm wondering how it is further in the game.

As for help on performance, pretty much turn everything off and down to low. Since the game isn't really playable with you zoomed all the way in to the players, char texture doesn't need to be set to high, or even medium.
Have the special effects settings as high as your system can handle.
What I do is basicly change 1 setting at a time and see what affects performance, what doesn't. Doing that, i've managed to not only get playable framerates in some games, but also looking better then I had it before.

It would be nice if someone could make a util that allowed you to change/trick your system into using different/faster subsitutes for stuff older cards can't handle. Not sure exactly how it would have to work, exactly. Probably can't, which is why there isn't one, so maybe I'll shut up about that. =)
    
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One of the main reasons why the game has poor framerates seems the be the fact that this game forces V-sync to be on, unless you change that in you video card settings via your control center, Catalyst Control Center for ATI users, I don't know what it's called for Nvidia GPUs. Set Vsync to always off and you should see an increase in framerates, but I can't tell if it'll be a major boost or not.
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Neverwinter Nights 2 Hardware Performance Guide : If you're having trouble running Neverwinter Nights 2 at its best, this guide might solve your woes.

Dunno if this will help... didn't even read it just posted the link here
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