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I received this game as a gift from a friend on GameFAQs' Poll of the Day message board; we do a gift exchange each year (I'm sorry, he bought it from Steam, but I was at least able to activate it here). I originally was going to replay the original Witcher before even downloading Assassins of Kings (I only have half a terrabyte to work with, and I really don't like wasting 22 GB of data that I don't plan to use for a while), but then when I looked up the game on GOG to check the system specs and the like, I got a little worried...

I'm currently running the game on an AMD 3800+... Well below the recommended of 5000+. I was worried that it would be really slow and sluggish on my machine if it would even boot at all... Yet I'm running it fine without any hiccups. I just did the tutorial, and it didn't even seem to slow down at all, everything ran smoothly. While I have to keep it on low graphics, let's face it, in this day and age, even low graphics settings look amazing, and are a non-factor.

Mind you, I'm not saying it would have been CD Projekt Red's fault if this hadn't worked. Quite the opposite, I thought I was going to look like a jerk for asking for a game I couldn't even play... And yet here I am, finding I'm able to enjoy it perfectly fine on my budget machine. However, most companies these days just figure that optimization is a waste of time, that technology advances fast enough that it doesn't matter anymore... It's good to see someone actually worries about such instead of using excess as an excuse for wastefulness.
Not sure if serious.
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Elenarie: Not sure if serious.
Thank you for spamming my thread with your trolling. Now please take your rudeness elsewhere.
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MarioFanaticXV: Thank you for spamming my thread with your trolling. Now please take your rudeness elsewhere.
How was I being rude? The game is crap in terms of optimization.
Penis.

In light of the graphic randomness two lines up, I declare the tension in this thread officially defused.
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MarioFanaticXV: I'm currently running the game on an AMD 3800+... Well below the recommended of 5000+.
Where is a 5000+ recommended? Never seen that before. Anyway, the game is mostly reliant on the GPU, to the point where the CPU is rarely a problem. Think I've only seen it once or twice.

The game itself isn't really well-optimized in terms of the GPU, however. Comparing one forest to another, I've noticed that my frame rate in the latter forest (later in the game) tends to be significantly higher. I think this speaks to their new engine and the fact that they weren't completely in tune with it in the beginning, so it's not optimized to the extent that it is later on. It's worth mentioning that the tutorial was designed later on and no doubt benefited from that experience, as the game didn't have a tutorial for quite some time. So, while certain sections are well-optimized, I and many others wouldn't exactly consider the game as a whole a shining example of it, which is probably what that response was about.
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227: Where is a 5000+ recommended? Never seen that before. Anyway, the game is mostly reliant on the GPU, to the point where the CPU is rarely a problem. Think I've only seen it once or twice.

The game itself isn't really well-optimized in terms of the GPU, however. Comparing one forest to another, I've noticed that my frame rate in the latter forest (later in the game) tends to be significantly higher. I think this speaks to their new engine and the fact that they weren't completely in tune with it in the beginning, so it's not optimized to the extent that it is later on. It's worth mentioning that the tutorial was designed later on and no doubt benefited from that experience, as the game didn't have a tutorial for quite some time. So, while certain sections are well-optimized, I and many others wouldn't exactly consider the game as a whole a shining example of it, which is probably what that response was about.
Ah, now this makes sense. My video card is pretty good (not top of the line, but good enough; EVGA NVidia GTS 450), so I could see this being the case. Guess I'll find out as things go on throughout the game.
Witcher 2 optimized? hahahahahahaha
this games litterally looks like (curse word). Just look in my thread. And dont make me start on the LOD...