XCOM 2 has launched today and with it come some pretty high expectations after the success of the previous game. Early responses to the game so far have been positive, with many reviewers giving the game extremely high scores and praise for the updated and new mechanics in the game.
After the break is our video showcasing XCOM 2 on its maximum graphics setting and its minimum one. XCOM 2 ran impressively well for a brand new game, however the title offers 8x MSAA anti-aliasing which severely affects the frame rate – simply changing the anti-aliasing to 8x MSAA from FXAA produced a loss of over 30 frames per second and the game becomes unplayable on the MSI Radeon R9 380 2gb.
The XCOM 2 PC performance Min vs Max graphics benchmark was carried out at 1920x1080 screen resolution on an Intel i7 5820K, AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 2gb, 16gb memory PC.
The graphics settings offered in XCOM 2's menus are as comprehensive as most PC gamers expect these days, with features such as shadows, texture detail, anti-aliasing and ambient occlusion all with sliders. The game still looks incredibly good on its minimum graphics setting, but the frame rates on the lowest settings were extremely unstable, fluctuating between 90 FPS and 2 FPS at times.
The main differences between the settings was actually how light and clear the screen was. On the minimum setting, things were a lot easier to see whereas on the maximum setting everything was a lot darker but this brought much more attention to features such as fire or lighting effects which look amazing when pushed to max graphics.
So far XCOM 2 feels similar enough to the first one that the successful formula hasn't been messed with, but fresh enough to warrant that big new number in its title. Whether or not the game will be further optimised remains to be seen, as it seems crazy that people with GTX 970s can't achieve an FPS higher than 20 on the maximum settings. However, with MSAA 8x anti-aliasing it's hard to see how much better it can be.
Either way, XCOM 2 runs beautifully on the MSI R9 380 and I'm sure gamers will be happy with their ability to run it. Don't forget to check out our review of XCOM 2 which will be out soon and please subscribe to our PC benchmark youtube channel for more videos like this one.
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