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How to improve performance in Dragon’s Dogma 2 like a true villain

Dragon's Decimation

Dragon’s Dogma 2 just came out and, if ours and most reviewers out there aren’t siding with the Arisen just to spread some evil anti-dragon agenda, we have an early GOTY contender on our hands. Sadly, the star that burns the brightest is also the most CPU-hungry, meaning that it can cause even people with high-spec PCs to run into performance hiccups.

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Yes, Dragon’s Dogma 2 will hit you so hard that it might bring you to your knees together with your 3080. Not having a silky-smooth 60 fps experience is more than enough for PC gamers to begin plotting murder and, wouldn’t you know it, Capcom previously stated that the amount of living NPCs is directly connected to the game’s framerate. What comes next should not surprise you.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 players recommend you improve framerate via murder

Because the announcement of the NPC-FPS tie-in and the performance hiccups came before the game’s release, soon-to-be fans couldn’t just tone down their graphics settings to see if their PC could handle the game just fine. Thus they began trying to learn which NPCs would matter for the main plot, and which ones existed solely for the extraction of the delicious frames they greedily kept inside their vital organs.

As spotted by GamesRadar, players are already wondering whether they should just kill all non-essential NPCs as soon as the game loads, and if it’s ok to kill any NPC after they’re done with their questline. Naturally, Reddit has been having a lot of fun lately.

Maybe too much fun?
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Yep, definitely too much fun — if you’ve been indoctrinated by the Jedi, that is.

The funniest thing, however, is that even though Capcom stated that there’s a connection between NPC presence and overall game performance, nobody knows how many frames you’ll get per kill. The idea of getting 15 frames for one single kill is obviously ludicrous, but we can’t even say for sure that you’ll get one frame per fifteen kills.

Remember when players complained that Cyberpunk 2077 on previous-gen consoles featured streets nearly devoid of NPC life? Things change so fast.

You can now play Dragon’s Dogma 2 with as little humanity and as many frames per second as you want on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S


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