NieR Replicant tech overview — A bit of higher, however not fairly there


A lot has been made from the poor high quality of NieR Automata‘s port. Then there was a second port that didn’t truly repair many of the problems with the primary one. As such, we’ve all been pretty skeptical relating to the PC port of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139. Oh, I’m not together with that quantity once more. Whereas it’s higher than its sequel’s port, it nonetheless has some questionable points, resembling optimization, framerate, and a few lacking options. Let’s take a loot on the minimal and advisable specs.


  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 3 1300X; Intel® Core™ i5-6400
  • Reminiscence: eight GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon™ R9 270X; NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960

Really useful:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 3 1300X; Intel® Core™ i5-6400
  • Reminiscence: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 56; NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660


  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 2 2600x
  • Reminiscence: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT

Not the very best specs round, however NieR Replicant is, at its core, an 11-year-old sport. The optimization for this PC port is really underwhelming. I put time into the sport in each 1440p and 4K and located the FPS to be surprisingly related. The FPS quickly fluctuates no matter decision or settings. Typically I can preserve round 60 FPS for a bit. Different instances it’ll be within the vary of 45-50. Having the sport in 4K solely makes a slight distinction in regard to this, because it nonetheless tends to hang around within the low 40s it doesn’t matter what I do.

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In fact, if the sport can do 4K at round 45 FPS lots of the time, there’s no cause I ought to proceed to get such subpar efficiency at 1440p. NieR Replicant‘s framerate is uncapped, and the FPS does briefly go as much as the excessive 60s, however there’s a lot fluctuation that I merely can’t preserve any kind of framerate. There’s no Vsync or frame-limiting both, which is odd since others are saying that FPS above 60 can have gameplay ramifications, which means that the sport logic is tied to 60 FPS. If that’s the case, why is the framerate uncapped? I seen a good quantity of screen-tearing as nicely. Our EIC is enjoying the sport on a PS4 Professional and hasn’t seen any, so it may need Vsync there, however not right here.

There’s additionally a difficulty with the mouse pointer being seen on display. It may be moved to the facet, however doing sure issues will trigger it to go proper again to the middle. Each time I took a screenshot, the cursor could be staring again at me from the center of my display. Bearing all this in thoughts, the port is a minimum of higher than NieR Automata‘s. The decision works wonderful, a minimum of. They usually included borderless this time! I didn’t discover every other main points both. Others have talked about an issue with their controller slicing out, however I’ve had none of that in anyway on my finish. It’s price mentioning that, sure, Denuvo is included. Nevertheless it at all times is with Sq. Enix video games, isn’t it? Subsequent up, let’s have a look at the graphics choices.

On the menu

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We’ve already talked concerning the decision. Swapping between resolutions and modes is straightforward and comes with none hitches. That looks like a weak factor to reward a sport for, however that’s the place the bar is. There are three graphics presets, or you should utilize customized settings. There are 5 ranges of texturing filtering, from off to 16. Three ranges of shadows can be found, in addition to anti-aliasing, ambient occlusion, and reflections. There’s a “efficiency mode” that seems to be a renamed dynamic decision setting, because it simply modifications the decision based mostly on demand.  The extent of element on distant geometry has three ranges as nicely.

The included anti-aliasing doesn’t get the job performed all that nicely. At 1440p, distant objects and foliage are fairly jaggy. At 4K, in fact, you may as nicely not have AA on in any respect. The settings listed here are removed from spectacular and, as I stated earlier, they don’t appear to make a very noticeable distinction in regard to NieR Replicant‘s framerate. For those who’re not utilizing a terrific card, anticipate the FPS to be poor is what I’m getting at. Or possibly it’s simply AMD playing cards.

No less than the sport itself is a large enchancment from the unique launch. Main characters have new hair and faces, and environments have been overhauled, with new geometry to be seen. Virtually every little thing has new textures on prime of that, too, making this a a lot better wanting sport than the unique. Let’s check out some comparability photos displaying the completely different settings. I took all of those within the beginning city. You’ll be able to see Devola in some! All people say “hello” to Devola!

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Anti-aliasing on

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Anti-aliasing off

Tremendous nice AA as you possibly can see. Really excellent work, folks. I’m being sarcastic, by the best way. Sort of onerous to inform with out the photographs full-screened, although.

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Ambient Occlusion on

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Ambient occlusion off

The AO could be very clear within the prime image’s grass. And it’s clearly off in the second. Additionally, pigs!

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See, 5 photographs with Devola. Similar to I stated. The feel filtering actually isn’t a lot to take a look at right here, huh? Transferring on.

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As you possibly can see, an annoying baby wandered into the body whereas I used to be taking footage. Thanks, child. You made every little thing simpler. And positively not the precise reverse.

In my arms once more

NieR Replicant has a set of management choices obtainable. There are three presets every for single-handed play: three for right-handed customers, and three for left.  Then there are customized modes for each gamepads and keyboards. These work precisely like they sound. You’ll be able to go in and rebind no matter you need. However you possibly can’t rebind “previous man” to younger NieR. Sorry.

There you will have it. The port is general higher than when NieR Automata confirmed up years in the past. However between the eyebrow-raising optimization points, stunning lack of vsync, and ever-present mouse pointer, there are issues to enhance upon. For those who’re utilizing a robust GPU and getting nicely over 60 FPS, you’re going to wish to use Dxtory or one thing just like maintain the framerate down at sure instances. However a minimum of the resolutions truly work this time.


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