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NieR and FAR: A semi-quick look at improving NieR Automata's PC issues



Credit where credit is due:
Kaldaien for the FAR mod
DrDaxxy for the Global Illumination mod
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Doing the best to get the word out on making NieR Automata work better on PC since a large majority of players are having issues with the game. *Note: the random pixel-blurry bits that occur sporadically around this video as well as certain slowdowns occurring despite the FAR info saying it’s 60fps is the result of Shadowplay not behaving itself, and nothing more.
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FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) available here:

or:

It is highly recommended that you install the automatic version of this mod so that no files are incorrectly installed anywhere. For that, just download the file labeled SKIM64.exe and run it.
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MY PC specs at the time when this video was captured:
Geforce GTX 970
i7 2700K @ 3.50GHz
8GB Ram

Eventually I plan to get a 1070 card, just so I can get rid of my meme card.
*Update*
I finally got a 1070 card. The absolute MADMAN.

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  • I'm surprised this video managed to reach 9,000 views. I seriously hope this video has helped you all out. Keep the comments coming if you still need help. And I'm really sorry in advanced if this video was too long for your liking. I did this on a whim without a script, so please forgive me and my nasally sounding voice. I'll make it up to you guys with a Nier Automata combo video someday.

    Setnaro X June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • I still need this in 2020?

    Andre Lima June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • What? My bro comp i5 3750 and gtx 1060 6gb works fine 1080p max settings, my before i5 7500 gtx 1070 no problems v-synth on stable 60fps.

    Stan Tntos June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • HWHAHAHAHAH, when u started talking I thought 9S was talking xD

    VipapkStudiosOfficial June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Is the far mod still useful for beefy computers?

    silverstrings gia June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Can please someone help me.
    I have a Ryzen 5 2600x, 16go DDR4 3000mhz ram, a liquid cpu cooler, an asus b450f motherboard and a gtx 750 ti. I have all the game settings to low, with the FAR mode global illumination Off and the game is still ugly and i can't get over 30 fps, the game is unplayable. And i'm playing the game with a ps4 controller.
    Can please anyone help me or tell me what i can do to play the game with decent graphics and smoothly ..

    xSoulEateer June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • so my pc is GTX 1060 3gb wich is not so expensive card and i5-4570 S 2,9 Mhz and it runs fine to me.

    Naberius June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Hi, trying to run this on CYP version, but every time I click CNTRL+Shift+Backspace the game closes. Any ideas?

    Dennis Cambronero June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • I still sucks tho

    IversonS June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • 2+ years later and still no patch.

    Conor June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Buahahahaha low budget here😂

    grisha kyojin June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • My game runs great fullscreen. Lmao.

    Austin Carpenter June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • i'm playing this game using 1050 ti i have problems running it first it keeps on crashing… the solution that i did is limit the cores and lowering the screen settings.

    Erwin Solmayor June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • mid tier my ass. I have 1080 and r7 1700x. This game still runs like trash!

    raven80wolfx2 June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Its the end of december 2018 and I just downloaded the FAR mod because I was tired of the upscaled downscaled picture making the steam overlay messages too blury to read. So apparently not fixed yet.

    West Coast Warriors Archive June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • github links is dead and slow.

    GamingFps June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • NieR….. FAR….. wherever you are

    Noob Gaming June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • One more interesting fact about Nier is that half the game's size is taken up by stupendously high bit rate pre rendered sub 1080p cutscenes.

    Subi_fan June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • i have a gtx 1060 6gb

    without farmod:
    high settings (1080p) : 30-39fps
    low settings (1080p) : 40-54fps

    Farmod also removes the 60fps cap~

    with farmod:
    global illumination quality : ULTRA
    high settings (1080p) : 30-58fps
    low settings (1080p) : 30-64fps

    with farmod :
    global illumination quality : Medium
    high settings (1080p) : 50-60fps
    low settings (1080p) : 60-76fps

    the problem is it still has some spikes when i kill a robot with the explosion effects (which is very annoying when i look at the framerate it goes "wow its at 70! its actually playable until i kill a robot then stutter lags (30fps) for like a second then goes back to 70"

    so i tried tweaking it in the NVIDIA control panel

    then boom 80-102fps and it doesnt stutter lag! REALLY HOPE THIS WOULD WORK ON OTHER PEOPLE TOO!

    finally its playable and the game looks better

    another problem with the FAR mod:

    i just finished the first route then i get stuck at a cutscene and it wouldnt continue like this :https://youtu.be/BVXoV1qdy-c for example

    solution (i hope) i read that i should try turning off the FARMOD then play the part where im stuck at then turn it on.

    i hope this review helps it took me 2 days to write because the FARmod did a lot of job and its now playable ALSO USE THE NVIDIA Control panel when
    because it added me another 20-30fps to the game

    edit: i turned the fps cap back on because there are some screen tearing and its annoying

    lava June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • im trying this fix tomorrow!

    lava June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Months later and porting this game to a whole new console and still no PC patch. C’mon SE.

    LegionsOfAnon June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • I have a gtx 1070 with a i5 6600k, on 1440p resolution high settings it ran between 45-55 fps, now with this global illumination quality turned off like you mentioned it runs 60 fps with rare 2-3 fps drops.

    triger1 June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • With a GTX 1050 (4GB), 8 GB RAM and a Intel I5 8300H (Turboboost up to 3.9 GHz) I should get around 60 FPS and 1080p, right?

    Penix 3 〈=3 June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • FAR global illumination black bug is fucking bad :/

    RabeDennis June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • I have downloaded the Far mod and when in fullscreen mode i have a really weird issue. When im in fullscreen all colors look washed out and muddy, i switch to windowed mode and boom its bright and vibrant as hell again. Does anyone know a fix for this. I already have the Far mod.

    DeadCaptainJames June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • With far mod I'm getting a perfect 60fps pretty much throughout the entire game with zero issues. In game I have everything on high and turned on besides Hbao, Vsync and AA. In far mod I have Global Illumination set manually in the Far.ini to 48 (which is between Medium and High) and have both Bloom and Ambient Occlusion set to match the game resolution. In Nvidia Control panel I have FXAA turned on, Vsync turned on, Prefer maximum power for gpu usage, triple buffering on and multithread turned on instead of auto. Using an i7 3770 oc'd to 4.3ghz, a GTX 970 and 16gb of ddr3 1600 ram.

    There is absolutely no reason to ever turn Global Illumination off. Even the lowest quality gaming PC can handle low or medium if it is able to run in 1080p.

    Jeremy Kaminski June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • how long is the game?

    Bo Mo June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • I have a 1060 would I still need the mod? Ive heard it has some other problems but im not very familiar with the story of the port the game is on sale now.

    Bryan Leal June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • thanks bro when i downloaded far i had no idea really what i was suppose to do to increase my performance turning that lighting to low or off seemed to help a ton

    Tom Ready June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • im getting 200 plus fps on my mac

    gl s June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Also with my 970 and i5 i was running high with same fps you had with far on idk why you are having such issues.

    Azureskygaming June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • My i5 4570 with 670 played it at 60 fps just fine my i5 4670k oced to 4.2ghz with 970 played it on high 60 fps 8700k with 1070ti ultra 60 fps so I call bs on bad optimization.

    Azureskygaming June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • I played the game with 60 fps at ultra without FAR i used FAR 1 time cause i was curious to see what will happen and the game was worse than ever i had fps drops after 2 or 3 seconds i dunno why people use it… and my specs are fx8320 with turbo boost off, 8 gb ram at 2133mhz and r9 290x

    billys 4u June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • This is one of the worst games I've played in a long time, the amount of mods and tweaks you need to do to get this running semi decent is really sad, and the fact the devs and Squenix give zero shits about their PC versions is really despicable. I wish I would have just skipped trying to play this mess and just watched it or something.

    The Stowaway June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Use inject smaa, it does almost not use up any performance and it looks great.

    Frank Hardy June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • My game doesn’t save past a certain point right at the start, have had to redo the quest for the arms dealer multiple times.

    Mide Fatanmi June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • You just locky bro, i download far and it gives me max +10 fps with everything on lowest…

    Zolty Zolty June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Runs perfect through my gtx 1080 ti. I'm running 3840×2160 , full screen, with every setting on high. What a time to be alive!

    Ette-Akamba Udo June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • i'm rocking an a8-7600 and a gtx 750 ti sc with 8gbs of ram. any prayer i can run this even at 720p at 30fps?

    keyblade zero June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • 200+ fps with gtx 1080ti and ryzen 1600 @3.75GHz

    Salares June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • are most of this issues exclusive to the pc port? Should I be playing on my PS4 Pro instead? I have a pretty good pc.

    TheHellKiwi June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • If you do have problems with the pop-ups textures, it's best to set the ambient occlusion to OFF.

    Louie Verr Torreon June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • When i do that the game window opens ~1 sec and is closed immediately. Any solution? :/

    Ayato June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Thank god for the GI setting! without it the game is unplayable for so many people!

    ArtifiShuL Instinct June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the guide! If i am not mistaken you also encounter occasional "hitching" right? Do you know of any tweaks to kinda fix those stutters?

    tsalapbeew June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • This game graphic is nothing special, but why it can not run well when My ac syndicate can get 45 fps

    Javaninglish Mbois June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • So i have this problem with Far mod .. it gradually drains my ram , the non paged pool grow and after an hour of gameplay i have like 4 gb of non paged pool and can't play .. does anyone else have this problem ? ( i already made sure its the far mod that drains the memory)

    Johnny Iliev June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply
  • i use FAR v 0.7.0.10, i reach 50 fps on game, but i can't get rid the FAR control panel, i can't do anything right now :3

    yu narukami June 10, 2020 8:58 pm Reply

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