Earlier this month before Bethesda's The Evil Within went retail, there was somewhat of a big stink about the PC version of this game running at 60 frames per second. Bethesda pointed to an official FAQ clearly stating that Shinji Mikami and his team designed the horror-fest to run only at 30 frames per second. That didn't sit well with many PC gamers.
"The team has worked the last four years perfecting the game experience with these settings in mind," the FAQ said. "For PC players, we'll provide debug commands on how you can alter the frame rate and aspect ratio, but these commands and changes are not recommended or supported."
Now the company has provided a patch via Steam that actually allows the PC gamer to toggle between a 30 frames per second cap and a 60 frames per second cap. This new toggle is located within the Settings menu, as does a UI toggle that allows players to turn off the black letterbox bars.
According to the update notes, the patch fixes issues related to running the game over 30 frames per second and visual issues related to removing the letterbox framing. The studio has also added a frame lock setting, a fix for when the game starts in windowed mode on the first run, and other minor localization fixes.
The Evil Within launched on October 16 and currently has a Metacritic score of 67 (out of 100) on the PC. Some of the critics include PC Gamer, who gave The Evil Within a 60 due to elements such as sluggish controls, limited video options and an "utterly stupid" aspect ratio. Destructoid gave the game a 70, Giant Bomb gave it a 40 and LevelUp gave it a 78.
Haven't picked up the game yet? You're in luck, as Bethesda has provided a playable demo on Steam. This demo includes the first three chapters and allows the player to save their progress. If the player decides to purchase the game, he/she can jump in where they left off.
Bethesda's blog said that those who purchase the game will receive a free copy of Call of Cthulhu. Bethesda is also offering 50 percent off the Evil Within Season Pass. Both deals will expire on November 6, 2014.
"Already purchased The Evil Within and its Season Pass? Fear not," Bethesda's blog said. "Those that already have the main game will have Cthulhu added to your library, and purchasers of the Season Pass will receive special offers on other Bethesda titles."
To purchase The Evil Within or to download the demo, head over to Steam. The system requirements are listed towards the bottom of the product page.
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Well, "The Team" made a terrible, terrible mistake and whoever greenlighted that choice needs to be fired and told to go scrub toilets at a local truckstop.
Sorry Bethesda, you are still in the doghouse for making stupid decisions. No money for you. Bad Bethesda!
Please tell me where you believe over 60fps is better, because it's not. Your eyes only work at most 30fps. You'd never tell the difference, if someone didn't tell you what's going on to begin with. Even if your panel refreshes at more than 60Hz you'd still not be able to tell!
These new games shouldn't be called next gen. If anything they are taking steps back to the 90s with this crap.
Diablo 3 plays at 30fps just as 'smooth' as at 60 fps on my machine. If I limit FPS to 30, I am also able to up shadows which makes things a little more immersive.