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FOR HONOR: CHOPPING, SLASHING AND SMASHING – PERFORMANCE TESTING HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN

We had to take a long pause from the game after its release in order to come back to it with a clear mind. Having done so we can truly restate that For Honor is an amazing game, with a fantastic gameplay which, unfortunately, was ruined by P2P and the worst matchmaking you have ever seen. Having clarified that, we can delve into performance testing.

We had a spare Radeon HD 7850 GPU and i5-4440 processor, so we decided to check if the game runs with such specs. Our curiosity was satisfied to the full extent. It’s not common for a game in 2017 to run at 30FPS on high (!) settings on a relatively old GPU. Spoiler alert: we can’t really say anything bad about game performance. Fantastic graphics combined with perfect optimization is a win.

System requirements

The official game page on Steam gives you a list of 9 GPUs in minimum system requirements list and 7 more in recommended. A couple of Intel and AMD processors are listed as well. Being generally busy we couldn’t afford testing this game on 16 GPUs – that would be a colossal waste of time and human resource.

Thus, we took two GPUs – the least and the most powerful ones from the list – and found out that game optimization is so good that even your wildest fights won’t overheat a good old GTX660. In fact, it won’t heat it at all.

For Honor Steam Requirements

Minimal:

OSWindows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
CPUIntel Core i3-550 | AMD Phenom II X4 955
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX660/GTX750ti/GTX950/GTX1050 with 2 GB VRAM or more | AMD Radeon HD6970/HD7870/R9 270/R9 370/RX460 with 2 GB VRAM
RAM4 GB
HDD40 GB

Recommended:

OS Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
CPUIntel Core i5-2500K | AMD FX-6350
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX680/GTX760/GTX970/GTX1060 with 2 GB VRAM or more | AMD Radeon R9 280X/R9 380/RX470 with 2 GB VRAM
RAM8 GB

Nothing supernatural, but this time Ubisoft did a very good job. Such an extended requirements list allows For Honor to be played on computers of all sorts.

Game.STR System Requirements

Minimal:

OSWindows 10
CPU Intel Core i3-550
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX660
RAM4 GB

Recommended:

OSWindows 10
CPUIntel Core i5-2500K
GPU GTX1060
RAM8 GB

As usual, we’ve got it all covered.

ForHonor660ForHonor1060

As you can see, game performance can drop to zero on high and very high settings from time to time, showing 38 FPS on average for both high and very high at the same time. There are not many games out there that wouldn’t drop FPS drastically on maximum settings – something that you should always be prepared for.

If you’re a lucky owner of GTX1060 you won’t experience a single problem with the game. Performance drops to 60 FPS only when it’s absolute hell in game, which again goes back to normal instantly and unnoticeably for a human eye. It never goes lower that 50FPS. EVER. In comparison with PUBG, For Honor is optimization Heaven on Earth.

If you got time for non-stop gaming, prestige and equipment upgrading, perfecting your reflexes while suffering from pain and humiliation – welcome to For Honor – a game where getting a better gamepad is much more important than upgrading your PC. Though, check Ghost Recon out if you care for your mental health.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS: BROKEN GAME OR POTATO COMPUTER?

Battle Royale is a unique genre which cannot leave you indifferent. You either consider it a joke, or approach it in all seriousness. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has already been a huge success and it’s definitely going to set a new bar not just for the genre itself, but for the gaming industry in general. The only thing that stops some people from buying the game is the uncertainty of their computer being powerful enough to run the game. If you’re one of those people, this article is exactly what you need to figure it out.

A little history

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds got its name after the nickname of its creator Brandon Greene most known as PlayerUnknown. His record includes DayZ mode for ARMA, H1Z1: King of the Hill and PUBG itself which, unlike DayZ and H1Z1, has been a product of Brandon’s own company Bluehole, Inc. PlayerUnknown is truly a sage of the genre since he practically invented it.

How it works

One hundred players are being dropped on the island 64 square kilometers in the area where they should loot houses in search for a perfect weapon, make sure they are in the constantly shrinking playing zone also known as “the circle”, and of course, make it to the very end. As soon as you see someone you shoot or get shot. Plane trajectory is always random and so is loot. Every once in a while, there’s a red zone in the random place of the map and you better be far away from the air bombing attack or lay low in first house you can find.

Weapons

Clothes, weapons, add-ons and items haven’t changed much since the initial public release, but are still very diverse. You can get a suppressor for a loud weapon as well as scopes which vary from red-dot ones to 8x and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a 15x beast in the air drop. In addition to that, you can come across extended magazines and foregrips for weapons of all sorts. Experienced DayZ players might find it hard to get used to PUBG’s ballistics, but it gets better with time and bullets eventually start damaging your enemies. Sometimes you just have to aim a little higher.

PUBG’s performance testing

The game is heavily bugged. However, you can’t judge it yet since PUBG is still in early access. Besides, it’s being constantly patched. Lagging and freezing will not be a huge problem for a modern hardware users, but visual and sound bugs can destroy your game experience sometimes.

Developers haven’t revealed recommended requirements yet, though minimum ones are already available. Based on them we created two platforms for a complete performance testing. Each configuration took us about half an hour to test which equals to an average time spent in a game. For the accuracy of the experiment we should have done exactly the same things in exactly the same order on both platforms to create an identical system load which is quite impossible while playing Battle Royale and PUBG in particular. Thus, the more random the game is the harder it gets to come up with ideal performance testing results.

Minimal System Requirements

OS
64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
CPUIntel Core i3-4340/ AMD FX-6300
GPUnVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
RAM6 GB
DirectX11
HDD30 GB

Game.STR nVidia Testing table

OS
Windows 8.1
CPUIntel Core i3-4340
GPUnVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
RAM6 GB
DirectX11

Game.STR Radeon Testing table

OSWindows 8.1
CPUAMD FX-6300
GPUAMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
RAM6 GB
DirectX11

As you can see, our platform configurations are identical to the minimum system requirements. The only thing is we haven’t substituted Windows 8.1 for something better working because apparently some people still use the OS. You can also take a look at FPS charts for platforms with GTX 660 and HD7850 and comparison diagrams further in the text.

You probably noticed that only one diagram has three lines in it which shows that at certain moments game reached an absolute zero performance. Something you can expect from early access games and there’s nothing much you can do about it. The fact that performance has never gone lower than 2 FPS on low settings is either our luck or some amazing game optimization. In general, Nvidia has a slight advantage over AMD showing higher or same FPS rate on most settings. Only on low does AMD get a higher score in max FPS, however showing the same average performance as Nvidia.

Life hacks

The first thing you need to do before launching Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on low settings is to get ready. At the moment, not even Nvidia 1080ti can save you from experiencing lagging and freezing. Next thing you need to do is disable all applications that can load your system. Say goodbye to gaming centers, browsers, graphics software, Skype (unless you’re playing as a team, but better use Discord for that), VPN and even office documents. With PUBG you wouldn’t want any other process to run at the same time. Don’t forget to check your driver update. Nvidia has already released a new version for the latest PUBG patch. Finally, relax. System requirements won’t go any lower and the upcoming optimization will give you ten more FPS at best. So, if you’re struggling with 25 FPS on your AMD HD7850 it’s time to say goodbye and get a new GPU. After all, changing the resolution to 720p will not help much.

Good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune on a new GPU. Even with an AMD CPU, your Nvidia GTX750ti will run the game quite alright. Our testing results showed 42 FPS on low, 28FPS on medium and 19FPS on high.

If you follow gaming industry news you probably know that GTX660 and HD7850 are not miracle workers. Modern games can hardly be played on them and if you still own one, it’s time to upgrade.

Still got hope

Brendon Greene is famous for quitting his previous projects leaving them in beta forever. PUBG’s developers claim to release the final project within six months after early access launching. Even though the game’s design document isn’t that big and the concept itself is getting old our testing proves that there are all chances for a successful PUBG release. Especially since all the patches have only improved the game so far.

Another day of a tester

Going to work on a Monday morning, Misha was in a perfect mood. Well, of course! He had a good time on weekends, slept well, went to a cinema with a girlfriend, ordered a few parts for his bycicle, brewed a little (it’s a secret, but he has a hobby like that). Long story short, he did everything he wanted. Except for going through a new album by one of many music band he liked. As he was walking, he thought he would listen it at work.
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Bugs in iconic games: Heroes of Might and Magic III

Take any game in the world and you will find bugs in it. Some games have more bugs, and some – fewer, but we’re all people, which means developing process concedes making mistakes. To minimize human factor in end product, any profession includes QA job. Quality Assessment is, basically, what we do, as testers. But what are these bugs and why are they so hard to find sometimes?
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Focus-test Dead by Daylight

In order not to waste human power, describing what focus-testing is, we would like to to recommend a few articles (but be careful, it’s in Russian), devoted to this topic. Worry not about the age of these articles. Nothing changed since then, so they are still actual.

If one doesn’t want to dig into focus-testing procedures, but still interested in Dead by Daylight, (after reading our review and performance articles), let’s get to it. Our main goals are: study reaction and opinions of exerienced players on all parts of the game. We are interested in every aspect of the game: tutorial, all game modes, visual and sound parts, interface and charachter customization… In short terms, just like always. We’ve already tested Сrossout and The Culling. As usual, no one played Dead by Daylight before the focus-test.
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No Man’s Sky focus-test video

Recently, we’ve published the results of our focus-test. It appeared to be as contradictive, as the game itself, so we decided to show you a video of the process with comments from our focus-group. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3zF3Zd_dXA

Focus-Test No Man’s Sky

After the release, No Man’s Sky appeared to be a commercially successful project, though a contradictory game. And if media is quite undemonstrative with their evaluation, players have put their foot down. Ones claim this game a masterpiece, others consider it an overpriced shell, empty inside. Neither PS4, nor PC gamers stand aside. What’s curious is that critics valued the game a lot higher, than gamers, which is a rare occasion. Soon, we will publish PC version review, yet we present our focus-test of No Man’s Sky for PS4. Here and now, we’ve got two opposite opinions among the participants.
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