I recently experienced this issue.
Usually, i could play on medium to high settings normally, and be fine, but even on lowest setting, the framerate and constant stutters make the game unplayable.
Here's the problem:
On lag 1 video, it's laggy, mostly when possessing and exiting posession. General lag also occurs, as well as huge FPS drop when i click the unit window that has all the levels of the units (also happens with mood tab).
On lag 2 video, you can see in posession, a 1-2 second freeze mid swing. Also general choppyness.
I couldn't capture it on lag 1 video, but it happens in posession and overview modes. Constantly. It's horribly unplayable. It didn't used to be that way.
This is on lowest settings, installed on an SSD.
AMD Phenom II x6 1090T 3.2Ghz
8 GB RAM
Samsung EVO SSD
AMD Radeon R7 260x 1GB
I know, not the best specs in the world, but they should handle (and indeed did previously), some My Ped Dungeon levels without stuttering so much at lowest settings.
Here's the log:
Also, here's some message that i never saw in game. Whenever i clicked anywhere near the upper portion of the screen, the message would appear and a cursor would blink. I couldn't find any way to stop it from opening, and i could only close it by clicking anywhere else to remove the blinking cursor, then pressing ESC to bring up the menu and getting back in the game.
I don't know what that's about but here's the screenshot:AI message
Lastly, it takes about solid 3-5 minutes to exit the game, load the game, enter the game, anything really that has to do with loading. On an SSD... This used to happen to me when i had a broken HDD that is super slow, but once i installed the game on an SSD it was fine, it still had to load, but it was way faster. Then recently it started to have trouble loading again.
Thank you for reading!
Hopefully this can be somehow fixed, or at least minimise the lag and stuttering.
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