Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’s lush hair is ruining the game

Stranger from Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has been causing more chaos than protagonist Jack can reasonably kill. That is another classic Square Enix port, by which I mean, is full of little technical hiccups and frustrating issues that make the game a total headache to play. But aside from the obvious hiccups, the game looks really poorly optimized.

It’s one of the most visually inconsistent games I’ve played in a hot second – one minute the game looks pretty good and then suddenly it’s like I’m being forced to play while my eyes are covered in Vaseline. When the game dares to look anything like a 2022 release, performance suffers dramatically. People much smarter than me are investigating why, and unsurprisingly it’s because a ton of models in the game are horribly optimized for performance. So what is one of the best solutions to ensure good game performance right now? Take the clippers and make them all bald. Yes for sure.

As Twitter user @AkiraJkr1 discovered, hair and skin turn Stranger of Paradise into a PowerPoint presentation. a starting character fur alone managed to drop the game to 25 fps. With an RTX 3090. Another opening shot with the dark elf Astos – who is sporting a beautiful layered hairstyle – cuts everything down to a mere eight frames per second. A follow-up video shows the entire team with a buzzcut and a much smoother average of 30 fps.

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It’s not just delicious locks that are causing some problems. AN reset era The thread points to a series of tweets calling the game’s models “genuinely the worst optimized thing”, including “things like 30MB geometry for (some) common enemies”. Even a bat, a common enemy type in Stranger of Paradise, boasts an ungodly amount of polygons. One Twitter user claims the bat has “triple the polygons” of Kiyru’s model in Yakuza 0, which strikes me as absolutely wild.

Reddit User MorrisonGamer has been creating some tools that can help improve the overall performance of the game, which actually includes making everyone in the game bald. If you can handle a little hair loss, it might be the most reliable way to play Stranger of Paradise right now.

Anne-Marie Coyle gave the game 72 in her Stranger from Paradise reviewwriting, “This useless B-movie version of the series might be a little rough, but it’s nonetheless a delightful and fascinating retelling of the ancient escapade that started it all.”

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