Over the last number of weeks, Microsoft has made a variety of surprise statements of numerous RPGs coming to Xbox Game Pass service, including an unexpected Octopath Traveler port, together with Yakuza 6, several Bethesda titles, also EA Play lastly getting here to Game Pass for PC. NieR Automata getting here onto Microsoft Store on March 18 at first appeared like a little footnote in a deluge of high profile titles on Microsofts membership download service– it had actually initially released on PC via Steam in the exact same month as the around the world release back in 2017, and has actually been available to bet years. A surprising absence of parity in between the brand-new Microsoft Store variation and the initial Steam port have actually left original purchasers feeling a bit rejected. A messed up port with no supportFirst, a little history lesson. The original NieR Automata port on Steam was (and still is) a combined bag at finest, with players reporting stuck mouse cursors, choppy cutscenes, pestered resolutions, stuttering and a slew of other problems. Thankfully, soon after release, neighborhood modder Kaldaien launched the Fix Automata Resolution, or FAR mod, targeted at fixing these numerous problems. Kaldaien at the time had formerly developed fan-patches for PC ports such as Tales of Berseria among others utilizing his Special K modding framework, and is presently looking ahead to the upcoming port of NieR Replicant.Square Enix themselves originally promised an examination into the reported concerns and asked users at the time to remain tuned: Thank you to everyone who has supported NieR: Automata.We are pleased a lot of are delighting in the video game. We wanted to let you understand that we appreciate all your feedback and are examining the problems that have actually been reported.Please stay tuned for updates.However, beyond a couple of news posts urging gamers to update their graphic card drivers, no fixes ever came. Even a 2019 refresh with the release of the Game of the YoRHa Edition didnt offer any relief. If you desired to play NieR Automata on Steam, you utilized the FAR mod– thats just how it was and is.In Comes QLOCLast week, NieR Automata ended up being also readily available on the Microsoft Store, and likewise as part of Microsofts Game Pass for PC Subscription. On the very same day, Polish porting home QLOC reported on having actually dealt with the brand-new port for the 4-year-old video game. QLOC, previously credited on PC ports for the Yakuza series together with Mortal Kombat 11 and Dark Souls Remastered, did not work on the original Steam release of the video game. For the brand-new store variation, QLOC supported the brand-new port with a borderless video setting, FidelityFX and HDR support, and UI Textures upscaled to 4K. Gamers who went on to attempt the brand-new port likewise reported substantially less problems with regards to stutter and choppy framerates. Im uncertain the number of times Ive heard that the icon on the taskbar for PC video games doesnt matter, due to the fact that in this case certainly seems to. This led to the apparent naturally, with Steam gamers barraging the store page due to the missing support they were rejected as a better product appeared unannounced numerous years later. Evaluation battles have actually been the topic of a number of debates prior to, of which Valve has actually needed to action in to declare specific raids off-topic such as the case for Borderlands 2 when Gearbox announced a duration of Epic Games Store exclusivity for Borderlands 3. As of yet, Nier Automatas review bomb has actually not been flagged by Steams off-topic evaluation activity, and for relatively great reason. A fast perusal of the recent unfavorable evaluations read like stern disapproval rather than outright anger. “While I love the game I cant advise the Steam variation.” one evaluation laments, another states “I cant suggest it in its present state. At this moment in time you actually should not need to install a mod simply to repair standard frame rate problems”. A 3rd is simply happy to point purchasers to the brand-new Microsoft variation with a basic statement: “Dont purchase this version. Get the GamePass version instead.”Advertisement. Keep scrolling for moreOf course, NieR Automatas time on Steam indicates that the present port has been poked and prodded and buffed out for several years, and Kaldaien himself admits that the new Microsoft Store variation isnt best especially with regards to post-processing effects like bloom and ambient occlusion. Existing texture adjustments and other alterations implies that when integrated with the FAR mod, the Steam version of the video game is still probably the one to get if you do not mind playing a bit. As it stands though, Automatas new port works out of package, and I comprehend the aggravation Steam owners have felt having to patch the video game up themselves considering that 2017, just to discover that staying tuned has yet to settle.
An unexpected absence of parity between the brand-new Microsoft Store version and the original Steam port have actually left initial buyers feeling a bit spurned. The initial NieR Automata port on Steam was (and still is) a combined bag at best, with gamers reporting stuck mouse cursors, choppy cutscenes, pestered resolutions, stuttering and a variety of other issues. On the very same day, Polish porting house QLOC reported on having actually worked on the new port for the 4-year-old video game. QLOC, formerly credited on PC ports for the Yakuza series together with Mortal Kombat 11 and Dark Souls Remastered, did not work on the original Steam release of the game. As it stands though, Automatas brand-new port works out of the box, and I comprehend the disappointment Steam owners have felt having to spot the video game up themselves since 2017, only to find out that staying tuned has yet to pay off.