Why does Witcher 2 suck on the rMBP and What can I do about it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by renosausage, May 21, 2013.

  1. renosausage macrumors regular

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    This game is completely unplayable for me.

    Obviously I can't play it at the native resolution of 2880 by 1800

    but it looks like crap once you bring the resolution and graphics down.

    Right now its at 1440 by 900 at low settings

    Even at that rate it still lags sometimes.

    Why does this run sooooo bad and Diablo 3 runs smooth at 2880 by 1800

    I'm not playing this through bootcamp, this was from the mac app store.

    How come I have the 2200 dollar machine that can't play a 20 dollar game?
     
  2. B... macrumors 68000

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    Try an SMC reset. Dowload the latest drivers.
     
  3. renosausage thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where do I get the latest drivers if I have the Mac App Store Version?
     
  4. duervo macrumors 68000

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    You should review the specs for that game as listed in the Mac App Store:

    MINIMUM SPECS: OS X 10.7.5 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo. Memory: 4GB RAM. Graphics: GeForce GT 650M 512MB (on 1440x900, medium), Radeon HD 5770 1GB (on 1440x900, low). Hard Drive: 25 GB free space on HDD.

    Don't expect to be getting very good performance in a game when your graphics card barely passes the minimum specs.

    In other words, Witcher 2 is not a game that is geared towards being played on a laptop right now. I'd skip that game for now, and try it again in a couple years on the then-current MBP, or play it on a desktop.
     
  5. renosausage thread starter macrumors regular

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    That totally sucks!

    It looked so awesome at ultra settings with 2880 by 1800 resolution

    It I could just get 40 fps I would be so happy
     
  6. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Witcher 2 drags down dedicated gaming laptops at 1920x1080. How do you expect that a far less powerful machine will get similar performance at an even higher resolution?
     
  7. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

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    Get an Alienware m18x with 680m sli config... That is a laptop that can play witcher 2 on high settings.., will be heavy & ugly and cost like $3400... But I suppose that is besides the point....
     
  8. starski0 macrumors newbie

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    My guess is that you'd probably be better off running it through bootcamp.
     
  9. B... macrumors 68000

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    He is.
     
  10. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

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    In any case I would also recommend playing in Boot Camp if possible. Some of these OS X ports are terrible (another example would be Driver San Francisco).
     
  11. B... macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, I mis-read. I agree that Bootcamp would help performance.
     
  12. renosausage thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not really expecting it to. I just really wish it would.
     
  13. twingo macrumors regular

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    My washing machine was also very expensive and can't play a 20 dollar game. :(
    Maybe you try to use a toaster, but i would advise you to use a gaming computer for playing games.
     
  14. CJM macrumors 65816

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    The Witcher 2 is one of the most graphically demanding games out there. You can't expect to have fantastic performance on a mobile GPU. That said, if you bought it on the Mac app store, you may be entitled to a download of the PC version through goodoldgames.com. It would depend if you have a serial, I suppose.
     
  15. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

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    Come on, you can't exactly compare a rMBP to a a toaster. It's not like the rMBP is completely incompetent at playing games. In fact it's very capable of playing games well. You just have to temper your expectations.

    In the world of gaming I would consider the rMBP in the league of a mid-range mainstream Windows notebook. A mid-range Windows notebook can also play games competently, it's just not its primary purpose.
     

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