I started to play AW2 recently and just wanted to leave a few initial impressions. I'm not sure if this will be too much of a thread tbh because I really liked the tight story and play of AW1 with it's obvious Twilight Zone, Stephen King and other classic horror references, which so far this game doesn't have. It's a completely different game and really imo is not an Alan Wake game at all, that was just a marketing gimmick to get interest and buzz by remedy. Their last major game, Control, was also about the FBI under other names and also featured some advanced tech but really was not that interesting to look at and featured the obtuse language and story telling which can be pretty annoying and obnoxious.\n\nNow to the performance I'm playing on my mid range older 2060m laptop w an i5-10300h and 16gb ram. It takes up about 10gb of system ram and almost all of the 6gb vram, 5.5 at dlss performance 1080p. I also went into the render ini to disable vignette, dof, and other things as well as bump up the FOV, dlss sharpening to 50% and other things. This sort of stuff DOES make a perf difference and it's not acceptable by Remedy to leave those options out. Especially with the weird and frankly largely useless settings they have like the strange audio settings, the various color space options and such which most people won't touch or have little knowledge of and of course none of those make any difference as far as performance at all. \n\nI unfortunately don't have or don't want to find 80gb of space on an ssd for this game, I had to delete 120gb for Starfield on one of my external ssds and don't feel like moving other premium games around for this game if it's not going to be a game I play much. Now Starfield was the same way, the software dev whores are forcing SSD's to get a smooth experience where it's not necessary. With Starfield there is a kb sized mod that fixes disc caching so hdd's perform the same as ssd's during normal play, pointing to a strategy by the largely criminal videogame industry. I have no plans to move to an ssd for this questionable game. Therefore exactly like SF I get audio desync, stutters all over w huge fps drops, etc for no reason other than the devs are selling consoles and higher priced pc components. They are whores. And I have the free version of this game, won't support these scum w any money at all.\n\nSo for the loading screen and largely hitting skip to the inane remedy tripe cut scenes I didn't see anything that was mind blowing compared to my recent major game of cp77. The forest is a nice change from the city and such of cp77 though and it does have more cpu heavy vegetation so there's that. I limit to 60 in all games and I got that mostly but again got huge drops constantly. I will watch for a mod that can fix this unnecessary problem the devs are well aware of long ago but are just part of the greedster hardware seller scammer club. Two full birds to you Remedy scumbags. I'd also mention this is an epic exclusive, so they get up front money for that and no real reviews either, just the whore advertiser sponsored game sites and articles, also two birds to you aholes.