Any of you remember M&M X: Legacy? It’s a rather notorious game for many reasons, released in 2014 or so to VERY mixed reviews (actually, most bad) but it’s one that I’ve grown strangely fond of.
- Might & Magic X tanks its framerate horrible anywhere outside of dungeons or towns. It can literally halve the framerate, even on a modern, very power gaming PC, which, as this game is turn-based but still open-world, is not deal-breaking but obviously very irritating.
What I Was Hoping For:
- As a Unity game, I was hoping that Special K’s Control Panel could be used to alter the way the game is rendering, to hopefully achieve a more stable framerate, much in the same manner that another rather notorious RPG, Pillars of Eternity 2, was able to attain using one of K’s .dll files.
What I’ve Tried:
I tried a manual installation first, after verifying that the game is native 32-bit and uses DirectX 9. This caused the game to not even be able to launch, complaining it couldn’t find a compatible resolution.
I then tried a global installation using SKIM in Compatibility Mode (branch?), which yielded some encouraging results, since I was finally able to get the Special K Control Panel to come up. Unfortunately, I couldn’t enable and/or alter any of the options I thought needed alteration as with the Pillars of Eternity 2 instance, namely (potentially) CPU Core Parking, and, more specifically, the SwapChain settings that worked wonders for fixing PoE 2, as these options simply weren’t present using this installation method.
Any of you care to take this one on? I don’t mean to sound lazy, but, frankly, I’m not sure what I’m doing with these settings. I’m not even sure if SpK will or can even make a different in M&M X, but I thought it was worth taking a swing here in the forums to see if someone else much more proficient with the injector can figure it out.
Might & Magic X: Legacy is available through Steam and, I believe, through GoG. All one has to do to see the problem is to create a quick party in the game, go through the opening quest that the local garrison leader gives you (clearing out a spider cave) with then allows you to leave the town. Round the first corner then head slightly north (a few steps only) and watch the framerate go from the low-hundreds down to the miserable 50s.
Thanks very much to anyone reading this and much moreso to anyone who feels like taking a crack at it.