Nioh 2 on PC maxed out looks great, but it is not up to snuff of games around it.
This game looks rough visually, and to me a downgrade from Nioh 2. This looks more like Stranger Final Fantasy visuals and that’s not a compliment. Hopefully maxed out in a decent rig the game looks better :
Disagree with that. The demo build was very much on-par with Nioh 2 visually and with much more open environments to boot.
Stranger is a bit of an odd case, the first demo was very rough but the final version is considerably better optimized. I suspect the problem may have been that it was developed by a different team within TN who had less experience with the engine, and as a result underestimated the amount of stress running 3 characters and large numbers of enemies at all times was going to place on it.
To be honest looking at Stranger I can imagine they worked out the battle system first and then tried to do the best they could with what resources they had left over for the environments, and overall image. Its quite a different animal to Nioh because every enemy type has its own unique set of finisher animations for both Jack and the mob, which explains the relatively small bestiary and limited population variety on any given level.
I think people tend not to notice how detailed the character and armour models are in these games compared to the environments.