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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun [Steam, GOG] is a very good tactical stealth game, it just got a whole lot better with a new beta patch too.

When going over various changelogs as usual, I came across one for Shadow Tactics (see here). It mentions "Major performance improvements" along with "Reduced mission loading times" and "Reduced saving and loading times". I honestly thought that the performance improvements would be really minor and likely be more tuned for the Windows version. I was wrong—very wrong.

The performance impact of this opt-in patch is staggering. Times when I was getting 30FPS while moving the camera, is now giving a solid 120FPS+ even while zoomed out. The performance, for me, has at least doubled in all cases across every level I tried. Absolutely amazing, I have no idea what they've done as I'm on the same settings and it looks as crisp and beautiful as ever.

On top of that, they really did work on loading time which has also been dramatically reduced. Before, I could probably pop downstairs and grab a biscuit before it loaded a level, now it's mere seconds before it's ready.

I'm extremely impressed with the post-release effort Mimimi Productions has put in with Shadow Tactics. I already enjoyed the game and I did recommend it when I initially covered the release at the start of 2017, now it's a very clear and solid recommendation.

I'm sure once the patch is stable and released properly on Steam, it will also make its way to GOG too. For now, if you wish to test it, simply opt-in to the "patch-preview" branch on Steam.

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Philadelphus 23 February 2018 at 10:12 pm UTC
ShmerlSomehow no one can answer this. Can you check please, is the update 64-bit or not?

That's what I see for my current GOG version:

file 'Shadow Tactics' Shadow Tactics: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib/ld-linux.so.2, for GNU/Linux 2.6.24, BuildID[sha1]=8a178e29a711fa53a4b8b04236b6e40dd406b910, stripped
That's what it says for my Steam version too.
Arehandoro 29 March 2018 at 8:39 pm UTC
A bit late maybe, but has someone tried the game now that the patch is official? I get a green screen at the beginning of the mission (cgi intro) and only hear music/voice and see subtitles. After the intro ends the game crashes and exits to the desktop. Have tried to find the logs for the game but strangely it's not where the devs say.
Shmerl 29 March 2018 at 9:07 pm UTC
ArehandoroA bit late maybe, but has someone tried the game now that the patch is official?

Is it official? The last update on GOG is Patch 1.4.4.f (07 September 2017). I thought their patches were still beta and they didn't release them yet.
Philadelphus 30 March 2018 at 4:19 am UTC
Steam got an official version of the patch…a week or two ago? I hadn't tried it until just now, but it seems to be working fine for me.
Shmerl 30 March 2018 at 4:20 am UTC
PhiladelphusSteam got an official version of the patch…a week or two ago?

That's quite a delay then. I'll ask around.
jens 30 March 2018 at 5:28 am UTC
ArehandoroA bit late maybe, but has someone tried the game now that the patch is official? I get a green screen at the beginning of the mission (cgi intro) and only hear music/voice and see subtitles. After the intro ends the game crashes and exits to the desktop. Have tried to find the logs for the game but strangely it's not where the devs say.
I have the same green cutscenes, the -skipmovies launch option did the trick for me. Not perfect but acceptable.
lucifertdark 30 March 2018 at 6:20 am UTC
I'm not getting the green screen with the latest patch, could it be your video drivers? I'm using the 390.48 nvidia drivers.
jens 30 March 2018 at 7:06 am UTC
lucifertdarkI'm not getting the green screen with the latest patch, could it be your video drivers? I'm using the 390.48 nvidia drivers.

Interesting what causes this. Video driver version would be my first bet too, but I'm also running nvidia driver version 390.42.
tuubi 30 March 2018 at 7:16 am UTC
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lucifertdarkI'm not getting the green screen with the latest patch, could it be your video drivers? I'm using the 390.48 nvidia drivers.

Interesting what causes this. Video driver version would be my first bet too, but I'm also running nvidia driver version 390.42.
390.42 and 390.48 are actually two different driver releases, but I didn't see anything in the changelog that could be relevant.
jens 30 March 2018 at 7:26 am UTC
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jens
lucifertdarkI'm not getting the green screen with the latest patch, could it be your video drivers? I'm using the 390.48 nvidia drivers.

Interesting what causes this. Video driver version would be my first bet too, but I'm also running nvidia driver version 390.42.
390.42 and 390.48 are actually two different driver releases, but I didn't see anything in the changelog that could be relevant.

Ah, thanks a lot for correcting me, missed the difference in that last digit ;). Lets see what happens once negativo17 pushes this version for Fedora.


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