While all eyes have been on a certain Bolivian open-world beta this weekend, CI Games has also covertly been letting players on PC sneak a little taste of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. It's a CryEngine powered shooter set in an open-world Georgia. It's not out until April so it's got a little bit of time left in the oven yet, however this is our first to see how it's shaping up with some benchmarks on the Radeon R9 380 2GB.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4 (Click to Enlarge)
For our benchmark tests we took an average frame rate from an extended gameplay sequence, reloading a checkpoint and then attempting to replicate the scenario with different settings. The benchmark was performend with MSI's Radeon R 380 2GB, equipped with 2GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. For the test we took an average frame rate when playing through a length Free Battle.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB Benchmarks
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CryEngine games are actually few and far between, but ever since the days of Crysis they've typically been pretty demanding. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is no different, and some serious work needs to be done on performance optimization between now and launch.
Overall frame rates look fairly promising but what this neglects is the frame drops which often occur. Looking down the sniper scope in particular totally destroys the frame rate except when playing at the very lowest resolutions and graphics settings.
Other times Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 struggles is when driving a vehicle. Loading in scenery at a fast pace proves quite a hit on the hardware and it can certainly chug at times, particularly considering this isn't exactly a strong looking game. Ghost Warrior 3 looks nice, sure, but nothing special. Texture work can be rough and level of detail drops dramatically once you get 50 or so metres away from the player. Not a good look for a game which is all about large, expansive environments.
Fortunately we are still two months away form launch so CI Games has plenty of time to get things in order. Average frame rates are high so they just need to iron out those drops and Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 should launch with decent performance.