Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia PC Performance Review

In-battle - performance and settings comparison

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia PC Performance Review

In-battle - performance and settings comparison  

In Total War's Battle mode the move from Low to Medium settings provides players with a night and day graphical difference, with major differences to terrain detail the addition of shadows and an increase in unit size offer a significant boost to the game's visuals. 

We would not recommend playing Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia at anything lower than Medium settings, as the game looks awful at low, serving only to make the game playable on ultra-low-end systems. 


(Low VS Medium)

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Moving to high settings we can immediately see another boost to unit sizes, promising larger clashes of units as well as greater levels of environmental detail. 

Below we can see that the settlement walls are now much more detailed, especially on the partially destroyed left tower. In the countryside outside of the walls, we can also see walls emerge at the edge of fields and more geometric detail for environmental features, making the area look more grounded in reality. 

Beyond the walls, we can see that smoke now billows from the chimneys of each property and that shadows are now cast around some of the nearby houses, again making the grounding the settlement further into reality with a more "lived-in" feel. 


(Medium VS High)

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Moving up to Ultra settings we can see no change in unit sizes, though we can see another increase in building detail, shadow casts further into the distance and sharper terrain details thanks to the addition of 2x anisotropic filtering. 

In the distance, we can see more smoke billowing from chimneys and houses which have caught fire during this siege battle. Ambient Occlusion also adds extra shading around each unit and around much of the environment, making the distant shields of the soldiers appear much less bright and distracting.   


(High VS Ultra)

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At Extreme Settings the most visible difference to the game is the maximisation of unit sizes, creating the largest real-time battles that Total War is capable of. 

Aside from this, we see a minimal decrease in performance with our GTX 1080 in this demanding scenario, thanks mostly to the game's CPU limitations. At least at this preset, the game's 4x MSAA can make full utilisation of our GTX 1080, which is something that hasn't been seen in this scene before now. 


(Ultra VS Extreme)

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10-05-2018, 14:30:42

NeverBackDown
I think you were being slightly too harsh about the multi threading support. I mean we all know the Attila Engine was awful and expecting to much more certainly should have been out of the equation. I don't think comparing it to the newer TW3 Engine used in Warhammer is practical considering those were fully fleshed out titles rather than a spin off.

But all things considered the engine is MUCH better than the Attila one. That said I do still agree that 32bit and lack of Multi threading improvements were horrible ideas and should have at least had more work gone into it. But it's a spin off. So I guess as long as it was better than before they thought it was okay.


I also agree on having separate settings for Campaign and Battles. They are so VASTLY different in what they really stress on the system that it makes little sense to switch settings all the time. Which is something people with lower end hardware have to do.Quote

10-05-2018, 15:07:04

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
I think you were being slightly too harsh about the multi threading support. I mean we all know the Attila Engine was awful and expecting to much more certainly should have been out of the equation. I don't think comparing it to the newer TW3 Engine used in Warhammer is practical considering those were fully fleshed out titles rather than a spin off.

But all things considered the engine is MUCH better than the Attila one. That said I do still agree that 32bit and lack of Multi threading improvements were horrible ideas and should have at least had more work gone into it. But it's a spin off. So I guess as long as it was better than before they thought it was okay.


I also agree on having separate settings for Campaign and Battles. They are so VASTLY different in what they really stress on the system that it makes little sense to switch settings all the time. Which is something people with lower end hardware have to do.
I think it is accurate to say that my harshness could stem from my love for the series, as a sincerely hope that Creative Assembly can take some of my criticisms to heart.

Yeah, I think the best thing that they can do is split campaign and battle settings, though obviously some things like unit sizes will be shared between both modes.

As I have said in the review, I like the game, I look forward to playing more, but the focus here is on performance and when there is a major shortcoming it needs to be discussed in detail.

TBH I am very excited to see what CA bring to the table with Three Kingdoms. I'm very excited to see what CA can do with a historical Total War on the latest iteration of their Warscape engine.Quote

10-05-2018, 15:48:03

NeverBackDown
I understand and I am in the same boat as you.

I won't be getting it though. I just don't think it's worth it. We already had a ton of other Viking themed gameplay in Attila and playing more of it for the sake of different features doesn't interest me for the money.

I don't have much hope for 3K myself. China is boring to me and with how Britannia and Warhammer 2 have gone I am not excited.Quote
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