MH Stories 2 Wings of Ruin lag fps drops stuttering – Here is a small performance or optimization guide for Monster Hunter Stories Wings of Ruin, that would help towards getting better fps on low-end PCs.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin optimization guide – Fix Lag, FPS Drops and Stuttering
Monster Hunter Stories 2 Wings of Ruin is probably one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2021. MH Stories 2 Wings of Ruin is a JRPG developed and published by Capcom, and it is a direct sequel to Monster Hunter Stories (2016). The game is a turn-based RPG, which is completely different from the previous Monster Hunter titles.
The story begins with the mass disappearance of Rathalos (Google, if you are new to Monster Hunter) around the world of MH Stories 2. You play as the descendant of the legendary Rider, Red, and have a fateful encounter with a girl, Ena, who has been entrusted with the potential to hatch into a legendary Rathalos which could wreak havoc if awakened to its destructive power.
Now that the basic information about the game is out of the way. Let’s talk about the performance issues in the game that need some fixing. It hasn’t been long since the game has launched and players have already started experiencing issues like lag, fps drops or stuttering.
Therefore, if you are a low-end PC user, and not getting good enough performance. Here are some things you can do.
How to fix the performance issues
Check the system requirements of MH Stories 2
This has become mandatory now these days. You have to check the system requirements of the game you are going to buy beforehand. Compare your system specifications with the system requirements of the game.
|Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system||Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system|
|OS||WINDOWS® 10 (64-BIT Required)||WINDOWS® 10 (64-BIT Required)|
|PROCESSOR||Intel® Core™ i5-3470 3.20 GHz or AMD FX-6300™ or better||Intel® Core™ i5-4460 3.20 GHz or AMD FX-8300™ or better|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|GRAPHICS||NVIDIA®GeForce® GTX 960 / 2GB VRAM or AMD Radeon RX 560 / 2GB VRAM||NVIDIA®GeForce® GTX 960 / 2GB VRAM or AMD Radeon RX 560 / 2GB VRAM|
|DIRECTX||Version 11||Version 11|
|NETWORK||Broadband Internet connection||Broadband Internet connection|
|STORAGE||28 GB available space||28 GB available space|
|SOUND CARD||DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX® 9.0c or higher)||DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX® 9.0c or higher)|
|ADDITIONAL NOTES||This game is expected to run at 1080p/30 FPS. If you don’t have enough performance to run the game at your selected graphic quality, you must go to Options > Graphics and decrease the resolution or adjust the quality setting. An internet connection is required for product activation.||This game is expected to run at 1080p/30 FPS. An internet connection is required for product activation.|
As I have mentioned in some of my other articles, the listed official requirements look quite weird to me. It has GTX 960 and RX 560 under both Minimum and Recommended. And it says that the “game is expected to run at 1080p/30 FPS” under both the sections. Don’t know what sort of testing the devs did. But this has to be incorrect.
Monster Hunter Stories: Wings of Ruin – Best Graphics Settings
The graphics options available for the game is quite lackluster in my opinion. I can understand that games that have this kind of art style don’t need a lot of settings. But come on, even Genshin Impact has more settings than this. Anyway, let’s get right to the settings:
- Window Mode: Full Screen
- Resolution: 1920×1080
- Frame Rate: 60 (You don’t need more in a game like this)
- V-Sync: Off
- Anti-Aliasing: On (I personally like to keep this off. I don’t like the blurry visuals that come with anti-aliasing)
- LOD: Off
- Texture Quality: Medium
- Shadow Quality: Low (The in-game shadows have a flickering issue at the moment)
Note: If you are using a GPU similar to GT 710 or Intel HD, or any low-end laptop graphics. Then don’t bother tweaking anything. Just set everything to Low.
I have personally tried the game on a RTX 3070, RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 ti, and it ran flawlessly on all of these GPUs. So if you have something similar to these cards, then you shouldn’t have any performance issue.
Turn off Steam overlay for this game
I would recommend that you turn off Steam overlay for MH Stories 2. Overlays can sometimes cause stutters. All you have to do is:
- Go to your Steam library
- Right-click on Monster Hunter Stories Wings of Ruin
- Select Properties > General
- Uncheck ‘Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game’
Close all the different overlays that you have enabled on your system. That includes Steam, Discord, Nvidia GFE, AMD. Overlays are known to cause stutters in many games. So try to avoid them if your system is not high-powered.
For Laptop users
Since Wings of Ruin is a turn-based RPG, I am guessing that a lot of Laptop users are going to play this game. If you are using a laptop that has a dedicated Nvidia GPU, then make sure that your laptop is using the dedicated GPU and not the integrated one.
To do that, just open Nvidia Control Panel, click on Manage 3D Settings and set ‘Preferred graphics processor’ to ‘High-performance Nvidia processor’. Restart your system.
AMD users can also do the same. You actually don’t need your GPU control panel for this. Here is what you need to do:
- Type ‘Graphics Setting’ in your Windows search bar, and click on the first result that comes up
- Set “Choose an app to set preference” to Desktop app
- Click on browse
- Go to the installation folder of Monster Hunter Stories Wings of Ruin
- Select the .exe file or the executable
- Click on Options once the .exe file is added
- You should see three options: Let Windows decide, Power Saving (Integrated GPU) and High Performance (Dedicated GPU)
- Choose High Performance
- Restart your PC
Heavy background applications and services
Windows 10 has plenty of applications or Windows services that often tend to eat up a huge chunk of RAM without you knowing anything about it. As a result, people with low-end CPUs and low RAM capacity start facing stutters and freezes in almost every game. I used to face this issue a lot on my i3-8100 system.
So check whether you have useless applications running in the background or not. You can also decide which applications you want to automatically start when you boot your system and prevent the useless ones from starting.
- Open Task Manager
- Click on the Startup tab
- Keep the applications that are important, Enabled
- Disable the rest
First one comes from Steam user /mchlk:
I had constant stuttering, even in the menu after starting the game.
For me the solution was to turn on Steam input (right click on the game in the library list -> properties -> controller -> enable Steam input). After that my game runs smooth.
Second one comes from Steam user /Noodles:
I was having the same problem, found out it was DS4Windows that was causing the stuttering. Steam controller support seems to work.
I am still keeping an eye on the Monster Hunter Reddit and various forums. And as soon as I notice something new, I will update the list of fixes.
If you think this guide had helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Monster Hunter Stories 2 guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue of the game on the launch day. Good luck!
That’s all folks!