The zombie-slaying campy goodness that is Dead Rising 3 came out on Friday for the PC. Until then it had been an Xbox One exclusive so it was my first time with the game, and I was unpleasantly surprised to find that the PC version suffers from the dreaded port-itis: the developers appear not to have put much effort into optimising it specifically for PC hardware.

So naturally, it runs like a dog even on well-specced hardware, something PC gamers aren’t used to. You’re not immune even if you’re lucky enough to have a high-end video card like a GeForce GTX 780 or a Radeon R9 290, as Microsoft has capped the frame rate at 30 frames per second to match the Xbox One version. The result? Dead Rising 3 doesn’t play very smoothly at all, even when it’s running at full pace.

Fortunately, one of the very many benefits of gaming on a PC is that it’s both possible and easy to modify games, and Dead Rising 3 is no different. It was no surprise, then, when I discovered a way to unlock the 30fps frame rate, a tweak that meant the game could make full use of my graphics card and potentially make the game play a lot better.

Capcom Vancouver has sent out instructions for unleashing the full power of your GPU. It’s but a simple .ini file that’s dropped into the folder containing the Dead Rising 3 executable.

To create it, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Notepad (press Windows Key and R and type notepad and press Enter)

Step 2: Copy and paste this line of text into the file: gmpcr_unlock_frame_rate=True

Step 3: Click File, Save As and call the file User.txt. Save it somewhere familiar, like your Documents folder.

Step 4: Make sure Windows is showing file extensions, open the folder, find user.txt and right-click on it, select Rename and change the name to user.ini.

Step 5: Copy user.ini (right-click, copy or press Control and C) and navigate to the directory containing Dead Rising 3.exe. It should be in [Steam Drive]:\Steam\Steamapps\common\Dead Rising 3. Right click and choose Paste, or press Control and V.

Step 6: Launch the game.

And now Dead Rising 3 will run at more than 30 frames per second where it can, and the more powerful your graphics card, the better the performance boost you’ll get.

Of course, it won’t always run better – there are still plenty of places in the game where the frame rate will dip well below the 30fps mark because too much is going on, but in the places where it does, you’ll have a much smoother time of it.

Just a warning, however: some of the game’s systems, like physics, are tied to the 30 frames per second limitation (it’s a technical thing, apparently), so using the fix may break other parts of the game. Use it at your own risk.

Lastly, is Dead Rising 3 worth the time and effort? The 15 hours or so I played this weekend say HELL YES, but then I’m a big fan of the series and I’m very happy to see it evolve into this huge open-world, vehicle-c0mbining, weapon-creating juggernaut of a game that gives players even more hilarious and creative ways to dispatch zombies.

[Via – Eurogamer]
Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.