We’re preparing a Performance Analysis for Syndicate but let’s get one thing straight; the bloom effects are overdone and there is no way to disable them. Seriously, my eyes hurt after watching some of the in-game screenshots that I’ve captured and that says a lot. Starbreeze went nuts with it and luckily for you, there is a temporary workaround to get rid of those flashy gimmick effects.
PC gamers will have to press ctrl+alt+~ (while they are in the game) and write this command: ‘xr_effectmodels 0’. Though this will not fix the reflective lights that are overdone, it somewhat dims down the light source and disables sun-shafts. Yeah, by using this command you will lose the sun-shafts, but at least you will be able to see what’s in front of you.
Both Electronic Arts and Starbreeze are aware of this issue. A while back, some fans reported this issue – alongside some random crashes – in the game’s FB page. EA responded and said that this information has been passed on to the developers.
Here is hoping that Starbreeze will release a patch to address it!
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards."