Syndicate – Bloom Fix Workaround; official patch might address it

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!