I've been waiting for this game since HR, as I've finished the game several times on both console and PC. I love the semi-open world that's packed with things to find and explore, rather than a massive open world that's basically just empty scenery.
I then enter the game to find that the optimization is absolute ♥♥♥♥, I mean really bad. Yes, I turned off MSAA, and turned down volumetric lighting etc., and yet the game still has massive stuttering along with a bizarre input lag that makes aiming a pain in the balls.
EDIT : I should also mention that these stutters appear at even lower graphical settings, and in no other game. Witcher 3 runs like butter on ultra but I can't run this game properly on medium without drops around every turn?
There's also a severe issue which is causing the game to run at one frame per second whenever I load a save in a certain area, I don't know what's causing this, but it takes a few minutes to subside and the entire app runs slowly during this period of time, including the menus, which turn into a stuttering mess that takes ages to load.
And those loading times. Christ.
But it's only been out for a few hours (over a day at the point of this edit), so I can deal with poor optimization as long as it's not a long term issue. Definitely a thing I can deal with.
Then, I discovered that the pre-order bonuses that I got for purchasing the game nearly a month ago, can only be used for one save. ONE ♥♥♥♥ING SAVE.
Oh and don't forget, you can buy in game grenades and weapons with real money! It's only 5 euro for 2 grenades and a gun! Amazing value!
♥♥♥♥ you Square Enix, you are officially on the same level as EA, you are a tumour on the balls of the games industry.
Honestly, the game is amazing so far, despite optimization issues which will hopefully be fixed soon.
But you should seriously not support Square Enix. I would recommend you pirate the game but denuvo hasn't been cracked yet. If it was, I would have refunded for that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and done it myself.
The developers of this game have done a great job, despite some optimization issues at launch. But this games reputation will probably be dragged through ♥♥♥♥ because some corporate parasites can't handle a single second where money isn't being shoved in their pockets, even if it completely destroys the reputations of good games and devs in the long run.
Obligatory : https://youtu.be/09vVF-Hvykg?t=9s
EDIT : The performance was more stable after updating drivers, but now the game crashes after a certain scene.