LowSpecGamer: Life is Strange on lowest graphics

July 30, 2019 posted by

Being the outsider in school is hard. Hell,
high school in general is a mess, you are going through one of life most confusing moments
and everything is not helping. You know what makes it worse? Suddenly discovering you can
go back in time, because with great power comes a lot of freaking pressure and confusion.
You know what even makes it worse? Having to experience it with very low framerate. But no worries, because things will get better.
Welcome to 2016 everybody, one of my new year LowSpecGamer resolutions is to try some new
genres and where better to start that that with a graphic adventure game that has made
me curious since I first read of it. This is the LowSpecGamer, where graphic adventures
are still high end and where we love big configuration files. So forget about shadows and most of the details.
We may not be able to turn back time but we can make this game run. Oh man, are you cereal? This is the default configuration on this
game. Full HD resolution and Medium preset, no the best start. And as you guessed, this is a bit hard to
play with… which is a lot to say for a slower paced adventure game. Changed the resolution back to 720 and preset
low. Only thing left to disable is vertical sync and done. I am pretty sure you can play like this with
some patience, but that is not enough for us, specially when there’s ways to make it
better. Life is Strange is an Unreal Engine 3 game
as the game reminds you every time you boot it up. I have covered some unreal engine 3
games here before using certain tweaks and although some games refused to be tweaked
or simply hide all configuration files, Life is strange is not one of those games and we
can learn from past experiences. The first thing we are going to do is screw
a bit with the level of detail on textures, which is a great thing to do if you are low
on memory. To do this we need go to the default configuration file located at the installation
directory of the game. For Steam this is at program files x86, Steam, steamapps, common,
Life is Strange, LifeIsStrangeGame, Config… and open a file called DefaultEngine.ini At the System Settings area you will find
a set of texture groups, and what you need to do is too change all MaxLODSizes to 1.
So all of this. I will try and leave a copy of this texture group sections in the description
if you prefer to copy and paste, just make sure you paste it on the right area of the
file. Run the game so these changes are saved on
all the other configuration files and change back your settings. Modifying the default
engine file resets all your settings back to default. What his will do is decrease the level of
details on most of the environment and in the characters themselves. Even tough the
game already has a very characteristic art style you will definitively notice the difference
in the faces of the characters. Now, for something a bit more useful we need
the user configuration file located at Documents, my games, Life is Strange, LifeIsStrangeGame,
config, LifeIsStrangeEngine.ini. Open it with notepad and look for the system settings area. We are going to turn off a bunch of things,
starting with decals, followed by Dynamic Lights, Shadows and some other types of lightning.
This will get us a lot of performance at the cost of the game looking a bit dark. However,
I recommend you leave DirectionLightMaps on. Turning it off will result in a very significant
boost in performance but a lot of the game´s surfaces will be dark. Very dark. You can
still play the game like this if you are desperate but I am going to leave it on. Just in case we turn off a bunch of other
effects, such as Motion Blur and… Oh… do be careful about depth of field.
It is another one that gives you a significant boost in performance but disabling it removes
all item and action prompts on the game which can be a major problem unless you want to
button mash your way through the game. And then we disable AmbientOcclusion and Bloom,
followed by Distortion, SpeedTreeLeaves and Fronds… and finally LensFlares and FogVolumes. MaxDistanceScale is another good one, it controls
the draw distance so we can reduce it just 0.5. Let´s give it a try! Oh, if only I
could do this in real life, I have broken
so many things. No, no, no, that is too much. How do… ? Mm. Man, look at all these fancy clothes. So beau…
I have no idea what this is. I think this was supposed to be a mirror here…
Or something… Oh, there is supposed to be something like a, like height line over there.
Context. Very important. Now… how do I put music? Ha ha. And I thought it was just me that disabled
the lights… That is marginally better. Another drawing that is simply not there. Almost? Oh dear (deer). That… mm… that is kinda scary. Wow. Ok. Now I know that this switched to
pre-rendered. Haha. That completely broke the illusion, didn’t it? Now. Let me… oh, let me tell you something.
I have been trying very hard to avoid any story spoilers during this video because this game
is all about the story and it has an excelent one. And it is set on a high school where
high school things happen as you can observe right now and where the character feels like
an outsider and it’s a human feeling, you grow up, things are complicated, friends change
and you feel like life is completely out of control but if you search deep inside of you,
you can always find the strength to keep on going. Did you notice the draw distance there?
yep. That is fun. Haha. Also, this is game is really interesting to
play and I am considering playing it on a different format so I can make more meaningful
cometary about the story and about the characters. But, I will talk a little bit about that in
an upcoming video. In the meantime you can keep enjoying this… whatever this is. I meant what I said. School is hard and life
is confusing. But I believe that if you keep looking deep inside of you… you will find
the force to keep pushing on. Now before we go. Time for the continue the
tradition of the: LowSpecGamer giveaway I have a bunch of winners to announce from
last year, but those winners will be announced on a special video coming out soon. This question is themed: “What is your best video game related high
school memory?” if you are still on high school well, it´s going to be easier to remember
I guess This week there are two prizes. The first
is a copy of Bionic Commando donated by Lechuga194. To participate for this one leave your answers
on comments or twitter. The second one is a region locked steam copy
of Just Cause 2 donated by The Doctor, who left the following message: “This is Rico, treat him well! Прощай!”
according the google translate the last part is read like this: This game is locked to these countries. If you qualify go to LowSpecGamer steam group,
and you will find a discussion where this question can be answered. You can participate
on both giveaways if you want. Wooo, 2016 is finally starting for the channel
and there is lots to do. See you on the next videos everyone!


100 Replies to “LowSpecGamer: Life is Strange on lowest graphics”

  1. Klass a.k.a Low Cool Jay says:

    the walking dead a new frontier 🙁 please

  2. bari ivan says:

    Woah, so the folder name is "Life Is Strange Game", nice name developer.

  3. Mister Rowdigao Videos says:

    Mortal Kombat XL for the next video !!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Domingosdip Gamer says:

    Rise Of The Tomb Raider please! Brasil!

  5. crente que joga says:

    my computer is so bad, is still don't work for he, i just don't no why i not burn he already

  6. AutisticStraightBustafrom PlanetofclappingTrevors says:

    Life is strange in low graphics

  7. Tounsi imTHa9af says:

    Please Saints Row Third

  8. ASM_Alpha says:

    Nice Tweaks .. thanks ! I get around 45-50 fps on my i3 iGPU Intel HD 530 @720p !
    I didnt tweak the LOD settings though bcz that really messes with the blurriness of texture.

  9. Vapor Roads says:

    Hmmm, on my laptop it was actually very well optimized, legit I thought it wouldn't run, but when I entered, I was amazed, I give this game a 10/10 on optimization.

  10. ElZamo92 says:

    Thank you for helping people run games on their potatoes. This is why PC is the true master race.

  11. GaRbS says:

    0:41 SLENDER DEER!!!

  12. Alex Root says:

    how to make a PS4/PS3 game, a Win95/98 game straight from the 90's.

  13. dirtypms says:

    Watching this on the lowest youtube resolution: 144

  14. Febrian Maulana says:

    Windows 7 32 bit work not ?

  15. Amon Tahir says:

    Thanx man! can u please do a video on pes 17, I really want to play pes 17. Please.

  16. N A says:

    Aw hell yea this was posted on my birthday.

  17. Blocky Sniper says:

    you know you could've just made your resolution to 800×600 and put all the settings to low

  18. Jonathan Moyetones says:

    I had to play it at low settings 😂😂😂 the WHOLE game

  19. Sneaky says:

    Life is strange: ps4 gameplay

  20. Sneaky says:

    Life is strange: ps4 gameplay

  21. Jack Robinson says:

    How is an excellent story? The end doesn't even make sense and it never even explains the bullshit time travel powers.

  22. Kristhor says:

    I do like the "misty" and dark classroom, it has eerie and dreamlike look to it

  23. RonenHUN says:

    Can you do f.e.a.r 3 fps boost or prototype 1 ?

  24. Tech Freak says:

    Bhai ki izzat Duba di BHENCHO!!!

  25. Adorenu アドレーヌ says:

    keep porting games to n64 dude.

  26. TheBcoolGuy says:

    5 parts, $100, and it all comes down to one obvious decision. This game is so pretentious and immature. It's so Tumblr that it's developed its own gender.

  27. PELIGRUDO_ :v says:

    do max payne 3 pliss

  28. Milomand99 says:

    aR e yOuS erIaL

  29. Isra says:

    Thank you dude

  30. T.Hankook says:

    i love your videos man…

  31. T.Hankook says:

    i love your videos man…

  32. dphcMMD says:


  33. LinkChapatin says:

    20 – 15 fps con esto :v

  34. P A U L I E says:

    This game allready looked like PS2 game, and now it looks like something made in 90's 😀

  35. Commander Spyder says:

    At 0:39 ; the graphics are so low that the deer doesn't have a face XD

  36. bread says:

    Are you really using a laptop cuz its look like you are using xbox

  37. Ultikrill says:

    i couldn't find defaultengine.ini only defaultengine and defaultengine.erb

  38. David Galup says:

    lol i played the game with i3 4005u 1.7,intel hd graphics 4400 and 8gb of ram without any problem in 1280×720 medium settings with 30fps

  39. H.V.E Zomb1enator says:

    The only thing you need for life is strange is a gtx 550 ti to play highest

  40. INdie GamER says:

    Life is Strange on lowest graphics.

  41. Nelson Alvarez says:

    Para que no se vea oscuro, tan solo desactiven las que dicen Sombra/Shadows no las de Luces/Lights asi solo quitara las sombras, con todo desactivado meda muy bien, solo con sombras desactivados es como el 50-60% de como iria con todo en False

  42. Luis Salomon says:

    Please make life is strange before the storm tweaking now

  43. saltbae says:

    Can you do Life is strange before the storm? The lag omll

  44. Terabits GT says:

    Welcome to 2017!!

  45. Cornelius Justin says:

    life is strange before the storm pleasee

  46. AlexADK says:

    How bout before the storm now? 😀

  47. BizzarePanda says:


  48. Anna Young says:

    Next do minesweeper

  49. Red Velvet says:

    Please do life is strange before the storm

  50. Bad Account Lol says:

    I'm going to do this on my PC with a 980 and get a stupid framerate

  51. Dimas Vicent says:

    jaja ni loco jugaría el juego así, prefiero ver los gameplay en youtube y así veo mejor la historia, puede que el juego me corra solo con las configuraciones dentro del mismo juego en bajo por lo menos a 20fps que creo que es suficiente para un juego como este

  52. Marcus Martins says:

    you helped me too much my weak 1.3 GHz PC was running 10 fps depending on where it was running 15 now thanks to your video I can run at 25 fps thanks

  53. Rapuel_ 45 says:

    life is strange before the storm pls

  54. Mister Noob says:

    Thanks mate 😀

  55. Jagsin Playa says:

    im getting 145 fps constant on a 1070 paired with 16 gbddr4 ram and fx 9590 amd processor is 145 fps low for this rig? i should get higher?

  56. Connor says:

    graphics is Strange

  57. marcus vinicius says:

    Meu deu acesso negado

  58. Mark Mindo says:

    I can play this on my Intel hd 2500 with a stable fps of 30 with a resolution of 960×540 and all low preset and never tweaked anything, only the resolution

  59. Arya Yudhistira says:

    Life Is Strange Before The Storm PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!

  60. Captain Wedgie says:

    there are so many memories in that video. When i think i used to mess with graphics just to be able to enjoy the less demanding games. It really feel weird thinking back about it now that i just switched to 2K and a beast GPU

  61. Ruben Pereira says:

    For those who have just started the game and want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to 0:50

  62. LinkWTF?! says:


  63. Ge3kFreak says:

    She's in college.

  64. MaximusFinn says:

    Yow (2018) <3

  65. Gabriel Freire says:

    2 things, first, you should leave ''LightEnvironmentShadows=True'' so the game won't look so dark, and second, you can add a custom resolution to the game, go to the configs file in documents, search for ''ResX'' and ''ResY'', I would recommend 896×504 for more performance,hope this help somebody anyway. Well, that's it, bye 🙂

  66. gta sandalia says:

    15 Fps is already enough for me, but i cant even leave 8/6 FPS. 🙁

  67. LOLMAN 9538 says:

    My New Year's Resolution is 10320×1440.

  68. Leonhardt_ Baka says:

    my pc does not have the DefautEngine.ini file what do I do

  69. Red Velvet says:

    will this work in before the storm?

  70. Simonardo says:

    Life is Strange is a crap.

  71. R.R. says:

    how can i cap my fps to 30

  72. Gon says:

    Can someone tell me which is the option that disables the details, like those

    drawings on 5:11?
    make with Google translate :u

  73. Serj Star says:

    I wanna play this game now. Where do you get your games from ?

  74. Serj Star says:

    Wouldn't it better to run at lower resolution .

  75. LordKalatar says:

    Oh Intel Core i3 :c
    and 2 gb of ram

  76. LordKalatar says:

    no me aparece el defaultengine.ini

  77. Vantablack says:

    how do i get captain spirit to play on my computer which is a dell laptop with intel hd graphics

  78. harampug says:

    Now Captain Spirit please, my PC is getting older

  79. 한민완 says:

    how do you get the height chart and drawings back on?

  80. Anonymous Forever says:

    i want to play life is strange on pc
    my pc specifications-
    i3 -5005u 2.0ghz processor
    4gb ddr3 ram
    without graphics card

    so game will runs smoothly or it will lag???🙄🤔

  81. jhamshal alawia says:

    i have small problems on defaultengine after i change the numbers to 1 and save it after i open the game it came back again to default set? is theres some wrong in it? thx for reply… sorry for bad english

  82. White Tiger says:

    Andriod grfx setting

  83. Seiya D Luffy says:

    I AM playing this game in AMD E6010 1.35 GHz on lowest graphics (similar to the PS3 and Xbox 360 ones) at 1024×768 without lag

  84. One man army says:

    360 version looks like this

  85. Michael Ganacias says:

    Lmao I just play this on my iPhone cause its specs are better

  86. Henrique Oliveira says:

    Please, make another one to "Life is strange 2"

  87. André Martins says:

    I played this in about 30 fps because I couldn't give up the graphics. This game looks amazing.

  88. Kiston:3 says:

    Fuk, my eyes

  89. FruityEnLoops says:

    DO NOT DISABLE DECALS. Disabling decals as said in the video renders the game unfinishable (in the last chapter, you can't find a code because the hint to find it is not drawn)

  90. AL James says:

    You saved me back there, i decided to play this game and well ofcourse i learned from your videos to meddle with the config files finding out that the ingame prompts were missing. Glad that you already had a video on this game, THANK YOU!!! (Stupid depth of field).

  91. Priyam Kalra says:

    Please do life is strange 2

  92. NasrulTube says:

    This was running on the Unreal Engine?

    rip my computer…

  93. Yato Yukine says:

    5:57 you miss that wonderful drawing.

  94. Yato Yukine says:

    5:56 you miss that clue.

  95. Joshua Medina says:

    can i do this to life is trage 2?

  96. Uzumaki Luigi says:


  97. Patricio Gómez says:

    does it work on lis2?

  98. danial ansari says:

    it workinging great for me but on 800×600 rsolution and i have 4gb ram

  99. Kaspars Sentinels says:

    @LowSpecGamer i have news for ya. I managed to run this game at 60fps with this:
    CPU: Amd Athlon 64 x2 5000+ dual core 2.6Ghz 2 cores 2 threads
    Ram: 2x1gb ddr2 GOOD RAM
    GPU: Asus GeForce 210 512mb low profile silent
    And i turned off only those settings:
    Motion Blur
    Ambient Occlusion
    Lens Flares
    Fog Volumes
    And set Max Shadows from 1024 to 512.
    Played for 1h and zero lags.
    Oh and i played it at 1280×720

  100. Muyaesha Studios says:

    isn't the android version got an Unreal Engine 4?

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