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You can tell Forspoken to shut up (and other big institutions)

Frey, the female protagonist of Forspoken, holds her hand in front of the camera.

Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

The prophesied, the latest action RPG from Square Enix, is out now. There are more than a few polarizing elements to the game, including the seemingly endless nightmare of back-and-forth in-game banter that could very well drive you away from what seems like a passable open-world action experience at best. But if you are looking for a better experience The prophesiedgood news: there are a ton of different settings that dramatically improve it.

Here are the main ones to watch out for.

On PS5, use the performance mode

The prophesied prioritizes fast-paced action RPG combat and movement, with loads of flashy animations and pretty purple particles flying all over the place. Therefore, you want to use the setting tuned to get the most frames per second. On PC you need to adjust this to your hardware (en good luck by the way), but on PS5 you want to put the game in performance mode. I’d recommend this even if you’re playing with variable refresh rate enabled on a capable monitor.

Navigate to Settings in the pause menu. Go to Display Settings tab and set Image Quality Settings to Performance Oriented

Don’t bother with “Quality”. While the visual quality gets a little boost from this mode, it’s just not worth the sacrifice if this game excels as it moves faster and smoother.

And what about the Ray Tracing mode? We will. Turn it on once, enjoy how neat this technology is for a while, then forget about it for another five years until we have consoles and GPUs that can run at a better pace with this lighting rendering technology.

Oh, and there’s an option to kill motion blur on PS5 too. I’ll leave it on, but your mileage may vary.

Make yourself comfortable and turn on Automatic Item Gathering

The prophesied has a crafting system. Because of course it does. You will have to spend time and attention picking up random items scattered around the world. Make your life easier and turn on Automatic Item Gathering so you don’t have to press the triangle button all the time.

Navigate to Accessibility Settings and at the very top, under World Settings, you will see the option to collect items automatically.

A settings menu in Forspoken displays a number of accessibility options that affect item visibility, gameplay movement, and selected audio settings.

Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

Now you can do parkour magic anywhere, maintaining momentum while still having the necessary components for crafting and upgrades.

Make items stand out a bit more

Among the very detailed and welcome accessibility settings you will find an option to increase the visibility of items. Given the speed at which you move from time to time, the more you can make important in-game items stand out the better. Enabling Enhanced Visibility for items makes them flash in color, which is very useful.

Under Accessibility Settings, Item Visibility is the third option in World Settings.

Make your parkour seamless with Semi-Auto Leap/Soar

Opinions may vary on this, but I find that flipping “Semi-Auto” in the settings for Leap/Soar keeps the momentum moving a bit more. In the default setting, you have to tap the circle while moving forward to jump and run up a wall. On semi-auto, while holding the circle, you’ll advance a bit without having to tap the button again.

In Accessibility Settings, navigate to Combat Settings and find Leap/Soar Controls there.

Again, this one may be for tasting. I recommend choosing a wall and practicing running into it with the setting on and off. The menu remembers which page you were on, so pausing and switching between settings isn’t that crazy.

I fully expect to go back and forth on this setting during my time with the game, but it’s important to be aware.

Turn the music down a bit

The jury is out on whether or not I like this soundtrack, but as it stands, anything at 100 in the sound settings (which is the default setting) is extremely unpleasant to listen to – more so, I’d say , then the non-stop talking.

Navigate to Sound Settings in the Settings and lower the music volume as you see fit.

I like 60% or 70% to make the music sit in the background a bit nicer without making it too hard to hear dialogue.

Make it easier to dodge attacks with improved attack hint views

Dodge attacks The prophesied looks and feels pretty awesome. One way to more consistently improve your chances in battle is to enable Enhanced Visibility for the Attack Tips.

Under Accessibility settings, scroll down to Menu settings. Attack Hint Display is the fifth item here.

Ease the fight a bit with the difficulty

Under Gameplay Balance (the first group of settings in the menu) you’ll find a number of options to consider, including Aim Assist, as well as adjustments to how much damage you take, how long enemies are knocked down, and how long your stamina recovers.

A settings menu in Forspoken shows various difficulty levels that affect enemy behavior, damage received, and other options, alongside a layout of the game's controls on a PS5 controller.

Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

Two important settings you might want to consider are Use auto-healing items and Automatic support for spell switching. The first saves you a button press (although you may prefer to manage your health and healing yourself), while the second swaps your support spell slot for a spell that is not currently cooling down. Again, this takes some control away from the player, but it can make for a more seamless action experience.

Choose from Low and Minimal for voice chat

Geoff Keighley will have to come up with a whole new “OMG Please Shut Up” award for this game because, wow, this game doesn’t know when to compress.

Fortunately, you can reduce the chatter to a more manageable level. Oddly enough, you can also increase the chat frequency. If that option appeals to you, let me say that there are other ways to ask for help in life.

Under Accessibility Settings, navigate to Cuff Settings and choose Low or Minimal from the last option.

I think Low strikes a nice compromise between keeping things relatively quiet and still letting some of Frey and Cuff’s personalities come through.

If in doubt, restore the default settings by pressing and holding the triangle

If The prophesied should be celebrated above all, it’s because it has so many settings, including the ability to reconnect many of the game controls, even on console. You can find it under the settings of the wireless controller.

But with so many settings, it’s easy to get a little lost. Not to worry, just press and hold the triangle on the settings page you want to reset to defaults and it will return to normal, leaving the other settings pages untouched.

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