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

screenshot: Square Enix/Kotaku

prophesied, the latest RPG from Square Enix, is out now. The game has more than a few polarizing elements, one of which is the seemingly endless nightmare of back-and-forth in-game banter that may take away from what appears to be an open world action experience at best. But if you are looking to improve your experience in… prophesiedWell, good news: there are a bunch of different settings that greatly improve it.

Here are the most important things to watch out for.

On PS5, use the performance-focused mode

prophesied It prioritizes combat and fast-paced action among RPGs, with plenty of flashy animations and pretty purple particles flying everywhere. As a result, you want to use the custom setting to get the highest number of frames per second. On PC, you’ll need to adjust this to match your hardware (and By the way, good luck), but on PS5, you’ll want to set the game to performance mode. I’d recommend this even if you’re gaming with variable refresh rate enabled on a capable monitor.

Go to settings in the pause menu. Go to display settings and set the picture quality settings to focus on performance

Don’t bother with “quality”. While there is a small boost to visual quality with this mod, it’s not worth the sacrifice when this game excels the faster and smoother it moves.

What about Ray Tracing mode? we will. Play it once, enjoy how amazing this technology is for a few moments, and then forget about it for another five years until we have consoles and GPUs that can work with this light rendering technology at a better pace.

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

Make your life easy and turn on the automatic grouping of items

prophesied Has a crafting system. Because of course he does. You will need to spend some time and attention picking up the random items that are scattered around the world. Make your life easier and flip the automatic item grouping feature so you don’t have to hit the triangle button all the time.

Go to Accessibility settings and right at the top, under Global settings, you’ll see the option to auto group items.

Forspoken's settings menu displays a number of accessibility options that affect item visibility, gameplay animation, and select audio settings.

screenshot: Square Enix/Kotaku

Now you can do magical parkour everywhere, keeping the momentum while keeping the necessary ingredients for crafting and upgrades.

Make the elements stand out a bit more

Under the welcome detailed accessibility settings, you will find an option to increase visibility of items. Given the speed at which you’ll be moving from time to time, the more important elements you can highlight within the game, the better. By flipping on the improved visibility of the items, they will flash in color, which is very useful.

Under Accessibility settings, item visibility is the third option in the World settings.

Make your parkour smoother with semi-automatic robotic jump/rise

Opinions may vary on this, but I find that flipping on Semi-Auto in the Leap/Soar settings keeps the momentum moving a little more. When in the default setting, you will need to tap the circle while moving forward to jump and wall run. In semi-automatic mode, while holding the circle, it will move slightly without you having to tap the button again.

In the accessibility settings, go to the battle settings and find Leap / Soar controls there.

Again, this may be the taste. I recommend picking a wall and practicing with it on and off. The menu remembers which page you were on, so pausing and toggling settings isn’t the worst thing in the world.

I fully expect that I’ll be going back and forth on this setup during my time with the game, but it’s an important thing to keep in mind.

Flip the music with one touch

The jury is out on whether or not I like this soundtrack, but as it stands, having everything at 100 in the audio settings (which is the default) is not very pleasant to listen to – more so, I say, than not. Chatter stop.

Go to the sound settings in Settings and lower the music volume as you see fit.

I like 60% or 70% to allow the music to sit a little better in the background without it being too hard to hear the dialogue.

Make it easier to dodge attacks with improved attack hint displays

Dodge attacks in prophesied Looks and feels great. One way to continually improve your chances in battle is to turn on the improved visibility of attack hints.

Under Accessibility settings, scroll down to the Settings menu. Displaying the attack hint is the fifth element here.

Tone down the combat a bit by using the difficulty settings

Under Gameplay Balance (the first set of settings in the list), you’ll find a number of options to consider, including Aim Assist, as well as tweaks to how much damage you’ll deal, how long enemies will fall, and how long you’ll regain stamina.

Forspoken's Settings menu displays different difficulty options that affect enemy behavior, damage received, and other options besides the layout of the game controls on the PS5 console.

screenshot: Square Enix/Kotaku

Two main settings you might want to consider are “Automatically use healing items” and “Automatically support spell switching”. The first will save you from pressing the button (although you may find that managing your health and healing on your own is best), while the second will replace the support spell slot for a spell that isn’t at the moment. Again, this takes some control away from the player, but it can make for a smoother motion experience.

Choose from Low and Minimal for voice chat

Geoff Keighley is going to 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 hit it.

Thank God you can cut chatter to a more manageable level. Oddly enough, you can also increase the frequency of your chat. If that option appeals to you, I’ll just say that there are other ways to ask for help with life.

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

I find Low to be a nice compromise between keeping it relatively calm while still letting some Frey and Cuff characters through.

When in doubt, restore the default settings by holding down the triangle

if prophesied It’s a celebration of anything, because it has so many settings – including the ability to re-bind many of the game’s controls even on a console. You can find it under the wireless controller settings.

But with so many settings, it’s easy to get a little lost. Not to worry: just hold down the triangle on any setting page you want to reset to default and you’ll be back to normal, leaving the other settings pages intact.

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