Shame on you 2K - why didn't you brought seperate on/off particle effects in options?
Everything is said by the topic name. I mean, if you use nowadays famous tweak where you can separate cloth effects from particles (I'm talking about PC version of course) and see only particles, you get EXCELLENT performance with one 8800/9800GT (with 4/5 settings maxed out).
So I ask again - whose idea was that particles come ONLY with cloth effects!? Is this your "mask" for brutally unoptimized cloth movement with APEX turned on or what? Because, if you ask me, your game is perfectly optimized WITHOUT more or less unimportant cloth effect and I don't see any other reasons for integrating cloth and particles.
I just know that its not rational that they added realistic clothmovement on all characthers dragging the performance down and not only on vito. But then again a lot of physics are unnessary. Its not like the average gamer has the nessessary insight in how physics SHOULD behave. They are dragging CPU performance down with all these calculations. Next you prolly see programmers using chaos theory on water and every particle lol.