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TheWorse v1.0 with Configurable Options (Bad Blood Compatible)
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Default TheWorse v1.0 with Configurable Options (Bad Blood Compatible) - 09-24-2014, 01:52 | posts: 412

Ubisoft is releasing updates more and more frequently now and the majority of questions I answer on TW mod thread is where to find my Steam thread. This will be a copy and paste post from the thread and mainly used for updates so the mods are easier to find.

Hey guys so TheWorse Mod v1.0 is finally out and considered completed, and as a whole I fully agree. It mostly delivers what we were hoping for and expecting prior to the games release. However somethings could still use some adjustments for a more realistic appearance and to optimize gameplay. I got a few pms about sharing my personal copy, but decided against opening yet another WD thread on Guru, so I'll share it here. My sweetfx are also included. I also included directions on how to increase performance to reduce stuttering, they'll work for vanilla or any mod of your choosing and are very simple. They're listed below under the screen shots.

TheWorse mod has now been merged with my own mod as their similarities were too great after altering the colorgrading to fix the blue tint TheWorse mod had with the recent UBI patch.


cmh175_TW_Watch_Dogs Mod ->

Mirror: coming soon!

High and Ultra Textures and Settings with Down Scaled Effects ->
(For those who cant play with either High or Ultra settings. Use either High or Ultra textures and I suggest Ultra settings, but adjust for your own system accordingly.)

Sweetfx for Windows 8.1 ->

NOTE: Copy Sweetfx files into Watch_Dogs\bin folder.

Yizan's Train Headlights ->

Those having issues installing Sweetfx should check the guide here ->


-Merged with UBI patch v1.05.324.

-TheWorse v1.0 merged with cmh175 Watch_Dogs mod.

-Corrected Colorgrading issue in TheWorse mod to fix blue tint after recent patch.

-New Bloom and Fog levels. Much more realistic and not nearly as blinding as TW v1.0.

-Different Camera options based on location (far, near, or default) and level of DOF.

-Choose between the light pollution effect at night or the default night sky.

-TheWorse v1.0 enhanced Environment Lighting or Default (enhanced can cause very dark lighting at night, I suggest sticking with default which is already installed unless you've adjust your brightness for this)

-Increased Civilian Density or Default.

-Switch Dynamic Shadows Off or On.

-Pick between TheWorse v1.0 Lens Flare, several different options from Solocreep, or the Default.

-Pick between Maldo's Textures, TonyMBR's update of Maldo's Textures, or the Default.


1) Unzip download folder and open "mods" folder in a separate window, then open the "Mod Options" folder.

2) Select your preferred textures. Open the Texture Options and pick which texture mod you like (Default comes installed when you first unzip the download). Open the folder for that mod and copy the graphics folder inside, and paste it into the "mods" folder (overwrite everything when it asks, I already fixed this for compatibility).

NOTE: If you decide to switch Texture options after installing another you MUST delete the graphics folder first inside the "mods" folder. Otherwise you will miss and match the mods. You will also need to reinstall your preferred Lens Flare mod.

3) Now you can select the other options available. Just open up each configurable options folder, select the one you like, and copy the folders contents into the "mods" folder (overwrite everything when asked).

NOTE: Solocreep's Lens Flare is the only option with multiple files. When you open the folder, select the option inside you like most, and copy the contents of THAT folder (don't copy anything that isn't a folder named generated, worlds or graphics). If you paste anything into the "mods" folder and see a new folder that wasn't there before, remove that new folder and try again.

4) After you select the options you want open the MOD Installer.exe. It'll automatically recognize the "mods" folder you're about to zip. All you need to do is input your Watch_Dogs game install directory. Then just hit Install. When the green status bar is full the install status window will say it's completed, go ahead and close the MOD Installer.exe. The mod is now complete and installed, enjoy the game.

NOTE: MOD Installer.exe has an uninstall option so you can now revert to the original mod you had installed. However the original patch files maybe overwritten if you run the MOD Installer.exe more than once.

NOTE: Other than the Texture Options, you do NOT have to delete anything if you want to try any of the other options. I already fixed compatibility issues so you only have to pick what you want and copy the folders inside (example: to change camera and DOF options, just select a new option and copy the folders inside to the "mods" folder) Just remember to reinstall the mod every time you change something.

NOTE: If you use a High Bloom setting and get a white out effect (weird bright white appearance) this is a known issue and I had originally dropped support for High Bloom settings. Try a Low Bloom setting and see if that fixes the issue, if not than post what settings you used and include a screenshot if possible.

Troubleshooting Steps for Mod Installer Failing:

-Try installing Visual Basic 2008, this will usually fix the issue ->,d.aWw

-If the Mod Installer still isn't installing correctly double check your install location for the installer. Make sure you have it set to the games main install directory (Watch_Dogs, not data_64 or anything else).

-Sometimes there's an error about the file location having too many characters. If the mod is still failing try renaming the main folder something shorter, even just Mod. Chances are it'll work fine now.

Here are some screen shots of the mod using my own preferred mod options (Ultra settings at 1080p).

Performance Tips

Now I'll share my findings on performance after tons of testing (which was more than I care to discuss lol).

First I suggest basing your texture and quality settings on the suggestions from the game (some settings mention needing 3gb of vram). I suggest starting as high as you'd like to, and work your way down from there based on your performance.

For this playing with Ultra textures and settings, you need to switch Shadows to High. They have a huge performance hit and the game really just cant handle it. You can max everything else out though.

Next unless you're using SLI with anything higher than a 680 do not use 4x TXAA. It's not even recommend for a single Titan. Oddly enough 2xTXAA works fine though.

For Nvidia users you can also make a custom graphic setting in Nivida Control Panel. Scroll to the bottom about Texture filtering and stuff and change your setting for Performance, though I recommend High Performance. It'll slightly degrade the image, but it's really not that noticeable. You can find more info on this here ->
AMD users I'm sure there's a similar setup with RadeonPro, I just don't know anything about it.

Now this is the biggest fix. WD has issues with v-snch, though I find it unplayable with screen tearing. What you need to do is Set VSync="1" AND RefreshRate="120" in C:\Users\yourname\Documents\My Games\Watch_Dogs\***\GamerProfile.xml (it's towards the very top, not too hard to find in notepad) Save the file and right click -> properties> enable read only.

Now the game enables vsync only if the framerate is 60fps or above (like adaptive vsync) Only negative is you have to remove the read only tag to make permament changes to the settings in-game, and then set it to 120 and read only again.

Last edited by cmh175; 10-02-2014 at 19:43.
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