So, hadn’t played in quite awhile. It had nothing to do with the changes, even though I play largely solo.
My issue was performance. Used to be able to run the game at max for a good 35-40FPS (about the time rocket launchers came in) and enjoyed it immensely.
However, as more elements were added, the performance even on lowest settings was awful.
Reading quite a few performance tweaks such as gun/environmental sound compression along with some code optimization I decided to put in some Rust time.
I noticed even with maxed goodies I had 25fps with very minor hitching when loading a new area.
I then optimized the settings, getting about 35-45 steady even during gunplay! I even went on to have several kill streaks before the server crashed.
I do want to point out it only worked if I turned off the chat.
Why does chat still lag this game so bad? This has been such an issue for so long. Please look into this.
Besides that, thanks for making the game playable on an entirely budget build that in itself is a little old.