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Old 04-29-09, 10:16 PM   #13
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Haven't they all???
Theres a some games that run great in DX10...this game definitely needs a dedicated PhysX card to get all the great effects.
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Old 04-29-09, 10:19 PM   #14
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Lost Planet and Farcry 2 ran better in DX10 on DX10 systems. Assassin's Creed is about equal.
Far Cry 2 was faster in DX10 but there was a weird stuttering. I played it in DX9 because it was smoother than DX10 for me. AC was also smoother to me in DX9. Never played Lost Planet. So far DX10 has been a bust.
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Old 04-29-09, 10:29 PM   #15
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Far Cry 2 did have better performance in DX10, but I remember seeing comparison screen shots where DX9 had more foliage, which probably explains why DX10 ran better.
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Old 04-29-09, 10:57 PM   #16
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WTF... don't tell me this game needs 2GB cards

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Old 04-30-09, 12:02 AM   #18
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Old 04-30-09, 01:19 AM   #19
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Well I'm impressed. This game is awesome.

The gameplay reminds me of a mix of Penumbra: Overture and Call of Cthulhu, which is pretty much what I expected based on the videos I've seen.

The first thing that impressed me was the interface. Its perfect. No irritating unskippable videos, sloppy buttons, or long pauses when changing settings. Its quick and easy. All the essential controls without it being overcomplicated. Plenty of graphics settings. Opening and closing the game doesn't take any longer than opening and closing a browser window.

The second thing I noticed was the sound. OpenAL on my X-Fi has never sounded better. This game makes excellent use of this card and I'm happy to see someone using OpenAL so well.

The third thing I noticed was the choppy performance right off the bat.

It seems like some of the effects used in the game (especially dense particle effects for snow right at the very beginning) totally murder my framerate and create mouse lag, even with all settings at minimum. Running at 800x600 brought the framerates up but there is still a little bit of mouse lag. Since nothing fixed the performance in those areas I just cranked the settings up to where the rest of the game ran decently and it was pretty playable overall. I played it with all settings maxed (AA and AF off in game) at 1280x960. It seemed to chop and stutter in some areas, especially when enemies showed up but it was still playable somehow. The graphics (textures, models etc) overall are good, though not as good as several recent games. Its the effects and the lighting that make this game visually and technically impressive. This game has some seriously awesome shaders at work.

The most noticeable problem for me was the jerky movement. I'd probably get used to it but the gun jumps all over the place when you're trying to aim and it vibrates while you move around. Its really distracting and can make it tough to tell what you're doing when there is a lot of action going on... though the low framerates I had were probably making the problem worse.

I think if the game didn't give you unlimited opportunities to heal up after a tough fight the problems would be incredibly frustrating... but as it is, you just have to push through for a few minutes and then you'll get a chance to heal up and start fresh. Some games can get away with managing health packs and stuff, but I don't think it'd feel right in this game at all, and the healing-with-heat thing actually adds to the gameplay.

One thing I really liked about this game was the attention to detail. The guns are not only historically accurate (generally), they were obviously modeled and coded by people who knew what they were doing. The look and sound of the Mosin rifle when loading and firing actually reminded me of the times I'd shot one. The PPSH seemed a little strange because it fired a half a dozen rounds without me holding the trigger down, but it worked well and had a good feel to it.

The ice\water and physx effects are also pretty impressive. I just wish I could play the game at a higher framerate to see them in all their glory.

The gameplay was pretty solid overall. I like the puzzle aspect of it, and the gun play is challenging yet fun. The portions where you go back to save people in the past are pretty cool too. The one with the dogs was pretty eerie the first time I did it. It reminded me a lot of the tension in some parts of Penumbra and Call of Cthulhu.

Overall this seems like a really unique game with a distinctly "PC Game" feel to it. Its a little rough around the edges but it takes some chances and the technology is cutting edge. I'll definitely be buying this but since I'm a framerate junky I'll probably hold off on playing it until the next wave of big video cards is released. This is the kind of game I'd upgrade for.
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Old 04-30-09, 01:42 AM   #20
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BTW... how do you guys know if you're running in DirectX 10 or 9?

Is it just the Shader Model option?
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BTW... how do you guys know if you're running in DirectX 10 or 9?

Is it just the Shader Model option?
Yeah, 4.0 is DX10.

I honestly couldn't tell the difference between the two, and on 3.0 I get respectable framerates (with the same vid card as you).
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Old 04-30-09, 03:01 AM   #22
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Theres a some games that run great in DX10...this game definitely needs a dedicated PhysX card to get all the great effects.
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The third thing I noticed was the choppy performance right off the bat.
LOL, if the game can run as low as 29fps on jAkUp's uber-Quad-SLI rig, there is no hope for rest of us mortals... downloading demo anyway, I hope it will run faster without those enhanced PhysX effects
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Yepp told ya CaptNKILL that this game is ace and you probably will love it

It's heavy on the hardware thats for sure and thats a good thing, all physsics stuff thats going on is wonderfull so now I just cant wait for the patch for even more imersive impressive PhysX effects and of course play it with my upcoming 3D vision pack will be like a jump to another world, this is the future and everyone just say, thanks nVidia we luuve you all. thats damn sure. without nVidia the world would be a crappy place

BTW, the devs just said that this game is optimized for nVidia 3D Vision so the snow will definetly blow you away!

nVidia PhysX+3D Vision = The Future and man what a future we are in for
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