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Old 09-08-05, 08:24 PM   #13
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Don't get me wrong... I loved morrowind... I just got tired of the constant loading. And since horses are supposed to be faster... it would mean loading even more often... and I hate loading a bunch .
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Don't get me wrong... I loved morrowind... I just got tired of the constant loading. And since horses are supposed to be faster... it would mean loading even more often... and I hate loading a bunch .
After some tweaks and getting a faster system the loading points are much less frequent and much less noticeable. I agree it is a bit anoying, but for any game that size there isnt much way around it when you have seamless outdoor areas with so much detail.

This is a totaly new engine btw, so I've been keeping my fingers crossed that they have zero similarities... and Im dead serious, there wasnt a single thing from the last engine that I would want carried to this new one. It sucked
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Old 09-08-05, 09:46 PM   #15
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Heh... well I wish they would do it where it just loads on the fly nonstop... at least have bigger "zones" or whatever... I am ok with loading... I just want way less of it...
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Old 09-08-05, 11:06 PM   #16
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Have they said if you can kill animals for food in this?
Yes, you can, and while eating is not required, it will boost stats. Which stats, I do not know. They must have meant health and fatigue, perhaps even a temporary boost to the strength modifier, but they didn't say.
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Old 09-09-05, 02:43 AM   #17
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What I hated more in Morrowind was the constant loading (which trashes performance because, after disk access, all caches are invalidated). In the end I opted for using the trick "NoThreadedLoaing" in the config. A stop every 30 seconds was better than having the game stuttering all time. Also, Bethesda employed a back to front rendering for Morrowind which is quite dumb because it kills performance since it makes the Zbuffer (and every Z optimization) useless as well.

I hope they don't repeat the same mistakes !

Looking at the past TES games, they're excellent in concept but with a somehow poor implementation, part due to the hardware limits for such ambitious projects, part due to ingenuity/error of judgements from the developers.
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Yeah, I didn't get stuttering in Morrowind, but the constant pauses while it loaded new data (especially if you were running fast) annoyed me a lot.

I'd have definitely sacrificed a few frames, if it meant no long pauses. I hope Oblivion has worked around this.
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I put a lot of time in MW, like many MW addicts did. If you did not experience some stuttering in the cities with MW you had a really fast card and system for the time. Wasn't too bad with a 8500 on a 1.5 GHz system but it was there. The 9500 Pro took care of it for me.
As far as load times, that was a problem in Bloodmoon as you many times had more than one jump you when you went from one area to another. It was fast enough with the 9800 Pro and 5950 Ultra and almost unnoticeable with the 6800 GT and X800 Pro. I have not tried it with the GTX but I suspect it will not be noticeable and the same could probably be said with the XT-PE, but I don't have one. I plan to check it out before Oblivion comes out with the GTX.
The only problem I could not resolve was the problems when trying to use shadows so I just kept them turned off. Apparently, that problem had to do with the game's engine. Don't think the ATI Catalyst guys were ever able to correct it with the drivers. The engine was not on par with what is available now and arguably what was available when the game came out. Still, the game was a big leap forward for RPG'ers.
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I still have Morrowind installed... it looks amazing with some texture packs and better bodies\heads plugins. And Morrowind FPS Optimizer is a SWEET program, I cant play the game without it any more.

Also, Morrowind was soooo CPU dependant its insane. I didnt have much improvement in speed going from a 9600 Pro to a 6800GT, but when I got my 3000+ overclocked to 2.5Ghz (from an Athlon XP at 2Ghz), my framerates tripled in cities. I can use Morrowind FPS Optimizer to have about 3x the normal draw distance in Balmora (ie, from one side of the city to the other) and get 30-40fps at 1600x1200 with 2xAA and 16xAF. Anyone who has played this game since it came out knows thats pretty damned impressive
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I still have Morrowind installed... it looks amazing with some texture packs and better bodies\heads plugins. And Morrowind FPS Optimizer is a SWEET program, I cant play the game without it any more.

Also, Morrowind was soooo CPU dependant its insane. I didnt have much improvement in speed going from a 9600 Pro to a 6800GT, but when I got my 3000+ overclocked to 2.5Ghz (from an Athlon XP at 2Ghz), my framerates tripled in cities. I can use Morrowind FPS Optimizer to have about 3x the normal draw distance in Balmora (ie, from one side of the city to the other) and get 30-40fps at 1600x1200 with 2xAA and 16xAF. Anyone who has played this game since it came out knows thats pretty damned impressive
Some piccies maybe? (there should be a "This post is wothless without Pictures!: smily) btw. is this game coming out for xbox360 o ps3? Cuz' I think my computer would melt if I tried to play this game, expecially now that I have a geforce2mx400!
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Some piccies maybe? (there should be a "This post is wothless without Pictures!: smily) btw. is this game coming out for xbox360 o ps3? Cuz' I think my computer would melt if I tried to play this game, expecially now that I have a geforce2mx400!
You can get a number of pics here.
It is being slated for XBox etc. A GF2 card may have difficulty with Oblivion, definitely will be limited, but we will not know exactly how it will perform until the game comes out.
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I was really, really hoping for some sort of LAN multiplayer in this one.
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