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Old 03-28-08, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default High end settings you don't like...

So I was playing Oblivion tonight and was once again reminded how the HDR in that game is WAY too strong for me and how I preffer bloom. I also think the self-shadows look icky and leave them off as well.

In trying to think of other games with settings I could easily max but leave off anyway due to distaste, I was at a loss. Anyone have any examples of their own?
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Old 03-28-08, 09:46 PM   #2
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I hate the motion blur effect.
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Old 03-28-08, 09:48 PM   #3
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Settings that offer minor and almost unnoticeable improvement in image quality for a significant performance drop. For example, the DX10/4x AA option in Gears of War and DX10 in Crysis (versus DX9).
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Old 03-28-08, 09:48 PM   #4
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A classic that comes to mind is Operation Flashpoint, with High detail Terrain...

High detail terrain caused the rolling hills to become bumpy ruts as if WW1 diggers had been active on a global scale. Not only did the visuals hardly improve, but gameplay changed completely. Driving a vehicle was like bouncing a ball, and the new 'mini hills' that appeared every few meters allowed new cover from enemy fire. Attempts like this at 'future proofing' game graphics always fail miserably, because there is some assumption that future games will simply have more of the same, not new things like bump mapping, reflections, better shadows, etc.

By the way, I also hate Bloom and Depth of Field and any other over bright, blury, or color reducing post processing effects. I can't wait to see a game boasting 'No Bloom!' on the box, I might just buy it straight away.
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Old 03-28-08, 10:21 PM   #5
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Extreme use of motion blur and poor DoF (ie Medal of Honor Airborne).
Sunglass HDR mode...strong enough to even kill vampires playing the game.

All these new high end features are nice, but they have to be not overdone, and used with minimal effect without trying to go..HEY LOOK WE GOT HDR x10000%

I felt Witcher did a pretty good job of using its features in the game.
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motion blur and depth of field i cant stand... i always keep it off.... only time i like motion blur is in racing games like project gotham 4
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By the way, I also hate Bloom and Depth of Field and any other over bright, blury, or color reducing post processing effects. I can't wait to see a game boasting 'No Bloom!' on the box, I might just buy it straight away.
I hate them when misused, like Oblivion, but often they are used correctly, like Crysis.
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I'm a wh0re and I like all high end settings.
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Motion blur is one I usually disable unless I really have framerate to spare (like in STALKER or Source games). It just seems completely retarded to lower your framerate while moving so things appear to be moving smoother.

If the game is running at a good framerate, your eyes will make their own motion blur and you don't end up with laggy mouse input.

It does make things look a bit more realistic, but I don't think its worth the impact it has on aiming\framerate in Crysis.
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It does make things look a bit more realistic, but I don't think its worth the impact it has on aiming\framerate in Crysis.
I'm more talking about options you could easily turn on, like in a game where everything runs smooth at max settings, but you still choose to keep it off. I agree with you on motion blur, that's one of the last things I turn on when getting a game to run well, but I do turn it on when I can. Oblivion's HDR I could easily use but do not.
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Bloom/HDR/Piss filters
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I'm more talking about options you could easily turn on, like in a game where everything runs smooth at max settings, but you still choose to keep it off. I agree with you on motion blur, that's one of the last things I turn on when getting a game to run well, but I do turn it on when I can. Oblivion's HDR I could easily use but do not.
I actually like HDR in most games. I prefer the more vibrant and high contrast colors.

In some it looks like ass, but not as bad as bloom.

A lot of times I run my CRT in "super bright mode", it pretty much makes things look like HDR is on if a game doesn't support it.
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