Originally Posted by HeadRusch
Ok so......what makes it look bad? "Still looks better than STALKER". How?
Bad textures? Simple Polys? Simple textures? flat landscapes, not alot of filler in the scenes (ie: empty rooms not alot of destructible or non-destructible junk to have fun with in a level)...??
Yes I'd say the texture quality is sub-par. If you look at some of the screenshots on gamespot - for example the cell block, outdoor shots - the quality that you see here is what I see with everything turned on and resolution at 1920x1200.
Its my thought that in Oblivion, even with HDR turned off the texture is quite good and smooth, well polished. Again I am not sure if the developers of Stalker intended the game to look this way or is it because development started long ago or what but it certainly does not look as polished as I thought it could.
I'll have to go see how it looks at lower settings and see if its worse or not. Those screenshots are pretty much what I see in highest settings.
And yes to simple polys as well but only some objects. Dogs dont look like dogs, not like a wolf in Oblivion. I didnt know that it was a herd of animals until "Wolf" said go kill those animals. The humans look ok.
Again I'm just saying it looks rough but the game play seems to be good. This paragraph from gamespot's review sums up the look of the game.
"Though already dated by a few years, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. still looks good, and its visuals are on par with Half-Life 2. What the game lacks in modern-day graphical pizzazz, it makes up for with intricate detail and immersive atmosphere. There's something to be said for the game's environments, which are infused with a ton of character and detail. It feels like the postapocalyptic landscape it's supposed to be. The countryside of the zone feels rugged and wild, with abandoned towns and compounds littering the landscape. Each locale has its own particular feel to it, so you never feel like the world was made with cookie-cutter building templates. The sense of exploration is marvelous, and it's the little details that make the difference. While you won't need a high-end system to play the game, the sheer size and scope of the world are such that it really helps the frame rate if you do."
I think Half-Life 2's graphics are better actually.