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Post » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:36 am

@Deadeye: I really think it would. It won't be pretty, but I'd imagine fully playable.

Valve is good at making games scale back. They even support DirectX 7.

On another note, ignore Dark Messiah. It's poorly optimized and just totally not worth it.

http://www.download.com/Half-Life-2-dem ... 49536.html

Try the HL2 demo.
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Post » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:42 am

[quote="deadeye":1wu63lhv][quote="Jeswen":1wu63lhv]That opens up quite a bit (Vampire, HL2, TF2, Dark Messiah, Etc).[/quote:1wu63lhv]

What, are you kidding me? Half Life 2 would actually run on my machine?

Now this I find hard to believe. I suppose I could borrow a copy from a friend and give it a shot.[/quote:1wu63lhv]Yeah, I managed to run HL2 fine on my old machine, and that was a bag of crap I dumped nearly a year ago. Source is quite a good engine for running on older tech, or at least it was before Episode 2's graphical upgrades and massive forest maps.
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Post » Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:59 pm

The "Lost Coast" mod is the most demanding HL2 game. If you can play Portal, you can play Episode 2, I imagine. :? Not sure.
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:00 am

[quote="Jeswen":21py8ny6]
http://www.download.com/Half-Life-2-dem ... 49536.html

Try the HL2 demo.[/quote:21py8ny6]

Eh, what the hell. I'll give it a shot...

On a side note, a friend suggested I try Indigo Prophecy, and lent me his copy. Hot damn! That's a fine game. I dig the cinematic style of it... it's kinda like a survival horror game mixed with an adventure game, but it plays like a movie. The controls are a little funky sometimes, but otherwise it's pretty badass. If only there were more games like that. Supernatural, mystery, and horror are my favorite genres of games.
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:25 am

@Deadeye: I think then you would like this game:

http://www.penumbra-overture.com/

Horror/Adventure/Puzzle.
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:14 am

[quote="fantasyjam":wdo5shdz]The "Lost Coast" mod is the most demanding HL2 game. If you can play Portal, you can play Episode 2, I imagine. :? Not sure.[/quote:wdo5shdz]The Lost Coast only introduced HDR lighting. HL2 Episode 2 enhanced further on that, and HL2 Episode 2 even further still. Portal and Team Fortress 2 runs on that updated engine too, but for me Portal and TF2 run a lot better than HL2 Episode 2, Ep2 has massive outdoor levels that tend to cause a lower framerate, for me anyway, but nowhere near unplayable. This is on the highest graphics setting. Like it's been said, Source scales back for lower-powered hardware really well. TF2 and Portal have small maps anyway, and aren't as cluttered with detail.
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:35 am

Welp, I tried out the HL2 demo, and am pleasantly shocked to find that it worked almost flawlessly, even with the quality all the way up :shock:

It looks friggin' great on my 62" HDTV :D (yes, I hooked my computer up to my TV, it makes for one hell of a sweet monitor)

Color me surprised. Maybe my crappy little computer isn't as crappy as I thought it was. The demo only had the intro level and the Ravenholm level, so I don't know how it would handle that outdoor level with all the water in it. I suspect it might get a little choppy there. As it is now, it only hung up a couple of times on explosions, and oddly enough the sound skipped more than a few times.

I was also shocked to realize that HL2 isn't as recent as I thought it was... it came out in 2004. What the hell? I don't remember it being that old. Time flies I guess.

[quote="Jeswen":hzwwxo90]@Deadeye: I think then you would like this game:
http://www.penumbra-overture.com/
Horror/Adventure/Puzzle.[/quote:hzwwxo90]

Yeah, I've seen screenshots and stuff. I always wanted to check that one out, and I guess now I can. Thanks for reminding me :)
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:01 pm

[quote="deadeye":nt3yilui]Welp, I tried out the HL2 demo, and am pleasantly shocked to find that it worked almost flawlessly, even with the quality all the way up :shock: It looks friggin' great on my 62" HDTV :D (yes, I hooked my computer up to my TV, it makes for one hell of a sweet monitor)[/quote:nt3yilui]62 inch?!?! Bloody Hell!! I got a 40 LCD inch HDTV which I also have hooked up to the PC as a second monitor, I can't imagine how awesome 62 inch must be! The dream is to have a DLP projector or something, imagine playing all these games on a full wall.

[quote="deadeye":nt3yilui]Color me surprised. Maybe my crappy little computer isn't as crappy as I thought it was. The demo only had the intro level and the Ravenholm level, so I don't know how it would handle that outdoor level with all the water in it. I suspect it might get a little choppy there. As it is now, it only hung up a couple of times on explosions, and oddly enough the sound skipped more than a few times. [/quote:nt3yilui]In the full game of HL2 they fixed the stuttering bug after a few patches, a lot of people had that problem at first. The outdoor levels in HL2 don't really run any different to Ravenholm, it all seems nicely smooth and optimised and runs well, even on my old computer which just sucked entirely. I bet Doom 3 and other games with its engine would run on your's also, but probably not on full detail.
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Post » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:18 am

man having a graphics card sounds like fun, I wish my laptop had one :( I only have a cheap intel 965 chipset that fails horribly. I dont like HL2 but oblivion or stalker sounds fun.
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Post » Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:37 pm

Actually since reading up on Fallout 3 (damn, I want that game), a lot of people have been talking about "problems with Oblivion" that have been addressed in the new Fallout game. Mainly the scaled enemy levels. That sounds absolutely stupid to me. Why the hell would you make enemies level up to match you? Isn't the point of getting stronger to be able to smash weak enemies that used to give you problems? I dunno, the more I read up on Oblivion the less I want to play it.

Morrowind is actually starting to get... well, I don't know how to put it. It's like the game is too big. A lot of times I don't know where the hell I am, and the missions people give me are all a million miles away in opposite directions. I always have five different things to do, so when I come across a little cave or something that looks like it might be fun to explore, I always think "well, I don't really have time... I've got to get to here or there and finish this thing for whatsisname, I'll come back later." I mean, two weeks into the game I finally get to Vivec (which is huge and confusing all on it's own) only to find out that it's actually just a two minute walk from where I started out. It would have been kind of nice to know that there was a major metropolis just around the corner from the dinky little fishing village I started out in.

And another thing is I've stolen so much loot and money that I'm absolutely rich, but I don't have a damn thing to spend my money on. You'd think that by now I'd come across someone with some kickass magic weapons or armor for sale but no... I'm still mobbing around with my plain old chain mail and a broadsword. Yeah, I come across magic weapons all the time, but so far I haven't found any that are better than my plain, old, non-magical sword because overall they just don't do as much damage. It's not even worth the extra weight to carry a magic weapon around.

And it takes forever to travel anywhere unless you take a silt strider. But if you take a silt strider, you don't get to see the world or get into fights to level up. So if I don't want to miss out on anything, I have to spend half an hour just walking to my destination. Argh.

Oh well, I'll keep at it. I'm sure I've just hit a lull in the plot and it'll pick up soon. I hope.
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