The Cheat Engine whiz of Dead End Thrills opens up his archives for Graphics Porn
We’re mixing things up again this month to showcase another tour de force of the video game screenshot world. James ‘jim2point0’ Snook is a front-end web developer at eBay Enterprise by day and a devoted screenshot aficionado at night. Just like K-putt, he’s dedicated to showcasing the very best that our favorite games have to offer. Whether that’s a stunning scene or just a particularly awesome ray of light, James is there to grab some spectacular screenshots.
DRM issues, poor performance, and crashing servers
If you’re like us, you like the Internet, but there are unfortunately downsides to the service. It seems that over the years, developers have been releasing unfinished buggy games, hoping to just patch the situation later.
Our last attempt at comparing the stock graphics of Watch Dogs received some fair criticism. Coupling SweetFX and TheWorse Mod led to noticeably darker graphics that threw off our results. You all spoke, and we listened. Here's our second take on the Worse Mod which is now in its final incarnation:version 1.0.
We mod Watch Dogs and compare its visuals against the vanilla stock version!
While our Graphics Analysis feature normally compares a game's various graphical settings, with the recent controversy surrounding the hidden "E3 2012" files that supposedly make the game look better without much of a performance hit, we thought we would dedicate this particular graphics analysis around comparing the "modded" version of Watch Dogs vs. it's vanilla stock incarnation.
To do this, we’ve enabled The Worse Mod 0.7 and SweetFX to showcase what the game looks like with mods enabled. Below you'll find a smattering of comparison pictures and video. Which version do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.
Disabled visual enhancements found in the game’s code
The PC version of Watch Dogs has caused quite a bit of frustration for PC gamers since its release back in May. The game’s launch was hampered by Uplay issues, Ubisoft’s digital distribution platform, and overall performance issues. But the latest controversy has caused Ubisoft to respond to the discovery of deactivated settings for the PC version of Watch Dogs.
AMD exec doubles down on assertion that Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers
This week on episode 226 of the No BS Podcast, AMD graphics guru Richard Huddyjoins the Maximum PC crew. For those unfamiliar with the AMD exec, Huddy has spent time working at ATI, AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and is now back at AMD. He’s also widely considered one of the pioneers of DirectX. Suffice it to say, he knows his stuff.
In this special edition of the podcast, we pick his brain on a variety of topics relating to AMD. Easily the most exciting part of the discussion is the fact that Huddy doubles down on AMD’s assertion that Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers, most notably by adding lines of code to games that would hinder performance on AMD graphics cards (It’s some pretty damning assertions).
There were quite a few games released in May 2014 with Wolfenstein: The New Order, Tropico 5, The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4, Final Fantasy III, and Watch Dogs debuting on the PC platform. However, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs was the only new title to break into Raptr’s “most-played games on PC” list for May 2014.
Watch Dog's appetite for video RAM seems to be the root cause of performance problems on the PC
After all the anticipation and patient waiting, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs title arrived on PC and several different game consoles earlier this week. Unfortunately, performance on the PC isn't up to par. Users have complained of lag, stuttering, and weird graphical anomalies when playing Watch Dogs, all of which appear to be due to the game's heavy reliance on VRAM. That's the bad news. The good news is that a performance patch for Watch Dogs on PC is coming.
The rocky launch of Watch Dogs has prompted AMD to speak out against Nvidia. In addition to the authentication server issue experienced, PC gamers who own AMD GPUs also had to deal with performance issues. While competition has been heated between both companies, AMD’s Robert Hallock said that Nvidia’s Gameworks program is a “threat to gamers”when he spoke to Forbes.
Watch Dogs has launched today but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the highly-anticipated open-world title. According to Ubisoft it appears that the authentication servers for its digital distribution service Uplay has been malfunctioning.