Watch Dogs Graphical Analysis: Stock vs Worse Mod Take 2

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jim2point0

Nice write-up and video :)

This made me want to reinstall Watch Dogs and give final mod version a try. I don't think I've seen it since version 0.8

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Dethstar

What a great job. PC gaming owes a great deal to the army of modders out there. Skyrim and other games are legendary simply because they offer great mod support.

Personally I would have been pretty disappointed by Skyrim if it had not been modded so extensively. The result being I still play and mod it now and it is a game that doesn't stop giving.

Personally, I am always deeply appreciative of people in communities such as Skyrim Nexus who do such a wonderful job you wonder why they havent all been snapped up by developers.

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homerlvsbeer

These screen shots do not do the worse mod any justice. when you actually use the worse mod. you will see why darker is better. but you cant get a full understanding of it by looking at a screenshot no way. these screenshots dont even show what the mod does. like dynamic shadows as you walk in car headlights. performance gains. more realistic colours and much more. you cant see the difference unless you use the mod yourself. and then you will understand how you have been ripped off by ubisoft. graphics effects and performance gains. and shadows and lighting effects all taken out of the game. this is a great mod. and if you dont try it your the one who is loosing out. so no worrys. but you should try it. these screen shots show nothing .

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I think the Worse bod looks worse. It's washed-out, with poor contrast—completely unrealistic. the brown filter makes the entire world look like it's coated with a thick blanket of dust. I would much rather play with the stock graphics.

SweetFX and its ilk are overhyped, overdone, and heavy-handed. The mod authors are more afraid of gamers not noticing their effects than they are of making games look stupid. I've yet to see the mod that makes any game look realistic or cinematic; to date, all I've seen are mods that make game worlds look stupid, with purple water, light blue night skies, and DayGlo grass. But some people are into that, I suppose.

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B.A.Frayd

I agree, in regards to your comments about the look of the screenshots. To be fair, I would have to see this mod in motion on my own PC, while playing the game, to be able to give a true impression.

The one point I would like to make in general though, is the ongoing obnoxious persistence on the part of developers to try to create "cinematic" visuals in games. It is a STUPID pursuit. I can somewhat understand it, if it is coming from a "creative artistic" standpoint, but more often than not, I believe that developers incorporate bloom, lensflare, motion blur, etc, simply because they think it looks more realistic.

IT DOESN'T.

These added effects try to make the game look like a movie, with all the inherent artifacts that are present simply because of the imperfection of the camera system used to capture the visuals.

In real life, there is no lens flare, and bloom is something that happens only when one suffers from poor vision, and possibly poor weather. Adding this to a game does noting but make it harder to see the world that has been created. It's not how we would see the world if we were really there.

Again, I understand if it is a creative design decision to create a visual aesthetic for certain types of games, but for any reason other than this, it is something that only makes the visuals LESS realistic. This is particularly true for first person perspective games.

Bottom line: Developers, please STOP with the "cinematic visuals" and start making games look more like real life.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

+1

Oblivion's glowing rocks and stone works....

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vrmlbasic

From the stills I like the modded version more but the video leaves me undecided.

With neither do I see graphics that should be as demanding of hardware as they are, of that much I'm sure :)

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ZombieKiller

Has anyone tried Watch Dogs on a Alienware M11x R3? Run smooth?

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btdog

This was a much more interesting demonstration. And it's awesome when someone takes feedback and offers to do a "redo." Thanks, guys (and Alaina).

It's weird - I like the WorseMod more in the stockyard, but like the stock in the alleyway comparison (the WorseMod seems to be more blurry and a heavy sepia hue). In your first analysis, I preferred the stock vs. the Mod w/ SweetFX. This time, it's a much harder call.

Keep up the great work!

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BrainFlush

I am glad they came back and redid the comparison especially with the Worse 1.0 version.

I find it strange when looking at still images of vanilla versus mod and how I tend to say the vanilla looks better in my head but holy F how wrong the mind is when you actually play the game and see how much of a difference the mod makes on the vanilla version.

I refuse to ever play the vanilla version after the mod. There is no going back after that.

Great job MPC.

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Vano

This is the worst comparison video ever. Period.

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jim2point0

Well, that's your opinion. I thought it was good.

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tetris42

Thanks for posting a better comparison, though a few more screen comparisons would have been nice. Is it possible to disable DOF and fog in the Worse mod? If so, it seems like one or two shots with it off compared to vanilla might make for a good comparison.

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Yarbles

You’re touting that word cinematic again, David Lean is probably spinning in his grave right now.
A one size fits all slapped on approach is never going to look good in all environments with something as varied as an open world game, for example has anyone rode the L train in this game with this mod implemented?

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BrainFlush

I actually rode the train for awhile when I first started playing and this was with the Worse .8 installed from day one, did I miss something? I thought it was awesome.

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dgrmouse

Making games dark just so that you can show off the latest lighting effects is passé. Blurring the heck out of anything more than 5 meters away doesn't "make the game look more mystical, interesting, [or] more believable" - it makes it look as though you're myopic and need new lenses. Neither version is approaching photo-realism, but I prefer the detailed textures and well-lit environment of the stock game over the blurry, dark fuzziness of the worse mod.

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jgregory1

Heads up: You may want to replace your spelling of recieved with received.

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jimmthang

D'oh! Should be fixed now.

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SirGCal

I clicked on the images to look at more detail, and it took me to a strange walking cat image instead...

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Ben Kim

Hey sorry about that! Looks like we've had a bit of a problem with GIF Maker. Links have been temporarily removed while we sort this out.

EDIT: And we should be good to go now!