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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with DriveClub

Eurogamer - In our first technical preview of DriveClub last year we had Evolution Studios' racer down as a promising, if rough-edged effort - a pre-alpha build that clearly needed work. And sure enough, its appearance at Sony's 2014 Gamescom conference has shown a project revitalised in all the right areas. The frame-rate is smoother, the landscape detail massively upgraded, while a slew of new effects and lighting tricks are added. It looks like a whole new game.

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Eonjay1264d ago

It really got a full makeover

Kayant1264d ago

And framerate is solid.
"DriveClub gives up its original 60fps goal, instead pushing for a rock-solid 30fps, improved effects and an added weather system. The only sign of struggle comes using an 'orbital' debug camera towards the end of the demo, where tearing briefly kicks in. Gameplay sticks to 30fps with perfect frame-pacing."

bouzebbal1264d ago

it would be wrong to doubt the work of Evolution Studios when you see their track record!
Motorstorm are some of the most stunning racers from last gen!

donthate1264d ago

It would have been better if they went with 60 fps and a lower resolution. Most people cannot tell difference in resolution, but they sure as hell can feel the frame rate.

I think Evolution Studios made a bad choice for the sake of publicity and marketing.

disKinected1264d ago

@youaresalty

Oh really, then I guess playground games also made the wrong decision since FH2 is also 30fps, but maybe it's open world so it'll get a free pass I guess. Keep moving those goalposts.

AndrewLB1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

To anyone claiming this game didn't get downgraded, all the proof you could possibly ask for is in that video.

Just take a look at the power wires! The aliasing is HORRIBLE. This cannot be blamed on youtube compression, low quality video, or anything other than the simple fact that anti-aliasing has been removed from the game.

here is the video link from the article: http://youtu.be/csWu0sxhzrU

Notice how the "bullshots" have the aliasing removed? Big difference from the actual gameplay.

Personally... i'd be pi$$ed had I preordered it..

edit: Here, a screenshot for the lazy. http://oi62.tinypic.com/1qp...

GarrusVakarian1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

@AndrewLB

Stop spewing that BS, powerline jaggies have been a problem since day one, people over at GAF have been complaining about those since the get-go. The game hasn't been downgraded. That is 100% false. Just look at every single gameplay showing since it's reveal, the game has gotten progressively better. Some tracks/weather conditions look better than others, granted, but to claim a downgrade is just plain wrong.

If you bothered to research, instead of spending your time trolling, you'd know that Evo have said before that they're tying to work out the jaggies on the powerlines, they even mention trying one more AA solution before launch in this very article!

There were tons of "concerned" trolls screaming downgrade over at GAF, much like you are here now, until they were showed this:

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

And this:

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

And this:

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

So, umm, yeah.....you carry on claiming downgrades due to something that has been an issue since day one (powerline jaggies).

Edit: I took a look at your link, and I'm not sure that was the best choice of video to claim a downgrade with, because apart from those powerlines...that footage looks absolutely incredible. The visuals of the environments are top-tier, best of any racing game I've ever seen.

So....Lol.

Rip-Ridah1264d ago

@youaresalty...

you are salty.

Boody-Bandit1264d ago

Yeah okay Andrew.

We are going to take your word over Digital Foundry and Eurogamer. What part of "The frame-rate is smoother, the landscape detail massively upgraded, while a slew of new effects and lighting tricks are added. It looks like a whole new game." do you not understand?

Seriously, get over yourself.
The game looks amazing.

gootimes1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

I think I will go with Digital Foundry's word over trolls that get salty over all things Drive Club...

Good to hear the game is looking amazing and running well. Dare I say it is the most amazing racing game I have seen? I think so.

"For our hands-on session, the game felt as tight as we could hope; a racer that joins the ranks of the industry's best running at this target frame-rate. The jump from the studio's arcade-style MotorStorm series to a more realistic racer has been a smooth one too"

The handling looks fantastic in the videos and it is good to hear it is playing great when Digital foundry go their hands on it.

Forn1264d ago

This is THE racing game of the year imo. Can't wait!

GribbleGrunger1264d ago

Why are next generation graphics upsetting so many people? At least they won't be upset when they play FH2 ...

XBLSkull1264d ago

Typical Sony fanboy stuff in here. Tomb Raider half the frame rate on X1, terrible terrible thing. Drive Club 60 -> 30, who cares game looks incredible.

Truth is it should look good, wasn't it supposed to be a launch title? Games now half the frame rate, 10 months past due and counting, and going to ship as an incomplete game with weather system not included. People not online won't ever get weather in their games.

MysticStrummer1264d ago

@XBLSkull - Typical generic fanboy stuff there. Comparing the differences between two versions of the same game versus discussing whether 30fps is acceptable in an exclusive are two very different things.

chrismichaels041263d ago

I always said...I'd rather have a delayed game be great, then a rushed game be garbage. I'm very excited to play this game.

Exari1263d ago

I have a question, is it possible to lock frames at say 50 or 40? why does it have to be either 60 or all the way down to 30?

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MRMagoo1231264d ago

It's by far THE best looking racer I have ever seen and all the extra effects they have put in really shows what this gen is all about, I don't really play racing games at all except for gt just so I can upgrade the cars and see how fast they go on the test ring, but this game I think I will be getting day one, even if just to show support for a really really well done job.

radler1264d ago

Yeah, nothing comes close. Looks like the most fun upcoming racer too.

PCBOX1264d ago Show
disKinected1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

@pcbox

Lol, someone is mad!
Cry more please!

Best looking racer fh2, lol what a joke!

KingTrash1264d ago

It definitely does not look like the most fun racer. That's for sure. It does look the best graphically speaking but come on, Forza Horizon 2 looks like it will blow this away when it comes to fun.

Kribwalker1264d ago

Project cars says high, then does a smoke show, then races away with the flag for best looking. And forza horizon 2 looks to be a lot more fun. The DC physics look terrible

dantesparda1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

Hmm, so we got like 3-4 MS trolls in here spewing their hate and yet not one is flagged for trolling yet. Yet had this been the other way around in a MS article each and everyone of them would have been marked for trolling. Its funny how thing work on this so called Sony fanboy site. Flag the bums!

Now watch, I'll get the "off topic" or "trolling" or "immature" or some sh*t.

GarrusVakarian1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

@Kribwalker?

PC Cars? The best looking? LMAO. No. The environments in that game are static and flat, full of low-poly models and crappy textures.

The cars and the effects are top-notch, though, I'll give it that. It's definitely unmatched in those areas (if you have a beast rig).

But neither FH2 or PC Cars can hold a candle to DC's visuals overall. Here, I'll prove it:

http://static.giantbomb.com...
http://www.gamespot.com/api...
http://i.minus.com/ibnaEcz7...
http://i.minus.com/ibdEd2hD...
http://static.gamespot.com/...

The best looking racer of all time, and one of the best looking games full stop, hence why there are SO MANY trolls in this comment section, getting their daily dose of salt.

FITgamer1264d ago

@Kribwalker DC physics look terrible? FH2 without a doubt has the most unrealistic physics out of any racing game on next-gen. There is pretty much no resistance when blazing through open terrain in a Lamborghini. Great physics there.

Boody-Bandit1264d ago

Lukas

Those gifs are staggering.
Thanks for posting them.

MysticStrummer1264d ago

@PCBOX - I have to believe you're simply trying to get a reaction. You can't possibly be serious.

gapecanpie1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

FACT.... Project Cars on PC at Max setting with a frame rate higher then 30fps and a resolution beyound 1080p is the best looking racer of all time.

To even deny this just prove how delusional Sony and MS... but especially Sony fan are... If you think old outdate tablet hardware (ps4&x1) can keep up with latest in PC tech then you truly are delusional.....

LoL at that god awful jaggies in DC

Boody-Bandit1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

gapecanpie

Fact DC smokes Project Cars graphically on the consoles and if it was made for the PC it would smoke it on that format as well.

signed - a gamer that owns them all including a PC rig running 2x 780 Ti classifieds

I'm just keeping it real. You should try it some time. It's better than living in a world of delusion.

starchild1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

I just don't see it. Don't get me wrong, it looks great. But not necessarily better than any of the other high end racers I've seen. I keep seeing people make it sound like it looks absolutely incredible and then I watch a video and I'm like "yeah, it looks about how I expect a current gen racing game to look. Not too different than some of the other top racers."

BTW, I own a PS4 and a high end PC as well.

Vegamyster1264d ago

@Boody-Bandit

"Fact DC smokes Project Cars graphically on the consoles"

That's to be expected, Project Cars on the PS4 is aiming for 60 fps while DC is 30 fps.

FernGully1263d ago

If DriveClub were on XBOXONE, Otherzinc would have his own pair DriveClub tube socks!!! Bloody Hippocrit!!! He is also profusely praying to God that Destiny Flops just because its leading platform is PS4! March NPDs hurt him so BAD mate, that the emotional scars still have not healed! It HURTS! It appears to be "that time of the month again!" His strategy mates, is to smear every DriveClub article with hate and exaggeration. Truth does not matter. Kill and Murder Sony at all cost! This is why he spends most of his time on the boards and not playing games. The boy thinks his voice is heard and that people will agree with him even though they disagree 53 times! LOL! He bloody has no games to Play! And he hates (the BRILLIANT) Phill Spenser for proving his beloved Kinect was not needed! So watch him folks! Every Sony exclusive is bloody trash as long as it isn't on the Bone. He gets on his knees and prays every night before he goes to bed that the PS4 will not own the NPDs longer than the 360 did in its Hey Day before the Kinect arrived! "Dear God! Stop Sony, no KILL Sony, and I will do whatever you want!" ROFLMAO!!!!!!

GarrusVakarian1263d ago (Edited 1263d ago )

@gapecanpie

But PC cars has ugly, low-poly environmental assets, that's not an issue that be fixed by simply upping the res, lol. Driveclub's environments look photo-realistic.

PC cars may have the better IQ, and the better framerate, if you have the rig for it....but don't even begin to kid yourself that better resolution makes up for ugly assets. If anything, upping the res only makes the ugliness more noticeable.

PC cars has the tech, but the overall package looks inconsistent. DC, at it's best, smokes any gameplay of PC cars I've ever seen running at ultra settings. I get the frustration, though, totally. It must suck knowing you spent all that money to play PC cars at it's max settings, then a $400/350 machine comes along and smokes it with one if it's first-year exclusives.

Also, nice to see you added the old ' if you disagree with this then you're a delusional *insert title here* fanboy'. How original.

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otherZinc1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

@ Eonjay,
I agree...

Drive Club sure did get a "complete makeover" or massive "downgrade"! From 60fps all the way "down" to 30fps.

disKinected1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

Just like FH2.
Cry more, love to see some jealous fanatics!

Eonjay1264d ago

No its clearly an upgrade. The article makes that painfully obvious going into detail about real time lighting, FOV, an array of AA techs, improved vehicle handling... even water effects on windshield wipers in real time. The improvements are all there with a rock solid framerate to boot.

AndrewLB1264d ago

Don't forget that they also removed anti-aliasing! Check out the video in the article and look for the power lines. Jaggies everywhere!

GarrusVakarian1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

@AndrewLB

Here, to prove how wrong you are, here's a video from 11 MONTHS AGO, clearly showing jaggies (there are no powerlines, but there are tons of rails and poles):

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

So yeah, compare that to the most recent footage, everything but the powerlines have had a significant AA upgrade. Claiming that they have "removed" AA entirely just goes against what is evident in the gameplay videos...in other words, you're 100% wrong.

gootimes1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

lol at people still trolling DC over 30 fps.

FH2.. cartoony

DC.. Photo realistic

Both 30fps, please stop trolling and you wont get reply's like this.

@AndrewLB
So jaggy power lines = removed AA and downgrade?
How so when everything looks smooth as butter according to Digital Foundry? I guess we should all go with your trolling word over the industry leading DF's word.

GTgamer1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

@andrewLB
"Don't forget that they also removed anti-aliasing! Check out the video in the article and look for the power lines. Jaggies everywhere"

Jaggies on power lines = jaggies everywhere (•ิ_•ิ)

Okey dokey obvious troll is obvious.

Kayant1264d ago

It has never been 60fps you do know that right. We had no footage of it being 60fps. Also they never promised it.

"is “targetting” 60. “The game is obviously currently in development,” he told us, “we’re aiming towards that but aren’t making any promises right now.”
http://www.thesixthaxis.com...

There has been no downgrade only upgrades...

MysticStrummer1264d ago

So much sodium from the XB fans. Not healthy.

Spotie1263d ago

I don't get it. Two words got me marked for trolling.

This article is full of PARAGRAPHS of trolling with no moderation. Lies, BS, you name it.

We're all fully aware of how good the game looks, how it's improved. We know there's pretty much been only positive impressions of it for quite some time now. We know there haven't been any downgrades. We know why the game is running at 30fps rather than 60.

So why are certain users being allowed to push all this BS with impunity?

FernGully1263d ago

If DriveClub were on XBOXONE, Otherzinc would have his own pair DriveClub tube socks!!! Bloody Hippocrit!!! He is also profusely praying to God that Destiny Flops just because its leading platform is PS4! March NPDs hurt him so BAD mate, that the emotional scars still have not healed! It HURTS! It appears to be "that time of the month again!" His strategy mates, is to smear every DriveClub article with hate and exaggeration. Truth does not matter. Kill and Murder Sony at all cost! This is why he spends most of his time on the boards and not playing games. The boy thinks his voice is heard and that people will agree with him even though they disagree 53 times! LOL! He bloody has no games to Play! And he hates (the BRILLIANT) Phill Spenser for proving his beloved Kinect was not needed! So watch him folks! Every Sony exclusive is bloody trash as long as it isn't on the Bone. He gets on his knees and prays every night before he goes to bed that the PS4 will not own the NPDs longer than the 360 did in its Hey Day before the Kinect arrived! "Dear God! Stop Sony, no KILL Sony, and I will do whatever you want!" ROFLMAO!!!!!!

DigitalRaptor1263d ago

Wow, otherZinc.

You're STILL trolling this game, even though it was upgraded from its November 2013 form and was never promised to be 60FPS.

I remember clearly when you ACTUALLY believed that PS4 couldn't handle real cars on the track because they were ghost cars in the debut demo, and that somehow "proved" PS4 wasn't as powerful as Xbone. You're delusional. And salty.
----

@ Lukas & everyone else

Don't bother. AndrewLB & friends - all they do is lie.

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otherZinc1263d ago (Edited 1263d ago )

@FernGlly,
@DigitalRaptor,

You 2 are the essence of hypocrisy.

Drive Club has 1 feature.
Clubs:6
Forza Horizon 2: 1,000.
Also, Forza Horizon 2 has many different features, for replay value.

Drive Club has DLC Weather? LMAO! Are you kidding? WTF is that!?
Forza Horizon 2 has "AT Launch" weather!

I'm glad you remembered me talking about those ridiculous "ghost cars" of the early Drive Club builds. I also, said they needed to delay that s*** because it wasn't ready. 1 year later, Drive Club still isn't ready:see DLC Weather.

Now, they replaced the "ghost cars" with "in line driving AI", how friggin weak & non next gen is that?

Some Clown wrote an article, happy for the decision to delay Drive Club, praising the developer & SONY, and they're going to ship you a game with:
1 feature-
No weather (that they hyped)
Linear
Damage having no consequence
And invisible walls
For $60. How about finishing the damn game first. This is a joke.
LMAO!

Also, Digital Foundry showed MUCH leniency to Drive Club. They talked a lot of s*** & didn't live up to it at all. The game only looks good, that's it.

FanboyKilla1263d ago

Lol just because someone disagrees with you, does not make them a troll.

Why, if someome gives their opinion, and it is not oh my gosh dc go sony, you mention fh2? Are you f n serious. Thats like bringing a knife to a gun finght. Read the comments. They say it all. It does look good, but i only saw one person say it looks fun. And he was lying through his teeth. Most fun racer, lmfao.

Thank goodness for the free plus version. It gives them the chance to prove me wrong. And i hope they do. But from what ive seen i wont hold my breath.

Funny how you sony boys or girls or both (who knows these days) just love it. Its amazing. No one has a gripe about it. Maybe if you took your lips off sonys arse, you could tell them, it looks amazing, but f n boreing as hell. And instead of lighting and effects, they maybe could have put fun in the GAME.

Lmfao its a new game, and sony fans are crowning it king of racers. You better stretch first, all that reaching, youre gonna pull something. Its a year late launch title, thats only a fraction of the game you compare it to.

reko1263d ago

This Bitch just wrote a paragraph crying lol

Eonjay1263d ago

Check out this video:

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

Does it really need to be any more than this to be good. Its a racing game. No one is saying it is the master of games. LOL calm down. Why shouldn't people be excited to play?

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ShowGun9011264d ago

this looks like one of the few games ever that had that large of a push-back and came away better for it... most games, if they're pushed back, usually suck. looks like they were telling the truth, that extra year was for polish, polish polish!

Omran1264d ago

you mean watch fogs xD

ShowGun9011264d ago

@omran

yea, and others... like duke nukem! ...any game that switched systems it was pushed back so far... there are MANY examples, glad to see driveclub WONT be another!

Omran1264d ago

I mean watch dogs ha ha, I hope that
drive club will get good reviews !

I don't like car racing that much but
drive club impressed me !

DigitalRaptor1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

Well there we have it.

Not only is the DriveClub of October 2014 a completely different game visually to the DriveClub of November 2013, but it also has received fantastic gameplay improvements and incoming weather. Got to be thankful of this delay.

Can't wait. http://itsalmo.st/#driveclu...

MasterCornholio1264d ago

OMG

The clouds look amazing!!!!!

ps4fanboy1264d ago

Dedicated team working on Morpheus also , I see a great future for driveclub....

Can't wait to see in car weather effects at high speed.

hkgamer1263d ago

morpheus running on 30fps?

how would that work?