[PCGH]Left 4 Dead 2 maxed out - Source Engine on highest quality

As Left 4 Dead 2 is out now, the guys at PCGH collected some really nice screenshots from the Source engine powered game. Probably Valve should hire the screenshot guy as the pictures look better than the PR shots.

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snaileri3015d ago


Use 2560x1600 for some real quality shots.

thor3015d ago

I can run it at 1920x1200 on my laptop...

And no this game doesn't look that great. Typical source engine stuff - there's a sufficient amount of detail and the character models look nice in stills BUT the environments generally look like boxes - flat walls, 90 degree angles everywhere - and when there's a more open area you can see that the source engine can't handle curves or bumpy terrain very well.

Of course the biggest fail in terms of graphics is the appalling animation, though this is tied into game design. WTF are they doing when they are healing!?!? It's like some kind of weird ritual dance crossed with the hokey-cokey. WTF are they doing whilst getting mauled? Nothing, that's right. Do nothing, don't even flinch. Just watch your health bar go down. The players' gun models don't match up with their line of fire, there is severe clipping and I've run into a couple of visual bugs as well.

toaster3015d ago

The Source Engine is what, 5 years old? And it's still beating out some games in graphics.

Source 2 will probably once again redefine physics in gaming.

Halo3 MLG Pro3015d ago

Would love to see some comparison shots from both the PC and the 360 version.

Guido3015d ago

Will showing how the PC obliterates the 360 version make the 360 version play badly?

Halo3 MLG Pro3015d ago

Just a simple observation on the differences between both. That is all.

Fishy Fingers3015d ago (Edited 3015d ago )

Higher resolution, far more AA and that would probably be the only real difference, perhaps better lighting/HDR on the PC.

The source engine is easily ran on the most modest of gaming PCs so the 360 should handle it just fine at 720. It showed no problems with the original L4D and there have been little engine improvements at most.

Perkel3015d ago

source engine is too old ...

STK0263015d ago

well, I think it'S holding up pretty well, sure it's no CryEngine2 or anything, but you can't really expect Valve to release a non-source game, and I'd rather have them work on a new engine AND release some game, rather than having to wait 2-3 years for them to come up with a new engine. I'm pretty confident Valve realises Source is outdated, and I'm guessing we'll see a new one about 1 or 2 years before the next gen of console.

Fishy Fingers3015d ago

Their new engine is well into development and scheduled to release sometime (late) 2011 with Half-Life 3.

Vip3r3015d ago

I like the source engine. It looks good and runs well on old PCs.

theEnemy3015d ago

it looks good.

No pixelated image, no jagged lines and such.

But the details are too plain.

Source Engine needs an upgrade or revamp.

hoops3015d ago

It's a good game engine. It's a bit dated but Valve's main goal with this engine was to allow as many PC's to run this game at decent levels as possible. They succeeded there.
The game looks good at maxed out levels.

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