Submitted by I-Pod 1698d ago | news

Never Seen Before Graphic Effects in Valves Source Engine

A German amateur developer works on an Source Engine mod, that includes never seen before graphic effects in Valves game engine. The position of the celestial bodies is dependent from season and clime. Right now the 2D skybox uses one texture with some overlays applied and a procedurally generated static mesh for stars. All weather effects, daytime, clime and season are synced between client and server. Weather is randomly applied based on the current climate and the time of day can be read from the hosts computer. (PC, PS3, Valve, Xbox 360)

Bass_fisherman  +   1698d ago
Looks impressive to say at least
PLASTICA-MAN  +   1698d ago
You think this is impressive?
Well take a look at this:
And: http://i.imgur.com/HPWpK.jp...
YES,THEY ARE BASED ON SOURCE ENGINE and they are the best upcoming mods for it!
The first is made by a programmer who used to work on Miror's Edge and the second one got extremely revamped after a very skilled programmer joined the development.
If such developpers can do wonders from aging engines, I wonder what they can do with best available engines !

Edit: At FatOldMan: Dear Easter was built on the first source engine ever released that is even extinct now and now it undergoing a plastic surgery and the second one is the long awaited Blade Symphony that was also built on the first engine but got redone too many times and that's the level the new developpers want to achieve .
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Ducky  +   1698d ago
I thought Dear Esther was already released.

Didn't know it was being rebuilt.
That mod is one of the few examples of a video game being art. =)

What mod/game is that second one though?
EDIT: Did some digging, Blade Symphony.
Thanks for the edit though. ;)
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PLASTICA-MAN  +   1698d ago
The Source Engine may now look as the most outdated engine but it is not the case, because it is the most versatile engine. With many tweaks, you can make the games on par with recent released ones ( by the way, Valve updated all their old released games with HDR,dynamic shadows,etc...). I have downloaded the benchmark tech demo released by valve after the launch of Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and I was impressed by the tech Valve could have implemented in Half-life 2 Episode 2 : heavy rain,volumetric smokes, volumetric lights, random moving volumetric particles (SPOILER: that will be used for the Particle Storm in Episode 3), but Valve didn't want to include them at that time fearing that most of the people couldn't run it smoothly (by the way I have a good PC that lagged to run it), so valve opted for performance, so that many people can buy their games like they did omit the super high definitions textures for Team Fortress 2.
But now we witness Valve throwing step by step a bit of those advanced technics in the new games like Parallax Textures and volumetric lights in Alien Swarm (labelled EP3_materials and EP3_effects by the way: a hint that EP3 is coming and will use those effects), so that means the upcoming games will be using these features beginning with Portal 2.
Shani  +   1697d ago
It is crazy day-night lights and environment conditions. just like real.

To Plastica-Man:
That is awesome video and pic.
Thanks. Bubble up for u.
DigitalAnalog  +   1697d ago
After watching the video I immediately went to moddb.com
**looks at Plastica-man's link....

OH.... MY............................ ............................... .........

-End of Line
Spydiggity  +   1697d ago
that Dear Esther video is nuts. good link.
JohnnyBadfinger  +   1697d ago
I would buy that game as is.

LOL'd at the end... i meant i cant really talk... i do the same thing, if i cant land a tail whip on some punk arse dinosaur i start throwing cars too...
CombineElite  +   1698d ago
The Source Engine is the best gaming engine ever.

This Modder did one hell of a job and Valve is known to hire modders so this guy may have a new job soon.

great job.
RememberThe357  +   1697d ago
And they say PC gaming is dead... I'm a console gamer and I know better than that. This guy has some serious talent. I've talking talked shit about the Source engine in my obvious ignorance. Color me impressed.
King-Leonidas  +   1697d ago
good thing im getting a decent gaming laptop so i can play these wonders
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im-12-years-old  +   1697d ago
Why not get a desktop?
imvix  +   1697d ago
The highest end Laptops can barely compete with entry level to midrange desktops of today. I would strongly recommend you get a desktop PC if you are half serious about PC gaming and its not too costly either anything around the range of 600-800usd will make an awesome gaming rig.
Ducky  +   1698d ago
Mind = Blown

The effects are one thing, but I liked the stylized look even more.
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MAJ0R  +   1698d ago
this is definitely impressive

you can get the same effects in games such as oblivion with mods http://www.youtube.com/watc...

hell even morrowind http://www.youtube.com/watc... you just need talented modders and anythings possible :)
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enkeixpress  +   1698d ago
Very impressive.

That guy should work for Valve
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Beahmscream  +   1698d ago
Wow... I'm speechless great job!
Hazmat13  +   1698d ago
looks awesome but it lokks like an updated borderlands game ya now it might be a graphics thing but eh it looks cool. in my honest opinion uncharted or gears of war look better
kwicksandz  +   1697d ago
your opinion sucks
Hazmat13  +   1696d ago
so does yours. stop your bitching.
Killzoned  +   1698d ago
Damn that looks cool lol
Chnswdchldrn  +   1698d ago
Source engine

still the best and most accessible around imo

and it shits on cods engine, whatever it is called
tudors  +   1698d ago
Check this out

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TheGameFoxJTV  +   1697d ago
DoctorXpro  +   1697d ago
I like it
Tikicobra  +   1698d ago
Is anyone else in love with the lizard character in that video?
theonlylolking  +   1697d ago
Some of the worst graphics I have seen in the past 2 years. Cry engine 2 and 3 are miles better than this one.
Pandamobile  +   1697d ago
Stop trolling.
ph33rgear  +   1697d ago
Very cool and he should DEF send this to valve.
Black-Helghast  +   1697d ago
All i want from valve is LF2D on my ps3...IS THAT MUCH TO ASK?! T_T
Pandamobile  +   1697d ago

Do you mean L4D2?

Also, L4D2 on PS3 is not happening.
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jneul  +   1697d ago
thats what you all said about mass effect 2 lol
evrfighter  +   1697d ago
I'm pretty sure Panda never said anything about ME2. Valve and EA are two completely different companies. I've never seen pc gamers here at n4g put words in EA's mouth.

Only for the simple fact that PC gamers know full well how EA works. I've noticed a lot of "ea is really all about the gamers now" type of comments lately.

They aren't about the gamers and never will be. With them and BF3 I just have to hope for the best because this IS EA we're talking about.
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hoops  +   1697d ago
Just get it for your PC. It will run and look better anyways and wont require a horse of a PC to run it.
imvix  +   1697d ago
Why would you like to pay 60usd for a PS3 version plus DLC when you can all that and superior version on a steam discount for under 10usd lol
femshep  +   1697d ago
half life 3 needs to come out before they do anything with l4d how long have we been waiting for hl3?
Lucas Kane  +   1697d ago
@ Plastica Man

Could you please tell me the source (no pun intended!) of the second image in the link that you posted above? That image made me go crazy, and I was beginning on learning Unreal kit. Guess I should have listened to my senior who said Hammersource is the way to go!!
Half_Life_3  +   1697d ago
RE: Hammersource is the way to go!!

I use SDK Hammer for source engine to make maps it's a really good tool.

im no pro but heres 3 pictures (just a month work each) :p
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PLASTICA-MAN  +   1697d ago
At Lucas Kane : Here are they:

The second image is the highest level that has been achieved after the new developper joined in.
creamsoda  +   1697d ago
I love the source engine, the graphics are still superb considering its kinda dated. It's also got great detail like in L4D, the character models look very realistic and detailed from the facial animations to how they move. It's good to see its still going strong not to mention the source engine runs very smooth maxed out on mid end hardware. Definately one of the best game engines ever made.
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Rice  +   1697d ago
This was quite impressive, can't wait to try out future games with my future gaming rig :)
TABSF  +   1697d ago
The Source Engine on games like L4D2 and Alien Swarm shows you its far from dead

Most console games can't compare to L4D2 or Alien Swarm
Lucas Kane  +   1696d ago
Thanks for the link. But the image you posted earlier had an insane graphic fidelty!! I mean it beats the better looking games of this gen, but when I went over to the site it looked awesome but not as awesome as the pic you posted earlier ( http://i.imgur.com/HPWpK.jp... ). Is that one of the levels in the game??
PLASTICA-MAN  +   1695d ago
It was the highest achieved level with the extreme HDR and all options on that even Valve has blocked ingame (only used for the intros of their games).
Lucas Kane  +   1694d ago
So will that be making into the final product? I mean, it looks pretty kick ass and I'm kinda curious if it will run on our systems?

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