5 HD Graphics Mods You Must Try
We’re PC gamers. We love mods. We love graphics. We love mods that enhance graphics. Here are five mods for various games that kick the graphics up to a whole new level.
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Here’s a lightweight (~3 meg) mod for Grand Theft Auto 4 that ramps the graphics processing into overdrive — seriously, there’s a chance your video card will catch fire. It contains new shaders and lighting effects that can cause overheating on certain Nvidia cards; namely, the GF8800, high-end cards from the GF2xx series, and most of the GF4xx and GF5xx series.
The mod includes improved lighting effects that are adaptive to the day/night cycle as well as weather conditions, be they sunny, cloudy, or rainy. Lens flares add that new Hollywood camera feel, depth of field makes distance objects appear out of focus, and what appears to be HDR lighting — or at least some form of adaptive lighting — prevents overly bright areas from “whiting out.”
I couldn’t even run Doom 3 on my PC when the game first released, but over time, its graphics have dated. This mod adds various bloom effects, makes most textures look sharper, gives the monsters more fearsome skins, and blood effects are more abundant.
This mod changes textures, objects, vegetation, climate, engine, effects, and even physics to remaster San Andreas into a more modern-looking game.
Hey, let’s take a game known to have great graphics, and amp them up even further. This mod includes several dynamic shader systems to handle depth of field, blur filters, and basically make the graphics unbelievably realistic.
This mod may not make Oblivion look like Skyrim, but it damn well tries. Most textures in this mod are four times the size of the originals — some, even more. A large number of meshes have been altered to take advantage of the game engine’s parallax shader. Advanced normal map techniques used to make landscape textures seem very 3D. Things retextured include architecture, landscapes, rocks, dungeons, blood splatters, falling snowflakes, butterflies, furniture, and other medium-sized clutter.