Call of Duty 2 has a very strange shadowing method, which doesn't look as good as that of, say, Far Cry, but demands 10 fps! It doesn't make any sense! Far Cry is also, generally, a far more visually pleasing game than Call of Duty 2, and yet it runs like a dream at 1280x960 on the same PC! With every other game I've owned, I've managed to tweak the settings so that there is a happy compromise between framerates and aesthetics. Not so with Call of Duty 2. Ironic. I've always wanted shadows in the original Call of Duty, and when I finally get them in the sequel, they make the game unplayable in certain levels! Could someone just take Far Cry's rendering method and shove it into Call of Duty 2's engine, because the existing one is unnecessarily painful!
don't really think you could tamper with the game code to that extent...could you send us some screenies of what you mean...the shadows look fine to me.
I think he means that the game looks gloomy. I agree, with the graphics all the way up, it is a little too dark and hard to see in certain places. I just replaced my 6800 OC with a 7900 GTX OC 512MB and it looks better. For some reason its not so dark anymore and I get about 120fps average or more with everything up as far is it can go. Far Cry was ment to be a very bright game. Its set in tropical regions, so the sun is always very bright, which makes the game look better in some cases. COD2 is ment to be a more dark game, mainly because all of the smoke and rubble everywhere, so the darker rendering method kinda goes good with it. But could be a bit brighter.
have to say that i found some of the levels a bit dark but i dont really think you can just rip out sections of code from one game and paste em into the other without serious errors...i guess i could try with quake 1 engine or something would be funny.
I am guessing it's because COD2 is badly programed. Like you say true next-gen games such as Far Cry / Half Life 2 offer greater FPS even though they have far superior game engines instead of a re-hashed 3 year old game engine.
Its actually using the core of the Quake 3 engine. The first COD used Q3 as well. So, its a lot older than 3 years.;) I personally wouldnt want the game to be on any other engine.
You are right the Q3 Engine is good if the Developers know what they are doing with it. I wouldn't say that IW knew what they were doing. Or maybe they did and are just very sloppy programmers :rolleyes: Either one is unforgivable