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January 22, 2004 3:25:46 AM

So how good is that gaming rig of yours? I thought I was sitting pretty until I downloaded this Far Cry demo... dont get me wrong, my machine is doing well in the game, but not as well as I would have thought. Critics say that this is as close to HL2 as anybodies seen, and the game is beautiful, it's supposed to use lot's of DX9 pixel shader 2.0, but the jury's still out on that one, I'm trying to find out. The grass/tree's/vegetation all sway in the wind, just like the 3DMark "nature" game test's. I have been playing with AA & AF set to "aplication" in my 9800's control panel, and I've got everything else(including in game settings) set to 'high quality' You can see my framerates in the images I snapped during gameplay(using Fraps) If you like alot of M16/sniper/gatlin shooting action, and interaction with vehicles(just like BF1942) the this game is really worth the 500mb download. This demo is an excellent indicator, I believe, of what we have coming, as far as graphics stressing games are concerned.
For some of you, this might be an indicator that it's time to upgrade your card.
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It took me a day and a half to find a server to download this demo from, and when I did find one, I waited in line 2hrs for a crappy 60kbps stream. Luckily for everyone looking now, nVidia is hosting it, and their pipe is fat as phvck.<A HREF="http://www.nvidia.com/object/nzone_farcry_downloads.htm..." target="_new">http://www.nvidia.com/object/nzone_farcry_downloads.htm...;/A>



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January 22, 2004 3:38:19 AM

Thanks GW, NV are still good for some things ;)  shame i am using my University connection, i only have a ZIP disk in my pocket. Damn. Have to go home to download that beauty.
Looks sexy as hell.
Dont think my 5900U is gonna be looking forward to chugging through that one!
Can anyone say 90*C GPU temp? woo ha haaa!

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January 22, 2004 3:49:55 AM

Well, I heard that the game was coded in nVidia's CG, so it was pretty much made to run on your card. When you get it downloaded and running, be sure to report back with your framerates & findings. The only people I know who are playing the demo all have ATi hardware, and I'm curious to hear an FX owners perspective:) 

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January 22, 2004 4:01:44 AM

Cool, will do... may not be for a few days though :( 
Err... latest "pretty" game i have been running is Prince of Persia, 30FPS average with 100Hz refresh on both 1024x768 (4xAF, 2xQ AA) and 1600x1200 (no AA/AF)
Thats fine with a 3rd person romp, but i am concerned that will be a bit slow for a first person shoot-a-thon.

Interesting about being coded for cg though. Just sorted my mate out with a 9600XT and i really hope i can pull ahead of that beauty or he will laugh and i will cry! :D 

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January 22, 2004 4:25:15 AM

I treied to download it yesterday morning (EliteBa$..) had it up on monday. But it crashed halfway through the download (while in the shower before work), and then the servers were full. Glad to hear it's worthwhile.

Kinda reminds me of what Stalker's supposed to look like.

Thanks for the tip about nV's pipe (for once they have more pipes than the competition, Oh Zing! :evil:  :tongue:

Downloading (AGAIN!) now.


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January 22, 2004 4:30:54 AM

Looks cool, I'll have to check it out.
January 22, 2004 4:52:53 AM

I was wondering whether anyone else had been waiting for this game. I was happy to see a demo available so soon. Took me 30minutes to download it from gamespot and I've beaten the demo a couple times already using different routs each time. Above all I was impressed how well my card ran the game. Some of you may already know I only have a Geforce2 GTS, and yet with video settings set to medium for everything and the res at 800x600 32bit the game ran perfectly smooth. I didnt notice a single slow down in frames in all the time I've played the game. Granted I can tell I'm missing some of the special effects such as the water ripples and I'm sure other things. However the indoor areas didn't appear to use much of any special effects that my card wasn't able to render. I've watched the dozen or more videos of the game from gamespot so I know what the game is meant to look like and I'm pleased to see my card rendering it so well with out even a single slow down. I'll use fraps and see just what my frame rates are.
January 22, 2004 8:20:21 AM

waht are you talkin about man, r u stupid, there pipe is fat, hell no man im only getting 280k dl speeds here.

j/k kidding the game is a beautiful game man ur right.

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January 22, 2004 9:25:50 AM

I second Oh man...Far Cry. Those screen shoots look sensational, better than even Chrome. I'm downloading right know on a 56K modem!!! Should take a few days.
January 22, 2004 5:41:31 PM

I downloaded it yesterday. Fast download with cable. Have you gone swimimg? About half way up the hill you shoot the yellow barrel it explodes. Tried to take out chopper but that did not work. Have you used the sniper rifle?
January 22, 2004 5:42:34 PM

Graphics look good as you can get with TI4200.
January 22, 2004 5:46:15 PM

Downloaded mine from Gamespy.
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January 22, 2004 6:33:24 PM

Downloaded it about 45 mins after replying to GW (the nV pipe gave me 146kB/s), just haven't installed it yet.



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January 22, 2004 6:37:49 PM

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Thanks for the tip about nV's pipe (for once they have more pipes than the competition, Oh Zing!

D00d....you are fvking funny!! :lol: 

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January 22, 2004 6:38:52 PM

Are any of the ATi guy's getting antialiasing? and if so, what driver are you using?

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January 22, 2004 6:43:08 PM

At the fort shot the black guy 3 chest shots before he dies. With 45. Will play again later too much sun coming in. Can't see the guy's down the shaft.
January 22, 2004 7:29:11 PM

Downloading from Nvidia (Im in the UK though, only getting ~40kbps, and im capped at about 60). Be interesting to see how it runs on my Ti4200 (hopefully as good as HWBoss says :smile: ). Im looking for a good excuse to upgrade and if this isnt smooth at 1280x1024, I could have found it.

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January 22, 2004 7:40:20 PM

I just read a post on NV News that says this game uses pixel shader 2.0 on ATi cards, and pixel shader 1.1 on <b>all</b> Nvidia hardware, including FX cards.
Your Ti 4200 should do well....let us know!

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January 22, 2004 8:23:59 PM

I tried it last night on my 4200, started with autodetect settings, and it was sluggish, but its probably my measly cpu holding me back. Rolled back to 800X600 low detail and it seemed to run fine...for some reason Fraps wouldn't show up on the screen as it usually does, didn't look into it though....

By the way, nV's pipe is very freaking fat, I was getting over 750KB/s, took under 10min.
January 22, 2004 8:31:17 PM

I downloaded from Gamespy while I was at work today, I'll give her a shot when I get home. :) 

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January 22, 2004 9:57:11 PM

Thanks, got it from NVidia, averaged 532KB/sec Not bad at all. I'll give it a try. I honestly never heard of this game. Your screenshots look great though.

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January 22, 2004 10:23:17 PM

Oh my God, Does this game look awesome! Downloaded it from Fileshack, took 1 hour with my DSL. Definitely worth the wait though.

Running a P4 3.0 HT, 1Gig DDR333 and Nvidia FX5950 Ultra. Used auto detect in video setup and it gave me very high settings for everything and I used 1280x1024x32. There were a few artifacts here and there, but the frame rates were very smooth.

I loved the silenced submachine gun, couldn't hear a thing while firing it, not like the sniper rifle. The gatling guns in various locations pump out some serious lead. When you are carrying the sniper rifle, notice the lense, it picks up the field of view, that was too cool!

I would recommend this to any FPS out there. Can't wait for the game to come out.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by michael11699 on 01/22/04 07:27 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
January 22, 2004 11:16:21 PM

OMG. DROOL!

DROOL!

I really need to get my 22" screen!

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January 23, 2004 1:59:53 AM

I turned AA on but it doesn't seem to be working. I've tried the Cat 3.9 and 3.10 and can't make it work. Another driver issue? Other than that it looks awesome and plays perfectly 1280x1024x32 all details. Have you tried the 4.1 drivers yet?
January 23, 2004 5:55:30 PM

Supposedly Cat3.7 enables AA with this game, but I dont want to go back a couple of driver revisions .

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January 23, 2004 6:18:49 PM

I am using 3.7, and I tried the game last night... either using AA high or having advanced settings to high caused me lots of visual distortions... I did both changes at once... and game got very screwed up...

I will test more thoroughly tonight... one at a time.

At 1024x768, no AA, and advanced settings at (auto detect) all medium except with water at high... the game played great...

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---does this game show you fps? I saw no setting for that.

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January 23, 2004 7:21:57 PM

Demos gennerally are not compilled as efficiently as the final version therefore not as smooth.

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January 23, 2004 8:59:38 PM

I found that if I went at all above the settings I got with auto detect then I would get various different visual anomolies. On the highest settings the visual anomolies are so bad I can't see where I'm going.
January 23, 2004 9:01:53 PM

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I am using 3.7, and I tried the game last night... either using AA high or having advanced settings to high caused me lots of visual distortions.

I think I have AA working with Omega 3.9's...

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January 23, 2004 9:03:25 PM

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The screenshots are beautiful.

IMO, they kinda look like Serious Sam

I agree, but the leaves & stuff in this game have shiny textures & such...something you dont see in Serious Sam...


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January 23, 2004 9:04:19 PM

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On the highest settings the visual anomolies are so bad I can't see where I'm going.

Lol...can you post a screenshot?



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January 23, 2004 9:45:10 PM

I don't have that with my Ti 4200. Scope is Kool. Have you gone swiming?
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January 23, 2004 10:28:43 PM

Wah! I feel left out of all the fun! :eek: 

Hockey last night, and a whine, err.. wine and cheese tonight, and skiing tomorrow (hopefully, big dump of snow expected tonight) :cool: .

No Far Cry for me 'til Sunday!

Wah! <- BIG Cry!


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January 23, 2004 10:53:00 PM

I don't know how to upload pics so no I can''t show a screenshot. Otherwise I would. Many of the anomolies arn't as noticeable in a still image though. Certain things like textures flickering nonstop and objects, walls and anything suddenly disappearing when I look in certain directions and such. However at highest settings I get anomolies that cause extremely stretched (or perhaps just very closeup) textures to fill my screen so that I can't see where I'm going.
January 23, 2004 11:13:05 PM

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Wah! I feel left out of all the fun!

It's a really good demo bro... :wink:


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January 23, 2004 11:14:20 PM

If you use the cheats I posted, and get the rocket launcher, you can blow that copter-plane thingy out of the sky :wink:

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January 23, 2004 11:33:05 PM

[high school]

EVERYONE IS DOING IT!

[/high school]

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January 23, 2004 11:52:47 PM

Arent you?

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January 24, 2004 12:56:27 AM

I started downloading it last night and will finish it tonight. 210kb/sec

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January 24, 2004 1:00:02 AM

Yer gunna dig it :wink:

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January 24, 2004 2:40:12 AM

He's missing on the biggest game of the year.
January 24, 2004 2:43:04 AM

Wait till you blow up the yellow barrel. Takes out 3 or 4 guy's. One shot from the ole .45 does it.
January 24, 2004 2:49:10 AM

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He's missing on the biggest game of the year.

Which year?


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January 24, 2004 2:51:39 AM

Lets see 2004 or maybe 2005
January 24, 2004 2:52:03 AM

I did notice that this prog uses about 700mb of system memory. If you dont have a gig of ram this game could get laggy. However there seems to be an issue with AA on this game for I have to reboot everytime I would try to set it. Also the atv vehicle was a pain in the a$$ to navigate. Other than that it look promosing.

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