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Dissecting DX10

Draw! Ubisoft's new Western title Call of Juarez aims to bring Old West action to Windows Vista and DX10.

Draw ! Ubisoft’s new Western title Call of Juarez aims to bring Old West action to Windows Vista and DX10.

Ubisoft recently released a demo version of Call of Juarez for Vista, which is one of the first PC games to use DX10. However, the results weren't all that spectacular. The game's frame rates (see to right hand corner) weren't impressive even though the d

Ubisoft recently released a demo version of Call of Juarez for Vista, which is one of the first PC games to use DX10. However, the results weren’t all that spectacular. The game’s frame rates (see to right hand corner) weren’t impressive even though the d

Call of Juarez's graphics were disappointing in many respects, such as silly, cartoonish NPCs that all seemed to look alike.

Call of Juarez’s graphics were disappointing in many respects, such as silly, cartoonish NPCs that all seemed to look alike.

The game did have some exciting first-person shooter action such and interesting features such as Concentration Mode, which puts the game in slow motion during gunfights. Pay attention to the FPS numbers in the top right corner of the screen.

The game did have some exciting first-person shooter action such and interesting features such as Concentration Mode, which puts the game in slow motion during gunfights. Pay attention to the FPS numbers in the top right corner of the screen.

Running the demo at a resolution of 1280x720 with shadows on normal only yielded frame rates in the low 40s during some key action sequences. The numbers weren't terrible but they also weren't as good as we had hoped.

Running the demo at a resolution of 1280x720 with shadows on normal only yielded frame rates in the low 40s during some key action sequences. The numbers weren’t terrible but they also weren’t as good as we had hoped.

The blood splatter often looks more like a Jackson Pollock painting.

The blood splatter often looks more like a Jackson Pollock painting.

Call of Juarez achieved FPS of between 50 and 60 for much of the demo level titled "Ray."

Call of Juarez achieved FPS of between 50 and 60 for much of the demo level titled "Ray."

The game's frame rates dipped during action scenes and gameplay that involved large environments.

The game’s frame rates dipped during action scenes and gameplay that involved large environments.

An explosion rips through the town jail. While the frame rates were decent, the animation was only slightly above average.

An explosion rips through the town jail. While the frame rates were decent, the animation was only slightly above average.

You can run, but you can't hide.

You can run, but you can’t hide.

When Ray, the player's character, is hit during battle, the screen goes blurry (intentionally, of course) and darkens.

When Ray, the player’s character, is hit during battle, the screen goes blurry (intentionally, of course) and darkens.