Doom 3 is a tech demo for people with Althon 64's 3500+ and Nvidia GF6800 Ultra's. At full setting the graphics might be the best in class, I have seen glimpses of genius, Expecting it to run on a 1.6GHZ iMac with Ultra 5200 graphics is a joke. Expect to be very disappointed. Even then, the gameplay might be pretty lame on such a system.
Waiting for half life 2, cant be any worse!
Half Life 1 was/is the best first person shooter/game I've seen played to date.
It is THAT good. Shame the port never made it to Mac.
Doom 3. Hmmm. A good mate of mine lent it to me because he's finished it and doesn't want to touch it until he has a rig (3 gig plus with an Nvidia 6800 card) that can run it as it was meant to be.
His experience was a virtual slide show. Mine? A little smoother. He has a gig Athlon. Mine a 1.6 xp Athlon. Gig of Ram. Ati 8500 (aka Radeon 9600).
Getting 30-60s per second in 640 x 480 with no candy floss.
Sorry, your G5 1.6 aint going to run with baby with its lame ass 5200mxfxwhateveroutofdatenesscrap.
You should be getting a card in the 1600 price range that should allow the iMac G5 to run at 1200x1000 with some effects on. A Radeon 9700-9800 for the high end iMac.
Stupid not to at least have that option.
1.8 G5 and a 5200? If you make 40 frames per second with the game running naked? You'll have some fun.
Doom 3. I like it. But I don't think it's any better than Castle Wolfenstein 2. In fact, I think that's the better game.
Half Life 2 is...IS going to blow it away in game play. Environments are better lit and more varied and sumptious. The narrative makes Doom 3 look linear and sparse. The variety and GameA.I of Half Life 2 looks set to blow Doom 3 and Id' off the map.
Doom 3 has A nasty that pops up now and again.
Half Life 2 will hit you with a swarm of beasts that will have your head ringing.
And I think Half Life 2 will offer more intelligent gameplay, better physics...more varied interaction with the backgrounds...more horror...more atmosphere.
All without the aid of a flashlight.
Let's face it, Id paid Valve the ultimate complement with the rip offs of scenary, air vents, sound effects, scenario, talking, interaction...yeesh.
Doom 3 is putting better graphics on Half Life 1 and trying to be...
Doom 3 doesn't quite capture the fun or zest of the original Doom.
Mac gamers won't be able to appreciate this until they have a dual 2.5 with 6800 ultra with 2 gigs of ram.
And probably Open GL 2.
Mac owners? Relax. The iMac aint gonna cut it. Your G4 is not going to cut it.
Wait until you get you 3 gig MP Antares processor with a 6800 or Spring refresh graphics card. Put in 2 gigs of ram with Tiger.
Let's face it. Most PCs can't play Doom 3 as it was meant to. Full anisoptric and A.A and the ultra 6800 and 3.5 gig processor on the PC side is struggling at 1600x1200 to maintain a smooth 50-80 frames per second.
In that sense? They're in the same boat as we are.
Both Mac and PC guys are going to have to wait until June 2005 before a mainstream or high end system can comfortably play the next gen in games like Doom 3, Far Cry and Half Life 2...ie with all bells and whistles on.
We have much in common in that sense. Sure, 1.6 G5 is equivalent to a 2-2.2 gig Pentium 4. A 1.8 G5 is probably equivalent to a 2.2-2.4 gig Pentium 4. So, Apple are okay with that as entry. But as a high end consumer cpu? Apple should be putting in 2 gig and 2.5 early 2005 aka soon as possible.
2.5 gig = 3 gig Pentium 4. But Apple offers you two...so you probably got a fair Doom 3 rig with a 6800.
Come 'Tiger' hopefully with Open GL 2 and 'Antares'...whether Doom 3 runs well will be a mute point. I doubt Doom 3's interest level will last half as long as the original's.
Half Life 2.
I can see it having far more impact.
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