I've got a 7900GT + Pentium D 805 and I run Ep. 2 at 1920x1200 perfectly fine with all details on high, HDR turned off (because I can't stand it), no motion blur, 2x AA and 4X AF.Originally posted by: Noema
It definitely runs worse than Ep.1, no doubt because of all the new lighting stuff, not to mention all three Orange Box games now have an option for 'Very High' textures, as well as motion blur.Originally posted by: Imp
By the way, with "engine improvements", how well does it run? Comparable/same as Episode 1 or slightly worse? IIRC, I could actually do 1920x1200 at high, although I'll probably just settle for 1680.
well, i still don't have Ep2 ...Originally posted by: KeithTalent
I would like to hear Apoppin's thoughts on the updated lighting!
go play now!Originally posted by: BrownTown
lol, I thought it was coming out midnight tomorrow and stayed up all night doing the work that was due Friday so I could play all of Thursday, now to learn I could just played it today and done all that work tommorow, so sad .
lol...i still have a few days till i get my comp up and running. i wanna playOriginally posted by: fuzzybabybunny
The portal gun in Portal NEEDS to be in other games. OMG this thing is sweet. Love the quirky humor in the game as well.
I don't know why, but after playing Portal for a while and exiting... this is going to sound screwed up. I was browsing the web and thinking about all the different pages that I wanted to go to and I was like, "I should just create a portal there."
Episode 2 so far is nothing like Episode 1. Much, much more intense fighting and use of weapons. Still a lot of puzzle factor to it, as always. But the gravity gun is not central to EP2 at all anymore.Originally posted by: ArchAngel777
Well, if this game is anything like EP1 count me out... HL2 was good, but EP1 sucked donkey balls. I cannot emphasize enough how retarded and overly stupid it was to have to use the gravity gun 90% of the time... It was fun for like 3 seconds. Give me a MP5 or Grenade launcher anyday, just please get rid of the farking gravity gun.
It does have protection of some kind, but not that bad stuff. Not exactly sure what they use apart from the built in steam validation.Originally posted by: Stoneburner
does this stuff have any securom, starforce or other annoying crap involved?
I finished it on normal in 4.5 hours lastnight all in one shot. Way too short IMHO, I just hope Ep.3 doesn't take this long.Originally posted by: Zenoth
Finally, just beat Episode Two.
Is it just me or was it about the same length as Episode One ? I looked at the timer when I started, and then when I finished, and it took me around 6 hours to beat at Hard difficulty (and I died a couple of times especially near the end). If I remember correctly, it took me just around that same time to beat Episode One (perhaps a little less). So my only complaint is its length.
Everything else about Episode Two was pure brilliance and superb execution, awesome production quality (Episode Two is just that, quantity and quality as well). It has, I would say, about three quite shocking, unpredictable moments, one of which is quite unfit to say the least, but in the end you get over it (about the story line of course). It's a tremendous Episode. I would give a score of maybe 9.0, or 9.5 out of 10. If there's one point I'd take out is just because it's so short and not that hard of a game (I died a couple of times, still, but most of those deaths were because I played too fast in some situations).
Overall I think it is indeed the best of the Half-Life saga. The best moments, the best story-line details revealed (well, a few perhaps, but it is a start). The best sounds (the new Pistol and SMG sounds are great by the way, there's more hump/punch to them), also along with the best graphics of the series.