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Old 08-06-2004, 22:01   #1
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Doom3 Platform?

I'm a Doom-er from way back and know that Doom3 was just released - dying to pick it up! What would be the better platform: PC or PlayStationII?

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Old 08-07-2004, 00:06   #2
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Depends how fast your computer is. mine is a 2.25ghz Athlon with 512mb RAM and a 128mb GeForce4 Ti4200-8x that is highly overclocked, and this game kicks the crap out of my system.
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Old 08-09-2004, 18:59   #3
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I am usually not so shallow when it comes to games... but for Doom 3 I'll make an exception. It is great, because it is pretty. Take away the visuals, and it's nothing particularly new. It uses lighting and texturing that the PS2 can't come close to rendering. It uses darkness and shadows to spook you... take that element away and it's just another shoot-em-up.

The PS2 is nearing the end of it's life cycle. Doom 3 will be hard pressed to run on PCs with specs dated back further than 2 years...and the PS2 is 5 year old hardware. My PC goes back almost that far... but I've upgraded almost everything in it besides the motherboard and the processor in the last few years.

If they do a good job porting it, the Xbox version will fare a bit better than the PS2... just look at the Chronicles of Riddick game to see the muscle still left in the Xbox. However, it's hardware is also aging and just can't compete with a top of the line PC of 0-2 years ago.

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my PC: 1.7 ghz p4, 768 mb ram, Radeon 9800 pro 128mb.
D3 settings: 800x600, 2nd highest of the 4 graphics settings, 2x anti-aliasing, every effect on but v-synch.

Despite the relatively low resolution I have it set to, the AA, lighting, shadows, and textures make it prettier than every other FPS game on the market in most respects (IMO). The framerates are just high enough to be playable without too much stuttering.

With that in mind, you should have a good idea of how well your PC can handle the game.

As for the PS2 version as an alternative... having not seen it in action, I can't say outright that won't be worth buying to get a taste of the PC experience (though I think there's a good chance it won't be). I suspect it will not be vastly superior to other FPS on the PS2... in fact, it is my experience that PC FPS ports fare quite poorly compared to FPS games that were designed from scratch to be on consoles - Timesplitters 2 is a good example of a great console-designed FPS - as is Halo. Games need to be designed with the limitations of a controller in mind vs. the mouse and keyboard.

That said, if your PC is as good or better than mine, go for it on PC! If not... I'd definately rent before buying on PS2.

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Old 08-12-2004, 00:28   #4
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It will look fugly on PS2 OR XBox. Their late-Nineties hardware cannot perform the requisite bitmapping, bumpmapping, pixel-shading and lighting effects for shucks.

If you want the eye-candy, it's PC all the way.

Runs great on my machine...;+

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