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PhysX effects highlighted in Batman: Arkham Origins tech demo

By Shawn Knight
Sep 16, 2013
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  1. Last month it was revealed that Nvidia would offer Batman: Arkham Origins free with select GeForce graphics card purchases. We were told at the time the game would take advantage of a number of technologies including PhsyX effects and now...

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  2. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Enthusiast Posts: 530   +85

    I'll stare at environments for a few minutes, but after that I'm more concerned about gameplay. I really don't admire particle or other environmental effects.
     
  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,018   +912

    I think that fog will be more annoying than it is nice.
     
  4. Either my eyes are not what they used to be, or I'm just getting old, but I don't see a difference between on and off. I think there was some extra fog in the "on" version? Doesn't seem like a big deal to me, I thought they brought some realistic physics, like Half Life 2 did. Frankly, for me gameplay is the big thing. Eye candy is great for trailers and the "wow" effect, but it's a bit... You know, who cares what chess figures are made of? Wood, marble, crystal, plutonium... Yeah they might look pretty, but once you start to play - it's absolutely no difference, unless the figures look too much alike and you can't tell one from another. Because the important thing of any game is... well, gameplay. Who cares how pretty your cards are, poker is poker. In adventure or exploration games, graphics to play a great role in creating atmosphere, drawing landscapes for you to discover, making an emotional impact that helps the story to unfold, just like in films. But in arcade games, I think, gameplay is more important.
     
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 637   +117

    I would prefer all the effects on. The more realistic it can be the more I am able to get sucked into the game. There's nothing worse than being really involved in a game when suddenly a really bad texture or lighting scheme hits you up side the head and steals the moment.

    How much of this is new though? I know the cape physics were in arkham city and probably asylum as well.
     
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  6. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Enthusiast Posts: 599   +89

    I play Batman AC and borderlands 2 and I do prefer it with Physx.

    The changes are small but noticable. Granted there are alot of Physx titles where you don't notice much.

    But the Batman title and Borderlands 2 currently are the best implemation of physx out.

    Looking forward to play playing this also on my Hybrid system :)

    Msi 7970 Ghz + EVGA 650 Superclocked
     
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Maniac Posts: 1,073   +100

    Way too much smoke. only the cape is ok. nothing impressive.
     
  8. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Enthusiast Posts: 156   +6

    I usually disable screen effects and always disable motion blur. Batman look like a mixed bag with Physx on.
     
  9. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Rookie Posts: 70   +7

    Whoops! they got rid of games for windows but they forgot and left in physx.ah well long as there is a hack for amd+nvidia
     
  10. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 928   +104

    Remember 10 years ago when the idea of fog was impressive? Well that was 10 years ago, and these days it take more than a free flowing cape (Barely) and fog that kinda bounces off of things? Looked more like it was just flowing through everything without resistance... like it has been for a long while. Nothing to be impressed about here. Too bad the idea of a unified physx engine isn't a bigger priority than a little fog and big sponsorships.
     
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,330   +277

    I usually play my games with all effects up - and as far as I've seen Mirror's Edge has the best PhysX presentation. Like Ranger said I want as much immersion as I can get - even if it can make it more difficult to see. For instance, the headlights on Crysis 2... the stage would be different if you could just see through it.
     
     
  12. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 409   +37

    So... it makes it harder to see?
     
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  13. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 281   +32

    When watching effects are good. when playing too much effects are a distraction.
     
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    Cape physics were in Asylum and it definitely helped me to become immersed in the game. I spent at least an extra hour just twirling Batman around the place, watching his cape flap around. The bonus? If his cape got damaged, the damage stuck with him the rest of the game. :D At the end I had a shredded and cut up cape.

    Just Cause 2 water graphics with PhysX are also beyond compare.
     
  15. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Booster Posts: 981   +97

    I love the Rocksteady Batman series. I think I might go to the darkside for this. Let's see what the 9000 series can do first...
     
  16. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Booster Posts: 981   +97

    No doubt. And it's not like PhysX is all nVIDIA has to offer. It's just one of many that can choose to take advantage of or not. No one has a gun to your head. It would be nice if nVIDIA licensed it out though.
     
  17. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,900   +711

    It's been offered- at least to ATI- and turned down. Both ATI/AMD and Intel (I presume you didn't mean enabling PhysX on an Intel IGP *gulp*) planned wondrous things for HavokFX and OpenCL gaming instead.
     
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,174   +761

    While the environmental effects, particle effects etc. do indeed make a difference to gameplay, they can be a pain in the keester when overdone. Motion blur being my pet hate, I disable it whenever possible.
     
  19. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    Motion blur is in no way a PhysX feature nor exclusive. It comes from console games - they run at barely 30fps, so full-screen motion blur is added to hide the jittery motion. This then got added to PC games so the master race didn't miss out on any groundbreaking features....
     
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