Half Life 2: Lost Coast
|Thanks to the dedication of hardcore PC gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life became one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. So, when Valve announced Half-Life 2 was close to completion in mid-2003, gamers the world over sat in eager anticipation. Unfortunately, thanks to a compromised internal network, the theft of a portion of the game's source code, and a tumultuous relationship with the game's distributor, Vivendi Universal, we all had to wait until November '04 to get our hands on this classic. A new addition to the HL family, we benchmarked the add-on 'Lost Coast' at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 using the built-in video stress test.|
Any of the three cards tested here seem capable of playing HL2 at a high-resolution at playable frame-rates. The AA and Aniso tests were also favorable for the EN7600GT, which had the card running faster than the standard tests with the EAX1600PRO. 4XAA and 8X Aniso does put a hurt on the EAX1600PRO, however, reducing the promising frame rates by more than half at each resolution.