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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
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Enemy Territory:
Quake Wars

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is Based on a radically enhanced version of id's Doom 3 engine and viewed by many as Battlefield 2 meets the Strogg, and then some.  In fact, we'd venture to say that id took EA's team-based warfare genre up a notch or two.  ET: Quake Wars also marks the introduction of John Carmack's "Megatexture" technology that employs large environment and terrain textures that cover vast areas of maps without the need to repeat and tile many smaller textures.  The beauty of megatexture technology is that each unit only takes up a maximum of 8MB of frame buffer memory.  Add to that HDR-like bloom lighting and leading edge shadowing effects and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars looks great, plays well and works high end graphics cards vigorously.  The game was tested with all of its in-game options set to their maximum values with soft particles enabled in addition to 4X anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.


Our custom Quake Wars: Enemy Territory benchmark proved to be somewhat of a strong point for the new Radeon HD 4800 series cards.  Both the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 performed well, slightly outperforming the GeForce 9800 GTX+ and GeForce GTX 260, respectively.  We should note that we encountered some texture flashes in this game with the new Radeons running in CrossFire mode with the latest driver build, that did not occur on the Radeon 3800 series.  Performance scaled as expected, however.

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