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Gaming Benchmarks: Far Cry 2 and Lost Planet 2

And now begins the round of gaming benchmarks. First up is Far Cry 2 and Lost Planet 2.

Far Cry 2
DX10 Gaming Performance

Like the original, FarCry 2 was one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC when it launched a couple of years ago. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations. We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the Ranch Map.

The Digital Storm VIRTUE posted impressive Far Cry 2 scores, coming in a relatively close second to the AVADirect system and handily besting the third-place CyberPowerPC system.

Lost Planet 2
DX1  Gaming Experience

A follow-up to Capcom’s Lost Planet : Extreme Condition, Lost Planet 2 is a third person shooter that takes place again on E.D.N. III ten years after the story line of the first title. We ran the game’s DX11 mode which makes heavy use of DX11 Tessellation and Displacement mapping and soft shadows. There are also areas of the game that make use of DX11 DirectCompute for things like wave simulation in areas with water. This is one game engine that looks significantly different in DX11 mode when you compare certain environmental elements and character rendering in its DX9 mode versus DX11. We used the Test B option built into the benchmark tool and with all graphics options set to their High Quality values.

The multi-way Radeons won the day in Lost Planet 2, which isn’t terribly surprising. It should be noted, however, that the VIRTUE did beat out the GTX Titan-packing AVADirect system.

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