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Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2
DirectX 9 Gaming Performance

Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that pits four players against numerous hordes of Zombies. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D2 are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game has much more realistic water and lighting effects, more expansive maps with richer detail, more complex models, and the list goes on and on. We tested the game by playing through the last mission of the Dark Carnival episode, with 8xMSAA anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values. Like Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 is a DirectX 9-based game.

Origin Genesis: 1 or 2 x Radeon HD 5970, Maingear Shift: 2 x GeForce GTX 480
Like the original L4D, Left 4 Dead 2 is easysauce for a modern GPU. Even with every detail level cranked, the Shift broke the 200 fps barrier and squeaked past its ATI competition. The fact that L4D2 doesn't take much horsepower leaves gamers free to experiment with ultra-high AA methods and supersampling (be ye an ATI fan or a Green Team user).

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