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Re: Halo 4 graphics. Bad?
Posted By: kapowaz <>Date: 11/6/12 12:24 p.m.

In Response To: Halo 4 graphics. Bad? (Cody Miller)

: … Second, the way the engine renders does not
: seem to make anything stand out - the enemies blend in with the
: environment a lot, making it hard to distinguish them. Third, the lighting
: effects are overly exaggerated and pronounced, which is not only
: distracting but probably contributes to number 2. Lastly, the HUD is
: actually really distracting.

: Am I off base here?

Nope. Can't disagree with any of that. The lighting and all the lens flare effects etc. seems to be trying to outdo JJ Abrams’ Star Trek; as you say, they're distracting. I also agree with the lack of contrast between enemies and background, making them hard to distinguish — more than once I've found myself shooting some crate because I thought it was an enemy in the distance, but couldn't tell for sure. I keep wishing I could enable Reach's nightvision, or ODST's VISR mode to give myself a clear outline of enemies (which also helps let you know when they're dead — the new death animations blur the lines, making it easy to waste a couple of rounds shooting an already-dying enemy).

The HUD does seem a little too opaque, which is a little distracting but it's by no means the most egregious nitpick with the HUD. Why isn't your second weapon shown? Why is the text so small? I'm sat playing 10 feet from a 42" TV and it's just nowhere near comfortable enough to read.

I don't know; part of me wants to applaud 343i for making the game look this good on the old 360 hardware, but at the same time I can't help but feel they've gone a little too far stamping their own mark on it (also for other reasons, which I will undoubtedly go into in another thread).

Message Index


Halo 4 graphics. Bad?Cody Miller 11/6/12 10:58 a.m.
     Re: Halo 4 graphics. Bad?Phoenix_9286 11/6/12 11:02 a.m.
           Total agreement *NM*scarab 11/6/12 9:17 p.m.
     No, you're notrhubarb 11/6/12 11:12 a.m.
     Re: Halo 4 graphics. Bad?kapowaz 11/6/12 12:24 p.m.
           Re: Halo 4 graphics. Bad?asa 11/6/12 1:20 p.m.
                 Re: Halo 4 graphics. Bad?scarab 11/7/12 4:45 p.m.
           Death animationsRockslider 11/6/12 2:09 p.m.
                 Re: Death animationsCody Miller 11/6/12 2:22 p.m.
                       Re: Death animationsthebruce0 11/7/12 8:55 a.m.
                 Re: Death animationskapowaz 11/6/12 4:43 p.m.
                       Re: Death animationsuberfoop 11/6/12 4:53 p.m.
                       Re: Death animationsRockslider 11/6/12 6:05 p.m.
                             Re: Death animationscheapLEY 11/6/12 6:19 p.m.
                                   Re: Death animationsscarab 11/6/12 9:35 p.m.
                                         Re: Death animationskapowaz 11/7/12 2:50 a.m.
                                               Re: Death animationsscarab 11/7/12 7:32 a.m.
                                                     Re: Death animationskapowaz 11/7/12 10:28 a.m.
                                                           Re: Death animationsRockslider 11/7/12 4:41 p.m.
                                   Re: Death animationsRockslider 11/7/12 5:25 p.m.
                                         Re: Death animationsscarab 11/7/12 5:43 p.m.
     Have you tried...stan 11/6/12 3:03 p.m.
           Re: Have you tried...uberfoop 11/6/12 3:13 p.m.
                 Re: Have you tried...stan 11/6/12 3:19 p.m.
                       Re: Have you tried...uberfoop 11/6/12 3:25 p.m.
                             Re: Have you tried...stan 11/6/12 3:59 p.m.
           Re: Have you tried...kapowaz 11/6/12 4:44 p.m.
     Blinded by the light...Hyokin 11/6/12 3:57 p.m.
           Re: Blinded by the light...Phoenix_9286 11/6/12 4:01 p.m.
     So I guess I'm a little confused..tiny 11/8/12 7:50 a.m.

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