Empire: Total War on XP has to be lowest quality - but HalfLife2 can be on highest?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by CrossFireXT17, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. CrossFireXT17 macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Hey, Well I'm running Windows XP SP2 with Boot Camp 2.1 and everything seems to be working fine, but when I'm running Empire: Total War, I have to have the quality on the lowest possible setting. Where as with Half Life (well when I ran it in Parallels this time) runs on highest quality.

    Is there something I can do? I didn't think Empire: Total War was THAT graphic intensive, especially if Half Life 2 runs fine.

    any tips?
  2. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    What Macintosh do you have? Speed, graphics card, RAM etc.
  3. CrossFireXT17 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2006
    o yea sorry about that!

    I have a 17'' Macbook Pro (early 2008). Intel Core 2 Duo (2.5GHz) - 4GB Ram, and a nVidia GeForce 8600M GT 512MB
  4. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Half-Life 2 is old, really old. The engine dates from 2004, so I'd be expecting any machine made since then to be competent at the least at running it. A 2.5Ghz C2D, 4GB RAM and a 512MB 8600 is certainly fast enough to max it out and the rest.

    Empire Total War on the other hand is a 2009 release (5 year gap right there), and is fairly demanding on your system. My tips would be to reduce the number of soldiers displayed in a unit and generally tweak the settings to reduce the stress.

    I'm running E:TW on my Mac Pro (2.8x8, 4GB, 8800GT) pretty well - but then I've got a fair few more CPU cores, and a full desktop GPU to back them up.
  5. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    HL2 runs even on the Intel X3100 GMA. It's not graphically intensive at all.
  6. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    I found the biggest slowdown for Empire: Total War was the shaders version setting. When I changed to Shaders 2.0 from 3.0 I was able to up the detail some. I do use "small" units and pretty much medium settings for everything else, and it runs just fine that way. I picked small units because I rarely bother to zoom in to look at the details during a battle anyway. I'm too busy directing my troops to watch the fight up close.

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