Impressions of Unreal Tournament 3 on new iMac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by RevToTheRedline, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a

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    Well the demo (currently a beta actually) for the much anticipated Unreal Tournament 3 came out today. Being a huge UT fan I immediately downloaded it.

    Obviously the biggest improvement in this installment is the graphics, but firstly I'll say how awesome all the new vehicles and weapons are, while most are just rehashes of UT2004 weapons and vehicles, they are MUCH improved in little ways, the maps in the demo are amazingly detailed, lots of secret spots. The new partial system is down right jaw dropping. This game makes Bioshock looks like childs play, and yes I know they are on the same engine, but it takes the creator to make it shine. I'm still unimpressed with Bioshock.

    As for graphics I'm quite pleased with the performance, I'm running Catalyst 7.10, I am averaging about 35fps at 1920x1200 with texture and world detail at 4 (out of 5), at 1440x900 with everything turned all the way up it averages about 58fps. Yeah this is nothing like the 85+ fps average that this system gets in UT2004 at 1920x1200 max settings, but It's a new game that is pushing system limits.

    The Audio just like other UT installments is equally as amazing, great announcer voices, awesome effects.

    It feels a lot smoother than 35fps usually feels, but then again this is Unreal, Epic knows how to make a game like no other.

    The retail version of this game is definitely on my list.
     
  2. icecone macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your review
    Some screenshots would be even nicer
     
  3. RevToTheRedline thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did some playing around with the settings, if you change screen render percentage to 60% instead of 100% (not sure what this feature really does, maybe its draw distance, but it goes from 50-100%) texture and world detail to max, and 1920x1200, it gives about 42fps average, and it looks better.


    Sorry I didn't see your post, I'm back in OSX now, I'll get some later.
     
  4. icecone macrumors regular

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    Thank you
    Did you change screen size to 100?
    Looking forward to see the mac demo:D
     
  5. RevToTheRedline thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I already know for a fact that I'm buying the retail version of this for Mac. Cant wait till it comes out.

    I would be still playing it but its still too new, no good servers running it yet.

    EDIT: What do you mean did I change screen size to 100? I'm running fullscreen at 1920x1200, so yeah that would be 100 if that's what you mean.

    The screen render percentage I was referring to is something totally different. I'm thinking it has something to do with Anisotropic filtering or draw distance. I can't tell any difference from 50-100%.
     
  6. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    Are you running the Windows version of UT3? Or is there actually a Mac native demo available?
     
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    Based on "I'm back in OSX now, I'll get some later" I assume it's Windows, even though this isn't explicitly stated.
     
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  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I've got it too on my SR MBP 2.2. On max settings at 1440x900 I can get around 30 fps consistently in fights. It looks really smooth. The graphics look amazing too. The unreal 3 engine is amazing (same engine in bioshock and gears of war).
     
  10. Dr. Rengers macrumors member

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    Wow, thanks for the review man!
    And since this is only a beta, I expect performace to go up when nearing release.

    Maybe you can take the fps cap off, because that limits the fps to 62 (that's what I read, I don't even come near 62 right now :rolleyes: )

    Dr. Rengers
     
  11. icecone macrumors regular

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    thats is cool
    again
    screen percentage 100%?
    (F9 for screenshot)
    i'm afraid the mac version is worse
     
  12. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    its in bootcamp

    with screen percentage at 100 i get 25-30, with it at 75 i get 28-35 or so. With it at 50%, i get 60+. I'm not sure what it does though..my guess was that it rendered your settings (5/5 or w/e) for x% of the screen and 1/1 for the rest. I guess its b\c you look in the center of the screen instead of the edges. My guess though. No idea what this does. Same with hardware physics option. I enabled it and it didn't seem to do anything or give me a fps hit.
     
  13. icecone macrumors regular

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    at 50%, it renders 900*450, at 100%, it renders 1440*900. There should be GREAT differences in the quality
    for the hardware physics, it's meaningless unless you have a ageix physics card
     
  14. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Im curious how you all know your frame rates does UT have a built in test? If so please explain so others can test their systems. Thanks.
     
  15. icecone macrumors regular

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    use "Fraps"
     
  16. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    There isnt a bench test in the demo then? Also I notice the interface on this game suffers from consolitis big time. A pain to manuever around. Screams controller:mad: Also I notice I have to reset my settings each time I open the game.
     
  17. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    Wait....he's not talking about a Mac demo? Whats the point then?
     
  18. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    bootcamp

    the full game is coming for mac eventually
     
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    How did you update to Catalyst 7.10? I tried downloading the ones off the ati site but when I goto install it says it can't find a compatible piece of hardware.

    Do you have a link to ones you got? Im using one of the new 2.4ghz Aluminum iMacs.
     
  20. socamx macrumors 6502

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    This game runs beautifully on my shiny new Macbook Pro (2.2 ghz Core2, 8600 GT with 128 mb), I used Win XP Professional 2. Ran it at 1440x900 with everything turned up and post-processing effects set to "Muted". I got about 30-40 FPS on the VCTF map, but it felt smoother than that.

    Not sure I like this game however, I think it needs to grow on me some and need more time with it. Gotta tweak some input settings and whatnot too. Also gotta get out of the double-dodge mindset of UT2004. It definitely feels much more like the original UT than it does UT2004; which for me, is a plus.
     
  21. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    This is *exactly* the thread I was looking for. I was wavering between a new 24" iMac vs. keeping my existing milky white 20" iMac and buying a PC for gaming. From what I'm reading, UT3 is highly playable on the iMac. This makes me so happy because I really didn't want to shell out the ducats for a PC.

    Has anyone played the Call of Duty 4 demo yet on their iMac???
     
  22. Vegabondsx macrumors newbie

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    Don't bother using fraps.


    open up the console with ` or tab and type in

    stat fps
     
  23. Farani macrumors 6502

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    Anyone try running the demo on a 24" iMac yet? I had no intentions of running Vista but... since the demo is out and the game is out Nov 18th and it's not out for mac or for xbox 360, looks like I'll be dual booting this copy of vista i have sitting here.

    When I get Leopard installed (I should get it tomorrow) I'll load up the beta of UT3 and give some results on how it runs on my 24" iMac.
     

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