7. Half Life 2 Episode 1
The world of Half-Life 2 has amazed everyone with its great story, graphics and Valve's great support. Half-Life 2: Episode One is the first in a series of new adventures created by Valve that extend the Half-Life 2 single player experience. It details the aftermath of Half Life 2 and launches a journey beyond City 17.
Stepping into the hazard suit of Dr. Gordon Freeman, you face the immediate repercussions of your actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Rejoin Alyx Vance and her robot, Dog, to once again aid the human resistance in their desperate battle against the totalitarian alien menace of the Combine.
Episode One exposes Alyx's combat skills and knowledge of City 17. Battle side-by-side with her through Valve's first episodic game, a four-to-six hour adventure of greater density and detail than non-episodic releases.
We recorded a timedemo and used the built-in console to run a timedemo. All tests were done at 1280x1024 with HDR shadows fully enabled. Antialiasing and Filtering modes are enabled through Nvidia's 3D control panel:
At 1280x1024, the Gainward 8800GTS GS 320MB and 640MB models had exactly the same performance.
HDR Effects and AA/AF do have an impact on performance. With the highest possible visual quality settings, the Gainward 8800GTS GS 320MB stills manages above 60FPS, making gameplay really enjoyable.We see no differences between the two cards.