Want to know how not to build a good cross-platform title that's worth testing? The Crew from Ubisoft is a good answer. I'm not sure if I should blame Ubisoft or Ivory Tower, but someone in the product management side of the equation needs to have their butt kicked. Why the negativity? Simple: frame rate caps are stupid and lazy, and what's more they can artificially limit the game in question, particularly on the PC platform. It's one thing to try to target 30 or 60 FPS on a console game, as everyone will presumably connect the console to an HDTV, but PCs have a lot of other options... like for example a 2560x1440 G-SYNC display that can refresh at up to 144Hz; run The Crew on that bad boy and you're going to lock in at 60 FPS, just like everyone else. In a word, it's stupid. It also makes a game pretty useless as a benchmark, but since I have a copy of The Crew I wanted to at least play around with some testing....Continue reading The Crew Performance – Frame Caps Suck!
I'm really going to keep this short, as F1 2014 happens to be one of the least demanding "modern" games we're likely to benchmark. We've tested quite a few other racing games from Codemasters, but where GRID 2 and GRID Autosport can at least push your GPUs a bit at higher settings, F1 2014 basically rolls over like a playful little puppy with even the slightest amount of GPU performance. Check this out....Continue reading F1 2014 Performance
This is less of a new benchmark than it is revisiting the topic of Codemasters and their racing games. While GRID Autosport is the latest game in the series, there are many similarities to GRID 2. GRID 2 was the first Codemasters game that had help from Intel, and visually and also in the area of performance the two titles are quite similar. So, let's just get straight to it and see what GRID 2 has to offer.Continue reading GRID 2 Performance
Our first official gaming benchmark is Codemasters' latest racing game, GRID Autosport. Reviews for the game have been reasonably positive overall, with Metacritic reporting an average score of 78%. That's not too surprising, as outside of DIRT Showdown Codemasters has delivered enjoyable driving action for years. If you're looking for a quick recommendation, GRID Autosport is a good racing game that will keep you busy for hours, though it's not a realistic simulation by any stretch and it's not likely to convert anyone that's not a fan of the genre.Continue reading GRID Autosport Performance