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And Shadow of the Tomb Raider...

Sephercroft


A ship in a cave in a jungle? This game is bat ship crazy!


That's plenty of frames for me!


Where your eyes don't go a part of you us hovering
It's a nightmare that you'll never be discovering
You're free to come and go or talk like Curtis Blow
But there's a pair of eyes in back of your head
 

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Old series Lara in new series graphics is quite surreal!





Hey, I'll trade you this bow for a pair of pistols


Come on, don't be scared Mr. Polygons of Plenty
 
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An evening in Night City's Jig Jig Street...



Found some interesting wares...



Looks like someone's sleeping off their hangover...



Might as well head out for munchies...

 
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Question: So I'm a bit older than most gamers, so this thing of uploading screenshots/photos to an image hosting site, to have a URL for the image to post here, is rather new to me.

As I understand it, I need to upload photos/screenshots to a site like Imgur or Flickr, copy the image's URL, then paste that in my post? Is that the correct procedure? If it isn't let me know, if it is, which image hosting site would you recommend?
 
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Yes, that's correct procedure. And I'm using Imgur and can recommend it. Tried Photobucket first but they don't allow linking unless you're on one of their paid packages.
 
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@mainer - I use a newish upstart website that caters to PC Gamers: https://forums.pcgamer.com/media/ :) (Don't worry about giving a file any key words. There's no way to search on them.)

I love waterfalls - especially ones with rainbows and/or treasure chests behind them. Shadow of the Tomb Raider has a LOT of waterfalls!



Three, plus a tiny bit of rainbow


Just two, but they're nice


Same two but more sun


Four!
 

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Even more waterfalls



Spooky waterfalls - don't get that every day


Is that... eight water falls??


Nine water falls! Possibly 10, with all that mist on the left.
 
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I hope over the next gen developers start experimenting with better anti-aliasing solutions that don't simply boil down to 'slap some TAA on it and call it a day'. Now that foliage is so richly detailed and dense and sharply defined edges are becoming less and less prevalent, we really need the industry to make strides in this department.
 

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I really didn't notice the jaggies much with 3D Vision going. Each eye sees them in different places, so maybe they just vanish in the brain's depth perception process? <shrug>
 
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Quite possibly! It's not a jab at Tomb Raider specifically, of course, but at AAA games in general. Games like Dark Souls 3 and Destiny 2 suffer terribly from the same effect. They're completely let down by their terrible or non-existent AA implementations and I think it's mildly distracting. It's a blemish on what's otherwise often a fairly perfect presentation, SotTR in particular.
 

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Yeah, I've noticed it as well - especially in Jedi: Fallen Order. TR3 might have ways to deal with it that I just didn't bother with, though, because of the 3D thing going on.

Speaking of - this game actually has a special place for me because I played it as NVIDIA was ending their support for 3D Vision. The end game of TR3 ended up gelling nicely with those feelings so I've got a little series of screenshots for them. It is the end game, though, so I'll keep them hidden in a spoiler section.

It was the End Times. NVIDIA's interest in 3D Vision had been waning ever more and, 10 years after it's introduction, they announced that the next driver update would not support 3D Vision at all. Worse yet, the next major Windows update would not work without the driver update. One doesn't need to update drivers or Windows immediately but eventually.... The signs in the heavens were unmistakable. These were the end times for The Vision.

Tomb Raider, a great champion of 3D Vision, and Lara Croft, the goddess of popout, didn't take the news well. "Don't take my 3D Vision away!! I'll do anything!!"


A strange woman appeared. "Anything? Would you do anything to keep stereoscopic gaming alive?"

"YES!"

"Very well. Then put this headdress on and sleep on this stone bed. The price will be high, though. Higher even than that of the fabled Pixel Collider. You are sure?"


Lara answered by putting on the headdress and lying down. After a few seconds, the price was revealed!


"NNNO...." But it was too late. The willing-except-for-the-last-second-or-so sacrifice had been made. The age of Virtual Reality had begun!
(Actually, the Shader Gods cast a spell of Hackum Muche upon the drivers to let us keep going for a few more years but, once you go to the 3000+ series, your 3D glasses are just souvenirs.)
 

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Mission lake, near the mission that has lots of missions.


And that wraps it up for Tomb Rai....

NO!! JUST ONE MORE!!


Sorry Lara, time to go. Gotta get through a few odds and ends before Geralt shows up.
 
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Lara Croft: Origins. Looks pretty nice actually. At the starter area and I must have played this game before since I do remember parts of it. I'm guessing this was for PS2.
 
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