Colin McRae: Dirt 2 already offers excellent graphics in DirectX 9 mode, but with all settings maxed out and additional DirectX 11 features it becomes the best looking racing game so far. PC Games Hardware got high-res screenshots from the demo.
Colin McRae Dirt 2 (6) [Source: view picture gallery]
It is common knowledge that Codemasters delayed the PC version of Colin McRae: Dirt 2 in order to upgrade the Ego Engine of the racing game with DirectX 11 support. Now the cross platform architecture is capable of all modern rendering tricks but some are only used with DX11. The current API offers Hardware Tessellation which is used for a more detailed audience, tessellated cloth (banners and flags) as well as a more realistic visualization of water with more waves and splashes. Due to the Full Floating Point HDR Illumination (FP16) and High Definition Ambient Occlusion calculated via DirectCompute, Post Effects like Motion blur and filtered Soft Shadows especially the light and shadow effects of Colin McRae: Dirt 2 are very realistic.
Today the demo version of Dirt 2
has been released. It also contains one of the benchmarks which we used for our performance tests
as well as two tracks. We sat down and took several high-res screenshots (2560 x 1600) with maximal quality including 4x MSAA/16:1 AF in DirectX 11 mode. A selection - downsized to 1280 x 800 pixels can be found in our gallery below.
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