How does the grass in The Last of Us stack up against high-end PC titles?

March 13, 2013

How does the grass in The Last of Us stack up against high-end PC titles?While grass and foliage in video games may seem like an inconspicuous thing, the tech behind rendering each blade of greenery is often considered to be one of the many forms of benchmarking a game’s technical prowess. To render each and every blade of grass in a forest can be computationally and graphically taxing and is often the first thing to be left on the cutting room floor.

We take a look at some of the hi-res screenshots from The Last of Us, courtesy of PSMania to see how it stacks up against a few of the titles on high-end PCs and some on current gen consoles.

The Last of Us is set to release on June 14th exclusively for the PlayStation 3, just a few short months away and the game is already looking to be a contender for Game of the Year. It will have its work cut out against tough competition from the likes of BioShock: Infinite and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Hi-res screenshots taken from the demo for The Last of Us show just how eerily green the world will be post apocalypse.   While the PS3 is now over six years old, the hardware continues to impress with stunning looking visuals coming out late in the cycle that in many cases may go head-to-head with even the best of them on the PC.

(All images are 720p or higher, click pictures for original hi-res size)

TLoU –

Crysis 3 – Crytek set the benchmark in graphics on the PC, showing us how dense vegetation should look like in the first game. How does TLoU stack up against Crysis 3 running on ultra high settings on a high-end PC?

 

The Witcher 3 – The Witcher 2 wowed everyone with its beautiful graphics on the PC when turned up to its “uber” setting. However, the game was a resource hog making for a choppy gameplay experience even on a high-end PC. The screenshots released by Game Informer shows off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt running on CD Projekt RED’s next gen engine, RED Engine 3. The game has only been “officially” confirmed for PS4 and PC at this time.

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Halo 4- While this is a current gen Xbox 360 title, this game won the Best Graphics award at the 2012 Spike VGAs, by nomination from a pool of over 30 industry veterans.

 

Gears of War 3 – The Gears franchise is know for its dull brown color tones, but Epic changed things up with the third game in the franchise by introducing a new color – green. The greenery was a welcome addition to the series and helped lend a football-esque romp feel to some of the mutliplayer modes.

Here are a few more hi-res images of The Last of Us, showing off its impressive character modeling to whet your appetite. The Last of Us will be launching June 14th world wide, with a planned demo to be available over PSN May 31st.

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57 Responses to “How does the grass in The Last of Us stack up against high-end PC titles?”

  1. me_:

    Those screen shots don’t look too bad. In action though I expect it to have frame rate/jaggy/draw distance/low quality texture issues like all other console games.

  2. ncaissie:

    I’m looking forward to playing the demo from my GOW disc.

    On GOW, I don’t know if I was just too tired to play (like tonight) or what but it was fun but didn’t feel as epic as 3.

    On a side note I pick up my 2013 Ninja 650 tomorrow. Now if my ankle will heel and the weather would warm up I will be golden. :)

  3. CaptBirdman:

    Whoa wait a minute… those a promotional shots of the game, not what the actual game looks like.

    Don’t compare CGI to in game shots. Wait until TLoU comes out man

  4. CaptBirdman:

    Off topic: The Witcher is definitely on my list for my PS4. That game was awesome and it sucked it was only on PC, as I’ve stopped gaming on dedicated PCs since Counter-Strike.

  5. CaptBirdman:

    “On a side note I pick up my 2013 Ninja 650 tomorrow. Now if my ankle will heel and the weather would warm up I will be golden.”

    I just bought a 2008 350Z today, so I know how you feel right now :)

    Now I start paying on my GT-R :(

    $99,000!!!

  6. Mike Ferro:

    @CaptBirdman,

    Whoops, good catch. I removed the first one which was indeed a promo shot and replaced it with another in-game shot. I should have double checked the resolution as that particular one was 3000×1872, typical res for promo image.
    The rest are in-game engine shots at 720p, no CGI. I double checked them against the Sony game PR assets.

  7. me_:

    The first one looks a lot better than the second. The second one seems to have way more jagies and a lot worse textures.

  8. CarlB:

    Don’t forget the taxes and insurance bird ;)

  9. Mike Ferro:

    @me_

    “The second one seems to have way more jaggies and a lot worse textures.”

    lol.. you guys are on top of it today.

    Thanks for pointing that out, that asset was from the very first build they showed us last year. I’ve replaced that one with two from the same batch of 20 Sony sent out this week, which is the same batch the first and the bottom face ones came out of as well.

  10. Zoar:

    Gears of War 3 still looks butt ugly.

  11. phranctoast:

    “lol.. you guys are on top of it today.”

    And I think you meant GTA V, not IV. ;)

  12. oldschool1987:

    Some one sack Mike lmao :p

  13. twilight:

    I love the Gears Of War series but I have never cared for the style of graphics for this game. I am looking forward to playing the next game in the series.
    I just finished Tomb Raider the other day. Now, this is an epic game. I loved every minute of this game. Everything was top notch in this game.

  14. me_:

    “How does TLoU stack up against Crysis 3 running on ultra high settings on a high-end PC?”

    I don’t think either one of them is on a high end PC. The first one is 720p and the second is 1080p. If it was at max settings it would be 1600p.

  15. phranctoast:

    “I don’t think either one of them is on a high end PC. The first one is 720p and the second is 1080p. If it was at max settings it would be 1600p.”

    So for best results you’re forced to a monitor anyway…..considering ‘affordable’ TV’s (4K TV’s excluded) and we’re back to playing games on a desk..

  16. me_:

    “So for best results you’re forced to a monitor anyway”

    Of course. Who plays PC games on a TV? 1600p monitors aren’t very affordable either but this was supposed to be about “high-end PCs”.

  17. CaptBirdman:

    @_Me

    “1600p monitors aren’t very affordable either”

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260028

    Bam.

  18. CaptBirdman:

    “Don’t forget the taxes and insurance bird”

    Dude, TELL ME ABOUT IT!

    I’m just biting the bullet though. Luckily with my gf’s combined income, I can afford the GT-R and not neglect my responsibilities… but still, I’m paying or a $100,000 car. Never thought I’d be able to, but I am :)

    The Z is just sex on the road though, I highly recommend test driving one…

  19. me_:

    Awesome car the GT-R. A little out of my price range but good for you.

  20. Godless:

    Birdman

    I hope your link was to back up what me was saying, and not implying that $1,299.99 was in any way “affordable”(to the masses)

    Can I just get this straight. . .I thought You worked at best buys, and you are buying a $100,000 car? WTF. . .that just doesn’t add up?

    is the Nissan 350z costing you $100,000, or do you already own a Nissan 350z, and are now buying a newer GTR?

    Or has a sarcastic go at Ncaissie gone over my head?

  21. CarlB:

    Congratulations, especially on buying used and getting what is likely to be a great deal on the Z. I was looking at the 2003 models today (because that’s the year I last compared them) and saw the TMV ~$8,000-$9,000). 2008 Z’s popped up between $14-$18K. Did you get a Nismo? How did you fair?

    I test drove a Z back in 2003… at the time the SRT-4 won me over for it’s performance, price ($20,000, they were asking $35,000 for a comparable Z at the time), and, believe it or not, driving experience (four doors and trunk space were a bonus).

    I always did like the Z’s styling more, but I kept the SRT-4 over the years and it’s still a very fun driving experience today. Interested to see what the numbers are on the new Dart SRT-4, as I think they would be lucky to even match what they did back then.

    When do you plan on getting the GT-R? I was sorely tempted, but I decided it was best to get one or two more properties in the portfolio first. 0-60 in 2.7 seconds is incredible.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUNcNymtyeY

  22. CaptBirdman:

    @Godless

    “I hope your link was to back up what me was saying, and not implying that $1,299.99 was in any way “affordable”(to the masses)”

    Well…that’s kind of exactly what I was doing… 1300 is pretty cheap for that resolution.

    “Can I just get this straight. . .I thought You worked at best buys, and you are buying a $100,000 car? WTF. . .that just doesn’t add up?”

    I haven’t spilled the beans here on Blorge, but (Carl and Dan know because of Facebook) I’m becoming a Police Officer now. Actually I’m in the academy, and we get our full salaries ($50,000+ a year) during training.

    “is the Nissan 350z costing you $100,000, or do you already own a Nissan 350z, and are now buying a newer GTR?”

    Yes to the latter. The Z only cost us about 10K, and I will be buying ( or I should say putting a down payment on) a 2010 or ’11 GT-R sometime in the next two weeks. Z is a daily driver and the Skyline is my toy ;)

  23. phranctoast:

    I’d ask, ‘Small penis car’ or ‘midlife crisis’, but we already know your age ;)

  24. CaptBirdman:

    “Did you get a Nismo? How did you fair?”

    Yeah, it’s a Nismo. I’ll put up pics on Facebook in a little while. Check it out!

    The interior is a little banged up but it’s gonna be a daily driver. Has a touchscreen pioneer system.

    It is seriously a beast and a pleasure to drive man… I can only imagine how this GT-R is going to be

  25. CaptBirdman:

    @Phranc

    Lmao hey, I’m just a gear head, probably more than I am a video game enthusiast.

  26. CarlB:

    GL,

    He did state, “with my gf’s combined income” (that’s still one hell of a girlfriend). He also said he “just bought” the Z today and will “start paying” on the GT-R, which I take to mean he is saving up to purchase… sometime in the future.

  27. CarlB:

    whoops, bird beat me to it in between posts… sorry.

  28. Godless:

    Gratz. .on the new job birdie

    Enjoy the sports cars while you can. . .soon as kids come along they will probably end up a thing of the past ;)

  29. CaptBirdman:

    Haha thanks Gods.

    I plan on not having a kid for a least another 5-10 years. My GF is younger than me, so if we do plan on having kids later in life, she has a lot of time left for natural fecundity.

    Again, I highly recommend the 350Z or even the 370Z if you can afford it. It’s so snug and powerful. Mine is a Nismo so I’m getting 315 bhp– which doesn’t sound like much until you realise exactly how small the car is.

  30. CarlB:

    Cap,

    It would be classic if you made captain in the police department ;)

    Do you guys have a house yet? I hear LA can be kind of pricey.

    OT… has anyone seen Justified yet?
    Just caught the pilot and 1st episode on Amazon Prime last night, not bad.

  31. CaptBirdman:

    LAXPD has a slightly different CoC than LAPD but I see what you’re getting at lol

    We’re renting a place in West LA on the Santa Monica border. I do not want to own a house until I’m a couple hundred thousandaire. I’m perfectly content with renting.

    And yes, renting is pricey in LA, but you have to know where to look. Here on the Westside, 1 bedrooms can reach 2K a month.

  32. phranctoast:

    All good. Just joshin ya ;)

    But yeah. Your girls helping you out with a car. Sounds like some girl!

  33. CaptBirdman:

    Oh I didn’t mean to imply that she’s helping buy the car. That’s all coming out of my pocket.

    We’re sharing rent and utilities plus fun expenditures. It doesn’t hurt that her father is rich and periodically sends her $X0,000…. ;)

    Just meant that she’s financially independent and that I can rely on her as much as she can on me.

  34. dans:

    “It doesn’t hurt that her father is rich and periodically sends her $X0,000….”

    She really does sound financially ‘independent’. ;)

  35. dans:

    (meaning independent in the literal sense, rather than the meaning of the term ‘financially independent’)

  36. phranctoast:

    gothca.. yeah.. I totally didn’t see it that way ;)

    I’m thinkin’.. I’ve had a couple of cool gf’s but not that cool!!!!

  37. CarlB:

    When do you plan on getting the GTR?

  38. CaptBirdman:

    @Dans

    Financially independent from me lol She works, but her father spoils her. Real estate biz is booming in Japan I guess…

    @Carl

    Well I’m putting a nice sized down payment on it in about 2 weeks. I won’t take delivery until I’ve payed off about 10%. I have a verbal agreement with the dealership– I’m letting it sit until I’ve paid at least 10K. It’s still a new car; no one purchased it so it’s been sitting there.

    So I’ll be the first owner :D

  39. me_:

    $185k for a GT-R in Australia. We get ripped off;

    http://www.carsales.com.au/bncis/details/nissan-gt-r-2013-14413458?base=1216&vertical=Car&cr=11&eapi=2&__N=1246%201252%201247%201282%204294963846%204294961487%201216&num=15&silo=Stock&sort=default

  40. MAK:

    @Bird

    I love the 350Z. It was my first car, 2008 White 350Z.

    But Id rather have the GTR, as it’s one of the fastest accelerating cars. It’s also more rare than a 350 or 370.

    We just got a 2013 Porsche Carrera. But it’s way to small for my height. The 350 isn’t as fast or expensive, but I still love it more.

  41. CarlB:

    “It’s still a new car; no one purchased it so it’s been sitting there.”

    You said it’s a 2010 model (that’s like a half second slower! ;) )? And they’re still charging you the new 2013 MSRP of $100,000?

  42. CaptBirdman:

    @Carl

    It’s still 99K. You’re probably looking at Nissan’s website, right? I’m dealing with an authorized Nissan dealer… there’s a subtle difference. Besides, the car is new. Buying a GT-R from Nissan is much more expensive than the listed MSRP…

    @MAK

    How tall are you? I’m about 6’1″ and I fit pretty comfortably in my dad’s old Carrera, but that was a little while ago.

    @Me

    You have to understand that a lot of factors make exporting things to Oz too much of a hassle. The population is extremely low for a landmass that large, and the fact that Oz is just a huge island (which makes it a little more of a hassle to get stuff there)… I can see why everything is more expensive there.

    Importing to places like America just makes a lot of financial sense.

  43. CarlB:

    Actually looking at the true market value on edmunds… it says around $52K. Yahoo says $65,630. Kelly Blue Book has it at $70K with 10 miles in excellent condition. However, I understand how zero mileage and high demand could leave the price that high. It’s just weird to hear about a car sitting on the lot for ~2-3 years and have only a grand taken off MSRP, especially when new ones are listed for less in the area from other Nissan dealers.

    http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=newcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=110887086&listingRecNum=5&criteria=sf1Dir%3DDESC%26mkId%3D20077%26stkTyp%3DN%26mdId%3D21204%26rd%3D100%26crSrtFlds%3DstkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId%26zc%3D92277%26rn%3D0%26PMmt%3D1-1-0%26stkTypId%3D28880%26sf2Dir%3DASC%26sf1Nm%3Dprice%26sf2Nm%3Dlocation%26isDealerGrouping%3Dfalse%26rpp%3D50%26feedSegId%3D28705&aff=national&listType=1

  44. CaptBirdman:

    Interesting… I’ll need to look into this. Thanks a lot Carl!

  45. MAK:

    @Bird

    I’m 6’4″ :l

    And my legs are my longer side. So it’s a big problem when it comes to getting into a small car. Not to mention my shoes being big. When we had the Lamborghini, since the doors go up, it wasn’t as much as a problem trying to sit in it.

    I don’t care how nice my car is, it’s still embarrassing to have to struggle to get into your own car.

  46. dans:

    Reading this thread…

    http://www.mayanrocks.com/blog/crying-icecream.gif

  47. me_:

    “The population is extremely low for a landmass that large”

    A big chunk of the population lives in two fairly large cities though. We’re also closer to China where everything seems to comes from.

    I think we’ve just grown accustomed to paying more. I remember somebody here saying companies need to learn that people don’t want to pay more that $500 for CE devices. If you did that here you wouldn’t buy anything.

  48. phranctoast:

    http://thechive.com/2013/03/15/i-swear-china-isnt-even-trying-anymore-21-photos/

  49. CarlB:

    No problem bird. Now, about my 10% commission ;)

    dans,

    Trust me, I’ve been there. I know it may not seem like much, but I can wholeheartedly recommend this book as one of the best on the subject, and the heart of it isn’t country specific…
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Total-Money-Makeover-Financial/dp/159555078X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363401724&sr=8-1&keywords=dave+ramsey

  50. CarlB:

    lol @ “S&M’s” and “MasterBeef”

  51. CaptBirdman:

    @Phranc

    Lost my shit at Arm & Hatchet.

  52. dans:

    Thanks Carl, added to wish list.

  53. dans:

    The Last of Us campaign length:

    “We’re definitely looking at more than 12 hours, maybe 12 to 16 right now is what we’re looking at,” explains Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer in a video interview. “It really depends on how you play. You can play a little bit slower if you try to approach situations stealthy, if you really wanna explore the environment and scavenge, that’s going to add more time too.”

    http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/03/16/the-last-of-us-single-player-campaigns-length-revealed?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ign%2Farticles+%28IGN+All+Articles%29

  54. Roca.:

    those Gears/Halo screenshots look like last gen graphics compared to the other screenshots lol

  55. Roca.:

    LMAO @ Phranc’s link

    Paperboy, Okay shampoo, KFG (with a random Chinese colonel)

  56. phranctoast:

    I laughed pretty hard at Cavern kernel. Sounds like some anus store.

    S&M’s. The naughty candy :D

  57. CarlB:

    Yet another streaming option…

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/19/redbox-instant-streaming-movies-to-the-public

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