XBox - Two Towers: Too Dark?

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  1. Chris Rock

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    I recently got EA's The Two Towers for my XBox, and I'm wondering if anyone else feels that this game is too dark (even while playing in a dark room) on a calibrated set.

    I've calibrated my set using AVIA, and while DVD's, TV, and most games are alright, this game is Really Dark™.

    It's not so bad that I can't play it, but if I tried to play in a well-lit room, it would be impossible.
     
  2. Lou Sytsma

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    While I don't have this particular game I have found with all Xbox games I have to kick up the brightness about 10 notches on my Toshoba RPTV. It too has been calibrated using Avia. Didn't have to do that with my PS2 when I owned one.
     
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    Chris i noticed this as well. I dont know if thats the way the game is meant to be but i had to adjust my screen a bit so i can see during the Moria Battle

    capt
     
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    I only noticed the Helm's Deep levels to be dark. I could barely see the ladders I was supposed to kick over. Other than that everything seemed fine including Moria.

    I'm playing on a VE calibrated NEC lt150.
     
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    Chris, those are my sentiments exactly. An otherwise enjoyable game though.
    -Dave
     
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    I've found this to be the case with several Xbox games also. I don't really understand it...don't people test these things? A brightness slider is also something that can't be that hard to add to a game's setup options. My TV is calibrated properly and I shouldn't have to mess with the settings to play a game that is too dark.
     
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    IGN has their review of the Xbox port up tonight here. Here's a quote:
     
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    Lazy ass port or not, I'm having a blast with the game. I am in love with it [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah i enjoy the game also. I love these hack and slash adventures

    capt
     
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    Romier - you've played both the Xbox and PS2 versions, correct? Would you agree with IGN's claim that the PS2's graphics are superior?

    -Dave
     
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    Interesting. Thanks for the comparision. [​IMG] I opted for the Xbox version, as I'm a sucker for the prog scan and digital audio. I'm amazed that a game that looks this good is so consistent between all of the consoles. If a title is consistent between all consoles, it's usually consistently poor. [​IMG]
    -Dave
     
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    Having an xbox is like having a car that can do 150MPH but most of the roads you can drive it on are designed for much slower cars (hello, PS2). So consumers end up saying 'why should I buy the Xbox car? The PS2 drives just as fast!'
     
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    Apparently not in this case, as it performs well for all consoles.

    -Dave
     
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    Definitely waiting until the price drops on this given the mixed reviews. I agree with the above statement re: a slider bar. Very cool feature for a game to have and as suggested I would imagine would be easily implemented.
     
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    I was initially super disappointed in the brightness of the game on the Xbox playing on our Sony 10HT projector. The video memory is properly calibrated as well with Video Essentials. Our end brightness setting for progressive scan sources was calibrated to 51. Around 35 for interlaced sources.

    At this setting, level 2 of LotR:TT was virtually unplayable. In all actuality though, everyone here does have a brightness slider, it's just not on your Xbox. Just adjust the brightness on the display. We ramped the brightness up to 70. It made the whole game playable without even blooming or wrecking the visual quality of the image. Now I'm loving the game. Just need to take the extra couple seconds to adjust that slider before playing and to put it back after.
     
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    I found the PS2 version to be too dark as well.
     

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