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It’s interesting to see a case where one isn’t definitely better than the other. Regular lighting looks pretty good I think. It’s sharper. Advanced lighting looks good too. It’s softer. I wonder if this should be renamed to Soft Lighting or something because it implies that one is more “advanced” than the other.


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on Jul 31, 2010

I like the regular for some reason, I guess because of the cartoon style with sharper image

on Jul 31, 2010

I like advanced lighting, but on much lower levels then its default (75% I think)... I usualy set it arround 20%, higher then that, and everythings gets too much blurry.

 

Also in game options its called Softness(Advanced Lighting), which is about right I would say.

 

Also, what is Ambient Light and Specular Intensity good for? I was trying to change it and did not notice any difference, same for Max Texture Atlas Size.. Also I have no idea what is Mip Map levels(is it AF?)...

 

I have a feeling, that you are using, quiete strange names for some settings, because, Iam pretty sure, that advanced lighting is normaly called HDR. Same goes for other stuff like, Limit Frame Rate, which is basicaly Vertical Synchronization.

 

One more thing, I was just trying to move advanced lighting slider, and it seems like it has no effect now... and also, HUD over the cities gets blurry etc... I do not think, it was like that before beta 4. Everything is too blurry and shiny now.

on Jul 31, 2010

Regular lighting looks better to me.

on Jul 31, 2010

I'd never really noticed it, but now that I see it next to regular lighting, the advanced lighting looks way too blurry/soft. I think that probably has something to do with the game's art style.

on Jul 31, 2010

To me one image is ok, the other is blurry.

on Jul 31, 2010

I like the first one (the one on the left)

I think its superior

 

// and yea, its really more of a hard lighting vs soft/blurred lighting

on Jul 31, 2010

I like regular lighting because after playing for extended periods I think the eye tries to automatically sharpen the image which I suspect leads to eye-strain if there is already too much of a blur. Anti-aliasing is good - just not the soft blurring.

My eyes are getting worse anyway so most things give me eye-strain now-a-days.

on Jul 31, 2010

Yea, the soft lighting (advanced lighting) gives FAR more eye-strain

on Jul 31, 2010

Das123
I like regular lighting because after playing for extended periods I think the eye tries to automatically sharpen the image which I suspect leads to eye-strain if there is already too much of a blur. Anti-aliasing is good - just not the soft blurring.

My eyes are getting worse anyway so most things give me eye-strain now-a-days.

I agree, I prefer regular lighting because looking at images that seem "out of focus" hurts my eyes.

on Jul 31, 2010

I agree, its just too blurry, thing is, that I like look of the things more, with advanced lighting.... but slider does not work, at least, I can not spot difference now, between 100% and 0%... which is strange... 

 

However, this two screenshots are not very good comparsion. Advanced lighting makes things look nicer, but its just too blury now .

on Jul 31, 2010

Demi_Boss
I like the regular for some reason, I guess because of the cartoon style with sharper image

 

Same here. Now that I can see the advanced lighting without any bugs (YAY BETA 4!) I have to say I like the sharp lines/edges a little more.

Elemental almost has an anime feel to it anyway with the art style (which I love) so I think the "harder" lighting shows it off better.

 

on Jul 31, 2010

Regular Lighting. Sharper details and edges

Soft lighting..... blurry washed out colors.

Hmmm which is better?

Ya i tone down soft lighting to about 25%. I think that should be the preset

on Jul 31, 2010

Advanced lighting makes the game 2% less ugly.

I will probably turn it off to gain performance, as I have done in all the betas.

on Jul 31, 2010

Honestly, I can't tell the difference.  It all looks the same to me. 

Out of curiosity, which lighting is easier on one's PC hardware (if either)? 

 

 

on Jul 31, 2010

i like the first one better second one is blurry to me

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