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New Condition Zero Developer

There's a new Counter-Strike: Condition Zero preview on CS-Nation that includes word of yet another developer(!) on the upcoming Counter-Strike game, as Turtle Rock Studios (thanks HomeLAN Fed) is now at work on the project. According to the article, some of the content from Ritual (who assumed the reigns of the project from Gearbox earlier in this soap opera) was not equal to expectations, so Valve has turned things over to this small start-up, comprised of four former Westwood/EA Pacific employees, headed by Mike Booth (Nox). Here's a bit more on this:

Although you will still find some of the Ritual missions in the game, the meat of CS: Condition Zero is a new mode programmed by Turtle Rock Studios. Twelve Ritual missions will be in a section of the game called "Deleted Scenes." These missions were the best of the 20 or so that Ritual developed. But the new game mode that will comprise most of Condition Zero is a Tony Hawk Pro Skater-like challenge mode.

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94. Re: Ritual Screenshots Oct 12, 2003, 17:48 Camaro76
 
I seriously do not see how you can't see the difference in textures. Ritual's are far more blurry.

Yes, but you have to keep this in mind - what hardware and settings (resolution/AA/AF) were used to take the screenshots? How much JPEG compression was used? There are a lot of variables in the mix here. Regardless I say the Ritual models and textures do look better, blurry or not.

Look at this shot:
http://csnation.counter-strike.net/image.php?id=21662

Yes, the textures are quite sharp, but look at the models! Look how thick the skimasked dude's forearms are, and look how screwed up the green-jacketed dude's feet are! You mean to tell me those guys look more fearsome than this dude:

http://www.ritualistic.com/screens/cz/030501_02.jpg

These textures in this shot are mostly photosource, but still more professional looking than the cartoonish stuff in the Turtle screen...

http://www.ritualistic.com/screens/cz/030501_08.jpg

If you have a browser that handles tabs, load 'em up side by side and have a GOOD look. Me, I'd much rather play Ritual's game. Now if only the gameplay is fun... that's a whole other story...



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