That image comparison is totally unfair and misleading, and I'm betting you know that. What I don't know is why you dedicate your time to maligning DOOM 3. What, are you getting paid by someone to do this?
Anyway, you did NOT show the "lowest" settings for DOOM 3, but TURNED OFF several key features altogether. If you had the slightest understanding at all about computer graphics, you'd know that the detail that was previously painted into ONE TEXTURE is now present in local color, bump, normal map and specular map textures. You cannot turn these off and expect what's left to look any good, and it certainly isn't representative of the game's graphics!
All you left was the local color map. OF COURSE it looks bad. There is no detail or shadowing in that layer, only base color! Take all the detail and painted-on shadows out of ANY game -- including your beloved Half-Life 2 -- and it'll look like total crap. If you dumbed down HL2 that way, it would be a bunch of colored blocks.
Hey, let's turn off all the shadows, too, and complain about how unrealistic the game looks without them.
For crying out loud...
By the way, HL2 will be awesome, I'm sure. I don't have to hate it to like DOOM 3.
This comment was edited on Aug 17, 00:58.