Performance in RPG
The plot of this game narrates about an invasion of demons in 2038, and the main scene is London, as you may guess. Hellgate allows using both third-person and first-person views and is no different from a first-person shooter if you play with a long-range weapon. Thus, you need the same frame rate as in a first-person shooter to enjoy the game fully.
Using the DirectX 10 environment and being a single-platform project (for the PC only), the game is, however, no better visually than BioShock or Crysis. Its system requirements are very serious, though. The Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX and the per-overclocked versions of GeForce 8800 GT 512MB are only capable of providing a playable frame rate at 1280x1024 with enabled FSAA. The minimum speed of these cards is below critical level at higher resolutions.
The other cards, including the reference GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, are not so good in this test. The GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB is especially slow. It looks like a serious modern gaming graphics card must have at least 512 of memory on board.
The current version of the game doesn’t support FSAA, so we performed the test with anisotropic filtering only.
The G92-based cards and the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX have almost identical results at every resolution, probably reaching the ceiling set by other factors such as specifics of the game engine, CPU performance, etc. From a gamer’s point of view, the cards are equals except that the GeForce 8800 GTX ensures a somewhat higher minimum of speed at a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.