06-23-2011 05:45 PM
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  1. furygoalbrtis39's Avatar
    I try it right now from the same phone and the graphics are just bad. Blurry, low poly and doesn't seem to be running at the correct resolution. It looks washed out.

    It controls pretty fine actually but due to the bad graphics and average framerate is hard to see what's going on and there doesn't seem to be a way to pause the game.


    Very disappointed. On the upside Pacman CE DX continues to be awesome.



    Edit: You can pause the game by pressing back, silly me.
    Same thing on the Samsung Focus, and i wont be buying the game until the graphics get better
    05-25-2011 03:15 PM
  2. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    I'm on a Focus and the framerate is fine. Not sure if it's actually performing differently on some phones than others, but that would interesting to find out.

    I think the graphics are great for a phone game. The current generation of Windows Phones really isn't that powerful, and it's not like there are many WP7 games with more detailed 3D graphics than Hydro Thunder.
    05-25-2011 04:31 PM
  3. Winterfang's Avatar
    I know but it seems to be very compressed. Like we know the game looks better than this but is poorly optimized. I though I could brag about this game. Please rescue us from mediocrity Gameloft!
    05-25-2011 08:43 PM
  4. tiny's Avatar
    Experienced no slow downs on my HTC Arrive. Ran nice, looked nice.
    05-25-2011 10:52 PM
  5. FearThyWrath's Avatar
    Hydro thunder runs great on my att focus with nodo and may update. Framerate could use some help but for a snapdragon processor this looks pretty good imo of course lol

    Sent from my Samsung Focus using Board Express
    05-26-2011 12:02 AM
  6. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    I know but it seems to be very compressed. Like we know the game looks better than this but is poorly optimized. I though I could brag about this game. Please rescue us from mediocrity Gameloft!
    I know what you're talking about. It looks low-res on my Arrive. Maybe that's how it always looked.
    05-26-2011 07:50 AM
  7. Ozzie C14's Avatar
    Caved in and got Pacman CE DX altho already have it on XBLA. Plant's Vs Zombies would be good too. Also own that on the 360 lol. By the way if anyone was wondering, if you own the game on both platforms, you ARE able to still earn a gamerscore for both titles.

    :)
    05-26-2011 08:08 AM
  8. Winterfang's Avatar
    That was one of my questions also. Because I already have Sonic 4.

    I also hope they are not lazy. When Sonic stays without moving for a minute he better not pull out a freaking iphone.
    05-26-2011 10:48 AM
  9. SolidusMox's Avatar
    Experienced no slow downs on my HTC Arrive. Ran nice, looked nice.
    Same here.
    05-26-2011 12:36 PM
  10. Dark Mirage's Avatar
    Hydro Thunder is definitely running on dumbed down assets and resolution. But it's a port. I'm not sure what people were expecting from a port of a 360 title :/. It would have been nice to see them re-master the game for a phone platform but that wouldn't be budget conscious.

    Really, I don't think that should be a deal breaker. What is, though, is that frame rate. The graphics would be more than excusable if the game would just run smoothly. I highly doubt that preview video was running on target hardware. That happens a lot with preview videos, but still... That's pretty misleading.

    I like the game, but unless they can somehow patch that frame rate I'll be counted out.
    05-27-2011 04:06 AM
  11. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    I wonder if you guys are actually experiencing different frame rates than the people who think it looks good... My heart says no, but we shall see. BTW we have an interview with the devs coming up that will address the possibility of frame rate issues.
    05-27-2011 07:30 AM
  12. evilrobot's Avatar
    Got Hydro for my focus - i agree with those saying it looks low res and there are frame rate issues, but it's still fun.

    i just re-watched the video here (be sure to select 720p): 'Hydro Thunder GO' on Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone looks good, real good | wpcentral | Windows Phone News, Forums, and Reviews and it looks 5x as good in the video as it does on my phone - what's the deal?

    Anybody know if Angry Birds will include Seasons? I'm guessing not but it totally should at $3 since you can get both for a $1 each on iPhone.
    05-27-2011 12:07 PM
  13. Winterfang's Avatar
    I felt lied to. I mean I knew it probably won't look exactly was good as it did they but not 10 times worse.
    05-27-2011 01:04 PM
  14. furygoalbrtis39's Avatar
    Got Hydro for my focus - i agree with those saying it looks low res and there are frame rate issues, but it's still fun.

    i just re-watched the video here (be sure to select 720p): 'Hydro Thunder GO' on Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone looks good, real good | wpcentral | Windows Phone News, Forums, and Reviews and it looks 5x as good in the video as it does on my phone - what's the deal?

    Anybody know if Angry Birds will include Seasons? I'm guessing not but it totally should at $3 since you can get both for a $1 each on iPhone.
    They're probably showing the XBLA vs of the game, so people think it has amazing graphics on the phone
    05-27-2011 03:50 PM
  15. Dark Mirage's Avatar
    No no. You can tell it's the phone version thanks to the texture work, among other things.

    Honestly, they were probably capturing the video from the dev kit or something. It definitely wasn't from the target platform. I'm not sure how well versed people here are about these things, but this happens fairly frequently in the gaming world. Just look here:



    That trailer? Yeah. It's taken from the PSP game... running on the PC dev kit. The game neither looks, nor runs, nearly as smooth as the video makes it out to be. Again, this happens plenty.

    Definitely why I love Microsoft for enforcing demos. It makes it so much easier to have an informed purchasing opinion. Otherwise you get situations like these, where what you might have believed you were paying for is not actually what you got.

    Hopefully we'll get some answers from the devs over whether or not this is patchable when Eastx, or someone else, interviews them.
    05-28-2011 05:52 AM
  16. Winterfang's Avatar
    Yeah, I was planing to get this one but thank god I try it. Otherwise I would be angry beyond belief. I hope Angry birds runs smoothly. ( Is WP7 capable of running at 60fps)
    05-28-2011 01:01 PM
  17. Dark Mirage's Avatar
    Yeah, I was planing to get this one but thank god I try it. Otherwise I would be angry beyond belief. I hope Angry birds runs smoothly. ( Is WP7 capable of running at 60fps)
    Any system can run something at 60fps. It just depends what you're willing to sacrifice in order to get that performance. Considering the WP7 phones like the Focus are about equal to the iPhone 4 in terms of their ability, I wouldn't worry to much about this (unless they do a really lazy porting job, but I strongly doubt that would happen).
    05-28-2011 05:44 PM
  18. jtn05's Avatar
    i really hope they fix the frame rate problem on hydro thunder because even with its problems the game is still very fun and has a lot of replay value.
    05-28-2011 05:49 PM
  19. Winterfang's Avatar
    Any system can run something at 60fps. It just depends what you're willing to sacrifice in order to get that performance. Considering the WP7 phones like the Focus are about equal to the iPhone 4 in terms of their ability, I wouldn't worry to much about this (unless they do a really lazy porting job, but I strongly doubt that would happen).
    Isn't Fruit Ninja 60fps in IOS and 30fps in WP7?
    05-28-2011 11:54 PM
  20. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    Isn't Fruit Ninja 60fps in IOS and 30fps in WP7?
    Yeah, but that's just because Halfbrick didn't do the best job porting it. They also don't do a good job at answering emails.
    05-29-2011 12:08 AM
  21. Dark Mirage's Avatar
    Hahahaha, trying to get in touch with them?

    What we're talking about is probably the largest problem both the Windows and Android phones are going to face in terms of gaming... Ports. iOS is simply too popular in terms of mobile game development, and the other two phone operating systems have a fractured market in terms of hardware. It's easier for a company to move their iOS title to another phone, doing a simply "good enough" port.

    Hopefully once the platform becomes more popular we'll see people doing titles like "The Harvest", which are actually built for WP7 from the ground up and work great.
    05-29-2011 03:57 AM
  22. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    Hahahaha, trying to get in touch with them?

    What we're talking about is probably the largest problem both the Windows and Android phones are going to face in terms of gaming... Ports. iOS is simply too popular in terms of mobile game development, and the other two phone operating systems have a fractured market in terms of hardware. It's easier for a company to move their iOS title to another phone, doing a simply "good enough" port.

    Hopefully once the platform becomes more popular we'll see people doing titles like "The Harvest", which are actually built for WP7 from the ground up and work great.
    Yep, emailed twice but no response. We want to give them coverage and they're not interested. So silly.
    Most devs are friendly and cool, which leads to previews and more accurate articles and reviews. Win-win.

    iOS ports are an interesting topic. Some people would like nothing but WP7 exclusives for Xbox Live games, but that's not realistic given the small size of the Windows Phone market. Multiplatform games are important even in the console market - if people want to play Call of Duty, then your system had better have Call of Duty or it's at a disadvantage. Thus Windows Phone does need Angry Birds and Doodle Jump. But exclusives get the system noticed, so they're important too. Like you said, more WP7 exclusives will come as the market grows. Look forward to news about a new one - Tentacles - soon. :)
    05-29-2011 06:48 AM
  23. Winterfang's Avatar
    Tentacles? What's the game about? any link? =)
    05-29-2011 10:30 AM
  24. furygoalbrtis39's Avatar
    Yep, emailed twice but no response. We want to give them coverage and they're not interested. So silly.
    Most devs are friendly and cool, which leads to previews and more accurate articles and reviews. Win-win.

    iOS ports are an interesting topic. Some people would like nothing but WP7 exclusives for Xbox Live games, but that's not realistic given the small size of the Windows Phone market. Multiplatform games are important even in the console market - if people want to play Call of Duty, then your system had better have Call of Duty or it's at a disadvantage. Thus Windows Phone does need Angry Birds and Doodle Jump. But exclusives get the system noticed, so they're important too. Like you said, more WP7 exclusives will come as the market grows. Look forward to news about a new one - Tentacles - soon. :)
    That would be awesome if COD was on windows phone, and whats Tentacles?
    05-29-2011 01:26 PM
  25. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    Tentacles? What's the game about? any link? =)
    I've said too much already! We'll publish something in 1-2 weeks.
    05-29-2011 11:46 PM
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