The Week In Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

Since we ran that fun feature on Duncan Harris, the groovy "video game photographer" behind the website DeadEndThrills, I've been sharing some of his work each week here.

This week has some great stuff, focusing largely on Mass Effect 2 and the Half-Life 2 mod/ghost story Dear Esther. Let's get to it!

First up, at top, we've got one of several shots from Dear Esther, which will see its official Steam release on February 14. I for one can't wait, and this kind of shot is why.

"This Old House"

From Harris's notes:

Tools and tricks: free camera, custom FOV, 2160p rendering, antialiasing (injected SMAA).

"For Tomorrow"

The first of several Mass Effect 2 shots, this one is simply... space. They say it's the final frontier. I can get with that.

Tools and tricks: free camera, timestop, no-HUD, custom FOV, JeanLuc761′s hi-res character textures, in-world HUD textures blanked, antialiasing (injected max quality FXAA 3.11 w/ texture pre-sharpening), 2160p rendering.

Writings On The Wall"

Alas, poor Veetor. Driven mad by the collector attack. Poor fellow. I hope none of you heartless bastards turned him over to Cerberus for testing.

Tools and tricks: free camera, timestop, no-HUD, custom FOV, JeanLuc761′s hi-res character textures, in-world HUD textures blanked, antialiasing (injected ‘Ultra' quality SMAA + 4xMSAA), 2160p rendering.

"Almost Human"

I call this one "Miranda's Super-Hot Posterior" because, well... I also think of this sequence in the game not-so-fondly because I've seen it many a time after having to re-roll my Shepard after realising that while he/she looked fine standing still, things got ghastly once the game got going.

Tools and tricks: free camera, timestop, no-HUD, custom FOV, JeanLuc761′s hi-res character textures, in-world HUD textures blanked, antialiasing (injected max quality FXAA 3.11 w/ texture pre-sharpening), 2160p rendering.

"Vulcan"

In a break from the two main games for the week comes one last shot from Star Trek Online, this one of the planet Vulcan. That's a big q-tip that fella's got there.

Tools and tricks: Cryptic demo recorder, 2160p rendering, free camera, custom FOV, timestop, offline antialiasing.

"The Ghost That Walks"

Hoo, buddy. Yet another gorgeous shot from Dear Esther.

Tools and tricks: free camera, custom FOV, 2160p rendering, antialiasing (injected SMAA).

"Highlander"

Another Dear Esther bit of amazingness.

Tools and tricks: free camera, custom FOV, 2160p rendering, antialiasing (injected SMAA).

"In The Temple Of Love"

Dear Esther. Don't have much to say for these other than "wow".

Tool and tricks: free camera, custom FOV, 2160p rendering, antialiasing (injected SMAA).

Spirit Level"

Look at that business! Look at it! Man, I can't wait to play Dear Esther.

Tool and tricks: free camera, custom FOV, 2160p rendering, antialiasing (injected SMAA).


Comments

    What is this Dear Esther thingy?

      Mod for Half-Life 2, soon to be getting a standalone Steam release. Everyone who's played it is quite taken with it.

        Is there anything else to it besides "Randomly generated nice looking things"? If it's more then $5 I'll probably end up passing on it.

          It's $10USD, and yeah, its pretty much just randomly generated nice looking things.

          Oh, and nice sounding things.

            Agree, I played through it. A bit of poetry, some lovely looking scenery and a couple of spooky bits. Not really a game as such and less than an hours experience. I wasn't so taken with it.

    A mod that was made for HL2 some time ago, and is now being reworked with some crazy improvements on the source engine

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