Eric5h5, on 24 March 2013 - 03:50 PM, said:
Bioshock 1 and 2 run extremely smooth here at max settings, no problems with the ports at all.
I guess there are two possibilities then: either you and I have very different opinions on what is smooth or there's something wrong on the computers I have tested the games on. What hardware have you been running the games on? When you say ”extremely smooth” you mean what? To me extremely smooth is 60 frames per second and above.
Janichsan, on 25 March 2013 - 08:14 AM, said:
It's funny to see how the general opinion changes with the time. It's not too long ago that Aspyr's ports were decried as being badly optimised and generally crap while Feral ruled supreme and now it's apparently the other way round (once more). It's even more funny when the same games are used as examples for both opinions.
I agree that Borderlands 1 performs worse than Borderlands 2 — especially with dynamic shadows — but Bioshock 1 and 2 always ran perfectly fine for me, even on far less powerful Macs than my current MBP, as did many other Feral ports, like Deus EX HR, Dirt 2 (although I can only vouch for the demo here), Battlestations Pacific or Batman Arkham Asylum. On the other hand I also know Aspyr ports that simply do not work particularly well, not matter how powerful the Mac is. Prime example would be Civ V, which probably will only be playable on maximum settings on high-end Macs coming out in 2016.
Yes, I agree that's funny. Didn't know that was the case. I'm not saying Aspyr is better in every case. I'm just saying that I really don't like the way Borderlands 1 and Bioshock 1 and 2 performs on the computers I've tried then on. I must admit one of them is a Hackintosh – a quite hefty one even if the processor is a few years old now (Core i7 firstname.lastname@example.org GHz), it also has 12 GB of RAM@1600 GHz and an Nvidia GTX 670 graphics card with 2 GB VRAM. It runs OS X 10.8.3. Should be able to handle all three games maxed out at 1920 x 1080 one would think, no?
Have also been using a MacBook Pro 15-inch (late 2011), the model with ATI 6770M graphics card with 1 GB VRAM. Just tried Borderlands 1 on this one, but remember it felt the same as on the Hackintosh, i.e. only got decent frame rate performance if I turned off shadows, and even then it wasn't optimal.
Djevlen, on 25 March 2013 - 08:31 AM, said:
I have no problem playing civ 5 on max settings on my iMac, I haven't had any trouble with ports from Aspyr or Feral.
What computer do you have and have you got an idea about what the frame rate is?
I think the reason why we have so different opinion on what is performing well and not is because we have different demands.