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    Phoronix: Nexuiz 2.5 Raises The Bar For Open-Source Gaming

    Nearly a year ago Nexuiz 2.4 was released and it offered impressive graphics along with a new menu design, improved networking performance, reduced memory usage, and many other enhancements to this open-source game. The developers behind this first person shooter have now outdone themselves again with the release of Nexuiz 2.5. This latest release of Nexuiz brings even better graphics capabilities along with a new HUD, network communication improvements that cut the bandwidth in half, smarter bots, even better graphics, and several new maps. In total more than 3,000 changes make up Nexuiz 2.5!

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13667

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    Speechless

    Those screenshots look amazing.

    Once I get my crap hardware updated, this will be the first thing that gets installed. Might send them the money I had set aside for UT3 too.

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    • #3
      Any Jaunty packages?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EmbraceUnity View Post
        Any Jaunty packages?
        I know we're past feature freeze for Jaunty, but I think, given the nature of the package, almost everyone would prefer 2.5 to ship in 9.04

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        • #5
          Perfect timing, Nexuiz 2.5 is now in Git for Phoronix Test Suite 1.8!
          Michael Larabel
          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
            I know we're past feature freeze for Jaunty, but I think, given the nature of the package, almost everyone would prefer 2.5 to ship in 9.04
            Heck, I think we'd all be thrilled with just a .deb or PPA built for Jaunty, even if it didn't make the repo's.

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            • #7
              A really good update. Everything looks so much better. Of course, the increased eye candy means a more hungry game in terms of GPU; my demo runs decreased 10fps on average (more than worth it in my opinion). Very well done game.

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              • #8
                Yay! One of the most addictive games ever!

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                • #9
                  Nice improvement over 2.4 but that engine really could use Id Tech 4 to take it to the next level. No matter how much they improve the Darkplaces engine (based on the old quake 1 engine), it's technology is getting long in the tooth and all the fancy textures and lighting they add still doesn't improve the "straight as a ruler look" gameplay maps.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    Nice improvement over 2.4 but that engine really could use Id Tech 4 to take it to the next level. No matter how much they improve the Darkplaces engine (based on the old quake 1 engine), it's technology is getting long in the tooth and all the fancy textures and lighting they add still doesn't improve the "straight as a ruler look" gameplay maps.
                    Was it open-sourced already?

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                    • #11
                      Wow, Nexuiz looks stunning. I can't believe this game is open source - it makes me so happy . Great job, Alientrap!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        Nice improvement over 2.4 but that engine really could use Id Tech 4 to take it to the next level. No matter how much they improve the Darkplaces engine (based on the old quake 1 engine), it's technology is getting long in the tooth and all the fancy textures and lighting they add still doesn't improve the "straight as a ruler look" gameplay maps.
                        Last time I checked, the "straight as a ruler" look was very popular for these kind of fast FPS. Just look at the popular HOLP mappacks for UT3.

                        Originally posted by r1348 View Post
                        Was it open-sourced already?
                        No...

                        EDIT: Oh, and if it doesn't make Jaunty: www.getdeb.net

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mr_Alien_Overlord View Post
                          Heck, I think we'd all be thrilled with just a .deb or PPA built for Jaunty, even if it didn't make the repo's.
                          I think it's not completely necessary to have a .deb for this. You can just download it and run it from the extracted folder.

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                          • #14
                            The previous version would only run semi-smoothly, on low settings, on my 2003 dinosaur of a PC. Are 2.5's improvements exclusively geared towards making it look pretty on newer hardware, or have there been real efforts to improve the engine's performance on legacy systems?

                            I always found it annoying that a game engine based upon the Quake 1 game engine performed only about half as well as the GPL'd Quake 3 engine does on the same hardware.

                            Glad to hear about the network improvements, though. I lagged like a bitch at the best of times with the previous version (though a fair portion of the blame belongs to Aust's oh-so-brilliant broadband network).

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by etnlWings View Post
                              The previous version would only run semi-smoothly, on low settings, on my 2003 dinosaur of a PC. Are 2.5's improvements exclusively geared towards making it look pretty on newer hardware, or have there been real efforts to improve the engine's performance on legacy systems?
                              I've experienced a great performance improvement.

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