I usually tend to not pay much attention to games that are created around some event, compliment a movie release and such, because usually these are nothing special or interesting and they get released just to fill a gap expanding the franchise. Though there are some rare occasions that such a game may actually turn out to be quite good and interesting to play, unfortunately this is not the case with London 2012: The Official Video Game released about a month ago. So up until now I wasn’t interested in it at all, but in light of the Olympic Games and all the talk about their 3D coverage I’ve decried to finally give the PC version a try, of course in stereoscopic 3D mode.
To my surprise it turned out that the game has native stereoscopic 3D rendering and built-in 3D mode that outputs only in Side by Side format, apparently intended for use on stereoscopic 3D-capable TV sets and not for PC. Actually the game leaves very clear impression that it has been developed with consoles in mind and it has just been ported to PC, and actually without a gamepad you may find it not very comfortable for playing. The good news is that since the game features native stereoscopic 3D rendering and Side by Side output you also get stereoscopic 3D support on the versions intended for consoles such as the PS3 or the Xbox 360. So multiplatform stereoscopic 3D support, though only in Side by Side format where you actually need to sacrifice some of the image quality and sharpness when in 3D mode, due to the lower horizontal resolution that you have for the image that each eye sees. But the graphics of the game itself is nothing special anyway (probably limited due to the console processing power and the need of decent stereo 3D support), though it is still Ok, you might want to crank up that AA a bit higher (at least you can do it on PC, so take advantage from that feature).
So how about not activating the built-in Side by Side 3D mode and instead opting out for rendering the game in stereo 3D mode using 3D Vision? The latest beta video drivers and profile updates don’t show the presence of an official 3D Vision profile for the game, so apparently Nvidia did not bother much with that particular game as well. But having the game supporting native stereoscopic 3D rendering, even when using 3D Vision produces very good stereoscopic 3D effect with no serious issues visible, so you can give it a try if you are a big sports fan and cannot wait for the actual Olympic Games to start in a few days. Someone reported that when running the game in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision you get image seen only in one eye, try changing something in the video settings of the game like the level of AA or the resolution and you should get it rendered normally in both eyes.
The indie game Limbo is something that offers an interesting and very different atmosphere than what we’re used to with most games – it is a dark shadowy puzzle game offering really unique experience, though not everyone may like it. This indie game is definitely something very different from the rest and you should take a look at it if you still haven’t tried it as it has been available for a while now (there is a free demo version available). The game offers supports stereoscopic 3D, though due to the way the game world is presented the 3D effect isn’t that strong as with some other S3D games, though it is still nice.
Originally made available only as a digital download, now Limbo’s developer has released a Special Hard Cover Edition of the game that includes a copy of the game on optical media, along with some extras. You also get a standalone soundtrack by Martin Stig Andersen, seven original art cards, a boy sticker, and a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses along with a free Steam gift key. You can get Limbo Special Hard Cover Edition for $19.99 USD in USA or for 19.99 EUR in Europe, and it still also available as digital download for less than that, but you won’t get the extras this way.
Now, originally the game supports stereoscopic 3D mode with anaglyph 3D output for Red-Cyan glasses, thus such a pair is included in the Special Hard Cover Edition, but you can also play the game with 3D Vision. There is an official Limbo 3D Vision profile available and Nvidia has rated the experience in stereo 3D mode as Excellent. To enable the built-in anaglyph stereoscopic 3D support int he game Limbo you need to press at the same time the following key combination: “SHIFT + 3 + D” and to get back to 2D mode you need to press “SHIFT + 2 + D” on the keyboard. Enabling stereo 3D mode using 3D Vision happens the traditional way – either by pressing the button on the IR emitter (if you have it) or with the “CTRL + T” key combination. To get an idea on what to expect from the stereo 3D mode in the game Limbo, I’ve recorded a short video using 3D Vision with low to moderate depth levels and shared it on YouTube (the clip embedded above). As I’ve said don’t expect too much form the stereo 3D in the game, but it works well and may add an extra level of immersion in this really strange and weird puzzle adventure ahead of you.
I’ve just found a new and interesting game that works really well in stereo 3D mode using 3D Vision. The game is called Choplifter HD an in it you take the role of a rescue pilot asked to join the elite, international helicopter rescue team and in it you will be flying a helicopter doing a bunch of different stuff in more than 30 missions. The game combines things from reality with fantasy elements, and your missions will range from the extraction of captured military prisoners, to saving survivors of viral outbreaks. You will have to bank, hover, touch-down and sometimes even shake zombies from your chopper during lift-off in order to make the rescue and complete your mission. Oh, and there is a lot of shooting you have to do from your chopper, but even more enemies are going to be shooting at you…
Choplifter HD is based on Unreal engine and probably a fairly new version was used, because the game works really well in stereo 3D mode, although there is not yet an official profile for 3D Vision available in the latest drivers. Even without a profile the game looks quite nice in stereo 3D and you can easily crank up the depth level, but the real fun starts when you play a bit with the convergence as the game will look even better in stereoscopic 3D mode. The good thing is that the HUD is rendered in 2D and there aren’t any issues with lights, shadows or any pretty much any of the effects in the game, so you can have some fun playing this game in stereo 3D mode without any issues. You can pick up the game off Steam for $14.99 USD in US or for 9.99 Euro in Europe, but unfortunately there is no demo you can download and try before buying it.