Originally Posted by BensJammin
I think the reason Valve haven't needed to update their engine is because of the clever ways they make their games.
Take the Portal games for example. They don't need flashy graphics etc, they rely on physics, which work REALLY well on the Source engine.
Then there's the L4D series, games designed to look like an old B-Movie (filmgrain etc), plus with L4D it's the whole experience. Play a Versus match on a 10v10 server and I guarantee the last thing you will be saying is 'damn this engine looks old'!!
I must confess that I only just played Half Life 2, Ep 1+2 this year for the first time, and I only got round to playing them because of a review of the Cinematic Mod, and I have to say that I was actually quite impressed with the graphics on this mod considering the age of the games. (actually completed Ep2 today, got massively stuck on the strider battle!!!!!!)
The Source engine does exactly what it says on the tin!
Having said that, Frostbyte does it for me! B:BC2 - Standing inside a building that has just been hit with a rocket, hearing that creaking that only means one thing.... GET THE HELL OUT!!!, unforgettable!!!!!!
What does this have to do with gfx? Im not saying valve games need better gfx, I am just calling them out on their gfx being obsolete which people seems so hesitant to do on this forum.
Also COD is a franchise, their not going to change the game; did SC change the core gameplay of SC2? does CS, CSS and CSGO have any gameplay changes at all? Even BF3 hasnt changed much from BF2. This is because old school fans of the franchise dont want significant changes as long as they add little things they are happy.
The people clamoring for cod to be like bf with vehicles, large maps etc would take away what cod is. Do you see people demanding tanks and large maps be implemented in counterstrike? I do agree cod has killed it with their yearly releases though.
btw I am not a cod fan, I never liked them even cod4. I am a long time battlefield fan, and not one of those people who migrated over yelling cod sux, battlefield u can do airstrikes!