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Watch the Unreal Engine 3 'Samaritan' tech demo

The gorgeous Unreal Engine 3 tech demo 'Samaritan' shown off at GDC 2011 is now available in handy video form for all to enjoy.

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Epic Games has released a video version of its gorgeous new Unreal Engine 3 tech demo, named Samaritan, which it debuted at the Game Developers Conference last week.

The sumptuous demo, which was running in real-time at the conference, shows off new engine features and gives a look at what Epic says it "wants to see in the next generation of games."

Samaritan takes advantage of DirectX 11 features including tessellation and displacement, multisampled textures and Shader Model 5. It also uses subsurface scattering, Nvidia's Apex dynamics, Bokeh depth of field, image-based reflections, and other fancy technical wizzbangs and doohickeys.

Don't get too excited just yet, as the "next generation" part is key. While Epic did run the demo in real-time, it took a beastly PC with three GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards--the cheapest models of which cost around $500 apiece.

However, the features are now available to all developing with Unreal Engine 3, including in the latest version of the free Unreal Development Kit.

From The Chatty
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    March 9, 2011 8:45 AM

    Comment on Watch the Unreal Engine 3 'Samaritan' tech demo, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 9, 2011 8:48 AM

      Summary: Pretty things from Epic! It's what they hope games will look like. Games on Unreal Engine 3, at least.

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      March 9, 2011 8:52 AM

      That was sweet.

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      March 9, 2011 9:01 AM

      looks awesome.

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      March 9, 2011 9:09 AM


      Does it make the protagonist more cool if they smoke? Really?

      Where I live, we are down to 10% of adults smoking. In my office of around 50-60 workers we have 2 people who smoke. These games are generally played by teens/young adults who are more prone to picking it up. Do we really need to show this kind of garbage? I don't understand why the latest series of games, have featured leads who smoke.

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        March 9, 2011 9:13 AM

        I imagine it allowed them to show off an effect or two that they wanted. That way they get the smoke trail effects as well as the (light emitting?) particles from his lighter toward the end. It made his entry pretty bad ass as well.

        Relying on media for a healthy message about smoking is a losing battle. It's best done by parents.

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        March 9, 2011 9:15 AM

        Do you want to play games, watch movies and read books about people from your office? Apart from the two cool motherfuckers who smoke.

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        March 9, 2011 9:17 AM

        I think it's definitely useful in trying to establish a character. In this day and age where anti-smoking sentiment is shoved down everyone's throats, I think kids are just as likely to be influenced by this character killing the shit out of some cops. Kids know smoking is dangerous and stupid, it's impossible for them to avoid being told that.

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        March 9, 2011 9:48 AM

        Yes, smoking does make you cool. You should try it sometime.

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        March 9, 2011 9:55 AM

        I think there's some recent legislation being debated in the states that would make any movie with a smoker for a main character be classified as 'restricted', regardless of the actual content of the movie. I only heard a bit of it being discussed on CBC radio a week or two ago, so I missed the finer details.

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          March 9, 2011 8:26 PM

          This idea has been floating around for a while and will most likely never come to pass, thankfully.

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        March 9, 2011 9:58 AM

        The protagonist also throws his cigs on the street instead of in a proper receptacle. That really has my blood boiling.

        The killing police officers thing is cool though. Currently no workers in my office do that but hopefully some will pick it up.

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        March 9, 2011 10:00 AM

        Are you serious? Games don't raise kids, parents do.

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          March 10, 2011 9:45 AM

          Yeah, because as we all know, kids aren't influenced by games and movies!

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        March 9, 2011 10:00 AM

        Yeah I'd just PEE on that guy his head instead.

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        March 9, 2011 10:02 AM

        Please don't turn this into a smoking related argument with this video... This happened at Kotaku, who gives a crap if the guys smoking. It's about this awesome video....... You should take up smoking, what do you really have to live for? Kids, your wife/husband, getting old and crippled? :P Go ahead light up!

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        March 9, 2011 10:49 AM

        Yes, people that smoke look cooler. Deal with it. Humprey Bogart example:
        http://lifewithpaws.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/bogart-humphrey-photo-humphrey-bogart-6204571.jpg

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          March 9, 2011 11:52 AM

          smokey, like a fire breathing dragon. i am impressed by french inhales and smoke rings.

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        March 9, 2011 11:42 AM

        I liked hearing about the concept in Vanquish where a lit cigarette would fool enemy heat sensors.

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        March 9, 2011 11:59 AM

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        March 9, 2011 12:04 PM

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        March 9, 2011 1:11 PM

        Yeah. Smoking is anything but cool. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

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        March 9, 2011 1:20 PM

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        March 9, 2011 1:25 PM

        Because Ayn Rand said it made you more rational.

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          March 9, 2011 2:03 PM

          and then she got lung cancer and used her husband's last name to mooch off the social welfare she spent her life condemning. booooouuuurrrrrrn.

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        March 9, 2011 3:35 PM

        What I think is interesting is that the guy executed a bunch of cops, and you didn't even bat an eye.

        But the smoking bothers you????


        And if you think about it. He's prb a criminal and criminals are more likely to smoke. It's just being realistic. And it looks kewl.

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        March 9, 2011 3:39 PM

        It's more like smoking is a really easy way for characters to emote. It's the non-verbal "Mad World."

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          March 9, 2011 9:25 PM

          This post is too well thought and doesn't have enough hyperbole.

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          March 9, 2011 10:45 PM

          The non-verbal "Mad World"? "Moonlight Sonata".

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        March 9, 2011 3:42 PM

        smoking is cool as hell and always will be

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        March 9, 2011 8:46 PM

        bugs me too. Is a dumb habit that should die and I'm against the use of it as an indicator of cool. Not to the point of restricting free speech, I just wish people wouldn't do it.

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        March 9, 2011 9:33 PM

        For the record smoking definitely makes him look cool.

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        March 9, 2011 11:34 PM

        Hey, that was medicinal! You want him to suffer?

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      March 9, 2011 11:48 AM

      The cops kinda looked like Combine soldiers to me.

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        March 9, 2011 2:51 PM

        Which makes this a probable teaser for half life 3 ?! .... OMGOMGOMG!!!

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      March 9, 2011 9:15 PM

      I want MOVIES like this.

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      March 9, 2011 9:18 PM

      That looks phenomenal.

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      March 9, 2011 10:03 PM

      I wonder what game this will turn into. They demoed UE2 features with many Gears assets before the game was announced. I imagine this is a similar way to tease/introduce new IP.

      From 2004 (two years before Gears of War)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m7T5ay_8DI

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        March 9, 2011 10:21 PM

        oh man, the best part about going back and watching this video is that gears pretty much looks like that. if this new video is accurate, in two years we're all going to be playing cgi movies christ.

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          March 9, 2011 10:37 PM

          except then they had new hardware on the horizon. we havent heard anything about any new consoles. fail

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        March 10, 2011 12:05 AM

        God, I remember going to an UE3 demo at E3 in 2004 or 2005 and being utterly blown away. If this new version looks as good as the Samaritan demo it's going to be gorgeous, not to mention it will probably let Epic keep their lead in licensing their engine.

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      March 10, 2011 4:50 AM

      What was he doing with the chain, during the beginning of the movie? Was he trying to get into a Strip club without paying the fees?

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        March 10, 2011 4:55 AM

        That's what puzzles me. Why does this character with such powers need to blowtorch the chain?

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