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Dark Souls 2 comparison video: Xbox 360 vs. PC at 1080p

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Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition was a bad port of a brilliant game. Dark Souls 2, on the other hand, is a well-made PC port (even super-modder Durante thinks so). But just hearing that isn't enough: how much better does it look on PC than on consoles?

To find out, we made this video of side-by-side comparisons between the Xbox 360 version and the PC version running at 1080p, with all settings set to max, on the Large Pixel Collider. Let the footage be the judge—which do you think looks better?

Pixel Boost: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

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Twice a month Wes guides you through the hacks, tricks, and mods you'll need to run a classic PC game on Windows 7/8. Each Pixel Boost guide comes with a free side of 4K screenshots from the LPC celebrating the graphics of PC gaming's past. This week: Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

When it comes to Star Wars games, they don't make 'em like they used to. In the late 90s and early 2000s, the Dark Forces and Jedi Knight series married fun first-person action—full of iconic weapons and sound effects—with stories and characters from a larger fictional world. Kyle Katarn! Mara Jade! Luke Skywalker! They were all there, and the games they were in were good. After the first two Dark Forces, LucasArts handed the reigns to Raven Software, who amped up the lightsaber combat and multiplayer. All of the Jedi Knight games are available on Steam, so I relived my childhood Star Wars fandom with Jedi Outcast and took 25 4K screenshots in the process.

Dark Souls 2 4K screenshots

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Dark Souls II is a gorgeous game. Except when it's an ugly game. It's a little weird that way—some environments are absolutely breathtaking, while others stand out with dated, blocky geometry. This gallery mostly reflects the former, capturing some of Dark Souls II's most breathtaking vistas and immaculate art direction. There are no bosses or secrets in sight, so don't fear spoilers.

The theme of this gallery is "stoic." Or perhaps "pensive." Or "ooh, pretty lighting." Now feast your eyes on 40 screenshots captured at 3840x2160.


Pixel Boost: Unreal Tournament 2004 at 4K

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Twice a month Wes guides you through the hacks, tricks, and mods you'll need to run a classic PC game on Windows 7/8. Each Pixel Boost guide comes with a free side of 4K screenshots from the LPC celebrating the graphics of PC gaming's past. This week: Unreal Tournament 2004 turns 10.

Unreal Tournament 2004 turned a decade old in March. There's still nothing as thrillingly tense as an Instagib match on Facing Worlds, nothing as smooth and satisfying as snatching up a Flak Cannon and instantly turning someone into flying giblets with a spread of molten shrapnel. It's just as much fun as you remember, and the online scene still has active servers hosting fast-paced multiplayer matches today. Even better, Unreal Tournament 2004 installs and runs like a champion on modern Windows, and I've got 34 4K screenshots to prove it.

The Elder Scrolls Online screenshots: maxed settings at 7680x1440 on LPC

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The Elder Scrolls Online is currently live for those who preordered, and what better way to celebrate than with ridiculous screenshots from the Large Pixel Collider? We took a trip through Tamriel that spanned three 1440p monitors, using the LPC's four Nvidia GTX Titans to take some gorgeous panorama shots from the game. Here are some of our favorites.

How we capture 4K screenshots and video on the Large Pixel Collider

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Wes and Tyler reveal the secrets of how they record ludicrously high resolution video and screenshots on the Large Pixel Collider.


Every map in Titanfall: maxed settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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This week we've reviewed Titanfall, evaluated Titanfall's server status, snapped some Titanfall GIFs, and complained about Titanfall's absurd hard drive footprint. Now we turn our attention to the game's 15 maps, rendered at high-res on the LPC.


The mouse of the Large Pixel Collider

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We've picked a mouse worthy of plugging into our $10,000 super-rig, the Large Pixel Collider.


Thief gameplay video: maxed settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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The Large Pixel Collider—our "ridiculously overpowered because we can" super machine—considered mining Bitcoin for a while, but with that mountain crumbling, it's taken to indiscriminately swiping shiny objects in Thief. We sneaked into its clock tower lair to capture some video at 1440p with the settings cranked as high as they go.


Titanfall is a 21GB download, 48 GB installed

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If you plan on playing Titanfall on a laptop or want to install it on a solid state hard drive, you might need to prepare in advance for the game’s March 11 release date. Responding to a question from a fan, Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella said on Twitter that the PC version of Titanfall’s will be a 21 gigabyte download, and will take up a whopping 48 gigabyte when installed.


Titanfall beta gameplay video: maxed settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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Never mind that I'm such a bad shot I couldn't hit the side of a giant mech—here's the Titanfall beta in glorious 1440p with the settings cranked as high as they go, recorded on the Large Pixel Collider, our four-Titan Voltron which we built with help from Digital Storm and disrespect for the natural order.


Happy Valentine's Day from the Large Pixel Collider

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That's right, the most powerful gaming PC known to mankind cares about you. Or rather, is willing to spare a few of its computing cycles to give you special consideration—certainly more than it gives most humans. It's pretty busy spanning massive Titanfall images across three 1440p monitors, or rendering Metro: Last Light video at ridiculous image quality. But it's still thinking of you, with at least one of its four GTX Titans, and it wants you to be its valentine. Because it loves you with every megabyte of its RAM, puny human.


Titanfall screenshots: max settings at 7680x1440 on LPC

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The Titanfall beta is live (read and watch our impressions), and what better PC to run it on than our own Large Pixel Collider, with its four GeForce GTX Titans? We actually only powered up two of the Titans for this battle (a long story involving watt meters and circuit breakers), but that didn't stop us from spanning three 1440p monitors for a total resolution of 7680x1440.


The Elder Scrolls Online gameplay video: maxed settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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The Elder Scrolls Online is a gorgeous game, so much so that we had to see how it looks on the Large Pixel Collider. We cranked every setting to maximum, but it was no match for the world's most dangerous gaming rig. Here are the results, along with gameplay impressions from Editor-in-chief Evan Lahti and Managing Editor Cory Banks.

Tomb Raider screenshots: running the classic at 2400x1800 on LPC

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The Lara Croft of 2014 may have fancy TressFX hair and a killer bow, but we still have fond memories of the original Lara, who fearlessly explored mysterious and oppressive tombs way back in '96. The rebooted Tomb Raider's Definitive Edition may be a console exclusive, but we say the definitive Tomb Raider has been on PC for 18 years.

To prove that the sunglass-wearing Lara looks as sharp as ever, we grabbed Tomb Raider 1+2+3 from GOG and installed the games on the Large Pixel Collider. The LPC deemed Tomb Raider's original resolution unworthy, however, and opted to run the game at 2400x1800–about 3.5 million more pixels than the Voodoo graphics cards of the '90s were used to pushing. We left everything else about the game pure and unmodified. No mods. No texture packs. Original 4:3 aspect ratio.


Next Car Game's vehicular destruction in 11 GIFs

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Things we're bad at: driving cars in Next Car Game, staying on the track for more than five seconds. Things we're great at: Flipping, barrel rolling, and straight-up wrecking cars in Next Car Game. Is it a skill, or an astonishing lack of skill? Either way, it turns out annihilating automobiles in Next Car Game, which is currently on Steam Early Access, is more fun than racing them. The cars crunch and shred and break into so many wonderful pieces, we had to record their destruction in animated GIF form.

Thanks to the physics processing prowess of the Large Pixel Collider, we could record at 1080p and 60fps while barrels and tires and bumpers bounced across the screen. We've compiled our 11 favorite crashes below, but don't worry about them taking forever to load. They're embedded in HTML5 video form, which can compress a chunky 14MB GIF into a digestible two megs. Give 'em a click for a larger version and a link to the original GIF.


The Large Pixel Collider: now with audio

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Funny story: the Large Pixel Collider demanded such overwhelming graphical power in its towering shell (four Nvidia GTX Titans) and so much piping to keep the liquid coolness flowing, we ran out of space for a sound card. While our eyes were being treated to 11 million pixels spread across three monitors, our ears were feeling left out.


The Large Pixel Collider: now with monitors

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As funny as this sounds, when we built our absurd gaming supercomputer, the LPC, we actually hadn't picked out what displays we were going to use. We knew that 4K was our minimum goal, but many companies remain at the prototype stage for their 4K monitors.


Max Payne 3 gameplay video: maxed settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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The Large Pixel Collider—if you haven't already been introduced to it through the faint but ominous humming that now haunts your dreams—is the most powerful gaming PC we've ever built. With four Nvidia GTX Titans and an irresponsible surplus of everything else, we're using the LPC to capture gameplay footage of supreme quality, with ambitions to go beyond 4K and into a resolution super-realm populated by beings of pure light energy.


How much does the Large Pixel Collider cost?

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After we unveiled the Large Pixel Collider to the world, one of the first questions we received was, "Where did you get the cash for that sweet rig, brah?" And while we can't reveal just how many of our own organs we've sold to black market buyers, we can tell you how much each part costs, in this handy dandy video. We even use Monopoly money to illustrate the point, because it may be the only money we have left.