Sacred 2 review: Physx Patch for Geforce graphics cards
The Physx Patch is explicitly intended for Geforce graphics cards only and is said to enhance the visualization of the RPG noticeably. We test how much GPU power is required to display the new effects smoothly and if it is possible to run them with a Radeon graphics card, too.
As we mentioned in our Preview of the Sacred 2 Physx Patch, the update is supposed to become available in late March. A download is supposed to be offered later today. With an version we received in advance, we tested the differences and checked the impact on the performance.
Sacred 2 - Physx Patch: The requirements
In order to use the new Physx effects you have to activate them I the graphics details first. The advice that you need a Geforce 8800 at least should be taken serious. Since Physx is based on CUDA actually any Geforce 8/9 and GTX 200 is able to calculate the effects. But you have to bear in mind that the GPU still has to do the normal graphics calculations. Alternatively you can plug in another Geforce card and use it as an dedicated Physx accelerator.
If you use the Physx System Software 8.09.04 WHQL in combination with an Ageia PPU you can use the additional Physx effects with an Radeon graphics card, too. With a newer version of the Physx software the Ageia card won't work in the game and the CPU has to do the calculations.
Sacred 2 - Physx Patch: The changes
The update enhances the game with additional physics effects that improve the visual appearance of Sacred 2 but don't have an impact on the gameplay. The new features:
- Dynamic wind during bad weather
- Twirling leaves that cast a shadow at night and small stones rolling around
- The character, the Golem and the Giant scorpion whirl up stones as they walk; certain attacks of the two bosses also whirl up debris
- The rocks the Golem has crashing to the ground also send debris and leaves flying around
- Two spells of each character are enhanced with additional Physx effects
- Certain spells affect leaves and stones
- Stones, leaves and particles bounce off surfaces
- Wind also effects the particles of the spells
In our gallery you can find screenshots of all the spells and the enhanced Golem. On the next page we have benchmarks and a course diagram.