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Natural & Realistic Lighting for Watch_Dogs

Discussion in 'Game Tweaks and Modifications' started by Danvsw, May 6, 2016.

  1. Danvsw

    Danvsw Active Member

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    Nice. Thanks for the confirmation.
    Added it to the full version in the OP and I'll update the other versions too.
     
  2. mlleemiles

    mlleemiles Master Guru

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    Do you happen to just know about cloud.lib editing? Might wanna share with us?
     
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    Danvsw Active Member

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    Nah it's not a cloud.lib edit, I did it by replacing the cloud textures in graphics\_textures\sky folders with blank textures.
     
  4. TheCrasher

    TheCrasher Master Guru

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    Duuuuuuuude! This looks sweet great job man!
     

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    Danvsw great job. Can you please share the vegetation mod (stand alone)?
     
  6. Danvsw

    Danvsw Active Member

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    Thanks mate!

    Thanks and sure, here you go [link]
     
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    Danvsw, what exactly did you change of vegetation? Can you please upload comparison pics?
     
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    puredorian Master Guru

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    Thanks for standalone, vegetation looks awesome, huge improvement over vanilla, it's more clear, like HD, sharp(no blurry) and has more color in it.

    Really nice work :)
     
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    thanks for your job, but above all for your selflessness.
     
  10. Danvsw

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    Thanks mate glad you liked it.

    No problem mate, I try.

    By the way, I noticed I've made a small mistake and mixed up a couple of files in the original standalone, I've corrected this and uploaded it again here:

    Modified Vegetation Standalone

    Alright, I've been meaning to do this so here it is;
    Basically most of the vegetation was too bright for my liking, sticking out everywhere like a sore thumb, so I made the textures darker.
    In the case of the grass, I replaced it with another grass texture that had a better color as well as sharpening and made it darker.
    Admittedly, the grass became too dark in certain areas and times of day, but I felt it was worth it overall.

    Here's a comparison:

    [​IMG]

    And another one, a bit more subtle (bottom is original):

    [​IMG]

    With the case of trees, it was a bit more complicated as their colors are controlled by materials. Trying to make their textures darker wasn't working well.
    So with the help of infiniium's posts, I used hex editing to change the color values of the trees that stuck out (red, yellow, bright green) to the color values of the deep green colored trees, which blended best with the environment and the lighting, and did not stick out as much.
    Some trees were alright so I didn't touch them, but basically I made most of the trees green.

    Comparison (left is original):

    [​IMG]

    Also, I replaced the maple leaf texture (mipster-maple_a_hd_d.xbt) with a regular leaf texture because I didn't like how the maple leaves looked like from a distance, graphically.
    This of course is just my personal preference, if you prefer the trees the way they were, here's my modified vegetation with vanilla trees version:
    Modified Vegetation Standalone with Vanilla Trees
     
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    Awesome, thank you for the screenshots! They're just what I was asking.

    I'm really loving the new color for grass (vanilla's looks indeed very cartoonish), but I beg to differ about the beauty of trees. I really like how they look in vanilla (maple leafs and colors look astonishing to my eyes), so I won't use your mod unless you make a version with vanilla's trees + modified grass.
     
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    txgt Master Guru

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    I like Vanilla trees too, so it would be great to have grass & bushes only mod.
     
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    Not a problem, like I said, the materials are the tree files and the changed maple texture is "mipster-maple_a_hd_d.xbt".
    Here's a standalone that contains the vanilla versions of those tree files [link].
     
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    nz3777 Ancient Guru

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    I played the 1st 10 minutes of this game before I got sick to my stomach, same ol crap all over again! Nothing about this game stands-out to me or is original in a sence to bring something new to the gamer ( us ) . Lots of games look good as does this one but I just cannot stay interested ( story wise) going around hacking into peoples phones-What is so fun about that???
     
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    It's fine, everyone have its own taste, move on and continue searching for a game that you like, the are plenty these days, this one simply isn't for you. :)
     

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    Thanks to you we have now the "real" WD, as It should have been at launch.

    There is only one thing I miss. A bit of Gaussian Bloom, to make shops, lights and ads spread a few light at night.

    You can do it with reshade in "Shaders_by_Ioxa.cfg". With SweetFX it's named "gaussian blur".

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Danvsw

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    Appreciate the compliment mate.
    About the light halos, technically it's there but really subtle, as can be seen in this image https://flic.kr/p/EgoxHh
    This is because I used a bloom.lib with reduced bloom (by txgt), I personally prefer it that way.

    However if you want you can use the original TheWorse bloom.lib for a much more noticeable effect, like so:

    [​IMG]

    You can get it here [link].
     
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    Could I get a standalone download for the vegetation in this mod?
    I would like to throw it into my mod.
     
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