Lighting Fix / Blur Removal 1.01
Download 1.01 - Lowered character brightness, added more saturation
When I first saw the strategy map and saw that you could rotate and pivot the view around, my first impression was, this looks pretty good for a top down 4x game. But there was one weird thing I began to notice. Characters, buildings, and some other objects on the map and tactical view were all basically lit only at certain angle. Rotate the camera around to the other side and the only thing you can see are heavily shadowed dark figures, as seen here:
Another thing I noticed is how hazy and blurred everything was... it looked upscaled. I'm used to playing stuff at native resolution (who isn't??) on PC, so this bugged me quite a bit. Looking through the code, a full screen blur effect is being applied. Not just bloom, but also blur. As a result, texture detail is smudged out. I get that they wanted to have a dreamy like quality to the graphics but I think it's a bit much.
So what I've done is give the "dark side" an equal amount of lighting as the lit side, and reduced the full screen blur by a significant amount.
Just unzip it all into the <Gamedir>/Gfx/fx/fxo folder replacing the files. Backup the originals if you like.
If you like the super blur/haze look of the original, just don't use the post_hdr.fxo file in my zip.
After installing I recommend using Brightness 58, Contrast 49 in the options. Or tweak til desired.
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