Conventional wisdom suggests that putting more pixels in a video game would make it look better, but some users are saying that's not the case for N.O.V.A. 3 on Apple's third-generation iPad.
According to forum-goers over at Neogaf, iPad 2 users ended up with a better looking version of Gameloft's latest first-person shooter than those running the game on third-generation iPad hardware. They've even gone through the effort of taking some screenshots to prove it.
The new game, which takes place in the bombed out ruins of San Francisco, runs in the new iPad's 2048 by 1536 pixel resolution. And apparently Gameloft traded off some of the graphical effects in the name of performance to make that happen. That includes a depth of field effect that selectively blurs parts of the screen, as well as various lighting and particle effects that add extra detail to the game world. These show up on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, but not the latest iPad.
The end results are noticeable when put side to side, as Neogaf member Dacvak has done. For instance, in the below series of shots, smoke and fire are seen funneling out of damaged buildings, whereas it's nowhere to be seen on the third-g... [Read more]