Battlefield 2 - EA
The award-winning Battlefield franchise invades the high tech frontlines of modern warfare in the new sequel, Battlefield 2. The game brings the intensity and excitement of Battlefield 1942 into the modern era with enhanced team play and the latest, most technologically advanced vehicles and weapons systems available to man.
I just love what this game can do in terms of gameplay and image quality. We had to use FRAPS to measure the performance and by use of the game command prompt remove a nasty framerate cap. The results do not lie.
Small note: the game by itself does not support these high resolutions, but simply make a little .bat file and insert the following, save this .bat file in the BF2 game directory and startup at the resolution of your choice:
bf2 +menu 1 +szx 2560 +szy 1600 +fullscreen 1
The HiS 1950 Pro Turbo series eat this game alive even in high resolutions. Very nice !
Call of Duty 2
Call Of Duty 2 redefines the cinematic fighting game. It's a complete wargaming experience with more immense, more intense, more realistic battles than ever before. Beautifully rendered graphics, dynamic lighting and shadows, groundbreaking AI, and choice-based gameplay innovations make this the most intense WWII shooter yet. Go online for Axis vs. Allies team-based multiplayer action, building on the intense Call of Duty multiplayer modes.
As a sidenote, we had very weird results with the X1650 series and the Catalyst 7.1 driver as it seems. Performance of these cards with an older or upcoming driver should definitely be better.
Seriously, no game sucks in high resolutions as much as COD2 does when you have AA and AF enabled. You'll need some serious horsepower under that PC hood to be able to push out some decent framerates. However, 1600x1200 is your preferred resolution here and that's just really good for a graphics card in the 200 USD price-range.