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OpenLara (Tomb Raider) has been ported to Game Boy Advance

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Azelover

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Are you sure this is really running on GBA hardware?
 
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Some devs like putting limitations on themselves to see how far they can squeeze a system. I'm a dev myself, not as crazy or talented as those who did this port, but I can imagine how gratifying it was to make this work.

Are you sure this is really running on GBA hardware?
Download the ROM and try it for yourself. :)
 

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Are you sure this is really running on GBA hardware?
Video is from Xproger, the OpenLara author. He has ported the engine to many platforms already, including Dreamcast, 3DO, Windows Mobile, etc.

He wants to port it to Nintendo 64 as well.
 
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You see that opposing fanboys. The GBA was only using a fraction of its POWAH!



But on a more serious note It would be cool in like 20yrs somone ports RDR2 to the switch or somthing.
 
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Port has been in development for some time already, but the latest release really improved things to a playable state. Three levels can be completed, I guess this is limited by the 32MB cartridge.

Probably the best 3D graphics ever seen on Game Boy Advance and decent performance.

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Better than the Saturn.
Saturn TR has higher draw distances than PS1 and also water distortions PS1 doesn't have, though it does perform worse overall (but not as bad as some sections here that have even further reduced draw distance).

It did release first on Saturn, maybe cutting those was part of the optimization it would have had to maintain performance if it released later as well (even later Saturn region releases are identical). Saturn @ the top:


Bad quality images (photos?) and the PS images are, I think, from backwards compatible PlayStations that enhance the image, but that's not what they're showing here anyway, the draw distance is pretty obvious 🤷‍♂️
 
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I did a quick playthrough on DS Lite. One of these days I have to assemble the Open Source Game Boy Advance Consolizer. I have all the parts parked for months already.
 

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Saturn TR has higher draw distances than PS1 and also water distortions PS1 doesn't have, though it does perform worse overall (but not as bad as some sections here that have even further reduced draw distance).

It did release first on Saturn, maybe cutting those was part of the optimization it would have had to maintain performance if it released later as well (even later Saturn region releases are identical). Saturn @ the top:


Bad quality images (photos?) and the PS images are, I think, from backwards compatible PlayStations that enhance the image, but that's not what they're showing here anyway, the draw distance is pretty obvious 🤷‍♂️
Saturn has also the lighting system completely cut off compared the psx. I don't think a further optimization would have improved a lot the actual performance, it's not a real 3d machine, it's already outstanding what they have achieved.
 
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I saw the 3DO version some weeks ago, it's a very impressive project. Ultimately, Tomb Raider ran on a Ngage, so...
N-Gage is a FAR more powerful device tho. ARM9 at 104MHz, instead of ARM7 (with a few extensions) at 16MHz.

And this is a rewritten/improved engine from scratch. N-Gage game is the Playstation game as is, the C code converted into ARM, BIOS calls patched and the GTE stuff into a software renderer.

Ideaworks 3D did a Windows Mobile port as well, more interesting than the N-Gage one I'd say.
 
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Wow, that's crazy impressive. This would have done really well if anyone could have managed it back then.

The name of the port needs some work, though...
 

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Ok, that’s kind of mindblowing actually. Not only the 3d graphics, but also the voice-acting and orchestral soundtrack.

This also makes me wonder what kind of magic would be possible with other retro systems. If the GBA is capable of running (close to) PS1 level graphics, does this mean the PS1 or N64 for example could also do things we thought impossible until now?
 
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