Beyond Enemy Lines (BEL) is an old style shooter without much compromises to mordern and "easy" gameplay. There is no autoheal or autoaim, no unnececary tool tips or anything of this. BEL has the DNS of IGI deep in its veins. But some changes are necessary, the AI is a lot more intelligent and dynamic as in the original IGI, so additional cover is needed, something that was barely visible in Project IGI – vegetation!
Let’s take a look how the vegetation changed the missions and the gameplay on Trainyard.
As seen in picture 1, the buildings and the layout are oft he same style and in the same location. Besides some grass and bushes a tree was added to block the view to water tower. This was made to block the view oft he sniper that is located on top of this tower. Otherwise it was possible that he would kill you right at the mission start.
Picture 2 is taken below the water tower from picture 1. There are some new rocks and bushes added to block the lines of view for possible attacking soldiers coming out of the barracks.
On top of the water tower (3) you can see that a big tree was added in the center. This will blook the line of sights oft he sniper if you are sneeking behind the barracks and try to pass the checkpoint, also it blocks your way tot he guard in the small control building. This on tree changes the kind of progressing compared tot he original IGI drasticly. Now you have to take out the guard in the control building on a different way.
The area behind the barracks (4) which is covered by the big tree in picture 3 provides also additional cover with several bushes and objects which allows the player to sneak near the control building but it lacks of cover fort he guard in the tower. So you maybe take the guard out before you go this way.
Also at the mission exit (5) is some additional cover in the new version of Trainyard.
What vegetation provides cover and how ist he impact on the performance?
The default grass does not provide any cover, if you crouch in the grass you are always visible fort he enemy. Some higher bushes and trees provides cover, while bushes only block the line of sight, tree trunks obviously block also bullets.
To allow you to play the game on lower end PC’s you have the choice to lower the foliage quality:
This will remove some or all (if turned off) grass and bushes. This will only affect outside areas whicht low to zero enemy population. So probably areas whicht are more or less used just to run trough to a certain location. In hotzones (where mission targets are and the most gamplay will take place) only the grass is removed and all important bushes will be still available and provide cover. Trees are never affected by these changes.
So even if you have a slower PC, you won’t have a that big disadvantage.
What do you think about this?