Since I missed my last Caspian screenshot opportunities, I thought I'd make up for it with taiga. It really doesn't waste any time giving you things to see and talk about.
The colors are overall more subdued... but somehow they wind up looking more alive, more essential. When you're looking around, the light is quite dynamic, depending a lot on elevation and angle. These scenes are ever-evolving as you move through them and it's such a treat to see. It's all about the transitions. Not just light to shadow, but the unfurling of light through air and across surfaces. The bleed and directionality. I'm gonna pick at it later, but you don't even notice these things directly. It's a bit confusing at first. I've played this game a good dozen times at least and I felt like I was getting lost, seeing these places this way. It felt like things got moved around. But at the same time, it is just so intuitive. Jamais vu. Spooky stuff. That's how you know, though. I've had several Stephen King moments, where I was convinced I didn't know where I was when I did. The entire gestalt gets flipped, it has so much impact.
Agh, it's so hard for me to portray what makes it such a magical experience. If you can get it running at around 80fps and manage to just explore and look around, you can't tell me it's not taking you places. The DLSS is a big part of the impact, too. I would describe it as being fairly lossy, in a different sense. The way it alters information in the image brings out some smaller details while smoothing and defining stark edges. It contributes a lot to this extra suspension of disbelief. Like I've said before, it's a concession for sure, but incidentally a very worthwhile one. Even at 1080p.
That's the big takeaway. What this stuff all does best is peel back a good chunk of your burden to your own suspension of disbelief. The imagery will take you there. It becomes apparent immediately. Like, it really just hits you. Kind of slaps you across the face with a very inviting illusion.
There's so much more to show. I have a lot of screenshots to get through first, though.