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Forza Horizon 4. The different season in that game look spectacular. The Fall season is my favorite. This is me playing on the original Xbox One. I would love to see it on the Xbox One X or PC. 



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I'll take the question as all time. One of the only times I was truly just floored by the graphics was CoD 4: Modern Warfare. I couldn't believe what I was seeing!



I was stunned by Octopath Traveler.



Going back further than just "the last time"...

"Wow, I can't believe a video game can look like this!"

- Donkey Kong Country

- Mario 64

- Rogue Squadron II

- Gears of War

- Crysis

- Uncharted 2

- Metro Exodus (Maxed out and raytraced on PC)

Honourable mentions/Extremely impressive for the hardware they're running on:

- DKC 2 & 3 (SNES)

- Banjo Kazooie (N64)

- Starfox 64 (N64)

- Resident Evil 4 (GC/PS2)

- F-Zero GX (GC)

- Rogue Squadron III (GC)

- Doom 3 (Xbox)

- Conker Live & Reloaded (Xbox)

- God of War 1 & 2 (PS2)

- Gears 2/3/Judgement (360)

- Halo 4 (360)

- God of War 3/Ascension (PS3)

- Uncharted 3 (PS3)

- TLOU (PS3)

- Killzone 3 (PS3)

- Doom 2016 (Switch)

- Hellblade (Switch)

Last edited by curl-6 - on 15 May 2019

Hellblade Senua's sacrifice. Playing it now.

Character detail and facial animations... Amazing. Only playing on the one S with hdr.

Even more impressive given the size of the team... At the time.



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IkePoR said:
TranceformerFX said:

Huh? Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey?

Not Red Dead 2?

Not Horizon Zero Dawn?

Not GTAV?

Not Witcher 3?

Not Fallout 4?

C'mon man... Take off your Nintendo glasses... Breath of the Wild/Mario was not "surprising" on either rendering OR visual fidelity... Least of all when you compare them to the games above...

Pixels aren't everything, friend.  

Thread Title: When Was The Last Time The Graphics Of A Game Surprised Title

Then what the f**k are we talking about? Graphically speaking, all of the games I've mentioned are better than Zelda/Mario.

Now, if you prefer Zelda's/Mario's "artistic" style - then more power to you. But preference doesn't trump fact. Now, if he had said "Coming from Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild was what surprised me the most". But he didn't, so I only have assumptions at to what he's comparing Breath of the Wild/Odyssey to - which is why I named that list of games.



TranceformerFX said:
IkePoR said:

Pixels aren't everything, friend.  

Thread Title: When Was The Last Time The Graphics Of A Game Surprised Title

Then what the f**k are we talking about? Graphically speaking, all of the games I've mentioned are better than Zelda/Mario.

Now, if you prefer Zelda's/Mario's "artistic" style - then more power to you. But preference doesn't trump fact. Now, if he had said "Coming from Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild was what surprised me the most". But he didn't, so I only have assumptions at to what he's comparing Breath of the Wild/Odyssey to - which is why I named that list of games.

Eh... graphics are normally used to refer to a game's visuals as a whole. If a specific art style of a game impressed you, you're entitled to say the graphics surprised you. Stop trying to put words in other people's mouths, everyone's entitled to their own opinions.



TranceformerFX said:
IkePoR said:

Pixels aren't everything, friend.  

Thread Title: When Was The Last Time The Graphics Of A Game Surprised Title

Then what the f**k are we talking about? Graphically speaking, all of the games I've mentioned are better than Zelda/Mario.

Now, if you prefer Zelda's/Mario's "artistic" style - then more power to you. But preference doesn't trump fact. Now, if he had said "Coming from Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild was what surprised me the most". But he didn't, so I only have assumptions at to what he's comparing Breath of the Wild/Odyssey to - which is why I named that list of games.

In addition to what Mzuzek said, "what surprised you the most" is fundamentally a question dependent on an individual's subjective perception. A game having more polygons and pixels may not necessarily mean it evoked a stronger response.



curl-6 said:
TranceformerFX said:

Thread Title: When Was The Last Time The Graphics Of A Game Surprised Title

Then what the f**k are we talking about? Graphically speaking, all of the games I've mentioned are better than Zelda/Mario.

Now, if you prefer Zelda's/Mario's "artistic" style - then more power to you. But preference doesn't trump fact. Now, if he had said "Coming from Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild was what surprised me the most". But he didn't, so I only have assumptions at to what he's comparing Breath of the Wild/Odyssey to - which is why I named that list of games.

In addition to what Mzuzek said, "what surprised you the most" is fundamentally a question dependent on an individual's subjective perception. A game having more polygons and pixels may not necessarily mean it evoked a stronger response.

Then....are we going off of anecdotal experiences? "A game having more polygons and pixels may not necessarily mean it evoked a stronger response."

But what does feelings and emotional response have to with anything? Emotional attachment doesn't give an argument or opinion any more weight in your favor. If we're talking "visual response" then I even have a harder time of believing Breath of the Wild/Odyssey being more "visually responsive" than other games that have been released before it's time.

The reason why I brought up "artistic style" was because Breath of the Wild was incredibly artistic in it's graphic style. Alot like Borderlands let's say. But it's just not comparable to other games that's more viable for a "surprise" factor like the thread title implicits. And I was flabbergasted to his response is all. 



TranceformerFX said:
curl-6 said:

In addition to what Mzuzek said, "what surprised you the most" is fundamentally a question dependent on an individual's subjective perception. A game having more polygons and pixels may not necessarily mean it evoked a stronger response.

Then....are we going off of anecdotal experiences? "A game having more polygons and pixels may not necessarily mean it evoked a stronger response."

But what does feelings and emotional response have to with anything? Emotional attachment doesn't give an argument or opinion any more weight in your favor. If we're talking "visual response" then I even have a harder time of believing Breath of the Wild/Odyssey being more "visually responsive" than other games that have been released before it's time.

The reason why I brought up "artistic style" was because Breath of the Wild was incredibly artistic in it's graphic style. Alot like Borderlands let's say. But it's just not comparable to other games that's more viable for a "surprise" factor like the thread title implicits. And I was flabbergasted to his response is all. 

Feelings and emotional response have everything to do with it. Surprise is not an objective measurement, it's a feeling. What triggers it varies from person to person based on their own subjective perception.

Heck, maybe the poster simply doesn't game on PS4 and didn't play the games you listed.