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Did someone mentionned Xenoblade Chronicles ?

I mean, if you don't look at the characters themselves, the rest of the game is a monumental graphical feat honestly.



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Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2

Dragon Quest 9

Dragon Quest 5 remake

Rune Factory Frontier

Mario Kart Wii

Xenoblade Chronicles

The World Ends with You

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney trilogy

Radiant Historia

Hotel Dusk

Monster Hunter Tri

Resident Evil 4 Wii (though, I think this game as a whole is a little overrated, but the Wii added something special to it with IR shooting)

Epic Yarn

Muramasa

Super Paper Mario (one of the most underrated Mario games of all time)

Smooth Moves

and I admit Wii Sports and Just Dance series (lots of drunken fun, the only game I ever played as a dating tool)

Little King's Story

I am sure I've forgotten many, because this is the generation I played the most new games, which is funny considering the Gamecube and Wii U generations are the ones I played the least (I've probably already played Switch multiple times more than both combined).



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Alex_The_Hedgehog said:

What games from 7th gen (PS3/360/Wii) had the best graphics?

I'll update this post with a list based on your answers.

Playstation 3:

- Beyond: Two Souls

- Final Fantasy XIII

- God of War Ascension

- Grand Theft Auto V

- Gran Turismo 6

- Journey

- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

- Motorstorm

- Ni No Kuni

- Persona 5

- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

- The Last of Us

- Uncharted 3

Xbox 360:

- Alan Wake

- Bastion

- Braid

- Catherine

- Forza Horizon 2

- Gears of War 3

- Gears of War Judgement

- Halo 4

- Red Dead Redemption

- Rise of the Tomb Raider

Wii:

- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

- Donkey Kong Country Returns

- Kirby Epic Yarn

- Metroid: Other M

- Metroid Prime 3

- Monster Hunter Tri

- Punch-Out!!

- Red Steel 2

- Resident Evil 4

- Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

- Sonic Colors

- Super Mario Galaxy

- Super Mario Galaxy 2

- The Conduit

- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Multiplatform:

- Battlefield 4

- Child of Light

- Crysis 3

- Grand Theft Auto V

- Limbo

- Max Payne 3

- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

- Rayman Legends

- Tomb Raider 2013

Great lists, but a few not included yet that I'd add:

PS3: Killzone 3

360: Forza Horizon 1

Wii: Muramasa, Conduit 2, Jett Rocket, Fast Racing League



curl-6 said:

Great lists, but a few not included yet that I'd add:

PS3: Killzone 3

360: Forza Horizon 1

Wii: Muramasa, Conduit 2, Jett Rocket, Fast Racing League

Killzone 3 is definitely up there. I think 2 is arguably a more cohesively consistent game from an art design point of view, but 3 was definitely more advanced technically.

Guerilla Games is one heck of a studio as far as tech and engine are concerned. Not far behind Naughty Dog (which I consider the gold standard on consoles), if at all.

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Hynad said:
curl-6 said:

Great lists, but a few not included yet that I'd add:

PS3: Killzone 3

360: Forza Horizon 1

Wii: Muramasa, Conduit 2, Jett Rocket, Fast Racing League

Killzone 3 is definitely up there. I think 2 is arguably a more cohesively consistent game from an art design point of view, but 3 was definitely more advanced technically.

Guerilla Games is one heck of a studio as far as tech and engine are concerned. Not far behind Naughty Dog (which I consider the gold standard on consoles), if at all.

I'd even say that so far on PS4, GG has outdone ND.



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I'll do 7th and 8th gen, and whatever Switch is:

7th: Without having given it much thought, my pick goes for The Last of Us. I own PS3 and PS4 versions of this game, and I haven't played the PS3 version for as long as I've owned the PS4 version, so it's possible my memory is flawed, but all of the 7th/8th gen Naughty Dog games were bleeding edge examples of how to best use the hardware at the time. For Wii, I recently played and beat both Mario Galaxy games, the full Metroid Prime Trilogy, and almost finished Skyward Sword (twice), and I think my pick goes to Skyward Sword.

Going into 8th gen, my pick may be for Death Stranding or perhaps Detroit. Red Dead 2 looks great, but it has a lot of visual bugs even still today. I played it again last week to try out the online and I was still having weird issues with my character being lit up from a light source that didn't seem right (and the textures aren't always high res on PS4 Pro at least). Red Dead 2 has such a realistic, massive, open-world area to explore, and the attention to detail is next-level, but best looking game I don't think fits it. There are a lot of really good-looking PS4 games (God of War and Horizon should also be mentioned).

On the Switch (and even on the Wii U), I've always been impressed how Mario Kart 8 runs at 60 FPS 1080p given the detail in pretty much every single one of the tracks, and the number of models on screen at a time. If you want your mind blown, check out the episode of Boundary Break on YT, where they use a hack that allows them to freely control the camera and view the tracks from any angle and distance they like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA1f6jMMu5U



Hynad said:
curl-6 said:

Great lists, but a few not included yet that I'd add:

PS3: Killzone 3

360: Forza Horizon 1

Wii: Muramasa, Conduit 2, Jett Rocket, Fast Racing League

Killzone 3 is definitely up there. I think 2 is arguably a more cohesively consistent game from an art design point of view, but 3 was definitely more advanced technically.

Guerilla Games is one heck of a studio as far as tech and engine are concerned. Not far behind Naughty Dog (which I consider the gold standard on consoles), if at all.

Yeah, while KZ3 was more to my taste artistically, KZ2 was still a considerable technical achievement in its own right, and GG are definitely up there as one of the best devs out there in terms of pushing the technical limits of console hardware.

Also, another one for Multplat; Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2010. Beautiful game.



Mar1217 said:
Did someone mentionned Xenoblade Chronicles ?

I mean, if you don't look at the characters themselves, the rest of the game is a monumental graphical feat honestly.

Graphically that's one of the worse games from the 250-300 I played last generation, its full of jaggies everywhere, bad character models, everything looks horrible the bigger the screen. 

With that said, its still in my top 10 of best games of the past 30 years. Amazing game. I replayed it on wiiU recently.



curl-6 said:
Doctor_MG said:
I'd like to add another Wii game to my list! Originally I had Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Red Steel 2. Both fantastic looking games, but one game I've forgotten about was The Conduit. The game looked surprisingly good for a Wii game, and was comparable to early 360 games.

Yeah, The Conduit and its sequel Conduit 2 are probably the two most graphically advanced games on Wii, pushing a ton of effects rarely seen on the system like normal mapping, depth of field, fluid simulation, etc.

There's not as polished or artistically accomplished as the likes of the Galaxy games or Prime 3, but in terms of technology they pushed the system hard.

Are you guys serious? I love Nintendo, but wii games being in top graphically? They look beyond horrible, jaggies everywhere, bad textures, 480i resolution, which can be updated to 480p if you buy the cable for it, still very far from the typical 640p-720p last generation.

Mario galaxy looked decent, I still love it, but nothing like when Nintendo came with Mario 64 and it was a graphical marvel compared to the ps1, or even the gamecube when it had Mario sunshine and luigi mansion and graphics were really great compared to the ps2.

I don't think Nintendo will ever again be on top of graphics with their new approach. But I thought that's what people want, portability instead of graphics.

With that said the wiiU was the first time I saw beautiful graphics from Nintendo on an HD TV. Games like pikmin 3, Mario 3d, wonderful 101 all look amazing, but then again breath of the wild looks horrible with jaggies being very noticeable. The switch has even less of a chance because even tough its barely any more powerful than a wiiU (which was several times less powerful than ps4), now it competes with xbox X graphics and soon with ps5 graphics, so Nintendo wont even compete in graphics for the foreseeable future.

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curl-6 said:

Also, another one for Multplat; Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2010. Beautiful game.

Dude, how could I forget it?

I played that game back in 2012, I think. And I was really impressed by the visuals. Adding it to the list right now.