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What games impressed you with their graphics on release, but you think look terrible in hindsight? 

Last edited by Cerebralbore101 - on 09 May 2021

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Mortal Kombat- The mocap stuff was nifty at the time, but sprites aged much better.
FF7- The out of battle character models are kind of ugly. Sort of ugly in a charming bulldog kind of way, but ugly nevertheless.
Skyward Sword- Not quite ugly but I originally played this on a 480p TV and it looked good. When you try it on a larger higher resolution TV the flaws become much more noticeable.



Super Mario 64



Gameplay > Graphics

Substance > Style

Art Direction > Realism

Outcast



Pretty much everything on PS1/N64/Saturn. Although they can be improved with uprising the graphics and tweaking them a bit like all the games on Rare Replay and recent games like Doom 64 and Turok. Final Fantasy 7 and Chrono Cross come to mind for my answer.



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rapsuperstar31 said:

Pretty much everything on PS1/N64/Saturn. Although they can be improved with uprising the graphics and tweaking them a bit like all the games on Rare Replay and recent games like Doom 64 and Turok. Final Fantasy 7 and Chrono Cross come to mind for my answer.

Yeah, other than a few 2D games, and games that made heavy use of alphamaps (like FF Tactics) that generation hasn't really aged well. :P



pong



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Pretty much all early 3D games from 4th and 5th Gen except for a select few. Early 3D does not hold up well at all, took until gen 6 for 3D graphics to start to stand up to the test of time somewhat.



Forgot about Virtua Racing on the Genesis. 



Cerebralbore101 said:

That Trevellyan comes straight from the uncanny valley. The realistic face plastered on the low polygon body...



You know it deserves the GOTY.

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