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Super Mario Galaxy. Looked as good as any HD game at the time. Nintendo worked magic on Wii’s modest hardware with that game.

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MGS4, Gears 2, Valkyria Chronicles.

Valkyria Chronicles is the first game that comes to mind.  I was very impressed with the visuals when I first saw them, and I think they still hold up well today.  I also have to add Bioshock, because the intro and several locales in the game were visually interesting.

Either Metal Gear Solid 4 or Gears of War 2.

People saying Super Mario Galaxy are bonkers. Not even upscaled to 1080p and antialiased to hell and back in an emulator it comes close to compare to something like, say, Ratchet and Clank Tools of Destruction on the PS3.

Cue the N64 background ruining the image even next to its most impressive feature, the Sunshine-like water shaders with pre-baked reflections.






Mario Galaxy is amazing game. I love that one.

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Why of course, Ratchet & Clank.

A lot of my games have been named but nobody (first 25 comments, at least) has mentioned Prince of Persia. I thought it was really pretty to look at. I still do.

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Gears of War 2 wins for me. It took the already stunning gritty shaders and textures of the first game, and took things to the next level with bigger and more detailed environments, and nifty new effects like fluid simulation and ambient occlusion. Still looks good today in my opinion, despite being 11 years old.

Honourable mentions from me go to Dead Space, COD4, Bioshock, Uncharted 1, Mirror's Edge, and Gears 1.

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Gears of War 2, some have said uncharted but the first installment wasn't that great. Uncharted 2 however sort of showcased what could be done on PS3 with the right team and tools.

Heavenly Sword! Looking out into the distance and the waterfall at the start of the game looked amazing at the time!