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The problem with seeing next generation graphics early

By: ShadowKingpin

As a hardcore gamer, I am always waiting for the next moment that we’ll get to see the future of gaming, but what does it do to our views of this generation?  

Remember the jump from SNES to N64?  How about N64/PS1 to PS2/Gamecube/Xbox?  PS2/Xbox/Gamecube to PS3/360/Wii…..?  Every single time we got to see the graphics of the next generation of gaming, what did you think about your current generation?  I bet 50% of you said that you didn’t care anymore and were more excited for the next generation.

It’s amazing how this kind of mentality works.  Our jaws dropped when we saw Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4, and many others, but with the recent revealings of the Luminus Engine from Square-Enix, Crytek 3 & Unreal 4, we look back at those games and think, Metal Gear What?  Final Fantasy Who?  I’m talking graphically.  It’s common sense that the next generation will always look better, but with how drastically it changes everyones views on the current generation, it really sucks for late game developers who are trying to wow gamers.

The other frequently occurring problem is that we always over hype the graphics.  Remember the Gundam game that came out for PS3 at launch?  Most considered that older PS2 graphics, yet everything was over hyped about the game’s graphics.  Once we see a mind blowing game engine trailer showing off something we have never seen before, we automatically assume every game made with that engine will look like that in the next generation of gaming, when in reality, it doesn’t always work that way.

The things I pay most attention to in next generation tech demos, are the physics, lighting, shading, particle & special effects.  I mean, look at the detail of the old man’s beard in the new Final Fantasy Tech Demo at the very beginning.  You can see every piece of hair blowing realistically in the wind.  The shading and lighting were truly breathtaking.  The limb movements were much more natural looking compared to this generation (And that says a lot!).

What about the stunning movement of the water in Crytek’s CryEngine 3?  Or, the truly awe inspiring fire and particle effects from the Unreal 4 Engine?  Looking at all of those advancements in technology, does it change your opinion on what’s to come for this generation?  Personally, I’m really excited for both generations.  I’m still a firm believer that there is more to offer in this current generation than what people believe.

With Halo 4, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed 3 & Watch Dogs, there are still some secrets left with our current generation of consoles that will end up surprising us more than what we think.


4 responses

  1. You are damn right, the other day I took borrowed a copy of Xenogears (psone), and I really regret the fact that I overlooked it (with a bunch of other ps one games), just because of the next gen hype, now Im enjoying shity gaphics (to today standards) but a game better than 90% of todays options. Im going so far to enjoying this game more than Uncharted 2, and side by side with FF7 my old time favorite, keep up the nice articles!

    June 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  2. ppSUcks

    You should have not mentioned Halo 4; there is yet to be an HD version of any game this generation. The graphics are horrible. They have been caught time and time again claiming to have HD graphics; when they were actually tno where close after technical analysis was performed.

    June 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    • I thought 343i made an “HD” version of Halo CE? Right?

      June 10, 2012 at 8:05 am

  3. I agree. The last game that supposedly said it would push the PS3 beyond it’s limits was MGS4 and even to today’s standards +the Software and Firmware updates it doesn’t add up because the developers are pretty much like scientists. They have an idea or an estimated guess; A hypothesis if you will but never the exact answer or truth to their assumed information/guess/estimation of data; guesstimation.

    June 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

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