Weekend Hot Topic, Part 1: Most Outdated Retro Graphics

Virtua Fighter 3 – 1996, this was considered almost realistic (Photo: Sega)

Readers used to think they had great graphics, but now they’re talking about games that look funny and outdated, from Sonic 3D to Driver 2.

The subject of this week’s hot topic was proposed by reader Austin. This could include games and formats of all ages, but most of the replies were related to the original PlayStation.

Games such as Resident Evil 2 and Gran Turismo looked great at the time, but not so much now, most people love them and the game itself is still lovingly remembered.

will never forget
Simple: Virtua Fighter 3 Arcade in a huge (then) widescreen seated cabinet in the late 90’s.

The 640×480 image is a significant enhancement of the power of the home video game console (PS1) and Model 3.

I stopped by and stared in awe for intro / attract mode, amazing facial details and advanced graphical rendering techniques (now common-even on consoles).

The 3D arena was stunning, with details such as flowing sleeves of Aoi, water details on stage, majestic wrapping waves and clear blue scenery of Jeffrey’s tropical islands forever imprinted in my memory.
Paul Burnett

Never again
I’m sure you’ll receive a lot of letters from the days of PlayStation 1. I was fortunate to have a PS1 when the mainstream first moved to full 3D. The first game I focused on was Destruction Derby. I couldn’t believe my eyes. How can I be better than this?

The game is terrible, of course, but for the 14-year-old at the time, it was something I had never seen before.

Since then, I have never actually experienced such a visual “leap”. The jump from SNES / Mega Drive / Amiga to PS1 was huge. Since then, each generation has felt like an evolution, not a revolution in 1996/7. I often wonder, will I be so surprised again? I do not think so.

3D blast
The game that graphically surprised me as a kid was Sonic 3D: Flickies’ Island. Specifically, it’s a 12-second intro movie that I watched repeatedly. It was a time when I wasn’t reading game magazines on a daily basis (unless I featured Sonic), and exposure to new consoles and games was generally based on seeing them at a friend’s house. .. The PlayStation has just been released and the Super Mario 64 hasn’t appeared in Europe yet. And I definitely never saw either of them actually working.

So I had this. Yes, when you think about it later, it’s superbly low resolution and Sonic behaves like a toddler who has just learned to walk. But it was the first glimpse of what Sonic would look like in 3D, and I still remember having a hard time understanding how the Megadrive could do such a thing. Come to think of it, it’s still an impressive feat. The less you say about the actual game, the better …

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Never get better
I remember my friend got Driver 2 on PS1. I couldn’t believe my eyes! If you drive the entire city in 3D, you can get out of the car and run around on foot.

I just watched the video on YouTube, and ah, dear. Pop-ins are cheerful and bad, and frame rates are a headache. Still, the fact that this was a PS1 game is a pretty feat.

I also remember seeing the trailer for G-Man Half-Life 2 and thinking that the facial animations and graphics wouldn’t improve. How naive it was!

Reach the peak
The graphics I was thinking of would never get better, right? I’ve been playing games for about 35 years, so I’ve seen a lot of graphic changes!

From block 2D sprites to 3D modeling, lighting and ray tracing, the changes were amazing.

To be honest, I’ve never seen a game, probably because I saw how rapidly technology has advanced, and I thought, “That’s it, it’s peaked.” And I probably won’t until the holodeck is invented!

But there are many games that have made me “awesome”. If I want to choose two or three from different times:

Quake 2. This was the first game I played around a Fancy Dan PC companion’s house using a dedicated graphics card. To be amazed at the difference, turn GFX acceleration on and off. The lighting effect of rocketing the tunnel was remarkable.I’m pretty sure it was also the first FPS you could see up and down [not quite, Dark Forces and Terminator: Future Shock beat it by a year – GC]..

The Witcher 3 with the HalkHogan HD mod (and some lighting mods for proper measurement) was very beautiful, especially with the Touissant on Blood And Wine. I would just take it all and spend time walking around. I think I have more pictures of the sunset from that game than in real life! Hulk Hogan, tip your hat!

Looking back at the 8-bit era, I remember that some of the games in the second half of Spectrum pushed their hardware to the limit. I remember playing myths with Speccy +2 and being really surprised! It doesn’t look good right now, but it was amazing for time and format.

What always surprises me is how old 2D sprites are compared to early 3D modeling.

Anyway, stop before this becomes an essay!
Man observes

Go back to the old days
When I played Gran Turismo on PlayStation 1, I was surprised that it wouldn’t get any better. When you watch the YouTube video, the graphics look outdated, the car’s edges are jagged, and the frame rate is high.

I’m looking forward to Gran Turismo 7. What you’ve seen so far is amazing. But I thought of the day in the first game!
Tony – 1975 (PSN ID)

It looks real
The first game I saw and thought the graphics had peaked was the original Halo on the Xbox. You can zoom in to see the individual grass leaves. If you look closely at the UNSC assault rifle when you find the assault rifle on the ground, you can see how much ammo is left. If you pick it up, fire it, and drop it, the numbers will change. At that time, this absolutely blew my heart away.

That said, I’m old enough to remember being amazed at games like Wings and Stunt Car Racer on the Amiga, but both of these have exactly the same effect as Halo. I don’t remember.

Today, it should be something like Red Dead Redemption 2 or Forza Horizon 4 with all the effects. If you look at a properly configured screenshot from any of these games, it could be a photo. I’ve seen someone making a car magazine on Reddit using only Forza screenshots.

I haven’t seen the next generation yet, but I think it’s no exception and it’s easier to get a game that looks so good.

Disco bison

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