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Submitted by Pozzle 925d ago | opinion piece

Realistic Visuals and the Zelda Franchise

Gamers have long been fascinated with the prospect of truly believable games. Developers and publishers have pitched “realistic” graphics for decades, and open-world gameplay, which is at least superficially an emulation of life in the real world, has ensured that “hardcore” gamers’ collective desire for realism has reached a fever pitch. Since the sixth generation, console gamers have seen their industry push past rudimentary, limited-polygon 3D character models and prerendered backdrops in favor of new levels of detail. The current generation, which will soon be coming to a close, has offered us more detailed textures, smoother animations, and larger worlds than would have been possible on older hardware. The gap between PC and console hardware seems to have narrowed as developers have focused resources on the successful console market. This is exactly the sort of progress we anticipated — we’re on track, and things can only get more realistic from here, hardware permitting.

Then there’s Nintendo. (The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Wii, Wii U, Zelda Wii U)

LX-General-Kaos  +   926d ago
The Zelda franchise sits very well with detailed cartoonish graphics. Skyward Sword is a perfect example of what I speak of. The Nintendo Wii U Zelda Tech demo is exactly what I had pictured a next gen zelda would look like. It does not have the photo realism of a modern day shooter, but it looks amazing enough to make your eyes grow wide.

I expect a similar style for most Nintendo in house developed exclusives. Zelda will likely carry the torch in the graphical department for showing the power of the Nintendo Wii U. Which it usually always has for previous Nintendo entertainment consoles.

The future of gaming begins with the Nintendo Wii U entertainment console. Good day and happy gaming.

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AJBACK2FRAG  +   925d ago
I agree w/ alot of what you're saying but the last time I saw a hyper realistic Zelda demo I ended up playing Wind Waker.
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LX-General-Kaos  +   925d ago
You are right and I do remember that bait and switch move on the gamecube. I guess ill be better off just waiting for E3. Wind Waker was an amazing game though.

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Knight_Cid  +   925d ago
disgaea 4 begs to differ
PygmelionHunter  +   925d ago
I personally dislike Skyward Sword's graphics, it's like it got stuck in some king of Zelda art style limbo, neither Wind Waker nor Twilight Princess which I both loved artistically.
cpayne93  +   925d ago
I would definitely perfer it if zelda kept within the TP and ocarina of time graphics. I have nothing against cartoony games, but I feel like it diminishes the epicness in zelda.

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