Ember Lab's Kena: Bridge of Spirits on PlayStation 5 is a paradigm shift of awe-inspiring beautiful visuals, like Super Mario 64 before it.
Another great review. Keep ‘em coming!
100% people are really loving this amazing game.
Ok calm down, you sound like you work for the company and are trying to advertise in comment sections
@SenorFartCushion No I dont think I will calm down, you sound like a hater that's mad people are really enjoy a great game. I wish I worked for Ember Labs that would be awesome.
Mario 64 wasn't the first 3Dgame and the visuals were meh at best. Everything on N64 was smeary and blurry.
At the time compared to what else was around it was a jump in visuals though. It certainly did look even more special when i first emulated it in 1999 on the Corn emulator running at even higher resolution and full speed too.
Mario 64 may not be as impressive now, but at the time of release in the 90s I do not remember a game that did 3D better. Mario 64 was a game changer. The reflective metal Mario blew my mind the first time I saw it.
Basically every modern 3D platformer from Banjo Kazooie, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, plus Spyro and everything in between–borrowed heavily on the foundation that was Mario 64. Nothing like it will be released that literally changes the game (pun intended), ever again. And to think the person who made Minecraft is worth more than Shigeru Miyamoto.
Lemmings 3D did it first. VR games are 10 times the revolution of 2D to 3D games. With VR you aren't just watching a character on a screen you enter the game world and can become the character. That's truly the biggest leap gaming will ever see.
Mario 64, was an amazing leap. It was the first semi open world game. Unless you are over 35, you probably didn't experience it, on the N64 when it initially released. It still looks good, on 3D All Stars at 1080p.
Tomb Raider came out within a month of it in the US and was superior in just about every way.
You could be born in the 90s and still have played it when it came out. You don't need to be born before 1986 (10/11+ years old depending on the region) to have played it near launch.
Yeah SM64 is probably the best example ever of a jump in graphics that blew everyone away at the time and probably can never be beaten. It's the ultimate console launch title. To see a better looking game in 1996 you had to go to the arcades, but SM64 still felt like a new kind of game with the 3D exploration and free camera control. I think it's fair to say the N64 was the most high-tech console Nintendo ever released (for its time) with industry experts mostly saying that the tech they used was still a little premature to be put in a home console at that time. It was powerful enough to do 4-player splitscreen in 3D games which was another first, but the pace of tech was so fast in the 90s that it was soon outgunned by Sega Dreamcast.
@Magog The OG Tomb Raider was not an open world concept. It was linear. Also go back and look at some of that gameplay. Mario 64 aged MUCH BETTER. Mario 64 hands down, even without a resolution boost aged and still looks and plays better. The OG Tomb Raider was on the OG 32 bit Playstation. The N64 had way more processing power. Just go and look at the OG Tomb Raider videos, and compare them to Mario 64! Mario 64 is the one that is vastly superior.
Tbh, the jump in graphics in PS2/Xbox/GC games and PS3/360 games was still huge and they still brought paradigm shifts. Most PS1/N64 games aged very rapidly in a way that future generations of games did not. MGS1 aged well, for example, but more camera-dependent games like Tomb Raider had more issues because certain ideas needed better technology and more years to mature. Games like GTA 3 and MGS2 were mindblowing. Games had suddenly become something so much more than what they were before. Almost any random PS3 or 360 game was mindblowing because the jump in graphics was so big across the board. "That looks like real life!" lol
Mario 64 was a masterpiece for its time, and it is still fun today. It brought 2D gaming to 3D even if it wasn't technically the first 3D game, it proved the concept had unlimited potential. Unbelievable how well Nintendo handled the 2D-3D transition, brought gameplay forward 10 years.
You have to be joking?and to compare this game in that way to Mario 64 is extreme. Not even close.
Spoken like a true child who obviously was too young or wasn't even born yet to fully comprehend the impact of Mario 64.
So does this look better than R&C:RA?
In some ways yes. In others no. They both are packed with detail. Regardless if you have a 4k hdr tv you can't lose either way. Both are excellent uses of ps5 hardwarr
I just looked again, and you are correct, I kind like the art style in Kena a bit more, but R&C seems like it might have more tech being used. Good time to be a gamer, I'll get Kena this weekend.
Another great review
1996 was a crazy time for 3D games for sure. Mario 64 gets all the accolades because Nintendo, but there were other games that have left their mark just as much as Mario 64 if not more. Best of 1996 includes: Quake - Gothic lighting and crazy speed and particle effects with a thicc atmosphere Diablo - Same as Quake but in Isometric form with a thicc atmosphere as well Tomb Raider - The level of details on the environment and intricate worlds Resident Evil - Those pre-render backgrounds changed the generation Metal Slug - 2d sprite-work that set a new standard Scud Racer - Next Gen 3D on the arcades Mario 64 - Bright colorful cartoon-y graphics with big worlds Descent 2 - Intricate worlds plus bright and colorful as well The Elder Scroll 2 - Biggest world in a game yet while still looking good? Crazy. Dead or Alive Arcade - Them character models were insane The House of the Dead - The gore and dismemberment was very detailed and ahead of its time. I'm sure I'm missing some but as you can see, Mario 64 was not the only game that changed things, not even close, even if some would want you to believe it was.
I'd say demons souls remake is.
Super Mario 64 was sweet for sure, but TR1 was the best 3D for me back in the day. That sense of adventure.
kinda worry they were going to downgrade the visuals from its initial trailer a year ago, but nope the Kena is the real thing! it looks effing stunning!
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