I popped FFXII back in recently to do another run, and looking at it brought back memories.
What the hell is wrong with Vaan's abs?
Like, if I look at them just right, it looks like he has weird geometric abs. Most of the time, though, it looks like he has a terrifying skeleton thing poking out of his torso - as if someone had inverted his muscles so all of the big parts are concave and all of the creases are convex.
what is wrong with your torso aaaaaah
That texture is all kinds of fucked. Anyone else have little visual hangups like this? we all know that the pineapple blocks in Super Mario World are speakers/intercoms
Hair is often bad in most of the games, like the chick in Mirror's Edge:
Can't really say why. I think it was the brightness maybe... something like that.
Didn't like Blacklight: Tango Downs art style either. It was super bland and gray, and everything was made really grainy and the whole interference/blue screen of death/static effects they had when taking damage were annoying.
I'm not super knowledgeable about the technical side of things, so I might be saying something silly, but the common practice of using piss-filters, bump mapping (or something along those lines) everywhere and loads of other exaggerated effects turn me off to the point of preferring last gen/older graphics to some extent. Oh and the fact that you can spot UE3 2 miles away so damn often.
Of course the biggest problem is bad art direction and design, but I guess that kind of goes without saying.
And yeah BF3 art is kind of forgettable but at least it doesn't look like the games I mentioned.
It seems off with the rest of the game.
I don't like the anime look, so I guess the visuals of most JRPGs these days (bring back low-res sprites :( ) don't click with me.
Max Payne's face in Max Payne 1.
Maybe it's the off screen pic and the calibration, but his screenshot does make it look terrible :lol, even the hand and the gun look ridiculous there!
There is so much wrong in your post its not even funny. The Jungle in Killzone 3 might be one of the most beautiful settings I've ever seen in an FPS.
The back lens of the scope is butt-ugly
Red Dead Redemption SPOILER
Ouside the fact that I think John Marston couldn't have asked for an uglier son, the mustach and the hair makes everything worse. click here for the image
There are moments of genius in SS art style and moments when it looks like crap and the art style actually hinders the IQ.
Skyward Sword as a whole, everything is pixelated,blurry and muddy. The Image Quality is abysmal. I see what they were going for but it didn't work out at all.
It is a shame because all the cool art is underneath the ugly.
I found Twilight Princess to be a bigger offender, IMHO.
More games should use friends/relatives/remote acquaintances of developers for character design. Made Max Payne one of the funniest games ever. Way too fucking awesome.
Max Payne's face in Max Payne 1.
Still too much filtering imo. No idea how it looks on the PS3, but that may be the best way to play Okami? I can't try it, I only have an import for the PS2, but iirc the Wii version looked even worse for some reason. Doesn't matter though, awesome game (and plays a lot better with the DS2 than with the Wiimote imo).
You should play the Wii version. The paper filter has been reduced quite a bit. Still gorgeous though.
I don't think it's fair to just label XIII's plot as "anime." There's a lot of anime with mature, competent stories intended for older audiences. XIII's story is just bad. Were you trying to suggest that the plot was childish and the visuals should have been more kiddy to match that? I personally don't the think those gorgeous graphics should have accommodated that mess of a story at all. The story should have just been better to be on the same caliber as the visuals.
Final Fantasy 13
Anime-like characters, anime-like story, anime-like dialogue. Ultra realistic graphics. That game just looked and felt wrong.
To be honest, I don't think I'd hate 13 so much if it looked like one of the recent "Tales of" games.
Anyway, as for my entry:
Fallout games. Everything about these games is an uncanny-valley, hideous mess. To the point where I can't play them.