God of War Ascension Screenshots - Best looking Console Game this gen ?

KalBalboa

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God of War 3 really came together at the end, visually speaking. This already looks great, so I bet the last month of graphical touch-ups will put it in league or above GoW3.
 

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Unsurprising given how good GoW3 looks. Almost three years later and barely anything has topped it, none if you take framerate into account. Even crazier is this is the E3 demo and GoW3 went through one of the biggest visual improvements I've ever seen between E3 and release.
 
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I have no idea why people occassionally bring this up as some amazing looking game. I mean, it looks fine? But not better than anything else.

The art style and lighting honestly look very drab and dull, when compared to previous games in the series somehow.
 

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LOL as if gameplay videos showing how the game looks didn't exist :D
Yeah last of us looks phenomenal and we've seen quite a bit of footage from it. One weirdly unflattering screenshot doesn't change my views on it because of the evidence I have on the other side. One bad screen from this game would be another story since I haven't seen anything besides the same demo area.
 

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Man TLOU will have aliasing and jaggies everywhere just like Uncharted 3. That hurts my eyes bro.


Nothing tops GOW3, and I'm pretty sure Ascension will top it.
 

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Fact that we've seen so little of the single player really worries me. The bread and butter of this game and it's hardly had any attention. Poor show. Not feeling confident about it at all.
 

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Why did Pranay change his nick/avy? :eek:
Never should had changed it ._. . Your the second one after Loud ninja who recongzine. ;b


A bit surprised to see the backclash here ._. Thought it looked great for a demo compared to last of us

Fact that we've seen so little of the single player really worries me. The bread and butter of this game and it's hardly had any attention. Poor show. Not feeling confident about it at all.
After Jan , everything will be shown from Single Player i heard from Todd
 

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Of course the textures are going to be iffy at best. It's a 2006 console with 256mb RAM. There's only so many tricks they can use to hide things from our eyes that have experience in 2012 PC games :p



Because it's an ultra linear game that doesn't have a lot going on at once.
It's not any more linear than any other corridor FPS. And it certainly can have a lot going on at once, wtf.
 

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Yeah last of us looks phenomenal and we've seen quite a bit of footage from it. One weirdly unflattering screenshot doesn't change my views on it because of the evidence I have on the other side. One bad screen from this game would be another story since I haven't seen anything besides the same demo area.
It's just a few people being bitter about how a few games stack up above the rest ;)

Btw I think this thread is premature and based off of personal enthusiasm, the demo is old and quite frankly doesn't look to be a significant improvement (if anything at all) over GOW3 atm.
When the game is released and we have more footage to discuss about, we might discuss about the progresses they have made and how it really looks.
 

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Those arms on the Kraken look incredibly smooth. The curve I mean, you can barely seen the polygons. Very impressive.
Why does this shirt look so good? Seriously can someone explaijn it?
It's a flat, 2D sky box, the ground is just one blurry texture, and the enemy ships design requires very few polygons.

I'm not down playing their achievement, it still looks great, but the inherent design of the tie fighters and AT AT's are easy to render, and the rest is just clever set dressing.
 

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By your definition every console game should run at a high framerate then. Besides a gow game... not having many things going on at once? What?
They don't really. It wasn't until 3 that you could have more than a few enemies on screen at once. Other things like the titan boss fight are mostly just scripted setpieces. It's not like in uncharted 2 where you're fighting several enemies while a building collapses with thousands of pieces of debris everywhere and everything in the room sliding with the momentum of the building. While that's scripted too it had a lot more going on at once.
 

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GOW Ascension does not look better than GOW3 currently ( the best looking console game of this gen IMO ) but there is no freaking way in hell the final build will not be better than 3. It is simply not possible.

Regarding TLOU comparisons as much as I love ND and TLOU looks phenomenal I dont think the final build will look better than GOW : A. Anyway all this is guessing and I think it will be safe bet to say both will look better than their competition once they release.
 

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Why does this shirt look so good? Seriously can someone explaijn it?
Space games in general look really good because there's not a lot to render. You've got some asteroids maybe, a planet or if you're on a planet then a skybox with maybe a 2D object (city, station etc) in the background and then all you have left are the ships. Design a few highly detailed models of ships then copy and paste since you have to more than 1 tie fighter and so on.

Not to say it wasn't extremely impressive for its time, because it was.
 

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GOW Ascension does not look better than GOW3 currently ( the best looking console game of this gen IMO ) but there is no freaking way in hell the final build will not be better than 3. It is simply not possible.
Oh really?

Regarding TLOU comparisons as much as I love ND and TLOU looks phenomenal I dont think the final build will look better than GOW : A.
In what way are we talking about? Are we talking about IQ? Are we talking about animation? I think gow will have better IQ and a higher frame rate. I think LoU will top it in every other way(especially in animation).
 

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Space games in general look really good because there's not a lot to render. You've got some asteroids maybe, a planet or if you're on a planet then a skybox with maybe a 2D object (city, station etc) in the background and then all you have left are the ships. Design a few highly detailed models of ships then copy and paste since you have to more than 1 tie fighter and so on.

Not to say it wasn't extremely impressive for its time, because it was.
Yep, forgot to mention the "cookie cutter" aspect. You've got to assume it's a lot cheaper to re-render multiples of the same models than a large variety of different ones.

It's basically a combination of coding prowess and the luck of having incredibly simple to render subject matter.
 

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lol, don't expect any coverage from GiantBomb for this game.
Is there some inside joke or something that I am missing regarding GiantBomb and GOW?


They don't really. It wasn't until 3 that you could have more than a few enemies on screen at once. Other things like the titan boss fight are mostly just scripted setpieces. It's not like in uncharted 2 where you're fighting several enemies while a building collapses with thousands of pieces of debris everywhere and everything in the room sliding with the momentum of the building. While that's scripted too it had a lot more going on at once.
Man that is just not correct. I am sure having Kratos fight real time with a bunch of baddies on Cronos's finger while the camera swoops back and forth would have been extremely resource intensive. I cant think of a single hack and slash game from consoles to PC looking anywhere close to this good. I love UC2 but technically it is very difficult to say which is more difficult to code. Each of them come with their own challenges.
 

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Man that is just not correct. I am sure having Kratos fight real time with a bunch of baddies on Cronos's finger while the camera swoops back and forth would have been extremely resource intensive. I cant think of a single hack and slash game from consoles to PC looking anywhere close to this good. I love UC2 but technically it is very difficult to say which is more difficult to code. Each of them come with their own challenges.
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Well to be fair to other hack and slash games none of them have the budget that god of war 3 did (which was something like 40+ million). It's not like dynasty warriors of 99 knights or whatever it's called is ever going to look that good, the genre is generally a throwaway genre.
 

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Oh really?

In what way are we talking about? Are we talking about IQ? Are we talking about animation? I think gow will have better IQ and a higher frame rate. I think LoU will top it in every other way(especially in animation).
IQ and to a certain extent animation though it may not be necessarily comparable. I am going of what I saw in UC2 and GOW3 and I still feel GOW3 is the better looking game. There were times when I felt GOW3 nearly looked CG. I just could not believe I was playing the opening of GOW3 on a current gen console. It was just too beautiful. Also you really think GOW :A will look worse than GOW3? It already looks almost as good and this is E3 stuff. If you recall the GOW3 E3 demo and the final build differences it is just highly unlikely that GOWA final build will look worse than GOW3.
 

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The lighting in the final version of GOW 3 looks much better so here is hoping the fix that for the final build of Ascension too.

 

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This honestly does not look as good to me. Looks off.

I think the intro to GoW3 is still one of the most beautul things this gen graphically, and I game primarily on a high end PC.


GoWA just looks bland from all of the screens and videos I have seen. I get this feeling that they are mailing in the SP of this game.


Should have waited for next gen.


All that said, I just bought the GoW Saga since I never played the PSP games. Should look great in 3D on my 55" D8000.
 

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I've no doubt the final product will have some epic environments, but those screens look seriously bland to me. Almost last-gen up-res'd levels of bland (ie, low poly, little in the way of foliage).

Nothing compared to the Uncharteds or even the detailed and luscious environments of Hitman Absolution which I'm playing at the moment.

Remember, I'm not knocking this game at all, but I'm surprised at the screens after reading the thread title, especially with so many good looking games out there at the moment. Really hope this one maintains a locked framerate though, really found GoW 3 off-putting with the stuttering.
 

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I've no doubt the final product will have some epic environments, but those screens look seriously bland to me. Almost last-gen up-res'd levels of bland (ie, low poly, little in the way of foliage).
Come on, be serious............
 

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GOW3 is still one of the best looking games this gen, topping it would be some feat, but since it's the same team using an improved version of the same engine, it'll most likely be a better looking game.
 

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They better not "mail in" the SP. Sony can't afford to fuck up one of it's most important franchises. And honestly, MP is probably going to end up being a waste that reviews complain about being included.

I'd give up improved graphics in a heartbeat if that meant bodies and blood/bit stayed on the ground until you left the area. Now *that* would be impressive. As much as I love GoW, Ninja Gaiden 2 will always have it beat in terms of a visceral experience for that feature alone.
 

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I still think God of War 3 looks better. The art direction looks like it's taken a nose dive. Just so.... bland?
TO HELL WITH YOU MULTIPLAYER!

Seriously, God of War is a series that really doesn't need any fucking MP.
 

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I still think God of War 3 looks better. The art direction looks like it's taken a nose dive. Just so.... bland?
I agree.

I know Jaffe got a lot of shit for the whole painting quote about god of war 3 but the final game in places did look something like a moving painting. It was simply incredible to look at (even if some areas were...not so great looking).

Hell someone post that gif where Kratos is staring into the distance and there's like tornados and shit moving around. That was one of the really amazing looking parts.