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Beautiful looking 3D video games

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Dave Grossman's said that he's a big advocate of 3D. I like 3D, though I also love the timeless look of good 2D art. Turns out that 3D art can also look pretty timeless.

So list anything you think applies.

This isn't 3D; it's a blend of both. It's a game called The Book of Unwritten Tales, and it looks effing gorgeous. It's beautifully animated too.

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Screenshot.
Gameplay clip (German).
Official site.

I also really like how everything looks in the Sam and Max Season Two trailer. I'm looking forward to the day the technology, download rates, etc allow us to be close to that.

Maybe someday Telltale can develop some sort of way to just have you download textures, sound, etc that can look that detailed and beautiful, like Steam. I don't fully understand the idea (user elTee was the one who suggested it), but I like it.

Anyways, what 3D games look beautiful? And remember...

"Realistic" does not automatically mean beautiful. I'm looking at you, every other FPS game.

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  • @thesporkman said: The first two Oddworld games (Oddysee and Exoddus) had really amazing pre-rendered graphics.



    Yes, yes they really did..and those will be my favorite games of all time.

    can't wait for citizen siege.

    I this was beautiful for 3d

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  • This is SoulCalibur IV for PS3, right?

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    @ShaggE said: Riven, while not real-time 3D, remains my favorite "beautiful" game. (Oddly, I don't much care for the actual gameplay)



    I totally agree with you there.

    Weirdly, it seems my top 3 "most beautiful 3D games" are all from around the same time period, with Riven topping the list. Lighthouse and Timelapse make the list more because they are beautifully imagined worlds, rather than because the modelling and textures are particularly realistic by today's standards (although I'm quite surprised at how well the graphics in these have held up over 12-13 years).

    Lighthouse: The Dark Being (1996)

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    Timelapse (1996)

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    Riven (1997)

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  • I'd say the Soul Reaver games. They had really interesting looks and I think they aged rather well.

  • @Javi-Wan Kenobi said: This is SoulCalibur IV for PS3, right?



    That is from the force unleashed.

  • Pirates, Vikings and Knights

    Taking Half-Life 2's great source engine and making it look awesome. And done by modders too. Has some of the best character models and environments I've seen by modders.

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    Pirate captain in the Caribbean

    Templar archer in the desert

    Viking housecarl in courtyard

  • Okami is probably the best looking 3D game i've ever played. And the best gameplaywise aswell. The whole thing is just like a giant work of art.

    Trailer

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  • I was just about to ask why no one had mentioned Okami yet!

    I might be a little biased here since it's my favorite Zelda game, but I think Majora's Mask still looks really good for an N64 game. It's the colors, duke. The colors. A few other pretty nice looking 3D games off the top of my head: Mirror's Edge, Super Mario Galaxy, and Beyond Good and Evil.

    If we're talking non-real-time 3D, then the second and third Journeyman Project games, Zork Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor still look pretty despite all of them being over 10 years old now.

  • @wefeelgroove said: I was just about to ask why no one had mentioned Okami yet!

    I might be a little biased here since it's my favorite Zelda game, but I think Majora's Mask still looks really good for an N64 game. It's the colors, duke. The colors. A few other pretty nice looking 3D games off the top of my head: Mirror's Edge, Super Mario Galaxy, and Beyond Good and Evil.

    If we're talking non-real-time 3D, then the second and third Journeyman Project games, Zork Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor still look pretty despite all of them being over 10 years old now.


    The extra RAm expansion that was a requirement to play it may have helped too;)

    I think it looks great too, but it would have looked even better if it wasn't forcibly rushed out my mr. Miyamoto (no repeating character models from OoT for example).

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