foogledricks Posted May 19, 2005 Report Share Posted May 19, 2005 No doubt we've seen it several times. There is a flavor of the week look that we get tired of. As developers use lighting techniques and others like Bump/Normal mapping in similar ways, games start to look same. And as gamers we get tired quickly. The Cell shading thing was a developer fad for a while that gamers complained about. The new Zelda changed its look because of gamers complaints. Prince of Persion adopts a gritty look that is becoming so common. "Prey" looks just like "Doom III" somewhat because it uses the same engine. Gamers grow tired of the redundant "looks" of games very quickly. So, will using the Unreal Engine (3.0) lead to games that all look like Gears of War, and will we get tired of that more quickly than in the past? It's all about the gameplay, right? Well what if every screenshot of every game looked like Gods of War, and you could only tell the difference by playing it? Obviously developers can come up with a unique art style, but the dark/gritty/metal/futuristic atmosphere seems like the way to go, and the Unreal Engine can render all those shiny surfaces well. Why not make all games with environments like that? Will we see a glut of games that all look the same? Or is this gen no different than any other, and this isn't really more of a concern that previously. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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