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Why have the graphics grown so old?

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  • JorlJorl Member UncommonPosts: 257
    For a game that is nearly 10 years old I say the graphics are great. You guys should see Vanguards, only nice detail they put in there is the day and night cycle.
  • aspekxaspekx Member UncommonPosts: 2,167

    im glad to see some of this critique, i've been concerned when i've tried to go back recently to EQ2, that either my machine was screwing up or my eyes and reflexes were shot.

     

    for instance, the movement in game is so jerky. run|stop. run|stop. also, i have always been a bit put off by the camera decisions in relation to the size of the avatar models. i honestly don't have the expertise to label exactly what's wrong there, but i do feel most of the time like i'm manipulating toy figures rather than a character.

     

    it's still a good game. and on occasion i do enjoy it. so i put up with it, but really, it's that way with any game really. you enjoy the parts you can and dismiss the one's you don't.

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  • aspekxaspekx Member UncommonPosts: 2,167
    Originally posted by Jorl
    For a game that is nearly 10 years old I say the graphics are great. You guys should see Vanguards, only nice detail they put in there is the day and night cycle.

    which is the weird part for me, right? i actually feel more comfortable with Vanguard's graphics than i do with EQ2's.

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  • ReverielleReverielle Member UncommonPosts: 130
    Originally posted by Father_Jack
    Gameplay is more important than graphics to me

    Within reason I agree with this too.

    No matter how amazing a game looks in the beginning, it's initial graphical appeal over time will loose it's shine. Then the depth and game-play begin to factor as a major stimulus to keep players in a particular game. Thankfully, EQ2 has both those things in spades.

    And for a ten year old game there are still some parts that can look pretty impressive. A sunrise over the Desert of Ro (Sinking Sands) is just one example.

  • XthosXthos Member UncommonPosts: 2,738
    I actually think EQ1 looks pretty nice, for where it was till now.  It is suprising that they have been able to keep up with it so well.
  • LetsinodLetsinod Member UncommonPosts: 385
    This games graphics have nothing to do with its age.  From the minute it was launched people complained.  They did do a revamp after release.  The terrain looks good, but character models are just hideous.  
  • fantasyfreak112fantasyfreak112 Member Posts: 499
    EQ2 started off with good graphics but ran terribly on most systems so they slowly got worse over time. Combine this with the fact EQ2 has some of the cheesiest overexaggerated animations ever and I can see where OP is coming from.
  • UmbralUmbral Member Posts: 1,051


    Originally posted by Purutzil Stylized graphics have the benefit of being able to look far cleaner given aging then one that is meant to look 'realistic' at the time of its creation. People really crave realistic yet it tends to hurt the game in the long term, both forcing it to requiring more strict speccs (Thus less people being able to play it) as well as having the disadvantage of aging far quicker then one that goes for a more "Cartoony" look as some of the silly people tend to call it.
     

    Everques 2 graphics and art style are NOT realist, they are and always were very, very stylized!

    From the proportions to the color pallet, EQ2 visuals are very unique. Games like Medal of Honor Allied Assault(released before EQ2) have a true realistic style. A game doesn't need to look "cartoony" to have stylized aesthetics.

    Realistic visuals, even with old or low quality graphics, will have realistic proportions and color pallets. The stylized and NOT "life like" proportions on Everques 2, ironically, are some of the visual details that doesn't please everyone.

    Soul Reaver is another example of a game that does not look cartoony but still has fairly stylized visuals.

    EQ2 is not for everyone, but for me, it is one of the best MMOs on the market.

     

  • monochrome19monochrome19 Member UncommonPosts: 723
    Can someone explain why realistic graphics dont "age well"?
  • rounnerrounner Member UncommonPosts: 720
    Originally posted by monochrome19
    Can someone explain why realistic graphics dont "age well"?

    Something to do with emperors new clothes.

  • asmadeousasmadeous Member Posts: 70

    If I played EQ2 before I played WoW, I would have stuck with it instead for sure. I enjoyed EQ2 more than I did WoW.

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  • VolgoreVolgore Member EpicPosts: 3,872

    Over the course of several years, i found it harder and harder to get back into the game after taking a break. The graphics had a huge part in that.

    I always felt that mainly the lighting is very bad and artificial looking. Everything looks like in these old movies where they do an outdoor scene in a studio. Putting up some rocks, trees and a spotlight, the light looks ridiculously fake and obvious compared to natural lighting in an outdoor-scene.

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  • Solar_ProphetSolar_Prophet Member EpicPosts: 1,959

    EQ2 always looked like crap. While the character models were / are nice, that's about all the game has going for it in terms of graphics. It's a very ugly game overall, with terrible landscaping and landscape textures. The fact that the engine sucked down resources & still chugged along even on decent PCs of the time didn't help matters.

    Not even going to start on the animations. Let's just say that I've seen flip-book comics with more fluid movement, and Rift's are butter-smooth in comparison.

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  • KyllienKyllien Member UncommonPosts: 315

    First graphics don't age.

    Second, your perception of the graphics change.

    The reason realistic graphics don't age well has more to do with you getting accustomed to newer technology.  Once, the realistic graphics have emerged to level where it is like playing a bluray movie with live actors then it will start to age more slowly.

  • ReverielleReverielle Member UncommonPosts: 130
    Originally posted by Solar_Prophet

    EQ2 always looked like crap. While the character models were / are nice, that's about all the game has going for it in terms of graphics. It's a very ugly game overall, with terrible landscaping and landscape textures. The fact that the engine sucked down resources & still chugged along even on decent PCs of the time didn't help matters.

    Not even going to start on the animations. Let's just say that I've seen flip-book comics with more fluid movement, and Rift's are butter-smooth in comparison.

    You do realize they used motion capture for the character animations, yes? I'm really not sure what people are looking at. One possible reason is they haven't improved their graphics settings. It's a lot down to personal preference, but to say they're not fluid is basically just a lie. 

    Yes, the landscape isn't great compared to new games these days. Back 10 years ago though there was nothing wrong with it, and even today it still looks fine. Once you get use to it areas can still look quite nice. And it's still got one of the longest line of sight options for in-game objects of MMOs going around today.

  • MukeMuke Member RarePosts: 2,614
    Originally posted by monochrome19
    Can someone explain why realistic graphics dont "age well"?

    Because with realistic graphics you compare the game to today's engines with "realistic graphics".

     

    With a arcade MMO like WoW their Shrek graphics engine still looks great after 100 years because players will say: "well, that's the Warcraft style".

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  • XthosXthos Member UncommonPosts: 2,738

    EQ2 looks fine to me, but I am not all about graphics.  I liked EQ2's graphics more than I did WoW, and still do.  So I do not think this 'ages well' thing is universal.

     

  • KanethKaneth Member RarePosts: 2,286
    Originally posted by Xthos

    EQ2 looks fine to me, but I am not all about graphics.  I liked EQ2's graphics more than I did WoW, and still do.  So I do not think this 'ages well' thing is universal.

     

    Well beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but art style can be tied to a certain period of time which gives it an inherent "older" look, or some might feel it becomes retro over time.

    I do believe animations play a huge role into the overall look of a game. I find that the more realistic a game attempts to look, the worse the animations look over a given time. Stylized graphics more often than not have less than realistic animations, which add to the flavor of the style. Additionally, we're not overly comparing the stylized look to "real life" the more forgiving we seem to be as they age.

    However, like with pretty much all things art, it's all a matter of personal taste.

  • TorgrimTorgrim Member CommonPosts: 2,088
    What boggles me still are that few if any can play EQ2 o max graphic setting and have 40+ fps.

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  • fistormfistorm Member UncommonPosts: 868

    I see a lot of realistic graphics age poorly on here.   I want to point you to FFXI,  I just played last week and the detail and gameworld looks realistic and beautiful still even after 11 years straight.  That is one game they don't have to update the graphic for because it was well made at its very foundation.

     

    If you look at games like Ashreons Call 2, also a game I'm currently playing part time,  they have added new graphics to that game that I find very realistic and very beautiful.    The sky looks like a real sky, the water looks very beautiful, very HD updated.

     

    I think games need to use their engine and announce at the start of anygame that they will be updating graphics when new technology comes out to allow them to.    Many old games can be retextured with high quality HD looks and a SKYRIM look to them.   Heck, even skyrim was updated to HD textures with a mod.

     

    EQ 2 has the ability to use Mods, very few games had the verisitility of Mods back then, and this is one game I think should have HD textures and a total realistic makeover done to it.  I know if a game like AC2 can be retextured, so can a big title like EQ2

     

    The bottom line is money...    does the company want to spend money to retexture everything, and the cost of doing so.    Its not that it ages poorly, its not that its unable to be done, its weather or not  a company wants to remodel everything.   Just like a house, you tear off that old siding and put on new siding thatll last another decade, and you keep doing that instead of letting your house fall apart and no one is left to live in it anymore.  

  • Blazer6992Blazer6992 Member UncommonPosts: 638
    Originally posted by freston

    And before you answer me "because the game is nine years old", i already know that.

    Then you already have your answer.

     

  • LazzaroLazzaro Member UncommonPosts: 548

    I've always thought EQ2 look was ugly. I don't think the GFX are bad, but I think the art style, Character models, animations, and the over plastic look turned a lot of people away. I'm happy EQN is taking the more stylized approach.

  • HarbourlightHarbourlight Member CommonPosts: 8
    I started to play Everquest II when it became free to play - around January 2012. I choose a game for its feel and immersive environment. That's always a question of taste and preferences. I like the picture-book style and the oldschool charm of EQ II. I took a lot of time to create my characters (a human female mage and a half elf male monk) and was very happy, when new hairstyles were made available. I just love to hang out and roam around this open world. I never play one game solely, so I don't get tired of them. Everquest II is a much loved all time classic. If it is not to Your taste - just move along...
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