Jeff and the guys over exaggerated the graphics improvements!!
I should clarify I have only played the first game but from looking at that I think Gears 2 is a huge step forward.
*shrugs* I'll leave this to the people who have played both.
EDIT: Still think Gears 2 looks better but on second look I do prefer the colouring of Gridlock and the rain on Subway. However -- Gears 2 looks much more defined. I don't know. I haven't played Gears 2. Blah, blah.
EDIT 2: Aren't these the maps from a downloadable map pack? I'm sure the ingame graphics of the campaign are the step forward GiantBomb talked about. They don't usually make things up?
Gears of War 2 is noticeably a better looking game than already stunning GOW1 .
you know what ?! you can not really judge the graphics by just looking at the internet images , go pick up both games and play 'em (on an HD-TV) and then you'll realize the huge visual improvements occurred in the second game
Here we go, looking at SCREENSHOTS to compare graphic capability. Moreover, you are talking about the revamp of a previous map!!! Should we compare Cold Storage to Lockout now?
Running gameplay is the only thing that matters to me. Hope y'alls screenshot war here goes well...
"hmm maybe im seeing things wrong,Well, given the amount of horrificly bad UE3 texture pop-in that you find in the first game when you compare it to the second....yeah, GoW2 does have better texture work.i know the colors were better, and i know the depth of field is better, but is the texture work that much better?"
I don't know what shots you were looking at, but in my opinion Gears 2 blew the first out of the water.
Still though, Gears was the best at its time, so I'll never forget my initial amazement with it's graphics.
But after actually playing both games ( I assume you haven't, no offense, you don't come off as a guy who owns a 360) Gears 2 graphics are once again, the best of its time. They are the best graphics on the 360.
"The biggest improvement is bigger color pallet. Although I sort of miss the monochrome from Gears one look."Really? Judging from thoses shots I actually find the Gears 2 ones to be more monotonous in color. More detailed and well-defined, but with less color.
"LiquidPrince said:thats because it shows multiplayer maps, and the world is virtually destroyed in gears 2, so its all dusty and gray. During the campaign you see way more color."The biggest improvement is bigger color pallet. Although I sort of miss the monochrome from Gears one look."Really? Judging from thoses shots I actually find the Gears 2 ones to be more monotonous in color. More detailed and well-defined, but with less color."
I saw a graphics comaprison of Gears 1 vs. Gears 2 versions of the same maps on that site which shall not be named, and basically it looks like Epic ruined Gear's appearance in the new game. They put this sort of green/yellow tint over everything, and lost much of the variety of caves/human streets/swamps of the first game: now everything is swamped.
I finished the second game a few times then went back to the first to finally complete it on Insane and I did notice a definite difference. It seems more to do with colours and lighting than actual base graphics though, which is something missed in those still shots.
Those 'comparison' shots are amazingly shitty. To me, Gears 2 looked worlds better than Gears 1.
Gears 1 during the rainstorm fighting the lambent guys that would explode for the first time. Rain effect was basically a noise shader, framerate would drop to below 10fps at times, lighting and colors weren't as nice IMO
Gears 2 during the rainstorm, constant 30fps, nice lightning effects. Rain effect was somewhat nicer, but still not perfect.
Basically I hated how Gears 1 looked (and played for that matter), but I think Gears 2 is one of the top 10 best looking games released to date.
I don't know what I have to say that hasn't already been mentioned, but Gears 2's graphics are superior to the original. Though still shots are bad ways to compare them, there is still a huge improvement between the two. Gears 2 has brighter colors, better lighting, better textures, better everything.
"Cheapoz said:"ArchScabby said:For everyone."Cheapoz said:Make it happen.""To what end does this nit picking benefit us?Ice cream cake."Gears 2 not only looks better, but Gears 1 still looks friggin great too, what do you people want?!"
I have to agree, I don't feel that the graphics are improved as much as they made out. There's definitely an improvement, but to me the biggest improvement was that the environments were much more interesting to look at, tastefully had color added to them, and better designed. I actually went through and picked up a couple extra GoW1 achievements directly after finishing GoW2, and didn't feel like the improvements were nearly as pronounced as the giant bomb guys did.
"It seems like in Gears2 they added fog to all the levels."They added depth of field. A LOT of people seem to mistake it for texture blur purposefully done to make the game run smoother.
And yes going back and forth between the 2 games you can easily see the improvement of Gears 2 over the original. Everything from the animations to the textures are much higher quality.
"ArchScabby said:no look at gridlock, it's all foggy in a greenish sort of way."It seems like in Gears2 they added fog to all the levels."They added depth of field. A LOT of people seem to mistake it for texture blur purposefully done to make the game run smoother.
And yes going back and forth between the 2 games you can easily see the improvement of Gears 2 over the original. Everything from the animations to the textures are much higher quality."
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