Musings on game technological advancements

I have been playing the Half Life 2 series recently, and the physics and facial animations have amazed me, and it's all mostly from last gen. Now I am yet to commence episode 2, because at the moment I am playing Crysis 2, which pushes the current generation of consoles to their limits (as programmably possible) . The event scripting, lighting, art direction, and the unique alien effects make for an incredibly immersive gaming experience. The way the HUD looks like it is on a visor, the way the transparent cells fill the edges when activating shields, the colour filters used in the heat vision etc. All the details accumulate to make the player feel like they are a part of the experience. If new console hardware can allow the average game developers make their games look 90% as good as Crysis 2, then bring it on. This is exactly the kind of game I have wanted to play all my life, and I haven't finished it yet, so hopefully no jinxing just occurred. The graphics are valuable and should never be underestimated, the gameplay is extremely good as well, though maybe not to the same extent.

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I have been playing the Half Life 2 series recently, and the physics and facial animations have amazed me, and it's all mostly from last gen. Now I am yet to commence episode 2, because at the moment I am playing Crysis 2, which pushes the current generation of consoles to their limits (as programmably possible) . The event scripting, lighting, art direction, and the unique alien effects make for an incredibly immersive gaming experience. The way the HUD looks like it is on a visor, the way the transparent cells fill the edges when activating shields, the colour filters used in the heat vision etc. All the details accumulate to make the player feel like they are a part of the experience. If new console hardware can allow the average game developers make their games look 90% as good as Crysis 2, then bring it on. This is exactly the kind of game I have wanted to play all my life, and I haven't finished it yet, so hopefully no jinxing just occurred. The graphics are valuable and should never be underestimated, the gameplay is extremely good as well, though maybe not to the same extent.