Still quite impressive.

For what they're worth, they're all graphically dated or somewhat unimpressive by todays standards. In some ways, you can still spark some beauty in what most consider to be old, plain or ugly - And with that, here's a handful of games with some pretty damn nice looking screenshots. 
 
All the screenies were snagged at moments of boredom, and ofcourse you can click 'em for a larger image.
 

World of Warcraft

While the game's been out for a good seven years now, the graphics quality remained on the same standard until the approach of it's second expansion pack "The Wrath of the Lich King". Most of the new content was amazing in atmosphere, as well as rather stunning up close. While it never set a new high, it sure as hell was a unique and equally impressive with art. With Cataclysm having been released recently in Dec '10, the game recieved it's first major graphics overhaul not long before - Higher quality textures, liquid detail, animations and more, a change that made the game look all that more impressive.
 
Twin Drakes
The Keep
Death Knights Den
                     Caveworld
 
 Crystalsong Forest 'The Unbound Thicket'
 Howling Fjord 'Utgarde Keep'
 
 Eastern Plaguelands 'Acherus, the Ebon Hold'
 Deepholm 'Deathwing's Fall'

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Graphically speaking Oblivion was a small disappointment in some areas while at the same time amazing and breathtaking in others. Characters were flat and most textures were rather streched and low quality, but all was forgiven the moment you stared off into the distance or peeked at the skies across a lake. The game was released for Xbox and PC in 2006, with the PC being the obvious winner graphically - The Xbox version still had moments where you dropped everything to just witness the Imperial City skyline from Bruma. Makes you wonder, they had access to this hardware in 2006... Just think about what Bethesda might have in stock for Skyrim, the first looks at the game already blew some minds.
 
BridgedAcross the Lake
Red Dawn
Finding Imperial
 
 Skingrad Castle 'The Keep Walkway'
 
 Imperial City Waterfront 'Lake Rumare'
 
 Anvil 'Town Square'
 
West Weald 'Imperial Distance'

Grand Theft Auto IV

Considered to be the best in the open world business graphically. And of man they aren't wrong, nowhere close. Dating back to 2007, Rockstar already had the graphics set in stone dispite the '08 release - It was good looking and remained just as breath-taking as those first 30 seconds of Niko's teaser trailer that goes as far back as 2006. Nitpicking is all you can do about the game, bland shadows, vague textures, strange smudge-effect across draw distance, the likes. The problems are vastly outnumbered by the good, diversity, draw distance, character quality, lighting, particle effects, you name it. A feat from '07 that will remain to be a feat for years to come. The RAGE engine proved itself to be worth the anticipation.
 
Welcome to Liberty City
Dusk 'til Dawn
A Look Back
North to Jersey
 
 Broker 'Broker Beach'
 
 Algonquin 'Frankfort Ave.'
 
 Bohan 'Dukes Pkwy Overlook'
 
 Algonquin 'Northwood'

 
And I could go on all day... But whats the point of this anyway? I don't know, perhaps I just love to seek out the special moments in a game. Perhaps I just love to share it. I don't effin' know... Maybe I'm just easily impressed or maybe I refuse to let the past go. Either way... They sure as hell look fine, even for their age. Nonetheless, gotta thank XFire for lettin' me snag and store.
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29 Comments
Posted by BraindeadRacr

For what they're worth, they're all graphically dated or somewhat unimpressive by todays standards. In some ways, you can still spark some beauty in what most consider to be old, plain or ugly - And with that, here's a handful of games with some pretty damn nice looking screenshots. 
 
All the screenies were snagged at moments of boredom, and ofcourse you can click 'em for a larger image.
 

World of Warcraft

While the game's been out for a good seven years now, the graphics quality remained on the same standard until the approach of it's second expansion pack "The Wrath of the Lich King". Most of the new content was amazing in atmosphere, as well as rather stunning up close. While it never set a new high, it sure as hell was a unique and equally impressive with art. With Cataclysm having been released recently in Dec '10, the game recieved it's first major graphics overhaul not long before - Higher quality textures, liquid detail, animations and more, a change that made the game look all that more impressive.
 
Twin Drakes
The Keep
Death Knights Den
                     Caveworld
 
 Crystalsong Forest 'The Unbound Thicket'
 Howling Fjord 'Utgarde Keep'
 
 Eastern Plaguelands 'Acherus, the Ebon Hold'
 Deepholm 'Deathwing's Fall'

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Graphically speaking Oblivion was a small disappointment in some areas while at the same time amazing and breathtaking in others. Characters were flat and most textures were rather streched and low quality, but all was forgiven the moment you stared off into the distance or peeked at the skies across a lake. The game was released for Xbox and PC in 2006, with the PC being the obvious winner graphically - The Xbox version still had moments where you dropped everything to just witness the Imperial City skyline from Bruma. Makes you wonder, they had access to this hardware in 2006... Just think about what Bethesda might have in stock for Skyrim, the first looks at the game already blew some minds.
 
BridgedAcross the Lake
Red Dawn
Finding Imperial
 
 Skingrad Castle 'The Keep Walkway'
 
 Imperial City Waterfront 'Lake Rumare'
 
 Anvil 'Town Square'
 
West Weald 'Imperial Distance'

Grand Theft Auto IV

Considered to be the best in the open world business graphically. And of man they aren't wrong, nowhere close. Dating back to 2007, Rockstar already had the graphics set in stone dispite the '08 release - It was good looking and remained just as breath-taking as those first 30 seconds of Niko's teaser trailer that goes as far back as 2006. Nitpicking is all you can do about the game, bland shadows, vague textures, strange smudge-effect across draw distance, the likes. The problems are vastly outnumbered by the good, diversity, draw distance, character quality, lighting, particle effects, you name it. A feat from '07 that will remain to be a feat for years to come. The RAGE engine proved itself to be worth the anticipation.
 
Welcome to Liberty City
Dusk 'til Dawn
A Look Back
North to Jersey
 
 Broker 'Broker Beach'
 
 Algonquin 'Frankfort Ave.'
 
 Bohan 'Dukes Pkwy Overlook'
 
 Algonquin 'Northwood'

 
And I could go on all day... But whats the point of this anyway? I don't know, perhaps I just love to seek out the special moments in a game. Perhaps I just love to share it. I don't effin' know... Maybe I'm just easily impressed or maybe I refuse to let the past go. Either way... They sure as hell look fine, even for their age. Nonetheless, gotta thank XFire for lettin' me snag and store.
Posted by Bloodgraiv3

I think WoW still looks incredible, and I agree with your other games listed.
Posted by ArchScabby

I've been playing LOTRO casually for a little while because it's free, and I would love to get into a better MMO like WOW, I just don't want to pay for it.

Posted by InfamousBIG

GODDAMN IT WHYD YOU HAVE TO MENTION SKYRIM I ALMOST WENT 5 MINUTES WITHOUT THINKING OF IT 

Posted by BraindeadRacr
@InfamousBIG said:
" GODDAMN IT WHYD YOU HAVE TO MENTION SKYRIM I ALMOST WENT 5 MINUTES WITHOUT THINKING OF IT  "
Sharin' the pain >:3
Posted by Unchained

Great post. One of the best thing about gaming is there is always something "new and improved" coming out. So much so, that one tends to forget how incredible past titles have been and still are.   
 
I loved the landscapes of WotLK. I love arctic and tundra and winter, and the scenery in that game was incredible, especially for a game engine from 2004.  
 
You've inspired me. I think I may check out and replay some of the older games from this gen in my library. 

Posted by armaan8014
@BraindeadRacr said:
" @InfamousBIG said:
" GODDAMN IT WHYD YOU HAVE TO MENTION SKYRIM I ALMOST WENT 5 MINUTES WITHOUT THINKING OF IT  "
Sharin' the pain >:3 "
ARRRGH!!
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Posted by BraindeadRacr
@armaan8014 said:
" @BraindeadRacr said:
" @InfamousBIG said:
" GODDAMN IT WHYD YOU HAVE TO MENTION SKYRIM I ALMOST WENT 5 MINUTES WITHOUT THINKING OF IT  "
Sharin' the pain >:3 "
ARRRGH!! "
<3!
Posted by EVO

I can't comment on World of Warcraft, since I haven't played it. And I think Just Cause 2 is the best looking open world game.
 
But Oblivion. Dunno what people see in the graphics. The world just seems so... soulless.

Posted by GreggD

Great post, man. Also; 
@EVO said:

" The world just seems so... soulless. "
You have no soul, then.
Posted by BraindeadRacr
@GreggD said:
" Great post, man. Also; 
@EVO said:
" The world just seems so... soulless. "
You have no soul, then. "
Ouch.
 
Dude has a point though, it had it's moments but it was very empty other than the billions of trees.
Posted by GreggD
@BraindeadRacr: Yeah, you're right. Dickishness aside, though...WHAT IF I LIKE TREES, MAN?
Edited by Where_Am_I

What I never got about gta 4 is that, there isint as much on street crime in 
manhattan as they show... but they did get the suburbs down.

Posted by iam3green

nice post. i do agree. WoW burning crusade, it was pretty instead of graphic whore. there were parts with different colors all around. 
 
i still remember first time playing oblivion and getting out of the sewer. i think it was the most impressive looking scene in the game. the sewers were pretty dark but then once you got it out you were just like dang look at those graphics. 

Posted by Claude

Great blog. I bitch about GTA IV, but in the end, you lived and died in a city. And it did look cool.

Posted by TooWalrus

I knew this thread was going to be about WoW! Yes, WoW is great, but I don't want to play it again for awhile...

Posted by EquitasInvictus
@GreggD: Not only that, but you could also suggest that trees have souls too!
Posted by JJOR64

Speaking of GTA4, seen there was some big fan-made patch that made the game look even better.  Think it came out recently.

Posted by Tru3_Blu3

Modding the shit out of Oblivion's PC port will make it look like Jesus.

Posted by TheDudeOfGaming

How is GTA IV dated? 
And Oblivion does have some awesome fuckin landscape.

Posted by Vinny_Says

fuck you, now I'll put in my copy of Oblivion, go walk in the woods until nightfall and cry that Skyrim is still not out!

Posted by SuperSambo

GTA 4 looks good, all the rest look crap.

Posted by BraindeadRacr
@GreggD said:
" @BraindeadRacr: Yeah, you're right. Dickishness aside, though...WHAT IF I LIKE TREES, MAN? "
Treehugger.
Posted by RenegadeSaint

Great post.

Posted by Sweep

Aw man, now I want to go play some GTA4. I was about to go to sleep, you bastard!

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Posted by captain_clayman

mod oblivion.

Posted by Gamer_152

A nice post, very well presented.

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Posted by TwoLines

Oblivion still looks neat. I don't know if I should play it again or wait for Skyrim...

Posted by BraindeadRacr
@Gamer_152 said:
" A nice post, very well presented. "
Why thank you, sire.