Do not go gentle into that good NiGHT
Before the Wii launched last November, I had already accepted the fact that it would not be able to compete graphically with the other next-gen consoles. What I refuse to accept is that the teams developing games for the Wii AREN’T EVEN TRYING!
What you see before you is a crude montage of three screenshots. What’s significant about this image is that one of these screenshots is taken from a game that is six years old — running on hardware that is almost nine years old. Can you guess which one?
Sonic Adventure 2 (Pictured: right) was released for the Dreamcast in 2001. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (Pictured: left) is slated for release in October of 2007. I, for one, do not see six years worth of progress. According to the NiGHTS’ Wiki page, the graphics engine being used for the NiGHTS sequel is brand-spanking-new. Why, then, am I forced to look at graphics of this caliber?
I believe that the Wii has the potential to provide a gaming experience that is rich in both audiovisuals AND gameplay. Maybe when the AAA first-party titles start showing us what the Wii is truly capable of, the third-party developers will follow suit.