The myth that Xbox360 is maxed out is invalid now

Posted by: Ahmed Al-Dajani 17/Jun/2010
There was a time when I wrote an article about how previous multiplatform engines like the Unreal Engine 3 (lots of Xbox360 exclusives also used the same engine) didn't do the Xbox360 justice. Also, in the same article I said that upcoming games and upcoming engines are going to change this situation and you are going to see so much better looking games on Xbox360 than what we used to see from before. Guess what? I was 100% right and to prove that, I will present to you five games that show that the Xbox360 isn't maxed out like many gamers claimed. Yes, I know that Gears of War 3 uses a highly modified Unreal Engine 3 and it looks stunning and Halo: Reach looks outstanding, but the most impressive looking games at E3 2010 in my opinion were multiplatform games. Keep in mind that these games are using new engines for the first time. So without further ado I present to you five games that show that the Xbox360 is still a monster machine:  
1. Castlevania: Lord of shadow:  
 
 
 
I'm a huge fan of the castlevania franchise and I was a bit worried about this game before E3, but after I saw some gameplay footage from the game, all of my worries vanished. Lord of Shadow is shaping up to be one of the best looking games of this generation. The transition between cut scenes and gameplay is so seamless, the lightning and the visuals overall looks stunning, the character models are absolutely some of the best I have ever seen (the best looking werewolves I have ever seen in my life), and the animation is top notch.  
2. Metal Gear Solid: Rising:  
 
 
 
While this trailer doesn't show a lot of gameplay segments, it absolutely shows that Kojima Production is one of the most talented developers in the industry. I don't know if they are using a highly modified version of the MGS4 engine or a wholly new engine, but what I'm certain of is Rising is going to be technologically superior game than MGS4.  
3. Crysis 2:  
 
 
 
The devs of Crysis 2 are saying that this game is going to be the best looking FPS in the market. While this is debatable, you can't argue with the fact that Crysis 2 is a technical showpiece. Crysis 2 has great looking textures, amazing physics engine and destructibility, spectacular visual effects, and it will support 3D on all platforms.  
4. Enslaved:  
 
 
 
Enslaved looks stunning. It's one of my most anticipated games of 2010. This game has a very good chance of reaching the same visual fidelity of the great looking PS3 exclusive Uncharted 2. The artistic design of this game is mesmerizing, the animation of the characters is top notch. Everything in this game looks fantastic.  
5. Rage:  
 
 
 
Rage is possibly is the best looking game of E3 2010. You have to see the game in motion to understand what I'm talking about. If you have seen the footage above, you are going to notice that Rage was running on Xbox360 not on PC at 60FPS. WOW.  
27 comments
Posted: 25/Sep/2010
This article was right on. Games have continued to look better and better on the 360. Halo Reach looks a lot better than Halo 3 and Gears of War 3 looks better than Gears of War 2. Multiplatform games like Crysis 2, Rage, and Castlevania blow away most exclusives and they show that you can get better graphics on the 360 simply by creating better engines. I bet the upcoming Crytek exclusive for the Xbox 360, Project Kingdoms, will be even better looking than Crysis 2 on the 360. I can't wait to see it. Anyway, great article.
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
there are only two games on that list that looked good, crysis 2 and rage
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
Ahmad Dajani,the desperate xbox fanboy is back,you should make some reseasrch about the unreal engine 3 and see that it is the PS3 the console wich is suffering the most because the unreal engine was made for the xbox360 in mind.
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
tHIS WEBSITE IS OWNED BY A CHRISTIAN AND HE TAGS IT AS VGARARABIA...NO ONE IN ARAB WORLD WOULD EVER BUY AN X360 THAT IS SHIT? X360 ISNT MAXED OUT???? OH REALLY THEN WHERES X360'S RESPONSE TO kz2, uc2 LET ALONE gt5 AND kz3 EVEN CRYSIS 2 AND RAGE DOESNT LOOK ANYHWERE NEAR kz2 LET ALONE kz3 AND uc2 AND gt5
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
wow rage looked good but still the environments are lifeless and Crysis 2 on consoles looked good too but even it still looked downgraded. So no the 360 is not maxed out but it has a long way to go before it reaches ps3's graphics, sound, particle effects, scale, and animation all in one.
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
@ jop: Even though The Unreal Engine 3 was made for the Xbox360 in mind, the tech is old now (The first game that used the engine was Gears of War 1 ) that why Epic games have been adding new features and improving the engine with every gears of War game. Also, I will tell you how Unreal Engine 3 hurt the Xbox360, most of not all of the Unreal Engine 3 (exclusives and multi) games looks the same ( too much brown color palette and lack of colors). Gears of War 3 looks great as Epic games is implementing the latest and the newest improvement to the UE3. The games in this list look very different from the unreal engine 3 and at the same time have very advanced technology. Also, it seems that you agree that these games looks so much better that any previous Xbox360 games, which is the point of this article.
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
@masmum you're an idiot and if you in Muslim world writing English Lear grammer properly (sarcasm). By the way all consoles are sub-HD. I have all 3. Show me any hardcore titles running 1080p 60fps. Guess what? This whole killzone/uncharted argument (by the way uncharted 2 & HR are my favorite games) is such a fail. Are you just pissed from all the new DRM making it more difficult to steal free xbox games?
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
I'll have what you're smoking, mate. The Xbox is dead.
Posted: 17/Jun/2010
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Posted: 17/Jun/2010
NOW THE CRAZY PS3 FANPIGS WILL ATTACK THIS SITE LIKE BULLS !!! mgs rising looks much better than KZ3 just look at the characters ugly faces, their hand skins and uniforms in KZ3 the texture looks horrible they are just using the light to to hide bad textures ITS A FACT !!!!