30 Seconds of Skyward Sword: A Masterpiece of a Forest

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has beautiful graphics, despite the fact that it runs on dated hardware. In this game, artistry repeatedly trumps technological limitations.

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I want to show you one example of the game's great look in one of the first areas you can reach in the game.

This is the game's forest, one that was drawn by the game's creators in the style of French Impressionism. They cited this reference more than a year ago, but, today, I wanted to show it you you up close. This isn't the peak of Skyward Sword's impressive visuals, but it should give you a feel for the visual artistry in this latest grand adventure.

For more of my favorite 30-second Skyward Sword moments, go here.


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DISCUSSION

Speaking of dated hardware: how 'dated' would everyone say graphics are on the PS3 and Xbox 360? I know games still look fantastic on them and all, I'm just wondering how well they hold up from when they came out to today. I have the second gen PS3 (the models that came out RIGHT after the original 60 and 80 gig models), and I'm curious to figure out how it's graphics compare to modern day (I guess computer?) graphics. Has anything been updated over the years in newer systems? Would it actually be beneficial to upgrade to newer systems after a period of time?