Friday, May 18, 2007
´Harry Potter´ game shows off Wii´s graphics power
A developer walkthrough of ´Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix´ shows a marked improvement in Wii graphics, previously a bit of a sore spot with the Nintendo console. The video, courtesy of GameTrailers, shows off a level of graphics quality that is unprecedented on the Wii.
The entire academy and its surroundings are rendered beautifully. The polygon count appears to be very high and the textures are simply stunning (especially in the common room in the beginning). Draw distance is extremely high. What is more, the entire academy is accessible without load times.
I have never cared for ´Harry Potter´. This game looks set to become a stunner, though. I thought the very first scene could only be pre-rendered. It turns out to be in-game. And alongside the great graphics, the game is ideally suited for the Wii remote.
But this video perhaps promises something that goes far beyond this one game. It seems to herald the second generation of Wii titles: games that feature great gameplay and original controller use, as well as great graphics.
Thanks to: QJ