I Found a Low Resolution Texture in Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Oh no throw it out

Every video game has to look perfect. I don’t care if hundreds of talented people are working under brutal conditions to produce more high quality art than any human ever thought possible. Every inch should be perfect. Just like Control.

This is a totally reasonable and not-at-all-exaggerated or satirical expectation.

I don’t care how massive your world is! I don’t care how impressive the scope and scale of the adventure is! It ALL needs to look amazing. I didn’t pay 60 dollars for trash.

Ubisoft apparently doesn’t get this. Sure, they make some of the most breathlessly large and wonderfully-paced adventures of all-time. They build incredible interlocking systems that carry you through incredibly realistic worlds. And their stories have delighted millions of fans, including me.

Too bad they ruined all of that in one moment with this terrible texture. It’s simply unforgiveable!

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Xbox One X Screenshot taken by Alex Rowe. 4K resolution can’t save this texture!

Look at the corner of this random wooden cage in the desert that I probably wasn’t ever supposed to look at! This literally looks like something out of the original Doom! That game came out in 1993. That might as well be 1893 with how fast technology moves.

What is this obvious crap?

Bayek and the rest of this scene are so detailed that this texture sticks out like a sore thumb and ruins the whole video game.

Again, I don’t care if Origins is set in one of the largest and most detailed open worlds ever made…

This awful- looking texture ruins the whole thing for me. And it should ruin it for you as well.

I can’t be reminded of how old games used to look while playing new ones.

I don’t want to think about how even my new Xbox One X might eventually run out of graphics memory when rendering a complex scene. It should have all the power I need for years to come, even after the new machines come out.

Also, I don’t want to think about the harsh working conditions necessary to produce these huge games with anything approaching a reasonable budget. Did hundreds of people work 18+ hour days for months during the development cycle and somehow miss this awful garbage artwork that I found completely on accident?

What am I even paying 60 dollars for?

Video games are all about graphics.

The word “video” is right there. They’re not called games, they’re called video games. These companies need to start getting the video part right, or I’m just going to pirate everything from now on or watch playthroughs on Youtube or Twitch.

Ugh. Worst-looking game ever. I’m trading it in without finishing it.

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Xbox One X Screenshot taken by Alex Rowe

Oh. Well I guess that looks pretty nice. I wonder if I can climb those mountains?

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