I understand the HUD/plane angles are crap, but how about this: Go to google maps Go to Miami Beach Florida and find a golf course and then go compare sands traps and the like Also, American Airlines Center looks great, hell they even made a Hard Rock Cafe (next to AAC) look better than anything in AC0 or earlier.
I am completely in awe of what they did with the environment, now if they would promptly put the a playable game onto these environments, and ditch the "dogfights" I might consider buying it.
People aren't bashing the environments, they're bashing the gameplay. People are criticizing the environments because they're satellite photos pasted on top of a 2D plane with geometry placed on top. Because those are GRAINY photos that look great from a few hundred feet up, but awful up close.
And because the water texture, though nice, is the same in the deep sea as it as on the coast as it is in a pond several miles inland.
And because the juxtaposition of these three disparate elements is very unflattering.
Miami is particularly bad because the grainy terrain texture is placed on a simple two-dimensional plane. The elevation does not very at all, anywhere on the entire map. That's lazy as hell. Previous AC games may not have had the same level of accuracy, but their maps were hand-crafted and looked beautiful.
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