Why do people claim that Pokemon XY are fully 3D games?

#1iGenesisPosted 5/10/2013 2:47:13 PM
(Obviously, not referring to the 3DS' pop-up visual effects.)

Last I checked, whether a game is 2D or 3D is determined by gameplay, not graphics.

For a game to be truly considered as fully 3D, it would have the following characteristics (taken from the Wikipedia article on Super Mario 64):
As one of the earliest three-dimensional platform games, Super Mario 64 features free-roaming analog, six degrees of freedom, large open-ended areas, and true 3D polygons as opposed to 2D sprites. Hailed as "revolutionary", the game left a lasting impression on 3D game design, particularly notable for its use of a dynamic camera system and the implementation of its analog control.

On the other hand, all footage from Pokemon XY shows a fixed camera, with player movement being restricted to a standard tile grid as in the previous five iterations. Some footage from what appears to be gyms or other indoor areas even show the traditional top-down camera view.

Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, and the upcoming A Link to the Past 3D all have full polygon models, yet player movement is restricted to a single plane with a fixed, top-down camera. Some people call them "2.5D" due to their polygons, but they're not truly "3D" because they simply don't offer full 3D gameplay like Ocarina of Time.
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#2gsmumboPosted 5/10/2013 4:39:03 PM
Those are not the qualifications for 3D. Those are the features of Super Mario 64. 3D = polygons, plain and simple. A sprite is a two dimensional object. There is no depth. When you use polygons, it gains the third dimension(it has both x, y and z planes). That is literally what 3D is. The rest of it are just features of one video game. Take Pokemon Snap for example. Can't free roam, 0 degrees of freedom, no open ended areas. Yet it's still a 3D game. :)
#3Super_ChelseaPosted 5/10/2013 4:40:28 PM
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#4Mariofan15Posted 5/10/2013 4:50:16 PM
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#5TaCtiiCz_xPosted 5/10/2013 4:50:30 PM
Because.. it has.. depth? .. : |
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#6KittenLinaPosted 5/10/2013 4:58:52 PM
Once you learn what 3D means, you can understand why. But until you do, you never will.
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#7SMASHKING84Posted 5/10/2013 5:00:37 PM
you have no proof we only move in 4 directions
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#8ObtuseAnginaPosted 5/10/2013 5:03:35 PM
this is an igenesis topic
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#9TaCtiiCz_xPosted 5/10/2013 5:19:39 PM
ObtuseAngina posted...
this is an igenesis topic


Lol. His reputation precedes him?
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#10MarsfordPosted 5/10/2013 5:31:04 PM
Oh yay...semantics.
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