From pixels to polygons: 2D characters get three-dimensional

Above: Years of Nazi torture will do that to your face.

Image Credit: Samir Torres/GamesBeat

With video game visuals looking more photo-realistic with each new generation, it’s hard to believe characters used to resemble flat, squared waffles not long ago.

Let’s travel back in time a few decades to see what your favorite heroes — plus an evil pig-man and a six-time NBA champion — looked like without their fancy 3D makeup on.

Click here for more pixels to polygons comparisons.

Zero Suit Samus

Zero Suit Samus
Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (2014)

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Renato T. Boca
Renato T. Boca

I still prefer the old and COLORFUL 2D pixelated style. Nowadays everything is grey...

Suresh Kumar
Suresh Kumar

stupid #autocorrect its #wolfenstein damn it

Suresh Kumar
Suresh Kumar

don't mess with the original #wittgenstein and #kirby... nothing can take away anything from the original... the new #jordan is still blocky...

Chris Hoadley
Chris Hoadley moderator VB Staff

I prefer Axl's old GGX2 outfit to the one in Xrd, but at least it isn't as bad as his original.

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