Game Franchises That Had a Successful Jump to 3D
The jump to 3D in the late 90s was not smooth, but these early games got it right.
In the 90s and early 2000s, our brains began to melt as 3D was added to our gaming lives. Video games were still slightly new to the general public and we'd only just begun getting used to the old "normal" ones. Now they're telling us another quantum leap was added??!! Even worse, a lot of gaming companies didn't have the technology to keep up. And while Nintendo 64 and PlayStation had the budget to go all in, even some of their games couldn't make the cut (RIP). Happily, humanity soon caught on to the perks and beauty of 3D, and our brains evolved once again to enjoy next-level gaming. These are the ten games that made the leap to 3D the most seamlessly.
10. Wave Race 64
Before Wave Race 64 was hot in 1996, it was simply referred to as "F-Zero on water during development as one of the first true 3D racers on the Nintendo 64. Wave Race 64's upgraded look was instantly amazing in 3D and sold about two million copies. This game is also the originator of one of the coolest video game effects of all time. While experimenting with the Nintendo 64's graphics technology while creating the game, a programmer created a demo that showed what the game's wave programming could be. Everyone loved it! The result was the unprecedented and realistic effect of water that made us all really feel like we were riding jet ski's around our living rooms.
9. Sonic Adventure
Poor Sonic had been caged in a narrow, two-dimensional side-view his entire life. That is until 1998, when Sonic Adventure was released. Being in 3D gave Sonic permission to roam freely and he took full advantage of our generosity. The world he zoomed through was beautiful and exciting. One of the most fun parts of the game was Sonic's expansion into a taller and more dynamic player who gave us a giant range of bodily expressions.
8. Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 isn't the first 3D platformer of all time, but it was one of the originals and best. This game "wall-jumped" us into a new era of gaming. SM64 didn't miss a beat, from the mind-blowing opening screen to the meticulously simple controls. Shockwaves were sent through the industry with the release of this game. Developers tried to keep up and create games equally futuristic, with both bad and good results. This game remained a legend though and even now - everything from Assassin's Creed to Elden Ring is influenced by it.
7. Grand Theft Auto 3
This game went, unsurprisingly, all out when it upgraded to a new 3D era. Grand Theft Auto 3 presented players with an incredibly realistic city in which to act like a criminal and meet wild side characters. This game offered players unknown levels of freedom that sent linear games out of fashion almost immediately. It also made games "cool" and intriguing to adults who had never been interested in them before. A lot of game developers have cited Grand Theft Auto 3 as inspiration for games such as Saints Row and Jack and Daxter.
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