Originally Posted by theshadowcult
Awah? It's the single biggest graphical quality jump in a LONG time... probably since dynamic anything or anti aliasing.
Technologically, it's the single biggest leap since probably games went 3D.
Nothing else comes close; not hardware T&L, not dynamic lighting, not bumpmapping and definitely not antialiasing.
But graphically, it's more of a hop because devs have gotten so good at using tricks to create fake lighting.