One of the distinctions of a new generation
of video games is improved graphics. As we move into the next generation, let's take
a look back the best visual experiences of the last generation. Games will be rated based
on graphical quality, art direction, and aesthetics..
This top 10 countdown are my picks for the
best video game graphics. At the end of the countdown, let me know what you think. What
games were too high? What games were too low?.
What games were not included but should have
been? Without further ado, let's begin the breakdown. The elder scrolls 5 skyrim receives honorable
mention in the competition. The reason for its honorable mention instead of full inclusion
is that it is only able to look as good as it does with a plethora of mods installed.
But once these mods are installed, the textures,.
Antialisaing, overall graphical fidelity improves
to the extent that vanilla skyrim and modded.
Skyrim look like they are games in different
generations. Detailed characters models, towns,.
Landscapes, and dungeons lift Skyrim from
graphical mediocrity to being able to rival any game in impressive visuals..
Starting the countdown is Tomb Raider, a much
needed reboot to the, no pun intended, archaic.
Series. The game brings the story back to
the adventurer origins of Lara Croft. Along with modern gameplay improvements, Tomb Raider
has impressive visuals. A large portion of.
The game's success depended on how well Lara's
physical and inner struggle was portrayed,.
And the game delivers in this aspect. Animations
are fluid and believable. Lara's movements.
Were motion-captured off Camilla Luddington,
who is also the voice actor and body model..
On PC, there is even a graphical option solely
dedicated to hair physics. The tombs and exotic.
Locations Lara visits in the game are a real
pleasure to take in. Ensuring a future for.
Our strong female protagonist, Tomb Raider
sails into 10th place on the countdown..
Another Square Enix published game, Sleeping
Dogs presents an intricately designed world for you to roam around. Wei Shen is an undercover
cop tasked with infiltrating the triads. The.
Setting, modern Hong Kong, is unique to the
gaming world, and the sights and sounds of the bustling city are well-portrayed through
the gameplay. It is exhilarating just to stop from time to time to take it all in. A high
resolution textures pack that comes with the PC version adds polish to everything in sight,
and lighting, shadows, and effects are consistently.
High quality through and through. Hand to
hand combat sequences flow like choreography..
For those experiencing the "I want GTA 5 NOW!"
syndrome, Sleeping Dogs will more than fill.
That void. Just be sure to remember to drive
on the left side of the road. With everything from thrilling motorcycle chases to action
movie fist fights, Sleeping Dogs pummels its.
Way into 9th place on the countdown..
Hitman: Absolution rounds out the first three
games on our countdown with yet another Square.
Enix published game. The game itself was well-received
by critics, but lesser known among mainstream.
Audiences. Agent 47 make a triumphant return
to the gaming scene, his assassination missions.
Have been updated with modern gameplay mechanics.
The Glacier 2 engine is very underrated, and.
Is capable of rendering realistic, dense crowds.
The environments are gorgeous to look at,.
And you are sure to take all of it in as you
play the game stealthily. But subtly sometimes falls through, and you are more than welcome
to run and gun. Slow-motion kill cams show.
High levels of visceral detail. Hitman Absolution
sneaks into 8th place on the countdown..
I feel like I can just copy and paste a large
portion of what I wrote about Hitman Absolution.
Into my my synopsis of Max Payne 3. The game
received high scores from critics, but not many played it although it was a spectacular
modern release. Max Payne, the titular character,.
Is once again in a cycle of getting drunk
and pissing metal. The PC version is replete.
With modern graphical features such as tessellation
and ambient occlusion. Gameplay is fast, but.
The trademark bullet time allows to see detailing
on each individual bullet. Advanced physics.
Are well implemented, as enemies react and
fall dynamically to where they are shot on their body. Bullet wounds are viscerally rendered.
Max Payne 3 dives into 7th place on the countdown..
Although there are too many modern military
shooters released every year to count, still none of them have been able to unseat Battlefield
3 as the go-to game of choice for graphical fidelity. Released in 2011, the game is still
a benchmark that modern systems target. Realism-inspired.
Gameplay accompanying photo-realistic visuals
creates a very immersive experience. The feeling.
Of being in a war zone is enhanced when the
destructible environments of the Frostbite 2 engine cause the world to literally crumble
around you. Releasing in late 2013, Battlefield.
4 and Arma 3 will compete for the best graphics
in a modern military shooter, but for now,.
Battlefield 3 shoots its way into 6th place
on the countdown..
Far Cry 3 drops you into the lair of pirates,
slavers, and dangerous animals, as your vacation.
Goes wrong in the worst possible way. The
one stroke of luck you do have is that the.
Islands of Far Cry 3 are beautiful, expansive,
and completely open to exploration. There's.
A lot to take in as you fly over the islands
with a wingsuit or hang glider. The terrain.
And vegetation are developed and lush. Hunting
rare animals takes you to a variety of locales..
Wandering aimlessly through the forest or
driving along the coast offer hours of radiant vistas and entertainment just by themselves.
With gameplay just as rewarding as its graphics,.
Far Cry 3 skydives into 5th place. Developers CD Projekt Red shows that when
you develop from the ground up with high end PC systems in mind, you create graphical masterpieces
such as the Witcher 2. You play as Geralt.
Of Rivia, a fabled monster hunter, known as
a Witcher. The oldest game on the countdown,.
The Witcher 2 is over 2 years old as the time
of this writing. The game is clearly designed.
For the ages, as the graphical requirements
to play at the highest settings are still very intense. There's no easy place to begin
describing the amount of graphical fidelity.
In the Witcher 2. The textures, environmental
detail, lighting, and world design are all.
Deserving of praise. No graphical element
is lacking, and each feature is well implemented..
The Witcher 2 is the best looking high fantasy
game available, and the Witcher 3 will raise.
The bar again for visual quality. The storyline
is just as compelling as the graphics. With.
Its immersive landscape, the Witcher 2 hacks
and slashes to 4th place on the countdown..
This will surprise many for its inclusion
in the countdown, much more so for its high.
Position, but Bioshock Infinite very much
deserves a position among the most visually.
Impressive games of the generation. Booker
DeWitt seeks to wipe away his debt by saving.
Elizabeth from captivity, but there is a deep
secret to her origins that makes the mission.
Transcend explainable phenomena. It is clear
that the game isn't striving for realism in.
Its graphical design, but rather, it reaches
new gaming benchmarks for art direction and.
Aesthetic appeal. The game is much more than
a good story told through a first person shooter-.
It is artwork. Symbolism is abundant. The
game's setting, the floating city of Columbia,.
Has imagery rife with architecture and persona
representative of the early 20th century,.
But has intrinsic design that distinguishes
it as existing in an alternate universe. There.
Is a steampunk feel to the world, coupled
with the comfortable vertigo of being among the clouds. Elizabeth's animations are mesmerizing
to look at. Each aspect of world design contributes.
To the inherently artistic origins of BioShock
Infinite. Even those most critical and skeptical.
Of video games will agree that Bioshock Infinite
solidifies video games as a legitimate art.
Form. With a meticulous amount of detail and
intricacy placed into creating a memorable.
And unique world, BioShock infinite tears
its way into 3rd place on the countdown..
We are down to the 2 best looking games of
the generation. It was extremely difficult.
To decide which of these two games would take
the top place on the countdown, because they both present a strong case for the best quality
graphics. It was hard to put this game second to anything, but the runner up for the best
gaming graphics is Metro: Last Light. The.
Game takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland,
where humanity is reduced to live in metro.
Tunnels. Your goal is to find any and all
means to keep stay alive. It is shocking how.
Believable the decimated environment looks.
Powerfully vivid graphics are important to.
What the game seeks to accomplish in creating
an immersive and tense atmosphere. Shadow.
And light are life and death, and the gameplay
uses how impressive these effects are to making.
Edgy stealth segments. The physics engine
utilizes PhysX to create dynamic destruction,.
Fabric, explosion, and spark effects. The
game presents and puts together all of the.
Best modern graphical features to create one
of the most visually immersive experiences. Metro: Last Light shines its way into second
place on the countdown..
Crysis series has a legacy in requiring powerful
hardware to be able to play at any setting..
The latest in the series, Crysis 3, continues
its tradition of melting PCs. You play as.
Prophet, a soldier with superhuman abilities
made possible by the series' definitive Nanosuit..
The powerful CryEngine 3 is on full display,
as Crysis 3 incorporates graphically intensive.
Features such as displacement mapping, particle
and volumetric fog shadows, improved dynamic.
Cloth and vegetation, dynamic caustics, improved
area lighting and diffuse shadows. All of.
These graphical innovations, high quality
textures, and other advanced features create a science fiction visual experience that other
games are a far cry away from reproducing..
Each Crysis game takes graphics to levels
previously unimaginable, especially as games approach real-life fidelity. This makes it
all the more impressive that the team at Crytek pushes the boundaries of video game graphical
intensity. As the best looking video game of the generation, Crysis 3 powers its way
to the top of our countdown..
So there you have it. These are my picks for
the best video game graphics of last generation..
Remember to leave a comment on what gamers
you think were too high, too low, or should have been included but weren't. I'm very excited
to see what the next generation of gaming will bring in terms of realistic graphics.
Thanks very much for watching. Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven't already.
My name's David, and I'll see you next video.