Good graphics, game mechanics, and game story are the three important factors that players look for in a good video game. From these, graphics refers to all the visual elements in the game including the characters, environment, props, and other game assets.
A better graphic quality is important for realistic and immersive visuals, improved aesthetics, and a satisfactory experience for the players. In order to determine the graphic quality, there are certain factors such as resolution, framerate, texture quality, lighting, special effects, draw distance, and other such factors.
In recent years, with the development of advanced computing and technology, more and more high quality graphic games are being developed by game development studios for various gaming platforms including consoles, PCs, tablets, and mobile devices.
Below, let us see some of the top games with the best graphics.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best video games developed and published by Rockstar Games in 2018. This action-adventure game comes with mind-boggling graphics and astonishing realism. It has a fantastic storyline that revolves around Arthur Morgan and his outlaws surviving against their adversaries in the year 1899 in the US. The most remarkable features of the game are its attention to detail, realistic graphics, and unique character development. Also, the game has both single-player and multiplayer modes with many exciting levels.
The game is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Stadia.
Metacritic User Rating: 8.7
Horizon Zero Dawn, the first in the Horizon series is one of the top games with the best graphics. It is a role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2018. The best word to describe the game would be ‘it is simply fantastic. The graphics in the game will capture your attention and take you to a whole new level of realism. It is a beautiful blend of game environment, soundtrack, and storyline that never fails to amaze the players.
The game is available on PlayStation 4, and Windows.
Metacritic User Rating: 8.4
Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch Productions. The Samurai combat-based game will take you back in time to ancient Japan. It is a multiplayer game where you can play as a Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, or Assassin. Also, you can play the game solo in the story mode where you can explore many interesting challenges. Without a doubt, the game has the most amazing art direction and the soundtrack is on the next level which reproduces traditional Japanese music.
The game is available on PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
Metacritic User Rating: 9.1
God of War: Ragnarok is a truly amazing sequel to the God of War Series. This open-world action-adventure game has a very dense story offering an amazing gameplay experience to the players. If you are a beginner, first you need to dust off the previous sequel story to understand the story and plots in the game. The combats are very well-crafted and if you enjoy violent action sequences, then you would definitely love God of War: Ragnarok. The stunning landscapes, mythical characters, and creatures (such as monsters and beasts) have a scintillating effect on the players.
The game is available on PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
Metacritic User Rating: 8
Elden Ring published by Bandai Namco in 2022 is one of the top games with the best graphics. One of the enormous achievements of this game is making the game enjoyable for a beginner as well as a hardcore gamer — which shows how much love, planning, and hard work the game developers put into the game. A player can play the game at their own pace, exploring and immersing themselves in the open-action world. Moreover, the game does not have any microtransactions and battle passes, allowing the player to win purely based on their skill and experience. To put it simply, it is an amazing experience to play the game.
The game is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Metacritic User Rating: 7.8
Subnautica, the underwater survival game has done a very good job of triggering the survival instincts of the players. Every moment of the game is important and every moment is terrifying with the unknown dangers hidden beneath the water surface. The level of realism, geographic details, intuitive gameplay, and beautifully crafted underwater creatures offer an immersive gaming experience to the players. Though the game was first released in 2014, it is still regarded as one of the best survival games and is much loved by many survival game genre lovers.
The game is available on macOS, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Metacritic User Rating: 8.6
Death Stranding is an extraordinary action game that has bagged many awards for its soundtrack and technical design. Not only does the game have an incredible game design, but it also has the best storyline, stunning landscapes, fantastic audio, superior stealth, and combat gameplay mechanics. The PS5 version of the game was much loved by the players than the PC version, as it has some minor bugs that negatively impacts the gaming experience. This game is not like other action games which are filled with combat and fighting sequences but rather focuses on cargo delivery, building infrastructures, and helping others.
The game is available on PlayStation 4, Windows, PlayStation 5, and macOS
Metacritic User Rating: 7.8
Firstly, Cyberpunk 2077 was lauded for its innovative concept by players all over the world. When played on a high-resolution screen of 144fps, the game offers an incredible and immersive gaming experience. Some of the exciting features of the game include the nightlife theme, technology implants, powerful missions, quests, and brain dance (traveling into a person’s memory). Another very important feature of the game is the character-to-character interaction — at the end of the day, the players form more of an emotional bond with the other player characters. Also, the music, humor, and dialogues in the game need a separate round of applause.
The game is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and Microsoft Windows.
Metacritic User Rating: 7
The Ascent is an action-adventure game developed by Neon Gaint and published by Curve Digital in 2021. This cyberpunk themed game is packed with unlimited action sequences. The game comes with a fantastic environment design, interesting gameplay mechanics, and smooth weapon handling. Apart from that, the level of detail, lighting, 3D rendering, and camera angle contribute to eye-catching graphics in the game. Either you can play the game in single-player and multiplayer modes (three players) or go for online co-op.
The game is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Microsoft Windows.
Metacritic User Rating: 7.6
The control, third-person shooter game has the best graphic features, breathtaking visuals, great combat, and amazing story plots. Moreover, with the intelligent usage of art style, photorealism, lighting, and shading techniques, The Control managed to capture realistic visuals. A special mention to the dark humor in the game, that amuses the player while playing the game.
The game is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia.
Metacritic User Rating: 7.5
To conclude, graphics are a very important aspect of a video game. Better graphics in a video game contribute to a visually appealing, and immersive gaming experience for the players. Many game development companies have developed high-quality video games pushing the boundaries of the hardware and infrastructure capabilities.
Furthermore, one thing to keep in mind is that the future of the gaming industry has an unpredictable and vast scope for development where game developers are extending their capabilities to produce more graphically beautiful video games in the coming years.
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