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Submitted by Karooo 1147d ago | opinion piece

25 Most Visually Appealing Games of 2013

Time, moving quickly as it always does at this time of the year, has left me in a bit of a daze. It barely feels like yesterday that 2012 was rolling around, and now 2013 is just around the corner; beckoning in yet another six month period where I will consistently fill out the year part of dates on forms incorrectly. 2013 won't be all about mistaking the date though, as graphics and processing power are set to improve, as they always do with time. Whilst we get old and decay, PCs and consoles only get better, meaning that we'll have some of the best looking games yet gracing our doorsteps in the coming months. We've lined up 25 of the best for your perusal." (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

jc48573  +   1147d ago
not many people give a damn about Lost Planet 3
JsonHenry  +   1147d ago
FAIL list. Put in Starcraft 2 expansion with its cartoony GFX but no mention of the Frostbite 2.0 Command and Conquer Generals 2 being released next year? Lawls!
Allsystemgamer  +   1147d ago
At called art style. Read up on it. I guess borderlands looks bad to you huh?
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1147d ago
so if something is cartoony it's not visually appealing?

Command and Conquer Generals 2 to bad it's a f2p by EA. Game over..
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piroh  +   1147d ago
Last of Us
GOW ascension
Last Guardian

in no specific order
ABizzel1  +   1147d ago
I love borderlands, but it's a bad example to use for proving cell shade is "visually appealing".

Not to mention You never see the game at that angel, when you're playing it. Try these instead.

And there's so much more. If that doesn't do it for you then nothing will.
Ezz2013  +   1147d ago
my list for Most Visually Appealing Games would be in order :

pc list :
Watch Dogs
starwars 1313
metro: last light
crysis 3

consoles list in order :
the last of us
god of war ascension
beyond two souls
tomb rider
Grand Theft Auto 5
gears of war J
Roccetarius  +   1146d ago
No one has faith in C&C Generals 2 anyways.
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ABizzel1  +   1146d ago
Lol at all the disagrees. Those are games that don't rely on heavy processing and rending, but instead unique art style.
ATi_Elite  +   1147d ago
Yeh I have an issue with that list also
Project CARS
Command and Conquer Generals 2
Total War: Rome 2

ALL should be on the list!

I have No clue how Starcraft 2 Heart of The Swarm made the list. Sure it has some nicely detailed units and a large amount of on screen units but Total War: Rome 2 flatout DESTROYS Starcraft 2 as far as Graphics!

Firefall is a the Best looking Cell Shaded game EVER. It makes Borderlands 2 PC look like CRAP!

Command and Conquer Generals 2 is on the Frostbite 2 engine and it will look PRETTY and play like CRAP....Thanks EA for once AGAIN screwing up a great series.

Project CARS kills every Racer as far as Graphics....and u can maybe even say Gameplay too and yes I 've been playing the ALPHA version and in it's ALPHA state P.C. is dam good!
PinkFunk  +   1147d ago
Dayum. I've not really checked up on PC games in some time. Used to be a CS 1.3-1.6 player, then went to PS3. Love my PS3 exclusives.

But watching Firefall, Total War Rome 2, and Metro Last Light recently makes me really uh, whoa.

PC gaming has come a long way...
Jazz4108  +   1147d ago
Piroh.. thats a perfect list for the sony lover. Should go over great on n4g.
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Freak of Nature  +   1147d ago
I will agree that Project cars looks fantastic! And still not totally polished.

Lost planet 3 also does look very good to great. as for the gameplay that is still up in the air for me.

I think the best lookers at this time keeping in mind there is still time for extra polish....

Not in order...

Watch Dogs
starwars 1313
metro: last light
crysis 3

consoles list not in order :

the last of us
god of war ascension
Grid 2
tomb raider
gears of war J

I think that **Media Molecule** with there new IP could be something extra special. We should be hearing more on the system Ps3 pr Ps4 soon, but I get a strong feeling it will be Ps4, to get it going in the fast lane fast.

I am surprised I don't see any mention of *Rayman legends*?

I also wonder about the next gen, any new yet to be seen IP's?

The **last guardian and Beyond good and evil 2** should be showing us something this year, but are both beyond 2013 I am guessing...
IAmLee  +   1147d ago
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   1147d ago
Why must you type in caps lock? LOL

More pages demand more clicks. More clicks generate more ad money.
Kingofwiiu  +   1147d ago
Resident evil revelations and Kid icarus uprising. The 2 most visualy appealing games of 2012. Nuff said....
charted  +   1147d ago
You guys are crazy to leave out Metro: Last Light from your lists. It's gonna be good.
MikeMyers  +   1147d ago
Get a decent graphics card and you can make a lot of games visually appealing.
Walker  +   1147d ago
The Last of Us Looks fantastic for current gen !
j-blaze  +   1147d ago
actually, Ground Zeroes demo look much better for current gen imo

Edit: umm guys, the demo was running on PC yes but at current-gen specs Kojima himself said it'll look the same on consoles i mean duh -_-
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fabod86  +   1147d ago
Except for the fact that all the gameplay demos of The Last Of Us were running on a PS3, the Ground Zeroes one on a high end PC. ;)
Rhythmattic  +   1147d ago
Haters Hate, And Trollops troll... And when it comes to the PS3 and its exclusives, you are both J-Blaze..

However, there is some truth to your comment...
Ground Zero's wasn't on the list, and definitely should be..
Irishguy95  +   1147d ago
Yeah as others said, GZ was on PC. LoU looks damn fine for this gen, but again of course, LoU is linear, and before people take offense to me saying it is linear, no I am not saying that is a bad thing, I am saying LoU can use it's resources on wherever the dev wants you to see, it also doesn't need to spend resources on a high end Physics engine. Because it's a contextual game filled with Different animations depending on what's in your proximity.

GZ looks Damn fine, and it has vehicles, and it is Sandbox - I wonder how it will look on Consoles.
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r21  +   1147d ago
j-blaze As soon as anything ND related is up, you're there to hate for no good reason :L But i wont disagree though, GZ does look good.
Eyeco  +   1147d ago
Why are people calling TLOU linear, naughty dog has stated it will not be a linear affair although it won't be open world either I suspect it will be allot similar to Arkham Asylum or Bioshock

On the footnote this article was horrible , besides forcing you click through 25 pages, there are no gameplay video's or in game screenshots, just the box art and they can't even offer at the very least a detailed paragraph as to why the game looks good, just a summary of what it is, fail article
PinkFunk  +   1147d ago
@Eyeco, yeaaaah that instantly reveals the nature of the website for me. No effective journalism here. Won't get a click from me.

Buuut will engage in gaming conversation with my fellow gamers nonetheless :D
DigitalRaptor  +   1147d ago
@ Eyeco

The Last of Us is a controlled experience in the sense that the overall narative is in control of where the gameplay scenarios take place. As seen in the trailer, the game takes place over the course of several months (snowy woods) and cross several US cities which are miles apart. Naughty Dog themselves have coined the term "wide linear" for TLoU, which offers the player a LOT more choice in how they approach the gameplay, when compared to something like Uncharted. We've seen but a fraction of what the game has to offer, and for all we know certain sections of the game could be very open for exploration and interaction.

BioShock and Arkham Asylum both take place within the confines of a city/complex so backtracking is suited to that kind of game, I don't think TLoU will have that. But you know, none of us expect any different and it's not even a bad thing. It's apparently only a bad thing for haters of PS3.
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hilmart  +   1147d ago
Isn't this just a list of games that are scheduled for 2013?
Some of this games haven't had a single screenshot released, like Battlefield 4.
black911  +   1147d ago
Beyond Two Souls Wins
pandehz  +   1147d ago
Someone kindly list the 25 games plz.

I hate to click through it 25 times, my browser does not like flash sites
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Christopher  +   1146d ago
Please don't do this. We need to respect the content of others and not 'steal' it for N4G. If you hate how a site presents them, remember to rate their site by clicking the domain name ending with a '+' above and voting accordingly.

Thank you,
FATAL1TY  +   1147d ago
The Last of Us
Beyond: two souls
God of War Ascension
Belking  +   1147d ago
Rainbow 6 patriots should be on that list too.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1147d ago
The truth about you is starting to come out in the open...
iNcRiMiNaTi  +   1147d ago
"Battlefield 3, in spite of its limited campaign, offered some outrageously good visuals. Admittedly, it only ran at 30 FPS but, with Battlefield 4 launching sometime next year, it seems like these kind of visuals could be on the horizon at a higher framerate."

I don't understand that statement, My battlefield 3 runs at 60fps 1080p
th3n00bg4m3r  +   1147d ago
God Of War: Ascension
The Last Of Us
Beyond: Two Souls
Watch Dogs
Bioshock: Infinite

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kingeo  +   1147d ago
Where is Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2?
DigitalAnalog  +   1147d ago
Any gameplay trailer?
Ezz2013  +   1147d ago
no gameplay was shown
TABSF  +   1147d ago
For me the games that will push graphics on PC technically are:

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
Dead Island: Riptide
Arma 3
Battlefield 4
Crysis 3
Metro: Last Light
Star Wars 1313
Watch Dogs

Games that I think are going to look beautiful:

Bioshock Infinite
Dead Island: Riptide
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Arma 3
Battlefield 4
Beyond: Two Souls
Crysis 3
Grand Theft Auto 5
Grid 2
The Last of Us
Star Wars 1313
Watch Dogs

Games that are truly next gen:

Star Wars 1313
Watch Dogs
Relientk77  +   1147d ago
I like how #2 on the list is Dead Space 2

which came out in 2011
solidt12  +   1147d ago
that's dead space 3 not 2.
taquito  +   1147d ago
lol.....not a SINGLE console game should even be mentioned

almost any game on pc from the last 5 years maxed out makes last of us, god of war ascension, gears judgement, beyond or ANY game console gamers keep saying look so amazing, look last gen.

it gets SOOO boring to hear people say "last of us, last of us, BEYOND" will looks as bad or worse than uncharted 3 , which looked worse than uncharted 2 by far, reason being, they will add to many objects, the 8 years old ps3 was outdated at launch, now its like a vhs player

NO GAME on console is visually impressive once you have played even a 6 year old pc game like Crysis in dx10 at 1080p

now, for visuals, on PC ONLY crysis 3, Metro Last Light, Arma 3, Grid 2, Star Wars 1313, Rome 2 Total War...ect...ect...

ps4 and nextbox will NEVER do what a pc can today

dx11, 2560x1600, 16x aa, ssao, DoF, hbao, real time dynamic lighting, soft shadowing, 16af

they will not build a console next gen capable of even half're going to be getting a slightly upgraded Wii U

have fun with it, i'll be buying a ps4/nextbox/wii u and maybe even a steambox at some point next gen, but I'm not going to kid myself and think anything on any console for the next ten years will looks as good as the games I'm playing on pc right now!
MysticStrummer  +   1147d ago
Today's overwrought PC gaming commercial brought to you by Massengill.
AKS  +   1147d ago
You sound like a bad caricature of a PC troll.

Don't post crap like this:

"dx11, 2560x1600, 16x aa, ssao, DoF, hbao, real time dynamic lighting, soft shadowing, 16af"

You just sound like a complete tool, and I have to constantly defend myself here as a PC gamer to separate myself from close-minded knuckleheads like you.

If you'd bothered to read any of what is in this article, you would have seen remarks such as the reference to Battlefield 3 running at 30 fps. That would have clued you into the fact that they are NOT talking only about PC games or PC graphics standards. But that would have required reading and thought, which were both conspicuously absent in your comment.
landog  +   1147d ago
the real competition will be between crysis 3 and metro last light on pc

also, watch dogs and starwars 1313 probably won't be out next year, but if they are, on pc at least, there could be some challengers to the throne

last of us will look awesome for a console game and probably win in that space.
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ajax17  +   1147d ago
"Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs" ... How have I never heard of this game!?!
BananaEatingSquid  +   1147d ago
I'm so excited for Beyond: Two Souls.
AKS  +   1147d ago
Evidently some people disagree that you are genuinely excited about it. LOL. That's N4G for you.
despair  +   1147d ago
I see it more as they disagree on being excited for the game rather than his personal excitement for it.
WeAreLegion  +   1147d ago
I disagree with that statement, despair!
AKS  +   1147d ago
Aren't the next generation consoles coming out in 2013? I'd assume they are going to have some pretty decent looking games considering they will be substantially more powerful. Seems a bit premature for a top 25 for visuals.
brew  +   1147d ago
Where is Puppeteer ?
younghavok  +   1147d ago
Pikmin 3 wasnt on the list and the most recent video of that game had it looking absolutely gorgeous. THis article sucked though. 25 pages??? No screenshots or video??? Outrageous

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