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Submitted by Raiz 475d ago | opinion piece

6 PC Games That Gave Glimpse of Next Generation Graphics

There's one bitter truth that consoles gamers are currently living with i.e "PC gaming is way way ahead of console gaming". This saying is indeed a Universal Truth because there are plenty of PC games that already look like next generation games. So we have listed below Six PC Games That Gave Glimpse of Next Generation Graphics. (Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Crysis, Far Cry 3, Next-Gen, PC, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings)

MaleManSam  +   475d ago
Have to agree with The Witcher 2 and BF3.

But Skyrim takes the cake imo. I have mine modded to hell and back and it just surpasses anything I've ever seen in gaming or films. It's just astonishing with some of the visuals that are capable with just an amd 7970 and a i5 3570k cpu and some ram.

Which is by all means just a semi hardcore gaming computer. (No hate pls ;) )
Plagasx  +   475d ago
Would it be too much to ask exactly which graphic mods you are using? lol.
MaleManSam  +   475d ago
I have around 60 mods running ATM, still get around 40fps, which in sky rim is more than enough, it runs smoothly until around 19fps. But for the most part I use everything (graphics wise) listed here and most of the ones on nexusmod, just google it and go the skyrim one if you don't know what that is, then use the BOSS program which helps put all the mods in order of boot load and you'll be hard pressed to ever get a CTD again.
Eldyraen  +   475d ago
Disagreed on accident...

I agree with the whole list from the article as well as your Skyrim comparison. The work modders have put into it is superb and really does make the game look next-gen. Add Enb and it looks infinitely better though as adds much that the original engine lacked.

I can't remember exactly what mods I use (not at home) but some of the 2-4k textures are pretty insane--I actually use an 8k rock texture. Some of the new character textures are beyond what most other games have as well (Nuska female for example and a new male that I can't remember). I just wish monsters got as much love as everything else (monster mods exist but not as many standalone, simple replacers for vanilla monsters--when compared to character/environmental anyways). The hard part is finding all the mods as if you want a true next gen Skyrim you need some serious research/hunting to get it (and hope the mod doesn't get removed for some reason when/if you you change things).

I have to disagree about film though ;). Still, fully modded Skyrim is a wonder to behold and its weakest point is draw distance (ugrids help but with heavy mods can take performance way down). It all comes down to mods though as game itself is quite dated.
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BattleTorn  +   475d ago
I recently have done the same! And the game is still one of the best looking games i know.

I went back to Skyrim (after 10months of not touching it) after I played Far Cry 3 and got a hunger for more hunting, and archery.

I've now put 90+ more hours into it, in Dec. (I had nearly the entire month off)

Skyrim modded still looks amazing. I don't why, but mods where ruining my game-experience when I stopped playing, but when I rebooted it (after uninstalling a few other games) the game runs perfect now. (perhaps patches..)

As for which graphics mods, PlagasX, I'd suggest the usual popular ones. (stick to the tried and tested)
For example, the high-res texture pack is a must, then i'd say better snow, enhanced sun-glare, view distance, HD-flowers, and OH! "Lush grass" "Lush trees" and there might be "more grass" too.

But, I usually pick ones that are top-downloaded.
TheGamerDood  +   475d ago
Why isn't Hitman on the list that game looked unbelievable. The lighting and the texture work was amazing!
ATi_Elite  +   474d ago
Next Gen today not Next Gen
BF3 on Ultra
The Witcher 2 with uber sampling on
Crysis 3 on Ultra
GTAIV with Ice Mod
Arma 2 with ACE mod
STALKER Call of Pripyat with Complete mod
Skyrim with high texture mod
Metro 2033 with DOF on!

those are some of the games that will graphically bring your PC to it's knees or at least make it sweat!

Next Gen consoles should produce graphics at the BF3 PC level or better.....and be able to finally run Crysis 1 PC on the CryEngine 2!

Meanwhile I'll be playing Starforge and it's Voxel graphics and hopefully something Ray Traced!
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th3n00bg4m3r  +   475d ago
I don't know why people compare modded to originals?
Allsystemgamer  +   475d ago
Mods show a game engines true potential. Just imagine if Bethesda actually took the time to do that. It COULD look that way. Modders tend to be more skilled than the actual devs IMO often implementing fixes in a matter of days that devs couldn't do in months. Example dark soils ptde and skyrim
cyguration  +   475d ago
GTA IV with iCEnhancer is another clear indicator of what the RAGE Engine is capable of but console gamers got gimped of that experience big time.

It seemed like a bit of waste that Rockstar put so much time into such a high-end engine that only PC gamers with mods will get to experience. Not to mention the "realism" mod for car damage and physics that take the game to a whole new level of immersion.
th3n00bg4m3r  +   475d ago
I get it, but still it is not fair to compare modded games to non-modded games.
How many FPS would you get if you mod let's say Skyrim?
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Bladesfist  +   474d ago
@th3n00bg4m3r That depends on your hardware.
AznGaara  +   475d ago
Skyrim is great only if you have it running on some mods and I have about 15+ mods on mines lol. I personally don't like the low saturation / low contrast of the vanilla game.

The Witcher 2 On PC is the prettiest game ever. I say that in regards to both art style and tech. I have an i7 3770k, 16gb of ram and a factory OC 660ti and I still can't run it on ultra settings without the frame rate dipping to 30fps. Sure 30fps isn't bad but once you see how smooth the animations are at 60+fps you just can't go back. The lighting, character design, environmental design and partical effects are all top notch.
fossilfern  +   475d ago
Turn off ubersampling it rips through any GPU!
AznGaara  +   475d ago
Oh I already know and turned that of but that isn't really the "ultra" setting is it? lol
sourav93  +   475d ago
Nice.
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LAWSON72  +   475d ago
If you run skyrim with 2k texture mod it is easily the best if not one of the best looking games
Psychonaughty  +   475d ago
The Witcher 2 really didn't impress me, ok I only played it for 3 hours because it was so boring (and I felt ripped off even though I payed only £4.99 on a steam sale), but still, the world was quite good looking technically but with lots of horrible bugs, a horribly static world that you cannot interact with (invincible barrels ftw) and a generic art style (seriously did they get a blind person to design that dragon?!).

I was honestly far more impressed with a plethora of 360 games I could mention.

Yeah if that's supposed to be next-gen you can count me out.

ps I played the game on max settings for everything.
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Hassassin  +   475d ago
Just play past the tutorial seccion (i.e. castle area) and then come back and comment again... you have missed one of the greatest games this gen, give it another chance.
Psychonaughty  +   475d ago
Yeah I got about an hour past the tutorial stage, I may go back to it but so far it's painfully bad next to the last rpg I played, Dark Souls.

Maybe the story is good but I'm much more about combat and exploration (I like a good story but this game doesn't understand good pacing at all), it's combat is atrocious and clunky so far and there's no sense of exploration whatsoever, just linear area after another with constant and annoying interruptions, bad lip syncing and the mature content amounts to tits and swearing, yeah it's overrated to me.
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