11 upcoming games that will blow you away graphically We are now living in the HD era, and with each year pass us away, we still continuously seeing video game developers who are trying to push the boundaries with new engines, special tricks and visual effects in an attempt to impress us (gamers) and to bring non gamers to game.

Great graphics doesn't always make a great game, but if a certain game does have good gameplay, but bad graphics, it's undoubtedly will lessen the experience as a whole.

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mrv3213137d ago

I voted Heavy Rain it looks so much more than a game.

I disagree with Lost Planet I played the demo and wasn't blown away.

hardcore19123137d ago

The game is on par with the best, no doubt about it.

Sunny_D3137d ago

I'm with The Last Guardian on this one. Sometimes, having the most photorealistic graphics can be a bit bland. :/ So, even though Heavy Rain is looking very realistic, it's a style that other devs try to recreate. However, TLG will have that realistic look along with an art style that will make you feel lost in a fantasy world. It will truely be one of a kind.

mrv3213137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

It's just my impression from the demo. It's my opinion, and your welcome to yours. I just wasn't blown away as I was with Killzone 2 for example.

You are welcome to disagree but I'll admit this my view was tainted by the HORRID controls, I almost felt sick. They are almost as bad as Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2's

EDIT: I am not the one disagreeing with you. But decided to click agree because your opinion is never wrong to you.

immortal843137d ago

It's your opinion and I respect that. But in my opinion the game look freaking good, it's like RE 5 but with better graphics, physics and more things happening at the screen. BTW, Heavy Rain graphics are fantastic.

GWAVE3137d ago

No 360 game belongs on that list. Sorry, but we've seen gameplay of Alan Wake and Splinter Cell: Conviction.

While they don't look BAD, their graphics don't even come close to "blowing me away graphically". The era of 360 graphics going toe-to-toe with PS3 graphics are over.

SnuggleBandit3137d ago

I don't think lost planet belongs on that list either. God of war will be the most impressive in my opinion(huge titans, head rip, zipper tech, etc)

Greywulf3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

That demo was not on par with anything blowing anyone away. They need to stick to showing off the PC version with extra fx or something.

The game looks good,but we are well past the days of thinking normal maps with gloss is amazing. The 360 hasn't managed to blow away anyone with visuals in 5 years, doubt next year will be any different.

droid and bot3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

MGS:R in that list ??

we haven't seen anything out of that game
maybe he should just take it out and make it 10
or add GT5

ZombieAutopsy3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

I think theyre taking into account that it'll look just as good (if not better) than MGS4 according to Kojima-san, i personally wouldnt of put the game on the list without at least a screenshot of it but whatever.

Timesplitter143137d ago

I'm not sure if anything this gen can beat Uncharted 2.

I didn't even know it was possible to reach this quality with current gen hardware

BYE3137d ago

From playing the demo I think Lost Planet 2 looks solid. Just what you'd expect from a sequel.

But is it up there with the best? No.

Sitdown3137d ago

"No 360 game belongs on that list. Sorry, but we've seen gameplay of Alan Wake and Splinter Cell: Conviction."

Have you also seen gameplay for Mass Effect 2 and Assassins Creed 2?

On another, and slightly random I was typing this post, I just saw the first Forza 3 was on ESPN during half time of the Michigan/Penn State game.

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Harry_Manback3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

And especially now, after playing Uncharted 2...LP2 REALLY looks terrible

sikbeta3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

About the list:

.FF13 = Wrong -> FFv13 will have better graphics
.GOW3 = Right
.MGS: Risen (?) - MGS: Rising = Wrong -> being multiplat will f*ck PS3 port
.Crysis 2 = Right, is Crysis nobody can deny It
.Alan Wake = probably, no longer Open-World in order to look better (compression matters)
.Heavy Rain = Right
.Assassin Creed 2 = Wrong -> being multiplat will f*ck PS3 port
.Lost Planet 2 = probably It has better graphics than RE5 but again multiplat
.Mass Effect 2 = probably, but is gonna have the same problems as the First
.Splinter Cell: Conviction = Wrong
.The Last Guardian = Probably, as always Team Ico will put great graphics, but It has a lot of competition this time

When I'm saying "multiplat is gonna f*ck PS3 port", I'm not refering as the xbox to be the problem, I state my opinion that Devs are incompetents dealing with Ports

WinterWolf3137d ago

To is not all about pixels and triangles. I am just amazing by the artistic value of The Last Guardian visuals. It is bold, creative, inspired, and set apart.

Yarite3137d ago

Not expecting pure eye sex Uncharted 2 graphics with any of these games but that won't stop them from looking impressive.

Anyway I agree with them all minus....

Mass Effect 2 (Looks colorless)
Lost Planet 2 (Some screens I have seen look like a pure mess)
MGS Rising (I know Kojima said it will look better then 4 but that could be PR. Also I mean WTF we haven't even seen a screenshot yet...)

I was really surprised with the latest FFXIII screens I saw which are all real time in-game graphics.

One thing about Final Fantasy is they always have breath taking locations that your mind could only imagine if you were completely high.

I really like the look of this new location in the latest Famitsu scan. (also in-game image)

Just looks like such a nice place to explore.

blusoops3137d ago

Where the hell is GRAN TURISMO 5?!!!
that's gonna blow away any one still considering buying a's gonna look fantastic.
BTW i agree with 1.0 I played the lost planet demo, and it wasn't anything special, i thought RE5 looked better, but that's just my opinion. maybe the final version will look better.
As far as the list goes, my vote goes to heavy rain, then GOW3, then last guardian.

Xbox Avatars Shoe3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

That list sucked! They have a bunch of 360 and multiplatform games but no GT5 WTF?!

Alan Wake
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Mass Effect 2
Assassin Creed 2
Lost Planet 2

In order for something to "blow you away," it has to make you say "OMG! No way! That's crazy!" and none of those make you say that. KZ2 and U2 set the new graphics benchmark so if order for something to "blow me away," they have to surpass those and no 360 game ever will. Those all look GOOD, but nothing that will "blow you away." They're all 360 games and the 360 is clearly maxed. Gears 2 was supposed to be the 360's landmark graphical power house and it wasn't anything special. Uncharted 2 has graphics that "blow you away," but no 360 does or will. I played the LP2 demo and was very disappointed in it's graphics! It's just using the RE5 engine so I doubt they're gonna radically improve the graphics.

FFXIII's graphics have already been dumbed down due to the 360 so it won't be mind-blowing. Just compare the old in-game screenshots to the new and you'll see the downgrade, especially the textures. The textures are now "drawn-on" instead of 3D.

You can't say MGSR will have mind-blowing graphics just because a rep said so *face palm* Reps exaggerate all the time and they still haven't finished the engine so they might even be overestimating the 360's capabilities. Even if it DOES look better than MGS4, MGS4 doesn't look that good anymore. MGS4 had awesome facial movements but Uncharted 2's are better as are the graphics. LBP and KZ2 look better than MGS4 when comparing sheer graphics.

Heavy Rain is already mind-blowing and I'm sure GoW3 will be too since the PS3 isn't maxed (unlike the 360) and the GoW3 devs are amazing. And where the fvck is GT5?! That game looks real!

prabx3137d ago

If it were my list of upcoming games that will blow you away graphically:

God Of War
Crysis 2
Heavy Rain
Last Guardian
GT5 (instead of Lost Planet 2)
Mafia II (instead of Alan Wake) - Looks FR!CK!N sick!

7ero H3LL3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )


-"No 360 game belongs on that list. Sorry, but we've seen gameplay of Alan Wake and Splinter Cell: Conviction."

was that a compliment or was that being OFFENSIVE, speak plainly please.

heroicjanitor3137d ago

We all know it will be the best looking(on pc at least) on consoles I'd vote god of war 3, I'd put it ahead of crysis 2 console versions by a long way.

zeeshan3137d ago

Not trying to be a fanboy here but I voted for Heavy Rain and when I saw the results, I immediately noticed that all the top 5 games are on PS3 with 3 of them being exclusive to PS3. It kind of screams PS3 power we all have been hearing about ever since it was introduced. GOOD JOB SONY!

bnaked3137d ago

FF13 is looking average..

Where are the details in background? lol compare it to games like Uncharted 2 or even Resident Evil 5! It's strange, but the short FF14 gameplay szenes are looking much better..


Heavy rain is not a game. It is an interactive movie you could probably play with a dvd remote. A whole game of qte- how queer.It's a noir version of DRAGON'S LAIR AND SPACE ACE from the 80's.The only reason people care about this so called game is because it is exclusive to the ps3.This one will make MGS 4 cutscenes look tame by comparison.I just cannot get excited by a glorified choose your own adventure book- also from the 80's .-coincidental?

ThanatosDMC3137d ago

LP2 will be a great co-op game but not the best looking one out there.

Last Guardian by far looks like the best out of all the games that are coming out. Heck, it looks even better than Uncharted 2 with those trailer in-game vids.

AVP3 will look better than most UE3 games.

I'm really curious about Dead Rising 2 and how many zombies will be on screen. I hope there's a way to play it co-op. Not deathmatch games or the like but just plain co-op. Full co-op would be just great.

I'm still not sure about CryEngine since we havent seen much of a game for it running on the PS3. I say PS3 since no FPS game on the console has topped Killzone 2, yet.

bnaked3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )


It's not a game, it's more..

It's like playing a LA Crash game, but you can decide..

An emotional experience..

I can't wait..



Don't ilude yourself. FF XIII looks well within the actual standard, but nothing to write home about.

The first pic is pre-rendered.

2nd, 3rd e 5th are non combat setting. Those always look good for the static part (backgroung, 3D scene) but animated models will look like they do in-combat. I can't see anything in those screenshots that looks to be animated in the game, can you?

The 4th is actual in-game combat. It obviously not only look much worse than 1st (pre-rendered) for textures, hair, cloth and general details but it also has much simpler background than other settings.

Judging from this image, if this will be within the FF XII or Crisis Core line of combat, this is F*ed up since those backgrounds looks more like what you would expect from a turn based RPG that take the battle to a generic arena where you can't move... Looks like there will be nothing happening and the enviroment lacks detail.

And this is as an RPG... There are few characters at screen, the animations are almost all scripted (there is practically no hit detection or any physics based animations) and most of the time effects in general are more beautiful than demanding (nothing wrong here but phew phew shots and that glowing sword trail don't justify) so there is no reason to FFXIII looks like that.

Maybe I'm being too harsh for just one pic, but from all I have seen, expect awesome graphics from FF is delusional.

Jaces3137d ago

Alan Wake does look pretty good but nothing mindblowing, that also goes for Assassins Creed, Splinter Cell, and Lost Planet 2.

Don't get me wrong, they look great, but again...nothing mindblowing.

kalebgray923136d ago

how can you not have gt5 on the list?

Ravage273136d ago

First of all, where's GT5? <- When it comes to graphics, GT is king

LostPlanet2 looks alright, but i wouldn't put it in my list unless there isn't much competition. The trademark weaknesses of the MT frame engine is still apparent. Fugly water and splash effects(rain doesn't interact with anything,was expecting it to bounce off my character) and the lighting still needs work. Looks better than RE5 though.

MG Rising (no gameplay footage so no point talking about it)
ME2 (don't see that much of an improvement over the 1st one, and ME1 isn't exactly pretty,hope they fixed the framerate issue this time)
SCC (um...not really)
AC2 (hopefully,i like the art style of the series)
Alanwake (have not watched any vids so no comments)

Coffin873136d ago

# God of War 3 (24%, 581 Votes)
# Crysis 2 (21%, 523 Votes)
# The Last Guardian (18%, 448 Votes)
# Heavy Rain (17%, 428 Votes)
# Final Fantasy XIII (7%, 161 Votes)

i voted the last guardian. man, have you guys seen the trailers? it's AMAZING. that animal looks 100% realistic and lifelike, and the graphics just take you away on a journey of your mind into a whole other dimension. this is what matters to me.

mal_tez923136d ago

Crysis 2 will look amazing on high end PC's but I'm not sure how good the console versions will look.

KiRBY30003136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

PS3 exclusives:
God of War 3 (24%, 738 Votes)
The Last Guardian (18%, 560 Votes) <--- my vote :)
Heavy Rain (17%, 538 Votes)
total: 59%

360 exclusives:
Alan Wake (3%, 96 Votes)
Mass Effect 2 (2%, 63 Votes)
Splinter Cell: Conviction (2%, 60 Votes)
total: 7%

i think its clear which system blow people away graphically.

btw, why isnt GT5 on that list? that game's graphics compete with real life.

and Lost Planet, are you serious? from what i've seen in the demo, it doesnt even look as good as RE5. RE5 real time cut scenes are magnificent.

Noct3136d ago

It looks amazing.


mikeslemonade3136d ago

I don't consider most of these games to have that impressive looking graphics. Uncharted 2 smashes all these games basically. Gran Turismo 5, Crysis 2, Heavy Rain, and the Last Guardian(maybe) belong on the list. Alan Wake is a joke why even put it on the list it's one of the most overated games. Watch Alan Wake turn into Too Human...

Microsoft Xbox 3603136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

You must have really low standards to think Lost Planet 2 looks good.

DevastationEve3136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

Heavy Rain? They have atmosphere and animation but the graphics I wouldn't say would be where it shines. Maybe some of the environments, I like how they try to come as close to a complete world as they can.

Again though, the texture work is going to be thinned out as they have to work with quite a bit. I guess on the scale of it Heavy Rain's graphics do impress, but they're about as good as they can be given how huge the environments are.

edit: Lost Planet 2 easily beats out every game in that list. MT Framework 2.0 is one tough engine to compete with.

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ZombieAutopsy3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

Looking forward to every game on their except prolly Alan Wake, seems too much like Alone in the Dark. Voted for God Of War 3 not really because i think itll be the best looking (it will be one of the best this gen though) but i think itll have amazing graphics and an even better art style (not to mention AAA gameplay).

Sunny_D3137d ago

Is that really gamplay from the latest build? It looks completely different from what I've seen! [email protected]!

ZombieAutopsy3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

damn whenever i see screen or footage of that game it makes me wanna break into the Santa Monica Studio and steal everything they have for GoW3. The only reason i dont is so they make it look even better than it already is :P

crazydrummerlad13137d ago

whoa the screen at 0:56 looks incredible. i never paused it there to notice all that detail!!!

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Darkeyes3137d ago (Edited 3137d ago )

I bet on GOW3 and Heavy Rain to push boundaries like UC2 did, which is not only in graphics, but amount of things on screen (implies for GOW3) and just the detailing of environment and gameplay. Crysis 2 also will be a good bet and I look forward to see how the console versions pan out (Crysis 2 on PC already can be tagged as the best looking game without even seeing any gameplay... 1st one still hasn't been dethroned).

I am sure even TLG will be great looking, but I have a gut feeling it will be pushed to 2011. Even Assassin's Creed 2 looks great for an open world game and could easily be the best looking game in that category. On the 360, I feel Alan Wake looks great, even better than SC:C, but Ubisoft said they delayed SC to polish, so don't now how it's gonna be. Either ways, awesome looking games are coming out next year.

And no list of best looking games is complete without GT5...

chrisulloa3137d ago

You probably don't go out much.

TheXgamerLive3137d ago

god of war III, sorry but all previous footage if this looks like god of war II, so this is a major joke.

ZombieAutopsy3137d ago

Your kidding right about GoW3 looking like GoW2, Gow3 looks better than the CG that was in Gow2. I know its not the best looking game ever but its better than most that are out now and they still have 5 more months to polish it.

ninjagoat3137d ago

Expct for crysis none of them upcomers hold a candle next to Uncharted 2. Final Fantasy the gfx lay in the videos. simple as that never liked them games. Mass effect static worlds you cant even jump in. Splintercell xboxes last great hope. Bah