20 Graphically Insane Games to Look Forward to in 2012

Reith writes: "Games get more daring and intelligent each year, and I don't just mean in terms of AI and technical innovations. Having written a series of features already on what to expect from 2012, I approached this particular feature with a sense of dread, expecting nothing more than coining a list of highly similar games where graphics become more of a contest than a method of expression. 2012 is lifting my spirits though, as my research has reminded me of the wealth of intriguing and visually original titles that await us in new year. Here's 20 of them for your perusal. "

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Fishy Fingers2341d ago

Quite the dramatised headline, certainly not what we've come to expect from GamingBolt.

Karooo2341d ago

Every site has its unique style lol.

blaaah2341d ago

A list like this one can't be called complete without including Diablo III


The headline might as well be '20 Games to Look Forward to in 2012'

Most of those games hardly qualify as 'graphically insane'.

Darkfocus2341d ago

Diablo 3 has shitty graphics...Well the Beta does at least..I'm in it...also my avatar is the games launch shortcut so it's not like I'm not a fan it's an extremely well made game...the graphics are shit though...

Joule2341d ago

What do you mean not to expect? These guys suck, I never click their links.

TenSteps2341d ago

He meant it as sarcasm dummy. Unless it's not, or unless your post is sarcasm to his sarcasm then I'm the dummy. Maybe this post is sarcasm to your sarcasm about his sarcasm. But then who's the dummy?

Long story short medium possibility I could be the dummy.

NeXXXuS2341d ago

I never click any links lol. I always look at the comments on here before I try to click on anything :P

Sunhammer2341d ago

PS3 exclusives always making lists.

*hugs PS3* Who's a good girl? You're a good girl. Oh, oh yeah...

ATi_Elite2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

Stalker 2
Metro Last Light
Arma III
X: Rebirth
Planetside 2
Super Monday Night Combat
Doom 4
Carrier Command:Gaea Mission
Sniper Ghost Warrior 2
Guild Wars 2
Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
End of Nations
Mechwarrior Online
Project C.A.R.S.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Microsoft flight 2012

raytraceme2341d ago

lol those games blow anything on the xbox. Fortunately ps3 has artstyle worked out for its games that they are more desirable to look at. I do think that metro last light might be the best looking game technically next year though. PC > ALL

DFresh2341d ago

You forgot Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Tribes: Ascend.

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Orpheus2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

ALl the games in the list will piss in front of Metro Last Light PC version ..... oh i forgot .... Planetside 2 also

Orpheus2341d ago

Fooooooour disagreeeeees lolz ..... n4g is filled with kids ... naaaah it was my bad ..... ps3 got unlimited power and Xbox360 games can be optimized soo much that it can harness 200% power of that toy ... lol the first machine on planet that works at over 100% efficiency lolz LMAO =)) =))

_Aarix_2341d ago

Dude, get over yourself

RyuCloudStrife2341d ago

hmmm and you say n4g is filled with kids

NeXXXuS2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

You do know that disagrees don't take away your bubbles, right? It just means that people don't agree with what you're saying. Keep comments to yourself about how some people don't like what your opinion is.

paddystan2341d ago

Have you never heard of a game called The Last of Us by the edge-breaking Sony owned developer Naughty Dog? Or have you lived under a rock since VGA?

annus2341d ago

Have you seen Metro: 2033 on PC max? And I mean in person, not some youtube compressed video. As awesome as The Last of Us will be, it won't be anything compared to the new Metro when it comes out. 2033 looked amazing and I'm sure the new one will top 2033 by a fair margin.

Rivitur2341d ago

Gotta agree with Annus Metro: 2033 was beatiful on pc however Last light look way better and 4a showed it on a moderate pc. It will be interesting to see which game looks better on PS3 though...

paddystan2341d ago

Yes, I have seen it, and I have Metro 2033 on my gaming PC. But where did you read something like "I don't think Metro: Last Light look good", because I really think it looks way better than The Last of Us.

BlmThug2341d ago

Its a damn trailer. You havent even seen any actual gameplay. You Fanboys are so gullible, they show a trailer and boom you say its going to be one of the best graphically insane games of 2012.

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xX-StolenSoul-Xx2341d ago

I'm most looking forward to GTA 5 on that list.

RXL2341d ago

i don't understand why you got a disagree...

is the person that disagreed with what you said, trying to say themselves that you aren't looking forward to gta5? do they know you, better than yourself? this you from the future?..warning you not to get your hopes up?..

i must know who disagreed and why?!..

vortis2341d ago

They disagreed because GTA V doesn't belong on the list.

It doesn't even look better than GTA IV iCEnhanced. How can a new game be graphically insane when it doesn't look better than its predecessor?

RXL2341d ago

i keep forgetting about the graphically insane part...

but as a rebuttal..for the sake of it..

it hasn't come out how can you judge a game that has only a trailer?

vortis2341d ago

Dude, the trailer was all in-engine and if it has to run on the 360/PS3 it won't look better than what we seen. If you play GTA IV on the 360/PS3 and play it on PC you'll know exactly what I'm talking about in regards to the graphics fidelity issue that GTA V will face.

The hardware is more than six years old and games are being held back to accomodate the old GPUs and limited amounts of half-gigabyte RAM. It doesn't matter if it's a trailer or not, technically you CANNOT have an open-world more detailed and graphically rich than what we seen in GTA IV if they plan to keep using Euphoria (which they will) and if it plans to keep running on RAGE (which it does) and they plan to add MORE gameplay mechanics.

Graphically insane? Not by a long-shot. A decent looking open-world action game for the consoles? Definitely.

AdmiralSnake2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

I laughed at some of these games on the list Lmao.... especially Last of us, they didn't show no gameplay... only a trailer... sigh.

I don't care if it's from Naughty Dog, we know nothing about the graphics, so that is irrelevant.

Max Power2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

Past experience from Naughty Dog is that those cut-scenes are used by in-game models, so it's a good chance that they will look nearly like that all the time through out the game.

Lovable2341d ago

Well it's one from naughty is to be expected to be honest...

SonyStyled2341d ago

the trailer is directly taken from a PS3. it says that before the trailer if you download it from the ps store. it was definately in may have been in game. graphics wise its what weve all seen from uncharted, nothing new there. just improved character models

AdmiralSnake2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

That wasn't in game graphics... lmao.

You're lying to yourself if you believe that. There wasn't an actual gameplay trailer showing the graphics. I'm not hyping this shit up till I see some gameplay with actual in game graphics.

Regardless of whether it's Naughty Dog or not, that means nothing to me.

In my opinion, the last of us don't belong on that list, until we see some gameplay, matter fact most of the games don't belong on that list, but hey this is just MY OPINION.

All I'm saying is, wait till we see more before hyping this game up, we barely know anything about it.

Lmfao... plus he put Sly cooper 4 ? Plus the author reason is

"Those uninitiated with Sly’s tight and refined stealth platforming gameplay will be forgiven for just admiring the pretty cel-shading, as it is rather stunning. The Sly Cooper HD collection on PS3 looked better than most PS3 exclusive games, despite being a compilation of HD remakes from the previous generation. With that in mind, we can only begin to imagine how awesome a Sly game built for the PS3 from the ground up will look."

A BIG LMFAO because Sly Cooper HD collection, doesn't look better than most PS3 exclusives, okay I'm just gonna laugh and leave the comment section. Pure nonsense here bwahaha.

Motorola2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

After seeing Uncharted 3, are you really going to doubt that the Last of Us won't look good? It does belong on that list. It may not look exactly like the trailer but it will look good. Do you have a vendetta against ND to believe that The Last of Us won't look good?

-EvoAnubis-2341d ago

@AdmiralSnake: Dude, that was all in-engine. Wasn't live gameplay, but it was exactly what you can expect from the game's graphics.

How do I know that? Pop quiz: what trailer for a PS3 exclusive hasn't been in engine? What trailer for a first party Sony game has been CGI?

Answer: None.

"All I'm saying is, wait till we see more before hyping this game up, we barely know anything about it."

I respect that. On my side, I know that it's made by Naughty Dog. What else do I NEED to know? It means nothing to you, perhaps, but they're one of the very best developers in this industry. If that means nothing to you, that sounds like a personal problem.

Voxelman2341d ago

Directly from a PS3 at 15 FPS and then turned into a 30fps video yes. Just like the the VGA trailer for uncharted 3.

And lets compare Uncharted 3 in-engine VGA trailer to ingame shall we?


The Last of Us will look amazing just like Unchated 2&3 but it will not look like the VGA trailer ingame. It especially won't have all the tiny animations that really make the trailer look good.

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WrAiTh Sp3cTr32341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

Meh, there more than likely wont be anything that impresses me graphically on these consoles, I've pretty much seen all the tricks of the trade. The only game, graphically, that I'll pay mind to is Metro: Last Light . 4A was doing some stuff that I still haven't seen in other games which gave it a certain and distinct look. Even on the 360...

Bleach2341d ago

The comment on your profile reads

'N4G the land in which we give opinions but never willing to respect another persons opinion on games"'

Sounds like you're following it to the hills.

AdmiralSnake2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

I respect opinions, however I don't respect bias opinions from fanboys.

Which is what N4G is filled with, so... when I become a fanboy please let me know.

However what I said is the truth. Why put a game on the list based off of a CGI trailer, with no gameplay trailer ?

Wait I forgot... it's because they're Naughty dog... based on the responses.


Question, was that the actual in game graphics ? No console can produce graphics like that... you must be kidding.

See I wasted time on here responding to nonsense. Point is the last of us shouldn't be on this list.

The only crap responses I've seen, is people basically telling me, it's "expected to have good graphics because it's being developed by Naughty Dog"

Yes what I said is indeed the truth, it shouldn't be listed here for that reason or any other, until we see some actual GAMEPLAY.

End of the day.... we all know that isn't the actual graphics, and if you believe that is what the final product will look like, think again, or did we not remember how Uncharted 3 didn't look as great as when it was introduced at e3 ? Oh okay then.

What I said was "my opinion" was most of those games don't belong there, because Metro is missing, Diablo is missing and plenty of other games to.

However what is the TRUTH in my posts, is that isn't the actual graphics of the game, and the previous responses basically said to me, it's naughty dog, so it's expected.... -_-.

theunleashed642341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )


wait a minute first you said "my opinion" and "in my opinion" then your later response which is to bleach says "what i said is the truth" so that means you throwing that around as fact rather than an actual opinion. and wrong the trailer for the last of us is not CGI it's captured from a ps3 using naughty dog's engine.

Baka-akaB2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

It has been officially stated that the graphics of the trailer were ingame .

Beyond that I dont expect the gameplay to feature the exact same amount of details (just like most ingame cutscenes use more effect that in the pure gameplay sequences ) .

And we have yet to caught Naughty dogs in such lies , so of course people are going to give their claims credits

"did we not remember how Uncharted 3 didn't look as great as when it was introduced at e3"

Uh ? When was it even established ? Especially when hit seeking blogs spent enough time posting shots comparisons of multiple builds of the game .

Or do you mean the pre-rendered sequences ?

Imalwaysright2340d ago

That trailer is not CGI. Its pre-rendered in-engine footage just like Uncharted cutscenes. It wont look as good in gameplay sections but the end result wont be too far off and the improvements are noticeable from Uncharted 2/3 to The Last of us.

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Matrix2k2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

graphically insane is not artistically insane

and usually graphically insane games end up being the most generic and dull

borderlands 2
ff 13

3/4 are japanese games. They rule art style
out of all those these are the most artistically unique

D3mons0ul2341d ago

The list mentions artistic quality too. What are you getting at?

Matrix2k2341d ago

its implying it plays second fiddle. It doesnt

The amount of polygons you an push on a screen is irrelevant