Top 15 Video Games That Were Graphically Way Ahead of Their Time

Video games truly have come a long way in terms of technological achievements.

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TRU3_GAM3R232d ago (Edited 232d ago )

Agree it should be in that list
it was the best looking game and won siggraph award for best graphics 2014

Digital foundry
"Ryse comes close to delivering the kind of experience you'd expect from a pre-rendered CG film"

UltraNova232d ago

Yes Ryse was a truly great looking game.

Smokingunz232d ago

Look at the sony fans with the thumbs down lol

bouzebbal231d ago

Great list list.
i have to add Parasite Eve 2. Was a graphical marvel when it was announced.

blitz0623232d ago

This is true, but can't also argue against the games that made the list

Alucard_420232d ago

was Ryse really ahead of it's time tho? Gorgeous game but with all the experience Crytek has I'd say it wasn't ahead of it's time. Crysis was ahead of it's time by a mile.

mkis007232d ago (Edited 232d ago )

Id argue with the l limited interactivity, there was a reason the graphics were so good. I mean even look at Quantic Dreams games, the graphics look great because they can shunt the power from what would normally be used for physics and collision detection. Ryse had no collision detection and 0 environment interactivity. I love those games, but just like a racer, there are reasons why certain games look so great. I would say killzone 2 and Driveclub defied even that logic though. So this list makes sense.

kevnb232d ago

Ryse wasn't ahead of its time, any big developer could make a game that looked like that if the gameplay was basically a kinect game minus kinect.

mandingo232d ago

Yea ryse was amazing graphically. Quick downvote this since it has something to do with Microsoft. Smh

twiggytree12231d ago

Ryse wasn't developed by Microsoft, nor do you need an Xbox to play it..... So your comment actually has nothing to do with Microsoft outside of typing the word. LOL!

mandingo231d ago (Edited 231d ago )

Developed by Crytek. It's on PC it's on Xbox. That's Microsoft, that's Xbox. Duh

Artemidorus232d ago not allowing people to say anything positive Xbox related, pathetic.

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TeamIcoFan232d ago

1 : Uncharted 2
2 : God of War (2005)
3 : Donkey Kong Country
4 : Killzone 2
6 : Soul Calibur
7 : Sega Super GT
8 : MGS2
9 : The Order 1886
10 : Shenmue
11 : MGS4
12 : The Witcher 3
13 : Black (First Xbox)
14 : Driveclub
15 : Crysis

It's one of those one game per page articles.
You're welcome.

Newmanator232d ago

Thanks so much. I clicked off the first page of the article to go back here to look for the real MVP.

dumahim232d ago

Just block gamingbolt and that'll fix so many problems.

UltraNova232d ago (Edited 232d ago )


I would add Rage to the list and Motorstorm.

orbital71232d ago

Rage was an unholy mess ffs, low res textures, motorstorm hell yeah

Yi-Long232d ago (Edited 232d ago )

Thanks. Hate those clickbait websites.

Anyway, Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis/Megadrive) should be on the list. I remember when it came out and it just blew everything and everyone away. Still does, TBH.

DaReapa232d ago


Yeah, it seems that the author is too young to acknowledge a number of the older gen games. A few games that come to mind for me are Strider (Genesis/Mega Drive), the first 8MB cartridge, and SF2 (SNES), the first 16MB cartridge.

Sgt_Slaughter232d ago

Watch out, people get warnings for this.

Regardless, 100% thank you. I hate clicking only to realize it's multipage.

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TheCommentator232d ago

That's a pretty good list, thanks for taking one for the team and saving us the clicks! Honestly, there are many others too (some of which have been mentioned here already) but a few that I'd add are Gran Turismo 2, Gears of War, and Turok 2. They were all ground-breaking for their time too.

Nykamari231d ago

The first Killer Instinct that had awesome graphics back then

kevnb232d ago (Edited 232d ago )

ouch, the list focuses a bit too much on games in the last few years if you ask me.

WolvesDude232d ago

Far Cry 2 was alright too.

PrematuaProcrastin8a232d ago (Edited 232d ago )

Your list belies your biases.

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Vanfernal232d ago

Not all heroes wear capes!

Stogz232d ago

Glad to see uncharted 2 at the top. I will always remember its e3 showing and being absolutely blown away.

monkey602231d ago

I clicked the article. Saw 15 slides. Closed the webpage and returned here to see if someone had recreated the list. You did not disappoint. Thank you

MWH231d ago

muchas gracias señor 👌🏻

DivineAssault 231d ago (Edited 231d ago )

Interesting they chose GoW 2005 & not 2018. Both looked great but the newest entry was more impressive graphically for the time period. Some can argue GoW 2018 looks better than anything else theyve ever played. Including on the PC. Not the craziest resolution or frame rate but incredibly detailed graphics. Thanks for the list btw. I hate articles that make you click through more than 5 pages

MajorLazer231d ago

I'd give you a thousand thumbs up if I could. 1 will have to do along with my thanks :)

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Nyxus232d ago

The Last of Us deserves a mention as well.

generic-user-name232d ago

The Last of Us looked really nice, but I'm not sure I'd call it ahead of its time. Driveclub still impressed me today though.

DARK_WOLF232d ago

Project gotham racing should be on there.

PGR3 looked insane when it came out

TRU3_GAM3R232d ago

All Crysis games

Digital foundry
"Where Crysis 3 really shines is on the PC, in which we are presented with a huge leap in graphical quality that gives us a tantalising glimpse of visual accomplishment on next-gen hardware"
(PS4 - Xbox one)

"The fact that Crysis 3 runs on console at all is a remarkable achievement, with Crytek deploying a wide range of advanced rendering techniques which make the game one of the most visually impressive titles released on the current-gen consoles to date."

But it is a world whose intricacy and realism will cause you to stop and stare long after the first drop of the jaw. The sway of tree-tops; the spray of a decorative fountain; the flames erupting from a burst gas pipe: incidental details that grab your attention for their quiet, shocking realism. Who knows how Crytek managed to squeeze Cry Engine 3 onto the consoles while maintaining such extraordinary level of detail? But this world sits next to Uncharted 2's as the most detailed and well-expressed yet seen on our TVs.

"phenomenally attractive game, producing effects quite different and in many ways more advanced than anything we've seen elsewhere on console. We all wanted Crysis on console to be an event, a showcase release: by and large, Crytek has delivered, and those cutting edge visuals are backed by a truly impressive game design."

FlameWater232d ago (Edited 232d ago )

Drive Club? you mean that 30 fps ridge racer rip off with the Instagram filter?

Nyxus232d ago

Driveclub looks amazing, especially the weather effects, which are pretty much unmatched.

FlameWater232d ago

It looked so good they decided to stop supporting the title and never make a sequel

Nyxus232d ago

@ FlameWater: the game has had a lot of support. And besides, that has nothing to do with the visuals.

doggo84232d ago

Drive club is still the best looking racing game

FlameWater232d ago (Edited 232d ago )

That's like calling Kim Kardashian the most beautiful woman because she wears the most make up

nowitzki2004232d ago

At least it doesnt have cardboard cutouts as textures

Father__Merrin232d ago

Drive club is a good game and the graphics on it are amazing, shame there no PS4 pro patch

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