What game's graphics blew you away the most when it came out?

With graphics tech as advanced as it is now, players are typically more focused on art and design than, gasp, mirrors that actually have reflections in them. Not that the former is a bad focus for criticism at all—there's much more to say about it—but it was fun to gawk at screenshots in magazines, amazed by such miracles as curves and faces that almost look like faces. All that in mind, the PC Gamer staff share the games that made their eyes bulge the most at the time of it's release.

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DarkVoyager52d ago (Edited 52d ago )

A tie between Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and God of War.

Next will be between Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us: Part 2, and Death Stranding.

darthv7252d ago

If we are only talking modern stuff then by all means... God of War hands down.

But that was to be expected. In fact anything in the last 10 years has been expected. Personally Id say the one game where the graphics really blew me away was Ranger X on the Genesis.

Reason is that the system paled in comparison to the snes but they managed to make the outdated hardware really shine with some pretty amazing software tricks.

The game still amazes me visually 25 years later. Next up would be Gunstar Heroes with all its slick in game tricks as well.

Skull52152d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Crysis, Gears of War, Battlefield 3, Ryse, now Cyberpunk though it isn't out so that could change if it takes too long to release.

UltraNova51d ago

Motorstorm, Uncharted 2 and, Ryse and GoW blew me away when it comes to modern times.

Larrysweet52d ago

Spidey looks damn amazing as well cyber punk will be end all

Aceman1851d ago

Uncharted 2
Horizon ZD
Gears 1
Detroit BH
God of War(PS4)
The Last of Us
Killzone 2
Grand Theft Auto 5
Final Fantasy X
Mario Odyssey
Zelda Wind Waker

Sciurus_vulgaris52d ago

Halo: CE, Gears of War, Crysis & Uncharted 2 blew me away the first time I played them. I have played many pretty games this gen, but none have given me that "holy crap these graphics" feeling that earlier games did likely due to the increasingly slower progression of game graphics.

Computersaysno52d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Crysis is basically /end. The first, the last, the final word.

Nothing has come close to pushing fidelity that far into the future. It's a 2007 game that looked comparable to high end games 5/6 years later and still beautiful 10 years later.

Crysis looked like this in 2007
and the best console games the same year looked like this

These games were actually released just one week apart. Crazy to think now.

cpayne9352d ago

It's actually nuts to think crysis was a 2007 game. Not only did it look insane, but there was so much environmental destruction. Nothing else at the time compared.

Sciurus_vulgaris52d ago

I do think that engine PS3/360 games did mange to catch up to (but not reach) Crysis 1 in terms of graphics due to remarkable optimization. I personally think Crysis 3, The Last of Us, Halo 4, Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3 and Killzone 3 were the best looking console games last gen. However, I fully agree with that Crysis has aged remarkably well, the game still hold up well, and Crysis 3 (2013) on PC is still one of the best looking games on the market.

kneon51d ago

Crysis looked nice but it was boring, I never finished it. And because I never finished it I never bothered to play the other Cyrsis games I got in the Crysis collection

roadkillers52d ago

Yeah, I completely agree with Gears.

porkChop52d ago

Uncharted 4, Gears, Crysis, Saint's Row (first 360 game and had just played through San Andreas), God of War 2018.

Breath of the Wild also blew me away, but not because of raw graphics. The art style is just really gorgeous, YouTube doesn't do the game justice.

rivaldoo77752d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Ocarina of time on Nintendo 64
Final Fantasy X on PS2
Uncharted 2 on PS3
Uncharted 4 on PS4
TLOUP2 on PS4 pro(future)