Have you ever been entirely awed by a video game’s visuals? I don’t necessarily mean being a realistic simulation, but I’m referring to how detailed the imagery is. Here are a few Photorealistic games you should try out if you want to stare at the screen and be amazed.

Last updated on January 16th, 2023 at 07:43 pm

Devil May Cry 5
The last Devil May Cry game we played, excluding the reboot, was DMC 4. Back then, the franchise still used very video game-looking models and rendering; even though the game was stylish, it looked like an old PlayStation 2 game. However, with the help of the RE Engine, Devil May Cry 5 is not only stylish from a gameplay perspective, but it’s also an absolute treat to look at.

It should be a crime how the game combines the most arcade-y video game-like physics and gameplay along with the graphics of what appears to be a very detailed ongoing cutscene. It’s just absolutely amazing to look at and play along with.

Going into photo mode reveals loads of subtle details like Nero’s stubble or how the lighting interacts with every bit of his Devil Trigger form. Next time, take a closer look at the photo mode if it’s hard to believe.

Red Dead Redemption 2
I mean, you knew that this game had to be on the list, right? Especially after it made its debut on PC, where the master race themselves could appreciate its fantastic attention to detail.

Red Dead Redemption 2, besides being photorealistic, is also very grounded and made to be as realistic as possible. This means the game will appeal to both types of gamers. One is the type that wants a realistic gameplay experience, and the other is just a sucker for visuals. The way the sunlight hits the Heartlands when you’re out there taming wild horses or how the town roads get a muddy texture during a rainstorm is just great to look at.

Like with DMC 5, the best way to truly appreciate the details is by going into the game’s photo mode. This is where you can thoroughly inspect little details without worrying about being shot or trampled—details like damage and dirt on Arthur’s face or a wound on your horse, for example.

God Of War PS4
God of War games on the PS3 weren’t particularly photorealistic as the developers weren’t going for a full-fledged emotional roller coaster with tons of emotion on character faces.

All of that changed with the launch of God Of War PS4. The game made Kratos more than an angry god and featured photorealistic graphics.

Photorealism wasn’t only necessary to showcase what PlayStation 4 can do but also, it was crucial for the story as the character models needed to show emotions like anger, loss, and regret. The resulting game is one of the best-looking games of this generation and GOTY 2018.

With God Of War Ragnarok released, it looks even better than the PS4 title.

Forza Horizon 5
You know a racing game has nailed its visuals when you like to drive around to take in the views. If it wasn’t for the HUD and video game giveaways, a fresh empty screenshot of the game could pass off for an actual photo. That’s how well captured Mexico has been captured. The developers knew what they were doing when they designed the free roam for the title.

I also really love the details of dirt, damage, and coloring on your cars. The wear and tear make you appreciate the design behind the cars.

That is it for our list of Photorealistic Games. Let us know if we missed any of your favorite games that look too real.

Also, check out our list of 12 visually impressive games of 2019.

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