Graphics have come a very long way since the days of 8-bit sprites and a whole heap of our own imaginations. We’ve reached a point in video games where visual fidelity is so faithful to what it is trying to emulate that it almost becomes tangible. But it’s not always about the photo-realism, great facial expressions and emotions, but often about the art and style that goes into it as well. Some games manage to look great without trying to be super realistic. But sometimes we get a game that manages to marry great looking realism and graphics with art and style just so perfectly.
God of War
God of War is that game. It not only looks great in terms of realism, but it also managed to combine it with a unique art style that makes it stand out above all the others. What it also does so well is the use of colour and lighting. Each realm that you explore has a unique flavour and colour palette to it, and the game makes incredible use of the HDR feature available on the PS4 Pro. Some might argue that other games released this year have better photo-realism, and with that, we won’t argue, but God of War doesn’t aim for that. Instead, it strives to make the game look good in all facets of graphics, and exceeds in all of them.
Runner-Up: Assassin’s Creed Odessey
Honourable Mentions: Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, 11-11 Memories Retold, Dead Cells, Detroit: Become Human