Although graphics don’t make the game, a good collection of visuals can immensely improve a game’s enjoyability. This list isn’t necessarily about most realistic games, but games that have a certain style that stands out and looks awesome.
10. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
I won’t go on about how this game is “vastly underrated” like every other reviewer on the internet, I will go on, however, about it’s brilliant blend of urban and natural to make a game world like no other. Echoing environments from games such as The Last of Us, it breaks apart due to it’s virbrant use of colour in an apocalyptic backdrop to an engrossing adventure.
9. Alan Wake
A survival horror game like no other, Alan Wake is done in the format of a TV drama, an original idea that hasn’t been attempted since. Apart from this and the stellar gameplay, Alan Wake also utilises a very light orientated visual style. In the dark, objects and enemies seem distorted, adding to the fear of the experience.
8. Crackdown 2
Not the only cel shaded game on this list, Crackdown 2 uses a mixture of cel shaded and realistic graphics engines to create a different experience from both styles. A pioneer of the day/night cycle, a feature used in later games such as Dying Light, Crackdown 2 has utilised this concotion of visuals and a fantastic use of colour to create a sense of fun in a run down, urban environment.
7. Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley
This game is a technological achievement. With gameplay inherited from 80’s style beat ’em ups and writing echoing the tongue in cheek humour of the Borderlands series, Comic Jumper has a variety of art styles, changing with the game world. From manga to hand painted, nothing is safe from Captain Smiley.
6. The Saboteur
With a sleek, noir feel to it, the tale Sean O’whatshisnamesomethingirishibet is one of tragedy, action, romance and bleak, colourless, boring visuals, or so you thought. Once you progress through the game by driving the Nazi occupation out of Paris, achieved by PUNCHING THEM ALL IN THE FACE, you are rewarded with colour being restored into the city, revitalising the sense of enjoyment for player.
Halfway through (insert witty joke here).
5. Rayman Origins
A triumphant return to classic platforming for Rayman after the monostrosity that was Raving Rabbids, Rayman Origins also marked a return to a simpler time, a time where hand drawn graphics were enough. The bold colours and subtle shading compliment the back, mid and foregrounds, giving the game a mellow feel, disguising the infuriating difficulty of some parts.
4. Team Fortress 2
I’m not a PC gamer in the slightest, but if one game was to convert me, it would be this. Part of The Orange Box, Team Fortress 2 has a cartoony, light feel to it, complimenting perfectly the comedic gore. With it’s wide range of character animations and mods, anything can be improved if you have faces like this in it:
Top 3, shizzles gettin’ rizzle.
3. Sunset Overdrive
With visuals that look like a unicorn slaughter house, Sunset Overdrive pairs this with it’s unique, combo-demanding gameplay to create an insane experience that can’t be beaten by anything else. One of the most different, interesting games on the Xbone, Insomniac have created something unmatched it terms of colours, visuals, characters and design.
2. Borderlands 2
The undisputing king of cel shading, the Borderlands series peaks at this entry due to the “bazillions” of guns and it’s painstakingly detailed world. Borderlands 2 brings an interesting take on the first person shooter with a sense of child like, murderous fun, helped by the hilarious writing and colourful environment.
Before we get to the bestest one, we go to the just-not-good-enoughest ones
Batman: Arkham Knight
Grand Theft Auto V
1. Mirror’s Edge
I can’t help but adore this game and it’s high time it got a sequel. The picture above doesn’t do justice to the first person parkour and stylised, futuristic visual style. It makes all other games look bland, even Sunset Overdrive. A simple design, an effective design, it feels like a plasma burst to the corneas and I can’t get enough.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations