Let’s face the truth. Perhaps you will still play them, but will you devote yourself religiously to a game with bad graphics? Most of you will say you won’t.

Aside from features such as the gameplay, story, and characters, a game’s graphics and visuals play a vital role, for they enhance the user experience and contribute to the game’s overall success. 

In gaming history, some games impressed with their graphics, while others failed gamers. Here are those with truly impressive graphics. 

1. ‘Lords Of The Fallen’

Lords of the Fallen” is an action role-playing video game in which players journey through mystifying and large interconnected environments, trumping beastly and disfigured villains and bosses using melee weapons, such as hammers and axes. They control Harkyn, the character delegated to a mission to thwart the evil plans of a demonic god and its mysterious forces, who want to invade the world and reclaim it after being dethroned. 

The graphics of “Lords of the Fallen” are stunning, as they feature intricately detailed environments, realistic character models, and dynamic lighting. Add to these are their dark, Gothic aesthetics that further immerse players in the game, making each battle visually striking, atmospheric, and intense. 

2. ‘Hi-Fi RUSH’

Jam to the beats of “Hi-Fi RUSH.” This rhythm-based action game has a story that revolves around Chai, a self-proclaimed “future rock star” whose music player accidentally gets embedded in his chest following an experimental cybernetic surgery. Thus, with this, he can rhythmically fight and re-perceive the world around him through environmental synesthesia. It is a defect for others, and the corporation that did this to him is now hunting him. He must then collaborate with his friends to defeat the corporation’s executives and stop their evil plans. 

“Hi-Fi RUSH’s” graphics are close to animation, so why is it here on this list? They are remarkable. This game’s graphics feature a vibrant, cel-shaded design following the style of comic books. Their colorful and energetic visuals are the perfect synergy to the game’s rhythmic gameplay, creating a lively and immersive experience that’s ironically modern and nostalgic at the same time. 

3. ‘Super Mario Odyssey’

Super Mario Odyssey” is a platform game in the Super Mario series. It follows the iconic titular character and Cappy, his new ally. Cappy, as its name implies, is a sentient hat that lets Mario control other characters and objects. Enchanting. Together, they embark on an adventure across several kingdoms to save Princess Peach from Bowser’s plans to force her into a marriage.

It is interesting how today’s Super Mario games have significantly evolved from the bad vintage graphics of previous games in the franchise. The graphics of this 2017 platform game boast vibrant and diverse worlds with lots of details and colors. The seamless blending of whimsical elements with realistic ones creates an engaging, visually stunning adventure that captures every essence of Super Mario.

4. ‘Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League’

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League,” the spin-off of the “Batman: Arkham” series,” turns the beloved evil supervillains in DC Comics into “superheroes.” Set five years following the events in “Arkham Knight,” its storyline follows Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang, assembled by Amanda Waller and sent to Metropolis to stop the alien invader Brainiac.

DC will fail epically if it doesn’t deliver this game with good graphics. The graphics of “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” are phenomenal. The game features high-fidelity graphics with detailed characters and places. Furthermore, the realistic visuals and cinematic presentation create an impressive experience that perfectly captures the gritty, action-packed alleys of the DC universe.

5. ‘Halo: Reach’

Next is “Halo: Reach.” A first-person shooter video game, it takes place in the year 2552, where humanity finds itself imprisoned by a war with the Covenant, an alien theocracy. The Covenant wants to exterminate humanity, so you’re up to stop this. Players control Noble Six, a member of Noble Team, an elite supersoldier squad, who must defend Reach, a human world that has fallen under the Covenant. 

With this storyline, “Halo: Reach” is just right to showcase the best graphics. The game’s graphics team up with detailed environments, realistic lighting, and expansive battle scenes. Moreover, its polished visuals enhance its immersive storytelling, making it stand out from the other games in your library.

6. ‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’

South Park: The Fractured but Whole” is an RPG based on the popular sitcom. The game’s narrative occurs a day after the events of “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” its predecessor, following the New Kid, who has just moved to South Park to find himself involved in an epic roleplay involving two warring superhero factions vying to build their superhero media franchises.

Fans of the sitcom know that the show’s graphics are not the most realistic you can find, so why is this game on this list? Well, while it replicates the TV show’s signature 2D animation style, the game creates a genuine visual experience through its vibrant, hand-drawn aesthetics, immersing players in the satirical and humorous world of South Park.

7. ‘Ghost Of Tsushima’

Ghost of Tsushima” is an action-adventure game wherein players control a samurai named Jin Sakai on a quest to protect Tsushima Island from Mongol invaders. 

Stunning is also what describes the graphics of this game, filled with ornate landscapes, realistic lighting, and fluid animations. It perfectly captures feudal Japan, providing gamers with an immersive and breathtaking experience.

8. ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

Also an action-adventure game, “Red Dead Redemption 2” has a story set in 1899 in the United States. It follows the exploits of an outlaw named Arthur Morgan. Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang, must face the decline of the Wild West and survive against government forces, rival gangs, and other adversaries. 

Boasting hyper-realistic graphics, the game gives meticulous attention to detail. Thus, it offers expansive, lifelike environments and dynamic weather, enhancing its open-world storytelling.

Other games that also showcase impressive graphics are “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga,” “DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT,” and “The Last of Us 2,” among plenty of others. 

Graphics have come a long way since the early eras of gaming. Somehow, they have evolved into an art form where these visuals are just as vital as the gameplay.

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