Oh wow, look at that graphic!
Visuals have been a focal point in gaming for decades. While that has sometimes been for the worse – with games being judged unfairly for less powerful graphics and unique art directions – there’s no denying the importance that visuals have to gaming. They’re as vital here as they are to animated films.
Though there were a few strong contenders in 2018, only one of them could boast the best visuals of the lot.
Winner: God of War
It seems I usually go for unique art directions when awarding Best Visuals any given year. But every so often, I go with the more ‘realistic’ looking games. Although Red Dead Redemption 2 put up some stiff competition in the realism department, I think the fact that God of War’s landscapes and human characters look just as realistic as Red Dead 2 while also including some memorable monster designs and otherworldly elements gives it a bit of an edge.
The journey of Kratos and Artreus is a visually captivating one, with beautiful locations at every turn, complimented by human characters whose likeness to reality is rivaled solely by Uncharted 4 and (once again) Red Dead Redemption 2 as far as gaming is concerned. Add in the Norse mythology aspect, and God of War is one of Playstation 4’s most consistently stunning games.
Runner-up: Red Dead Redemption 2
2014: Mario Kart 8*
2015: Yoshi’s Woolly World
2016: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
*Retroactively awarded after further consideration
2 thoughts on “Video Game Awards 2019: Best Visuals”
God of War does have some consideration in the art direction department despite aiming for more realism, at the very least it makes for some pretty great fantasy settings and terrific looking monsters. Either way, gorgeous looking game that follows the series tradition of showing how much the system it’s on is capable of.
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