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