Over the last few weeks, I've been making cinemagraphs celebrating just a handful of some of the most visually striking games. These were games that were either creatively or technically breathtaking, that really showed off what you're able to do with the medium.
It's not easy to idle like this in Need for Speed: Most Wanted the excellent open-world racing game from EA's Criterion Games.
Everyone loves a tropical island. Rolling green hills, crimson sunsets, crashing blue waves; when we think "paradise," we think of the tropics. With its finely tuned engine and sprawling island setting, Far Cry 3 was easily one of the most gorgeous video games of the year. The drug sequences were awfully pretty, too.
As much as we all love visual eye-candy, there are times when less is more. If done right, you can leave more of a visual impact using simple splashes of black on white than all the technical tricks in heaven and earth.
We've gotten to this point where graphical fidelity can only take you so far: To make a visually memorable game, you have to have an imagination as well.
Assassin's Creed III was one of 2012's most divisive games, but can we agree to enjoy a forest vista for a second?
To say that Halo 4 was a pretty game would not be doing it justice. Walking through that world was like walking through amazing concept art, complete with stunning sunsets and floating monoliths. It truly was a sight to behold.
2012 was a good year to be moved by visuals in games. I'm not talking graphic fidelity, but rather aesthetics. So many games this year were visually inspired and pleasing to the eye.