Year on year, video games continue to grow in terms of technical achievements, reaching new heights and touching new milestones with ever-growing frequency. 2017 has been an excellent year for our industry in a whole lot of ways, and this is surely one of them. There have been a lot of great looking games over the past twelve months, and as the year draws to a close, it’s time for us to take a look at the ones that stood head and shoulders above all others.
We’re going to take a look at the best looking games of the year, first listing out fifteen nominees that could have won this category any other year, before finally moving on to the sixteenth game- the game that we feel had the best visuals of any game in 2017.
Before we get started, please take note- while picking these sixteen games, our primary focus was on technical achievement above anything else, rather than pure artistic excellence. So while games such as Persona 5 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for instance, are undoubtedly gorgeous to look at, they (and some others) just couldn’t figure into our final sixteen, owing to the very nature of our criteria for this category.
With that out of the way, let’s get right into it.
Injustice 2 is without a doubt one of the best fighters to have been released in the last few years. And that quality went beyond just the content- Injustice 2 was an excellent looking game, with great character models across the board, excellently directed cutscenes, and beautiful, flashy looking fights, which all came together to make for a delightfully bombastic package.