Video Games with the Best Graphics

Any game, any console, any year. Which game has the best looking graphics during game play? Cut scenes are not included. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

This game has the best graphics I have ever seen. Crysis has yet to be bested by any game in the video game market. I am writing this right now because I can't post until I write this.
Feel like real while playing so its great. The animation is next to real so thanks to them. I love to play bot part of crysis.
Ya, I can't even really argue for any of the games on this list. Cyris is the most technologically advanced game at this time. Just to play this freaking game the graphic card to run is at bare minimum four-hundred dollars! Not to mention you have to have a computer powerful enough to run it. The game is so pretty that comparing it to any other game is like comparing the graphics in Super Mario World to Pong! Cyris is not only just gorgeous to look at but actually is a really good game as well; all reviewers seem to give is more than above average reviews. There is no competition in this list; Cyris is the most graphically advanced games.


[Newest]Even to this day if you can get this game to run proper it looks the best and has the best physics bar none

2Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
MAN! If ANYONE hasn't played this game and claims other games to have "the best" graphics, they are not live breathing humans! REALLY! THIS game kills ANY game out there on GRAPHICS!
this game has the best graphics out of every game.
I can't believe this is rated below a ds game... come on people! This should be number two
[Newest]So realistic it seems like a movie.

3Battlefield 3
It is so disappointing to see Call of Duty games even near this. Call of duty's big new feature is fish that move when you are near them. Woah. BF3 features entirely destructible buildings, cover, vehicles, landscapes you name it. Even the gun detail and sound quality far surpasses that of any other shooter. This game is in a league of its own.
Simply stunning. The environments, vehicles, animations, destructibility. Its just fantastic, even more so on the PC.


Battlefield 3 is a well composed, lit, shaded, modelled and overall designed into a brilliant looking and performing game. It should be number 1 on this list.
[Newest]WORST GRAPHICS! Completely lacks in texture.

4Metal Gear Solid 4
Metal Gear Solid has great graphics. The graphics complete with gameplay make it an extremely fun game. It has better graphics than a lot of PS3 games out there.
The game is kind of like a very long movie all together. the graphics in the cinematics are unbelievable.
NAHH this should be the number 1 best graphics in all console games. I don't know maybe because this is an old game but imagine if hideo kojima will create another one. I'm sure all game consoles will wish they have metal gear on them. Haha PS3 for the win!
[Newest]What halo 4 gears of war are way better graphics

5Crysis 3
What! People of the world, have you never seen or heard of this games as comprising THE best graphics engine in the world at the moment (maybe disputable with the Frostbyte engine) but the visual effects, subtle technicalities and immense detail should automatically make Crysis 3 tip of this list as THE BEST GRAPHICS VIDEO GAME OF ALL TIME (preferably with its two predecessors at second and third)
This IS the best graphics game ever created, hands down. Its visuals melt down PCs and are literally jaw-dropping. It really sucks that this website only ranks games on the number of votes because the earlier games will obviously have more as they have been around for longer. If not, this game would undoubtedly be NUMBER ONE!
The first Crysis game was supposed to set a new standard for video-game graphics, and yet the other games didn't come close to matching it until an entire year had passed.
When Crysis 2 came out it had even higher quality graphics.
And yet the third game, one which was even better than the prequels, ends on eight-place? Below Call of Duty 4!?
[Newest]Crysis 3 easily has the best graphics of any other game on the market. There is a reason that this is usually the benchmark game for over clockers and graphic cards. Because it's the best and most taxing.

6Crysis 2
Best graphics I ever seen in a video game and the gameplay is amazing good
sound is good everything is good
i love this game
this game need to me nr1 of the list
Legendary graphics.
It is much better than Crysis already.
I think this should be in the First position.
It has to be the best game of the decade
[Newest]Great game. It is the best game I have ever played

7Halo 3
Halo 3 is the best game since its released millions of people buy it upon its release and satisfied its a great game with great graphics for an X360 game best story many servers online X-Box Live the best yet unbelievable game many people are inspired with Halo Combat Evolved the egg of CTF game types the best game I'm in love with Bungie Halo Reach is way better althought just buy Halo games and you wont regret it!
This game is a thriller of a lifetime from graphics, language, and aliens. If you want big explorations and lots of futuristic weapons, play this action packed game vBulletin blow your mind
Halo 3 is one of the best FPS on xbox 360 the HDR is so amazing and the water effects are one of the best. And of course the sound of the weapons and explosions are amazing.
[Newest]These graphics are so realistic

8Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Okay who is the idiot that put Call of Duty on this list. The graphics for those games suck, I've seen better two dimensional graphics. This game has the most impressive graphics thus far, but that is sure to be surpassed by later games. Also I would like to know the point of this list? It seems ridiculous considering the fact that my vote will be completely wasted just three years from now.
Really... Skyrim's graphics are way better than oblivion's... And really why all the mario and nintendo games, the graphics haven't changed since the 64
I don't know if you guys are dumb or what, but anyone who has even seen Skyrim knows that it has the best graphics ever made in the video game yet, and if you think that its not, just try it, I bet you couldn't get past the intro without saying that its true
[Newest]The world is so beautiful, designed to perfection!

9Call of Duty 4
This game is a superb realistic game of battle you will ever play... If any one has missed it then I bet you get it now!
I am amazed by the Call of Duty programers for such realistic games I really appreciate the programmers
The bright areas in the game look really wonderful!

10Grand Theft Auto V
BEST Graphics Game EVER!
This is a joke made on april fools day:(. Best gaming graphics ever until Grand Theft Auto 6. GTA5 is the best of the generation!
Are you kidding me with Grand Theft Auto 4 being ahead of this game in graphics you people must be colorblind to see that.
[Newest]These guys own a intel 2000

The Contenders

11Half Life 2
This game is awesome and graphic is unique and special.
Atmospheres are great and everything from light to rendering textures, from water to fog, to explosions is good. Not too realistic and not too fake.
Have Fun!
Amazing game with good graphics and fantastic gameplay. For the year it was released it, it had great graphics. Very interesting story too, combat system is also good.
This is the best game I've ever played. The graphics are amazing. This is a little old compared with some other but still kick ass!
[Newest]Over a decade later, and it still holds up. This game is a masterpiece.

12Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto 4 is the best graphic in PC games if we mod the game with enb series then no game can beat Grand Theft Auto 4
Really cool game, you need to see icenhancer (an photo realistic mod) nothing can beat the game. But if course you need power pc to run it, maybe that's why its on 5 position.
I'm actually kind of surprised nobody has voted for Red Dead Redemption... Anyway, this is one of the best games Rockstar has put out, and the graphics were top-notch (especially for a 2008 game). Rockstar is just way ahead of it's time.
[Newest]Mods are made from a out side force so its not really part of the game so the graphics are so bad that 8 bit games are better than this ball dragging game

13The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
A week ago I would have said crysis 2, but then I bought a new 3d T.V. And suddenly it became a toss up between crysis 1 and oblivion.

Both games have lush vegetation and crysis 1 is possibly technically better in respect of its rendering, the game world is more realistic than oblivion's, both are absolutely gorgeous in stereoscopic 3d - it adds a whole new dimension to the graphics if you'll pardon the pun - but oblivion has a more vibrant palette that makes it prettier to look at. I've been jumped so many times the last couple of days just from standing there staring at things and forgetting to take any notice of what's happening around me.
What? Mario has better graphics than oblivion? You're outta your minds, guys. Either you are under 8 year olds or then you can't afford such a good game as oblivion...
Not most realistic looking, but prettiest to look at, how can you have a 6 years old game above this? Though Skyrim will surely top it.
[Newest]In terms of the fact that it was released almost nine years ago, its graphics are amazing compared to most games of its time. Of course, Skyrim has must better graphics, and I did vote for Skyrim.

14Halo 4
Sometimes I wonder if real people were used instead of computers


Uh I still don't know of the intro was made with real people out CGI. Very well made game, and I'm not the biggest halo fan ever.


This game has awesome graphics!

15Gears of War
Extremely detailed, especially when you stick a chainsaw through them and split them into two


I Feel as if this is the most underrated entry on this list, but not the best.


Very textural you can feel the rock and hard environments

16Batman: Arkham City
Not only does it make slick use of the unreal engine, but it's efficiency is such that it can keep a solid 60 fps while boasting some gorgeous visuals. To me, graphics isn't just about realism, but how the tech is used to create the game world in terms of production design, and arkham city uses unreal 3 to create one of the most breathtakingly detailed and beautiful environments in gaming to date and yet still run smoothly. Everything from the volumetric lighting to batman's cape to the little sparks that bounce from his electric gun form a visual feast for the eyes.
Should be in the Top 10! So much to learn from Arkham City! It has such a diversity of graphics; you can literally feel the way the joker is, because the graphics are so good! I mean in the end it also has a sex scene with harley and joker!
I can"t understand how mw2, half life and some games have got better graphics than this masterpiece.

17The Last of Us
A visual masterpiece, The Last of Us was a game with lots of realistic particles. Beautiful, lush environments, mixed in with brown, depressing ones, made this game into a immersive, cinematic, experience. The blood and gore was pretty real and the animations were very smooth. This game had no flaws in facial expressions, yet the game would sometimes loose frames and lag.
The minute the game started the first thing I said was "Oh my god, it looks so real! " Best graphics ever! Same with Uncharted.
Best game I've played and has better graphics than uncharted!
[Newest]I love the graphics it looks so real!

18Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Very Just The Best I have Ever Seen In A Video Game Uncharted 3 Is The Reason Playstation 3 Graphics Are the best
Best graphics ever. Period.. Everything looks so realistic you can see their expressions on their faces and reed their body langauge so well. The water looks fantastic and its farbetter looking than uncharted 2. Sand clings to Drakes hair, and the eyes look so realistic its mind blowing.
This should in first position. This is not only best graphical its also best gameplay ever made

19Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
This game I feel has the best graphics compared to anything I have played because the objects in this game have nice solid and acute edges and every other game has fake and round edges. This game is the most realistic in my opinion.
Very nice game the characters have a realistic movement and reactions also the place have nice textures. Its fun to mw2.

20Watch Dogs
This game is competing against Grand Theft Auto 5. The graphics are GREAT :) Grand Theft Auto 5 wins but I love watch dogs still.
Hacking makes the game unique and exciting.
The E3 2012 version was better than the original game of 2014.

21Battlefield 4
This game looks so sick! I canĀ't believe that itĀ's not 1st!

22Super Smash Bros. Brawl
I do believe this should be on the list. For a game you would expect to be kinda cartoony, think again. Play the Subspace Emissary.
Can you believe that 6 of 39 characters are taken from games. Those being link, Zelda, ganondorf, Ike, snake, and sonic.


Amazing how they blended the characters in so well, watch some of the scenes from the subspace emissary and I garuntee you'll agree!

23Luigi's Mansion
Amazing graphics for it's time. This came out in 2001 I believe, I think it was one of the first gamecube games made, and 11 years later, the graphics are still pretty good.
This game have terrible graphics!

24Red Dead Redemption
This game had very good graphics but for some reason animals and humans keep spawning in front of me sometimes
You would hardly find another game that brought a historical era to life as perfectly as Red Dead Redemption.
This game is the best game I have ever played. It's got such good graphics and the animations are amazing!

25Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
It is a beautiful game but call of duty black ops 2
Is really beautiful
Not that good but way better Than SM64
Black ops 2 is better but the quickscoping is awesome for the record. I love the graphics. GO MW3.

26God of War III
Gow3 is the best looking game of this gen character detail backdrops water effects enemy detail the list goes on and what about the size of everything should be number 1
Best looking game of all time, the graphics are amazing. Everything is fully detailed to the point.
Yeah best looking, playing and sounding game I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

27Battlefield Bad Company 2
The graphics are great until when you have high resolution.

28Mafia II
One of the best games ever... The guy below has said the right thing please play this one time... Only first chapter is boring but after that the fun you will have you cannot even think it... Please don't talk about graphics... Please go to youtube...
This game is my life... This games has the best graphics best gameplay and of the best things about this game is that while playing this we feel nervous Because cops of this game are like new york police... Please guys only one time play The game of mafia 2..

29L.A. Noire
Best facial technology ever
Facial and body movement is astoundingly good

30Call of Duty: Black Ops II
I don't know why, but this game is very cool!
You have never played the game before if this is 59 (no offense).

31Killzone 3

32Metro: Last Light
This is appallingly low for what it is. Such a fantastic game which uses moody graphics with lots of bloom etcetera to really give that post apocalyptic feel. I don't know how it ranks technically (certainly high), but the way it uses colour (or lack of it) is inspired
Second to only Crysis 3, but even then it may take 1st.

33Call of Duty: Black Ops
Graphics are amazing. I also like the combat training.
Weapons of this game looks realistic.

absolutely gorgeous graphics and its on the PS2 as well


It's not about technology.


35Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
My favourite game ever! I reccomend this to all of my friends

36Mortal Kombat (2011)
Known as Mortal Kombat 9, this game brought very cool graphics which look more mature compared to previous mk games. I think MK 9 put this franchise on new (much higher) level


I don't understand why this game is ranked so low.
Gorgeous graphics and lots of blood.
Unbelievable graphics, extreme blood and gore, great game.

37Assassin's Creed
omg first time I played I thought it was a movie XD

Surely I think its great! All of its textures are really awesome! Also the story its very deep and addicting!

38Portal 2
Portal and portal 2 are the best games ever! Is it? :3

39Mirror's Edge
This should be number 1! The graphics, the colours and the atention to every single detail are just amazing!

40Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Easily the best graphics of any console game, and the VGA awards are proof that it has the best graphics, and not to mention the amazing game play and adventure story line the game has. Great game and one of the best I have played all year.

41Far Cry 3
You just have to take it all in
Why isn't this in the top 10

42Killzone 2
"please this is my favorite game and in terms of graphics it can't get any better the way the water and weather looks is just amazing
the people that do not vote for this don't play video games


43Shadow of the Colossus
Great graphics especially with a component cable and progressive scan enabled. Great music as well.

44Need for Speed: Rivals
I would put this on 4 OR 5 Best car game graphics ever.
This should be number 1. Also, best game ever!

45The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Best graphics to this game because it's the only game that makes me stop and just look. But "graphics" can mean several tings. Zelda ocarina does not have more polygons or higher resolution textures or whatever, it is simply beautiful.

46God of War: Ascension
Its very very good and nice and cool
This game deserve top 9 position

47Final Fantasy X
Amazing game should definitely be up as one of the greatest graphic achievements of all time
Awful grapics -_- but love the game I heard they're making an hd remale for X and X-2 in 2014 for the PS3


48The Saboteur

49WWE All Stars

50Batman: Arkham Asylum
One of the top games in the industry, no need of comments and all, just play it and see...!

51DMC: Devil May Cry

52Forza Motorsport 4
Propably best graphic in car games ever. Beautifull tracks and amazing camera inside car you feel like real racing driver.
This is your dream,
This is my nightmare. GO FORZA 4orever

53The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Hands down this rpg has the best graphics comnpared to other RPG element games.

54The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

55Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

56Super Mario 64
This should be top 1 if referring to the N64 version, the top 1 best game ever, period. I would give the graphics a 10+/10 score.
Are you kidding me worst graphic ever and a bad game
A few annoying moments with the camera but Super Mario 64 DS is still really good graphically

57Call of Duty: Ghosts
Okay, I'm a Call of Duty fan and honestly, I can say that this is the only Call of Duty game that looks different from the others, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and later. (Discluding mobile games. ) This game looks better because of particles and less obvious bump-mapping. Animations are nice and smooth. There's a few The other games looked too similar to one another for me.

58Resident Evil 4

59The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

60Super Mario Galaxy
Come on guys the graphics are fantastic and this is on the wii for crying out loud the atmosphere looks amazing and the models are fantastic
This list is just messed up... Oblivion? Mario 64 DS? Really? Mario Galaxy has the best graphics on this list, that's for sure (Halo Anniversary ain't on here? )

61Super Street Fighter IV

62S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl


64Mario Kart 8

65Resident Evil 5
First time I played it I was impressed not only by the gameplay (which I expected would be great), but also by crystal-clear graphics that made the game more aesthetically pleasing than its contemporaries and its predecessor (although I'm not implying 5 is superior to 4 in any other ways)...
how is this not even in the top ten?
this game definitely deserves to AT LEAST be in the top 3


No I not sure this game really deserve top 5 position

66Kirby's Epic Yarn
Graphics don't have to realistic to be good. This game is beautiful to look at and you can interact with the background.

67Metal Gear Solid 3

68Gears of War 3

69Tomb Raider: Legend

70Madden NFL 13

71Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
What? No votes for Valkyrie Profile 2? This is the most great graphic game I've ever played!

72Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

73World of Warcraft
MMO-changing graphics, use mods and change settings to make it look even better. Beautiful game.


74Bioshock 2

75Resistance 3

76Injustice: Gods Among Us

77Pikmin 3
Best graphics I've ever seen! Especially when it's raining and you're looking through the camera! Wow, just wow. Better than a lot of this list.
Best graphics best looking game of 2013



It has better graphics than the most games on this list.

80Crysis Maximum Edition

81Dead Space 2
Amazing graphics and stunning texture quality that makes this game amazing to its date I would choose th

82Dead Space

83Super Smash Bros for Wii U

84Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Anyone who had a PS1 should know why this game changed the gaming industry forever when the first trailer came out people couldn't believe their eyes most even said that the game trailer was mostly CG but was actual gameplay demo check it out remember the year was 2000 no game looked like this at the time and its thanks to games like MGS that todays games are pushed higher then ever take a look a this one kids people were in awe as they watched it
For 2001 That Was The Best You Can Get No Game Did Come Close To That Engine Of 2001 from MGS 2, Just Revolutionary

Recent game. Look at the graphics in this game. They are unbelievably vivid and precise.


86Resistance: Fall of Man

87Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (2010)

88Super Mario Sunshine
As great as Galaxy's graphics were, when it coems to the times the games came out, this one wins. Sorry galaxy, is till love you! TAKE ME BACK!


89Mass Effect

90Devil May Cry 4
This game was awesome when I play this game I feel like me was part of it
Y do you put game. Low like this

91Super Mario 3D World
I put this game because it has everything in this game.

92Arma 3
Look, I know it's gotta be Crysis 2 for some people but honestly, if you look at the screenshots and gameplay for Arma 2, Bohemia nailed it. I believe the extreme resemblance to reality is due to the lighting and the very precise shaders. It does lack specific details such as animation, but it makes up for that with it's overall looks. For me, it's the best reality look-alike.

93Resistance 2

94NBA 2K11
I used to have this on ps3 and I can easily say this game was amazing. If you do a signature dunk with Michael Jordan, and then zoom in on the replay you can see his tongue stick out like the real MJ! The graphics were ballin!
LETS GO SHOOT SOME HOOPS! There will be HOOPS for the awesome. also your not cool untill you have dunked a hoop!

95Final Fantasy XIII
Holy crap after buying this and playing, my jaw dropped of sheer graphical amazingness! It looks REAL, the cut-scenes are like movie material its AMAZING!
So much detail in everything. Literally everything. It's beautiful.
Easiest decision ever. We all know Square Enix puts a lot of time into graphics and making characters like lightning look gorgeous.

Minecraft is beautiful, not for hd texture or anything. It's beautiful because you can forge it like you want and do what you want. It's should be the best because when I see somebody who as done a giant building or a big natural environment it is just awesome!
People who say the graphics sucks are Dumb. It was the way the game was suppose to look like that! Blocks made my mini-blocks. Giving it a 80's feel yet still looking modem. Plus with mods you can make it MORE AMAZING! With nice shadows, reflections and even water that ripples. It's still good looking with the normal graphics.
108?! This game has one of a kind graphics. Unique in every possible way.

97WWE '13

98Far Cry 2

The Graphics In this game had an massive impact for it's time. The animation of large bodies of water stood out fairly well. The art in this game is accurate and beautiful too look at. Still to this day... The graphics are not dated.
Rapture lets you go sightseeing, then chews you up and spits you back out.

100Naruto Ultimate Ninja: Storm

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