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.


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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
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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.
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.
Simply stunning. The environments, vehicles, animations, destructibility. Its just fantastic, even more so on the PC.


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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.
This is the best looking game on the ps3 system and definitely beats uncharted
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5Elder 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.
Skyrim should have ruled this list, I don't know who put that stupid Call of Duty on this list. Call of Duty fanboys didn't realize that they been tasting the same graphic for everyear. If I find the people who voted for Call of Duty, I will Fus Ro Dah them and put the arrows to their knees.
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
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6Call of Duty 4
I am amazed by the Call of Duty programers for such realistic games I really appreciate the programmers
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!
Just get it now
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7Crysis 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
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8Grand 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.
It's pretty confusing that this one isn't at number 1 or 2.
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9Crysis 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 ultimate benchmarking program. This game is known for its graphics and unfortunatly sacrifices gameplay for it but by far the best looking game on the market before Watchdogs comes out. Anyone who disagrees is obviously a console user or can't run it full settings because their PC is not powerful.
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10The 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.
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The Contenders

11Batman: 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.
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12Halo 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!
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.
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
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13Half 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!
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14Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
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.
Very Just The Best I have Ever Seen In A Video Game Uncharted 3 Is The Reason Playstation 3 Graphics Are the best
Come on dude, this the best graphic it's size over 50GB
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15Super 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.
Amazing how they blended the characters in so well, watch some of the scenes from the subspace emissary and I garuntee you'll agree!
Can you believe that 6 of 39 characters are taken from games. Those being link, Zelda, ganondorf, Ike, snake, and sonic.


16Battlefield Bad Company 2

17Gears 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

18Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is probably the most beautiful game I've ever played, the graphics and landscapes are just top-notch.

19Mafia 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..

20God 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
An absolutely gorgeous game, its the pinicle of game design both gameplay wise and graphics wise
Best looking game of all time, the graphics are amazing. Everything is fully detailed to the point.

21Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Not that good but way better Than SM64
It is a beautiful game but call of duty black ops 2
Is really beautiful

22The Last of Us
The minute the game started the first thing I said was "Oh my god, it looks so real! " Best graphics ever! Same with Uncharted.
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.
Best game I've played and has better graphics than uncharted!
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23Call 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.

24L.A. Noire
Best facial technology ever
Facial and body movement is astoundingly good

25Mortal 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.

26Super Mario Galaxy
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? )
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

27Killzone 3

28Luigi'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.

29Halo 4
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!
Why would this not be #1?

30Call of Duty: Black Ops

Weapons of this game looks realistic.

31Resident 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


32Grand Theft Auto V
BEST Graphics Game EVER!
What the hell is this doing so low this should be in top five or ten this game is extremely pretty the HECK!

absolutely gorgeous graphics and its on the PS2 as well


It's not about technology.


34Portal 2
Portal and portal 2 are the best games ever! Is it? :3

35Dead Space

36Uncharted: 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.

37God of War: Ascension
Its very very good and nice and cool

38Resident Evil 4

39The Saboteur

40Metro: 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.

41Killzone 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


42WWE All Stars

43DMC: Devil May Cry

44Batman: Arkham Asylum

One of the top games in the industry, no need of comments and all, just play it and see...!

45The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Hands down this rpg has the best graphics comnpared to other RPG element games.

46The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

47The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

48Super Street Fighter IV

49S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

50Call of Duty: Black Ops II
I don't know why, but this game is very cool!

51Super Mario 64
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

52Gears of War 3

53Tomb Raider: Legend

54Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
What? No votes for Valkyrie Profile 2? This is the most great graphic game I've ever played!

55Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

56Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

57Shadow of the Colossus
Great graphics especially with a component cable and progressive scan enabled. Great music as well.

58Mass Effect

59Bioshock 2

60Resistance 3

61Dead Space 2

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

62Far Cry 3
You just have to take it all in

63Metal Gear Solid 3

64World of Warcraft

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


65Assassin's Creed

omg first time I played I thought it was a movie XD

Just got assassins creed 3. Thought it should be a film. The graphics are INSANE. End of. Don't even bother telling me Call of Duty is better.

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

66Super Mario Sunshine

67Arma 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.


yayz I typed in chimera and it worked, so did griffin. They looked so cool I like puting in medusa too!

one of th best games ever and won th 2009 game award and super scribble nauts won the 2010award and my favortite game ever like now


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.

70Metal 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.


72Resistance: Fall of Man

73Final 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


74Resistance 2

75NBA 2K11

LETS GO SHOOT SOME HOOPS! there will be HOOPS for the awesome. also your not cool untill you have dunked a hoop!

76Devil May Cry 4

77Wii Sports Resort

78Injustice: Gods Among Us

79Final 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.

80Naruto Ultimate Ninja: Storm

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!
108?! This game has one of a kind graphics. Unique in every possible way.
The graphic is not nice but I love this game very very much

82Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! rules big time!

83Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

84Halo Reach

85Fight Night Round 3

Also has everything else to make it the best game ever.
Alot of people overuse the word Epic but this is truly EPIC


86Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

87Valkyrie Profile

88Madden NFL 12

89Call 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.

I loved this when this was released in 2005 it blew up many GPUs because its graphics were amazing in 2005 no 360 or ps3 was made now go play

91Smackdown vs RAW 2007

The graphics and realistic features they added to this game is off the charts, I'm sure 2008 will be even better.


92Left 4 Dead

Fantastic game... and it has great lighting effect and flashes..


The game is a lot of fun and it looks pretty realistic.


93Far Cry 2

94The 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.

95Final Fantasy VII

For being 15 years old, this has extraordinary graphics

96Max Payne 3
This game looks so real!


98Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Definitely the best graphics on a strategy game I've ever seen. The explosions are incredibly realistic, the minerals glisten and the unit portraits are amazing. ten out of ten.


Why the heck is this in the bottom D: sc2 has AO now which makes it a billion times better

99Dirt 3

100Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

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