Games are truly a marvel when it comes to visualizing a truly immersive and awe-inspiring space. Combined with an awesome art style and some powerful graphics, visual stunners are born. Here are the top 10 visually stunning games of 2018:
Dragon Ball Fighterz
Dragon Ball games have come a long way, especially when it comes to those that adhere to a 2D art style. While the Budokai games and Xenoverse games have their fans and are timeless in their own ways, none of them can withstand the sheer might of FighterZ. This is the closest we get to playing the actual Dragon Ball Z anime and the mechanics are kickass too.
This game shows us the wonder of undersea life unlike any game before. It's like if Samus Aran arrived on a planet that was completely underwater, and you the player must uncover the mystery from the depths within. Beautiful underwater caverns, coral reefs lining the seabed, these are only some of the things you can look out for in this recently released action-adventure game.
Monster Hunter: World
Really emphasizing on the World aspect, Monster Hunter: World brings us all the classic gameplay in an all-new, high definition, lush and rich world, unlike the previous lands we have hunted down monsters in. Shifting to a more open world allows for seamless interaction with the world around you, discovering all the wondrous monsters that inhabit the world is a visual treat of its own.
A complete remake from the ground up, the new graphics makes the old versions of the game look like a murky mess. Know we can experience the Colossi the way they were meant to be seen, careening high into the sky, carrying their weight as they trample around in their domain. We might just forget that we have to kill these things as we're taking in the beautiful world around us.
Dynasty Warriors 9
Another long-running franchise aiming to recapture the same awe and wonder that came with the first few games of the franchise. Take a trip down to 14th century and explore all the wonder it holds, back to a time before smog and pollution take over the land. As the warring states fight for their right to rule, you can take a break and go fishing or play with some pandas. Fun stuff.
God of War
The new God of War takes Kratos' on yet another journey to kill a whole other pantheon of gods, this time taking him to a brand new location with new and improved visuals, at the cost of the fixed-camera perspective of the old games. But maybe that was the point, the wonders of ancient Greece was shown to you regardless, while this new game is asking you to find the beauty within yourselves.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Fans begged and pleaded for another Castlevania game by series producer Koji Igarashi, and he delivered by introducing to the world his next project, Bloodstained. A spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, back in the day, that game showed that 2D graphics weren't going away and can still make for awesome looking games, Bloodstained looks to honor its predecessor with its visuals.
What could be the next great Spider-Man game since Spider-Man 2, it also looks to recapture that games faithful recreation of New York, fused with the classic Marvel universe version of the Big Apple that we all know and love. It's one thing to be able to run around a fictional universe, but a recreation of a real-life location in high-definition graphics is a whole other magic.
What happens when you get a vampire centered Souls-like game with anime aesthetics? You get Code Vein, an impressive looking game from Bandai Namco. Souls-like games are more known for their crude charm than their graphics, while Code Vein infuses all that with a whole lot of style and substance. The post-apocalypse has never looked so good.
Kingdom Hearts 3
God forbid if the game is coming out this year, but if it does, then it is definitely the best looking game of 2018. Square Enix is no slouch when it comes to graphics and aesthetics, and one can always trust Tetsuya Nomura's artistic vision melded with Disney's timeless charm. Maybe it's just a dream, maybe the trailers make it look tremendously good and it won't come out. But then again, a dream is a wish your heart makes.