Now that Halo 4 is in the hands of everyone and anyone who cares, it will be interesting to see how a varied pool of opinions feel about the graphics of the game. We’ve already thrown down the gauntlet when we first beavered away through the campaign last week, but were unable to talk about the game in detail due to the review embargo. One thing that is no doubt clear, regardless of any preferences, Halo 4 is a great looking game with smooth animations, cool cut scenes, impressive lighting and of course a distinctive art style. However, before judgement is cast, let’s look at some of the other graphical powerhouses for the Xbox console before we ask is Halo 4 the best looking game on Xbox and possibly on all consoles.
Crytek had a lot to prove with their second installment of the PC rooted hi tech series and pulled off some major accomplishments with the Xbox version. To this day, Crysis 2 looks grand and is up there with the best of them.
DICE managed to produce some excellent graphical effects with their military based shooter Battlefield 3, raising the bar for the genre in the process. Great textures and lighting provided an excellent looking campaign with some neat variety thrown in.
Mass Effect 3
Bioware’s epic game provides some excellent space age themed visuals that work well to draw the player into the universe. The character models are of a high standard, it has a great artistic flow, and proudly sits as one of the top lookers on consoles.
The Witcher 2
CD Projekt’s revamped and enhanced edition game worked well on Xbox, offering some stunning visuals through its encapsulating lands, and then those brothels and breasts! A great looking game all round.
Gears of War 3
Probably the benchmark series for graphics on Xbox and one that has stood the test of time. With no new game until next year, Gears of War 3 is still the showcase game for Epic’s Unreal Engine technology. Simply a stunning game in its own right.
Despite any gameplay grievances with Id’s RAGE, the game pushed some impressive frames per second when playing, by using some cool texture mapping tricks which made the game simply ooze graphical fidelity. It’s certainly a looker and one of the best.
Is Halo 4 the best looking game of the bunch or are there things like artistic direction to consider as well. In terms of the overall look of the graphics, taking into consideration artistic design, Halo 4 has an edge although it’s close – a number of gamers are likely to agree once they’ve played the game fully.