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This thread is going into the PC Games because I feel that PC games will always overdo the potential of console gaming. (Just look at Skyrim on PC and then Skyrim on PS3 to see the difference)
There will always be hardware limitations with console gaming and it's true that a lot of games are highly optimized for the console. Uncharted 3 truly does look amazing, but for me it just doesn't give the same shock and awe feeling that GTA IV with the iCEnhancer mod gives. Others may or may not disagree with me on this mod - if you haven't already checked it out for yourself then please do!

I think there is something to say about user mods too - that it's possible make a good looking PC game into a remarkably good looking PC game.

So my top 5 picks (1920x1080 all settings turned up to maximum) so far are:
1) GTA IV with iCEnhancer (older game, but damn it's so pretty with this mod!!)
2) Skyrim maxed out with mods (skyrim hd and the post processing mods really makes this game look so much better)
3) Battlefield 3 maxed out (good job all around)
4) The Witcher 2 maxed out (beautiful vibrancy and colors in this game too)
5) Crysis with Realism mod (older but still a very visually stunning game)

What are your thoughts for the best graphics out there on a PC game to date?

PS. There may be some "issues" with these games such as the controls, physics or AI just not feeling right - but I'm just talking about strictly graphics here.
Which game are you most looking forward to in terms of graphics in 2012? For me it's GTA V, if it does come out this year. I'm pretty sure I would need to SLI 2 or 3 GTX590s in order to get decent framerate using a mod such as iCEnhancer on it though. It's a fantastic mod but damn is it ever a resource hog lol.
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This is kinda off topic but I can not get icenhancer to work right for the life of me (in GTA IV)

My sky always flashes red and I don't know how to fix it. I'm sure I did something wrong though.
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Paper Planes is hands down my favorite game when it comes to graphics. So soothing.

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I love the graphical style of CW as well. It's a nice mash up of retro and modern. biggrin.gif


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I can't forget about Dust either. It should be coming to PC later this year and it's looking gorgeous.

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I would have tosay GTA IV with ICEnahncer plus Better City Texture make this game look insanely good. I showed it to my bro when he came over and visited me and he couldent believe it was GTA.
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This is kinda off topic but I can not get icenhancer to work right for the life of me (in GTA IV)
My sky always flashes red and I don't know how to fix it. I'm sure I did something wrong though.

I had a rather challenging time installing it too, but once I did it was well worth the wait.
Just keep in mind that you will not want to update GTA IV to the latest version in order to it to look the best with the iCEnhancer mod:
https://www.facebook.com/icenhancer

Also, it's a very resource intensive mod and a CPU intensive game game by the sounds of it too so you will need a decent rig.
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I love the graphical style of CW. It's a nice mash up of retro and modern. biggrin.gif
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"CW".. hmmm
I've never heard of it before - what game is that? It almost looks like a mod for Minecraft but it looks very different too.
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I love the graphical style of CW. It's a nice mash up of retro and modern. biggrin.gif
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looks like minecraft biggrin.gif
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Half-Life 2 with Cinematic mod. Source still holds against the biggest & baddest.

Especially if you've seen Dear Esther:
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I feel optimizations could be better, but Metro 2033 has incredible graphics.

As far as mods.. Stalker Complete for Shadow of Chernobyl has to be the best mod I've ever seen. Not necessarily because of best visuals, but because of everything it does to and for the game.
    
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