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It depends. No game has really done everything better than everyone else. You can narrow it down to a few, that's for sure. Really, there are three main categories, each with a different game doing extremely well in: Exteriors (outdoors, etc.), interiors (caves, buildings, etc.) and characters.

For exteriors, probably The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. That game looks amazing. Of course, it seems somewhat like cheating since they photo-scanned everything. The downside is that the stuff they had to model (like the train-car in the first ~10 min) is noticeably lower quality. The characters are also rather poor. But the natural stuff and building exteriors are incredibly well done.

For interiors, I'd probably say Metro: Last Light. It's not 100% photo realistic, but the atmosphere is amazing. Unfortunately, Metro falls on its face with characters (worse than TVEC), and the exteriors aren't anything that hasn't been done before.

For characters, I'm still going with the tired-and-true Crysis 3. The game is nearly 2 years old at this point, but Psycho still stands out as by far the most realistic in-game character I've ever seen. For some reason Crytek didn't bring their A-game to the other ~2-ish characters in the game (can't remember their names - story was pretty bland); but it makes sense. Psycho is around for almost the entire game, the other two are not. Also tech-demo, etc. etc.

I'd also give an honorable mention to Ryse: Son of Rome, for both characters and interiors (and lighting of interiors), but that one was technically cheating. The cutscenes were in-engine using the in-game models/scenes, but with super-high settings enabled when used to record them(using cinebox, their cutscene tool) ; this is mainly because it was a console game, and it made sense for that time. However, the PC version still uses the pre-recorded custcenes, which is pretty disappointing, since you would be able to run them on high-end rigs.

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1. It's not Skyrim. Yes, it looks pretty. Yes, mods fix everything. However, its' flawed game engine (not flawed - disastrous; it's horrible) holds it back so far. You can mod all you want, but you'll never get a character to look as good as in Ryse or Crysis 3. It just can't be done with proper SSS or a bunch of other DX11 features that simply don't exist/work in DX9. Skyrim is amazingly static; nothing can be broken, nothing bends, etc. It just kills the sense of the environment being "alive". Then you have its bland water (yes, even with water mods) and so on. It looks amazing for a DX9 game - by far the best use of DX9 ever made... but that's using a qualifier. We're talking about "best graphics ever".

2. It's not crysis 1. It just can't be. It looks amazing, yes, but for all the same reasons as Skyrim it can't beat modern games like Crysis 3/Ryse/TVEC/etc.

3. Unreleased games don't count. Just like you shouldn't pre-order, you shouldn't give awards to unreleased products.
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Metro Redux - imho nothing gets close (not even Crysis if you ask me)

Also, this might sound weird but Battlefield Bad Company 2 has some amazing graphics on multiplayer on some spots (lighting on Valparaiso is just amazing if you ask me)
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Witcher 2 had some really fantastic graphics.
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For exteriors, probably The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. That game looks amazing. Of course, it seems somewhat like cheating since they photo-scanned everything. The downside is that the stuff they had to model (like the train-car in the first ~10 min) is noticeably lower quality. The characters are also rather poor. But the natural stuff and building exteriors are incredibly well done.

It makes me wish more games used photoscanning. Water and water reflections look dated in that game, and while they did a great job working with UE3, I have to say that CryEngine 3, 4A engine, and Frostbite 3 have shown better lighting. I haven't seen Ryse with my own eyes, I wonder how it compares with Crysis 3 visually?
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Metro Redux - imho nothing gets close (not even Crysis if you ask me)

Also, this might sound weird but Battlefield Bad Company 2 has some amazing graphics on multiplayer on some spots (lighting on Valparaiso is just amazing if you ask me)

Metro Redux looks worse than Last Light (non Redux). Most of the tessellation is gone, that's the biggest difference. I must add that BC2 never looked good for its time.
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Witcher 2 had some really fantastic graphics.

Meh... it has/had the most overrated graphics after AC Unity, Far Cry 3, and Far Cry 4 (FC3 looks like a horse's ass).
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Witcher 2 had some really fantastic graphics.
I concur. thumb.gif
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Outcast is the best looking 3D PC game that only had a software renderer...
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It makes me wish more games used photoscanning. Water and water reflections look dated in that game, and while they did a great job working with UE3, I have to say that CryEngine 3, 4A engine, and Frostbite 3 have shown better lighting. I haven't seen Ryse with my own eyes, I wonder how it compares with Crysis 3 visually?

Haven't actually played TVEC; just seen people stream it/review it/pics/etc. as well as the usual graphical breakdowns by the devs. Quite impressive for UE3 though; would definitely have benefit from UE4. For lighting, yes, technically CE3, 4A and FB3 are better (had TVEC been on UE4 it would likely have been more equal). Ryse is interesting; since it's using PBR it looks at lot more believable, but you can tell the Xbox-history really put a dent into it with some rather low quality textures and meshes here and there. I'd say that in many areas it looks better than C3. For example, rocks and boulders are much better than in C3 (as are trees), but grass and low ground foliage is pretty much equal.

What's strange is that in some areas the graphics essentially "self destruct" (just a large group of LQ assets) and it ends up looking pretty bad.

Also I noticed something massively contradictory in my other post...

... removed that.
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It makes me wish more games used photoscanning. Water and water reflections look dated in that game, and while they did a great job working with UE3, I have to say that CryEngine 3, 4A engine, and Frostbite 3 have shown better lighting. I haven't seen Ryse with my own eyes, I wonder how it compares with Crysis 3 visually?
Metro Redux looks worse than Last Light (non Redux). Most of the tessellation is gone, that's the biggest difference. I must add that BC2 never looked good for its time.
Meh... it has/had the most overrated graphics after AC Unity, Far Cry 3, and Far Cry 4 (FC3 looks like a horse's ass).

Agree to disagree on the BC2 part I guess.

For most part of 2010 games this kind of lighting was just amazing for me (part of which I still play this game), most games can't even get it together like that today...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf-3saRpgSg&feature=youtu.be
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I dont think Crysis 3 is nice. It has too much bloom effect to a point it feels like everything inside is glowing. It may be better polygons textures etc, but its lighting are ****.

Crysis 1 are still look MUCH MUCH closer to reality. REAL world objects DONT glow, when do developer understand this!

dont bother with Skyrim with mod, till this day they have not able to compile the mod into 1 single graphic mod
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Haven't actually played TVEC; just seen people stream it/review it/pics/etc. as well as the usual graphical breakdowns by the devs. Quite impressive for UE3 though; would definitely have benefit from UE4. For lighting, yes, technically CE3, 4A and FB3 are better (had TVEC been on UE4 it would likely have been more equal). Ryse is interesting; since it's using PBR it looks at lot more believable, but you can tell the Xbox-history really put a dent into it with some rather low quality textures and meshes here and there. I'd say that in many areas it looks better than C3. For example, rocks and boulders are much better than in C3 (as are trees), but grass and low ground foliage is pretty much equal.

What's strange is that in some areas the graphics essentially "self destruct" (just a large group of LQ assets) and it ends up looking pretty bad.

Also I noticed something massively contradictory in my other post...

... removed that.

Wow, that second picture... I can see the XBOX history alright.
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I dont think Crysis 3 is nice. It has too much bloom effect to a point it feels like everything inside is glowing. It may be better polygons textures etc, but its lighting are ****.

Crysis 1 are still look MUCH MUCH closer to reality. REAL world objects DONT glow, when do developer understand this!

dont bother with Skyrim with mod, till this day they have not able to compile the mod into 1 single graphic mod

You have a point about Crysis 3, one that I bring up often myself. As for Skyrim, there is no "they" since mods are made by thousands of different people. Yes, bother with Skyrim mods, the game becomes much better and much more visually appealing.
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