God Of War Needs A Photo Mode

I have been spoiled by Mad Max, Horizon Zero Dawn and Assassin's Creed Origins. I have come to expect that I can unhook the camera in the beautiful game I'm playing and take some shots. I am impatient for God of War to get its photo mode.

What we know of the photo mode is merely that it's coming. The game's developers reiterated that last night in a post that promises that the photo mode and "global increase to text size in all menus and subtitles" will be in "upcoming patches."

A few years ago, I wouldn't have cared that the latest gorgeous game I was playing didn't have a photo mode. I'd tell you I like playing my games, not pausing them so I can turn the camera around and frame a dramatic shot.

More recently, however, I couldn't help but stop in the midst of a session of Horizon Zero Dawn and do something like this:

Or, if I'm playing Assassin's Creed Origins, I just have to do this:

Or this:

Or this:

As I'm playing God of War, I'm just wishing I could do that, instead settling for basic behind-the-back screenshots or snatching better-framed moments from cutscenes. I wish I could have shot this area from a better angle:

I just know there's more potential here:

And then there's all those scenes full of very surprising spectacle that, sure, I don't want to spoil for anyone, but wouldn't it be so cool to take custom shots of those, too?

I haven't finished God of War. Even after I wrap the main story, I'm sure there will be more to do. I will not start a new game just for photo mode, but I certainly will use it during the final portions of the game I play.

Over just a few years, I realise, I've become a photo mode fan. I want it in my games more than I want achievements or - mind you, this is my taste - multiplayer.

I wasn't expecting this. And perhaps I wasn't expecting games to look this good.


    Photo mode in the Shadow of the Colossus remaster was pretty awesome too.

    Have to say, the most fun I've had with photo mode in a game has been Gravity Rush 2. Was great trying to get Kat into crazy gravity induced poses.

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