All video games tend to become beautiful when given the Dead End Thrills treatment, but Rise Of The Tomb Raider is a special case.
God damn it's a beautiful game.
When I think of 2015's best looking games I think back to the games that held up the best technologically, but those that also had a presence so striking that I can't help but remember them. The way the light peered through the trees as the wind raged in The Witcher 3 was one of them. The dark, Victorian London-esque environments of Bloodborne have still stayed with me. And the presentation of Battlefront ... it's superb.
Fallout 4 is beautiful for other reasons. That was, of course, until Dead End Thrills got their hands on the game. Now it's just straight out beautiful.
Mirror's Edge was born to be high-res. The latest shots up at Dead End Thrills show Dice's first-person runner looking sharper than ever. Pleeeease don't let Mirror's Edge 2 suck, pleeeeease don't let Mirror's Edge 2 suck...
I never could get all that excited about Rage (this was at least partly due to that terrible name), but I did appreciate how good it often looked. Especially those nice, oddly bulbous character models -- not everyone liked them, but I did.
Killer is Pretty: There are a bunch of new games featured at the screenshot site Dead End Thrills, including last year's Killer is Dead. Turns out, that game's stylish art looks incredibly nice in high-res.
Gallery: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends, racing through super high-res backdrops! These beautiful screenshots come to us from Duncan Harris at Dead End Thrills, who's been using a debug build of Sonic & Allstars Racing Transformed provided by developer Sumo Interactive to grab some beautiful high-res images.
Dark Souls is a beautiful game in more ways than one. It's a terrific feat of design, for starters. But it's also just lovely to look at, if you can relax for five seconds and take in the view.
"Some modders are making Morrowind in the Skyrim engine," they said. It's looking really good. And I listened to them, I did. But it wasn't until I saw these screens that I believed it.
This isn't quite a Last-Gen Heroes entry, but it could be, since Ninja Theory's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West deserves some retrospective love. It was one of the most surprising games of the last several years, and also one of the most beautiful.
The Space May Be Dead, But It's Still Pretty. The latest from Dead End Thrills: Grandiose shots of Dead Space 3.