Wondering which PS4 games have the best graphics? Video games have come a long way since their inception in the early 1970s, and one of the most noticeable ways they've changed is the improvement in graphics we've seen over the years. What was at one time nothing more than a few blocky-looking pixelated figures moving across the screen has now become character models that are so hyper-realistic you can actually see their pores.
The PlayStation 4 has tons of games that showcase stunning visuals, but which ones look the best? The games with meticulously animated facial animations? What about the sweeping environments? Or perhaps the super-stylized aesthetics? That's up to you to decide! Sure, beauty's in the eye of the beholder, but that doesn't mean we can't all agree that some games are more stylishly prettier than others. (Or does it?) Either way, we've rounded up the prettiest games that are widely considered to be the most visually striking.
Whether you're gaming on a regular PS4 or are taking it all in on the PS4 Pro, check out 21 of the best-looking PS4 games from over the years and vote up the titles you think truly stand out — at least in a purely visual sense.
- Photo: Naughty Dog
The Last of Us set a new standard for gameplay graphics when it was released in 2013, and, naturally, the 2020 sequel follows in the same footsteps. The attention to detail is nothing short of breathtaking (just look at the game's insane rope physics as proof), and the in-game mechanics are on another level entirely. Like the original, the developers went above and beyond to make every scene, smirk, and screech as realistic as ever.
The standout of this post-apocalyptic survival horror's graphics is the animation; rather than using motion capture tracking data for the characters' faces, every movement has been handkeyed by the animators, meaning they're able to reach an incredible amount of detail and nuance while at the same time avoiding the uncanny valley. Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson's performances as Joel and Ellie are already extraordinary, but this life-like animation makes them all the more believable.
18842A gorgeous game?
- Release: 2020
- Developer: Naughty Dog
- Genres (Video game): Action-adventure, survival horror
- Photo: Rockstar Games
When it comes to photorealism, Red Dead Redemption II is one of the closest games you can get to real life. Every aspect seems to have an unprecedented level of detail, from the characters to the foliage to the, uh, unmentionables on the horses.
It's easy to get lost in the Wild West when it looks this good. In a game where the story takes more a front seat, every bit counts in making that narrative come alive. Add to that the fact that nearly every action in this game is manual, and it makes you feel even more immersed as you gallop across those gorgeous untamed lands.
16834A gorgeous game?
- Release: 2018
- Developer: Rockstar Studios
- Genres (Video game): Action-adventure
God of WarPhoto: SIE Santa Monica Studio
When the reboot of this fan-favorite series was first announced, gamers were understandably beside themselves with excitement. Fortunately, 2018's God of War manages to live up to the hype, updating the series in many different ways, of course, one of them being graphically.
Sure, sometimes running it makes your PS4 sound like it's going to take off like a jet engine, but that also means it's pushing your console to its limits to give you the most breathtaking visual experience possible. And that's definitely where it delivers. Along with its compelling story and gameplay, it's no wonder God of War has become a staple of this console generation.
15230A gorgeous game?
- Release: 2018
- Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
- Genres (Video game): Action-adventure, hack and slash
- Photo: Guerrilla Games
Sure, sometimes the facial animations can be little wonky, but Horizon Zero Dawn easily has some of the most beautiful environments to ever grace the console. The mix of nature, machine, and tribal iconography are seamlessly blended together, and each area of the map has its own unique color scheme and feel.
It's one of those games where you spend a good deal of time running or riding around from place to place, but in Horizon it feels like less of a chore and more of a gorgeous virtual safari. For this reason, the game has been a particular favorite of photo mode enthusiasts and is a prime example of the fantastical worlds games can immerse players in.
15231A gorgeous game?
- Release: 2017
- Developer: Guerrilla Games
- Genres (Video game): Action role-playing