Modern-day video games are not just a medium for gameplay and entertainment.
They have evolved into huge, expansive, and breathtaking virtual landscapes that can be alluring for anyone who wants to capture their beauty.
With more and more breakthroughs in graphics technology every year, many video game developers pour their hearts and souls into creating stunning, lifelike worlds filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, intricate character designs, and cinematic scenes.
Join us on a journey of awe and wonder as we explore the list of video games that have gained the recognition of the masses for their massive vistas and lifelike beauty.
The term “no clip” began in the early days of video game photography. It allows you to pass through any wall object or collision and helps you take stunning in-game pictures from nearly impossible angles.
Fortnite is not just any simple battle royale game. It also offers a treasure trove of completely unrealistic but stunningly beautiful photo ops.
With constant updates, strong graphics, and beautifully colorful maps, Fortnite is a dream for many photo opportunists.
And with constant updates and new skins and themes, it never is boring with a new photo opportunity every season.
6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
While not at the top, Uncharted 4 boasts a photo mode that may even give the Red Dead Sequel a run for its money.
Its photo mode allows you to pause the game and tinker around with the depth of field, motion blur, film grain, and a variety of filters to get the look you want
This makes it the love of many DSLR lovers who want control over every detail of their photos.
5. The Last of Us Part 2
2 years after its initial release, Naughty Dogs “The Last of Us Part 2” is still holding onto many of its secrets.
The developers of the game are known for their polish and attention to detail. And from the looks of it, they have delivered us a game that won’t lose to any other AAA title in terms of world design, gameplay mechanics, and high-quality storyline and character depth.
This game has everything that any virtual photographer could ask for.
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Being one of the oldest games on this list, Elder Scrolls Skyrim takes one of the top 5 spots on this list.
The Elder Scrolls is a massive open world crammed with spooky, dark caves and forests, as well as a wide expanse of breathtaking scenery encircled by towering mountains and frigid glaciers.
Skyrim has the kind of scenery that any photographer would want to have in their portfolio.
3. Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima takes the third spot, as it has one of the best photo modes of any game on this list. Just like Red Dead 2, it has an open-world architecture.
Based on the Edo period in Japan, the beauty and stunning landscapes, as well as the highly detailed character design with good lighting choices have attracted a huge fan following since its release.
2. Horizon Zero Dawn
Well, there are a couple of reasons why this post-apocalyptic game is so befitting for virtual photography. The first reason being the very detailed character design of Aloy.
The second reason is that you just cannot put your controller down to take in the beauty. There’s always some hidden danger lurking behind every corner.
The simple task of finding the perfect shot can have you looking behind every second.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
You need to see it to believe it. RDR2 is one of the most beautiful-looking games out there. This Rockstar Games project was released in 2018 and is the prequel to the story in the original Red Dead Redemption.
It’s filled with expansive landscapes and stunning vistas, as well as very detailed character design. This has made RDR2 very popular among the virtual photography community attracting more than 160 thousand posts since its release.