The graphics whoring continues! We’re counting down the 50 best-looking video games of all time, but how do you define “best looking”? Well, the games on this list had to meet two criteria.
a) They need to have been technically impressive at the time they were released, and…
b) They have to have held up aesthetically (or at least have the potential to hold up aesthetically).
30) Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X was the first Final Fantasy on the PS2 and it made a big impact. Really, few RPGs on the system ever topped it visually (as long as you overlook some of the characters’, uh, creative wardrobe choices).
29) God of War II
God of War II does things with the PS2 hardware you wouldn’t think possible — the game’s visual polish and sense of scale were simply off the charts. The original God of War and God of War III are also great looking games, but they don’t quite match GoW II’s “How the hell did they do that?” visual bravado.
28) Super Metroid
Super Metroid is pretty much the pinnacle of 16-bit 2D visual design. The game’s massive bosses are an impressive technical display, and the game plays with atmosphere the way only movies had until its release. Every inch of Zebes is absolutely soaked in dread and mystery — if the upcoming Alien: Isolation captures the Alien vibe as well as this 20-year old game, it’ll be very lucky.