Despite many delays, 2015 remains a great year for gamers. Lots of titles are still expected to release in the coming months and some of them, for the very first time, will test the graphical power of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While we have a good amount of games that will show up this power, anyway, one genre seems to be leading the run to the best graphics and performances: open world.
Developers have always been dreaming about making open world games that could live up their expectations: we have had several great free-roaming titles in the past, but lots of them were lacking scope and size simply because consoles didn’t have enough RAM memory to handle those features. Now that both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 support 8 GB RAM, then, we have witnessed a true run for open world games and someone has even changed the game structures he was known for in order to jump into them.
You can read some of the game we think will have the best graphics on PS4 and Xbox One this year in the following list. Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Hideo Kojima and his team have been hard at work in the last few years to prepare FOX Engine for the next-gen consoles, and the moment has finally come. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be out September 1 and then we will understand if this is really the best engine to move all of the Konami’s portfolio for the next decade. FOX Engine has already been used for PES 2015, showing that, with a good degree of work and comprehension, it could live up western competitors.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projekt RED has been complaining for years about the low power of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are finally out, so they can spread all of their graphical power on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – not just on PC. Xbox One version will run at 900p but, despite this, those who have played it are still searching for their dropped jaw.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Talking about open world games, Batman: Arkham Knight will surely be among the best looking. The series has already showed what Rocksteady can do with a good machine because the previous iterations have released on PC too, so I don’t think graphically speaking it will surprise many. I am curious to see the Batmobile in action and some of the good landscapes from Gotham City we have been teased in the recent trailers.
Halo 5: Guardians
Xbox One gamers are expecting their console to be finally pushed to the limit with Halo 5: Guardians, the greatest Microsoft exclusive for 2015. Even though the game runs at shiny 1080p60, I don’t think 343 Industries is focusing much more than it should on graphics, as fans have huge expectations for what concerns gameplay and story in this first next-generation chapter. But, talking about first-person shooters, Halo 5 could be the best looking this year.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
We’re still in the process of understanding if Tom Clancy’s The Division will be out this year but, in the meantime, I have to admit I have fallen in love with its reproduction of New York. Snowy or at the sunset, the city has been carefully and poetically reproduced for an ambitious MMO from Ubisoft. If it doesn’t get downgraded for any reason, our eyes will be thankful to Massive’s Snowdrop Engine.
Just Cause 3
Luminous Engine has been giving great tools to Avalanche Studios in order to make Just Cause 3 shinier than ever. The game is, as the older iterations from the series, an open world with bright colors true to the Mediterranean (once Caribbean) setting. A new IA and casual events will also be part of the package, so let’s take our fingers crossed for the game to really release in 2015.
Star Wars Battlefront
DICE has left Battlefield series in the hands of Visceral Games so it could work on Star Wars Battlefront, the first Electronic Arts game based on the Disney property. The game is a first-person shooter, you could say “of course” knowing the Swedish developer, and will run on Frostbite 3; it will be revealed for the very first time at Star Wars Celebration, April 17: fingers crossed for this one too.
Slightly Mad Studios wants to finally enter the Olympus of racing games with Project CARS. The title was backed by WMD, a portal where everyone can fund and have access to early versions of the game, providing feedback and suggestions. What we have seen in the last couple of months, with daily comparisons with reality and other games from the same genre (Assetto Corsa, DriveClub etc.) has surprised even the more skeptical, so you should give it a try when it releases in May if you love racing games.
Forza Motorsport 6
Turn 10 Studios could totally own Microsoft’s pre-E3 2015 conference, finally unveiling its new racing game with a live demo of Forza Motorsport 6. The game is supposed to be even prettier than Forza Motorsport 5, that already ran at 1080p60 as a Xbox One launch title, and to include more content to face with. Being an exclusive and a first-party game from Microsoft, expectations in terms of graphics and technology are sky high.
Assassin’s Creed Victory
Assassin’s Creed Unity, despite all the issues found at launch, was awesome in terms of graphics. I literally fell in love with its reproduction of the revolutionary Paris. Victory promises to show the same fidelity with Victorian London and to be a step forward in terms of polish and graphics. Ubisoft Quebec is in charge this time around, it’s their first time, so let’s hope everything goes well and, with some good innovation in terms of gameplay, we could be playing the action open world game this November.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
2013’s Tomb Raider has represented a huge change for Crystal Dynamics long-running series, from a technical standpoint too. The young Lara Croft had to explore an unexplored island, full of vegetation and mysteries, many of those based on the use of fire and water. So, graphically speaking, that was a pretty tough challenge for developers on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 first, on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later. Crystal Dynamics even chose to run the game at 30fps on Xbox One and at an unlocked frame-rate on PS4, so you can understand how many tweaks and improvements could be made to Rise of the Tomb Raider. Add the fact that the game is a PC Windows & Xbox exclusive and has had the full support of Microsoft during the development stage, and you will have a much interesting third person action game in time for the end of the year.
Phil Spencer stated recently that Fable Legends could be the first Xbox One game to support DirectX 12. When I first tried the game at Gamescom 2014, my reactions were mixed: graphics were pretty good, colors were bright and visual effects like fire or ice magic felt really next-gen, but frame-rate was damn shaking and there was much tearing. So the support to DirectX 12 is a great news as the game could improve right on those controversial aspects I learned about last year. And if it does.