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Horizon Forbidden West wins Digital Foundry's award for the best visuals in 2022

Published: 16:42, 28 December 2022
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Horizon Forbidden West is the most beautiful game in 2022
Horizon Forbidden West is the most beautiful game in 2022

YouTube tech channel Digital Foundry made the list of eleven games that were visually most impressive in 2022, and to everyone's surprise, a cross-gen title won.

Graphics breakdown experts Digital Foundry has published their yearly assessment of the games with the greatest graphics, honouring the titles with the year's most amazing visuals. They've produced a list of ten candidates, and at the last moment they've added one more game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Complete Edition), but they didn't put it on the list due to PC performance problems, so it ended up in the category called "Honourable Mentioned."

Today's games rely heavily on raytracing effects, and one could think these visual effects could be decisive in naming the winner of this competition. However, raytracing was not the decisive element for any of the top three games to find themselves at the top of this list.

Portal RTX came in third place in this list due to the in-game lighting and how important it can be to the environment. In the second place, The Callisto Protocol was praised for its use of the older Unreal Engine 4, although the use of lighting was highlighted again and a comparison with Doom 3 was made. The particles' work and attention to detail put this survival horror at the very top of the visual spectacles of 2022, but the lack of "visual fluidity" stopped it from taking first place. The first place went to Guerrilla Games ' Horizon Forbidden West . Sony 's action-adventure won Digital Foundry's prize for its improved animations over the original game and its incredibly beautiful scenery.

It's a significant win for Sony and an intriguing nod given that the game is a cross-gen release and not exclusive to the PlayStation 5 . So in a way, according to Digital Foundry, a partially PlayStation 4 title boasts the greatest visuals of 2022.

Here is the full list of ten games with the best visuals, according to Digital Foundry:

  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • The Callisto Protocol
  • Portal RTX
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • The Last of Us Part 1
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Fortnite (Unreal Engine 5.1 update)
  • Need For Speed Unbound
  • Dying Light 2

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