Up For Debate - What was the best looking game of 2021?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Dec 18, 2021 12:00 PM
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2021 may not have been a massive year for gaming (it seems that is being reserved for 2022) due to the ongoing pandemic that has delayed several games into the new year, but it did have some pretty great and interesting releases. As a sort of pre-holiday celebration, we want to know what do you think were the best looking games of 2021?

We’ll also keep this simple, and by that we mean any game that was released after January 1st 2021 up until now. This year saw a lot of games released with ray tracing support, bringing more realistic and immersive graphics to some great titles like Resident Evil 8,DeathloopForza Horizon 5 and many more.

For a quick comparison, check out the best looking games of 2020.

So which games were the best looking of 2021? Let us know your thoughts and whether you think we missed 1 or 2 titles deserving of the spotlight…

Best looking video games of 2021

(in no particular order)

So what do you think? What was the best looking game of 2021? Do you think graphics really improved in the last year? Or was it more of the same? And did you enable a lot of ray tracing when it was available? Or did you skip it entirely this year? Let’s debate!

What was the best looking game of 2021?

Do you think graphics significantly improved in the last year compared to 2020?

Did you enable ray tracing when available?

Overall what do you think of the state of graphics quality in video games at the moment?

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BF2042/Forza Horizon, both look great maxed. Sadly BF is badly optimized and I'm stuck on high textures and everything else on low.

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Welp, if your rig can't do it, forget about nearly everyone else, including me.

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It's a laptop, though, but it did manage BFV maxed out at 120 fps... screw Dice this time.

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17:17 Dec-21-2021

Bright Memory Infinite, i hope this game take the best looking game of 2021.

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18:03 Dec-19-2021

Hitman 3 for sure, nothing has looked as good as those three newest entries!


I've replayed every level from all of em tons of times just to look at some eye candy

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00:37 Dec-19-2021

Forza Horizon 5 is definitely up there in next gen graphics for me. Plus the gameplay is on point too so that helps.

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22:00 Dec-18-2021

What do I think of the state of graphics quality in video games? It's too expensive, that's what I think. AAA games shouldn't cost hundreds of millions of dollars to produce with graphics being 90-95% of that huge budget.

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23:08 Dec-18-2021

Amen to that. It's been a really long time since I played decent story driven game cause graphics are just always priority that f**k up most games.

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14:53 Dec-18-2021

The Ancient Gods - Part Two..

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14:48 Dec-18-2021

Y'all haven't seen Kena, huh..?

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15:34 Dec-18-2021

I mean it looks good and its a indie game (i think) but the pixar like art style has been around in games for a while. Nothing really blew me away this year last years demons souls looked awesome.

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20:44 Dec-18-2021

We all have seen it, but the majority are probably not into Teletubbies type of games

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22:13 Dec-18-2021

most gamerz want that big PP energy call of duty provides xD

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00:23 Dec-19-2021

See the example above 🤣

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10:24 Dec-20-2021

thnx for your asspull statement that no one cares about, and all these emojis at the end just proves that you are still just a kid, no one mentioned cod anywhere, wake up to reality

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16:15 Dec-20-2021

If no-one cares, then why did you reply? 😂 (oh crap, there he goes again with them emojis!)


I'm fully awake in this reality. I don't just crap on a good game because it has a pixar art style. I have nothing to prove. But you seem to have to keep up this big gamer D energy for no reason whatsoever...


Just so you know, every time I beat a cool boss in Kena - me and my missis have a laugh at you. "Teletubbies" and "Dora"... yeah, sure feels like it! 🤣


People like you are why gamers have a bad name. More women for the rest of us, though, so not really a problem 👍

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00:21 Dec-19-2021

Teletubbies? LMAO play it first and then tell me how "teletubbies" it is... What a stupid comment to make...

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10:29 Dec-20-2021

I don't need to play a game to see how childish it is, you can see enough from the gameplay, it's not for me, and there is nothing wrong with my comment if you fail to understand that teletubbies meant kids game then it's only your problem. Sorry my mistake, it looks like Dora the explorer game, better now?

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16:10 Dec-20-2021

Tell me you're fragile without telling me you're fragile 😂


"Help help! My manhood is threatened by colors!"


Childish? You're an absolute clown and you should know it. Does it make your micropenis feel bigger when you talk nonsense or is that just a loner gamerrr thing?


Apparently - YES, you DO need to play the thing before commenting, since you just look like...a clown (did I say that enough yet?) When you grow up - maybe you'll start being able to appreciate objective quality. You don't seem to have matured yet. It's one thing to say "it's not for me", but another to look like an idiot and spout "dora" and "teletubbies" about a game that kids would find way too difficult and that would leave YOU repeating sections over and over because you ran out of time or died, Mr Macho Man.


I'm sorry the game isn't tinted in man-brown, macho-blue or testosterone-green and doesn't have you "frag dem n00bzzz", but some of us scrubs do enjoy it still. While the combat is on par with Witcher3/GoW/DS/MH (then again - this "gameplay" part doesn't matter) - I appreciate that the "childish" graphics don't give you the same viagra-esque effect that your testosterone-filled brain needs to survive. It must be difficult living this way, but I thank you for your struggle - the world needs more gamerzz like you to keep those soyboys (like myself) at bay and away from real men's games, leaving your super serious basement sausage club in peace 👍


Seriously...who hurt you in life for you to end up this way?


Can't wait for rep to come back so you can rack up the remaining minuses and go back to reddit...

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14:00 Dec-18-2021

FH5? I mean yes but you forgot about the terrible draw distance?

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15:00 Dec-18-2021

Also it's a driving game, if it looks bad that's just an insult, I'd be more impressed at open world games with that kind of fidelity, and also yes same graphics and problems from FH4 and terrible draw distance

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00:06 Dec-20-2021

It's a free-roam driving game. You're not forced to stay on tracks or roads. In fact, you're encouraged not to. I played maybe 20-30 hours (gameplay loop doesn't do it for me after some time) and it was all gorgeous, all the time. .

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20:48 Dec-18-2021

draw distance is bugged, if you change the graphics settings for two settings called "Environment" with the extreme setting it fixes itself, but you will need to restart pc for that

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