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TOP 10 games of the past, the graphics of which still look cool today


TOP 10 games of the past, the graphics of which still look cool today

Do you appreciate the visual component, graphic technologies, and art design in games? And if we say that even ten-year-old games can surprise you in this regard? Today we have compiled a selection of projects from the past that still look great: if you have gone through all the grafonic games of recent times, pay attention to this top. And one more note for the seed: there will be no obvious blockbusters like GTA 5, Minecraft and pixel ageless indies - we think you remember such games even without us.

Mirror's Edge

  • Editorial Award: "Amazing City of Glass"
  • Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Developer: EA DICE
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: action adventure

Mirror's Edge, released in 2008, was remembered by players for its gameplay and amazing graphics for its time. And most importantly, even after 15 years, this game looks very nice.

Of course, not without flaws like frankly strange textures of the streets (which, by the way, you just can’t get into), but we’ll make allowances for the year of release and the fact that the developers could not even imagine the possibility of moving somewhere other than legal roofs.

Crysis 2

  • Editors' Choice Award: "Fear of any graphics card"
  • Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Developers: Crytek, Free Radical Design
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: first person shooter
This game at one time melted a lot of computers! Only the owners of consoles were happy because they could still be played comfortably in Crysis 2.

Interestingly, it was Crysis that became the record holder for the number of references as "The best graphics of all time." It may sound overly loud today, but, in fairness, the graphics here are really better than in some new games.

BioShock Infinite

  • Editorial Award: "Beautiful Air World"
  • Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Developers: Irrational Games, 2K Marin, 2K Australia, Aspyr Media, Virtual Programming
  • Publisher: 2K
  • Genre: First Person Shooter, Survival Horror, Action Adventure, Action RPG
BioShock Infinite is an undeniably great game. The famously twisted plot (you try on the role of Booker DeWitt) goes well with nice graphics, and the beauty of Elizabeth has sunk into the hearts of most players for a long time. But did you know that a full ten years have passed since the release date? A decent enough amount of time, especially given the fact that gamers continue to return to the world of BioShock Infinite every year. Of course, because the magic, memorable characters, and a drop of noir, already revealed in the Burial at Sea add-on, is what the doctor ordered.


  • Editorial Award: "Most Beautiful Desert"
  • Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Developers: Thatgamecompany, Tricky Pixels, SCE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publishers: Annapurna Interactive, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: Adventure Game, Indie Game, Platformer, Arthouse Game
The visual component of Journey is immediately remembered. Calm colors, beautiful picture - just a delight for the eyes. Although the game did not receive a proper response from the Russian-speaking community, it is still worth paying attention to: the plot is interesting and touching.

Exploring the ruins, and solving puzzles - the game is like a small expedition, raising very serious philosophical questions in the course of history.

tomb raider

  • Editorial Award: Women's Beauty
  • Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Developers: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, Feral Interactive, Nixxes Software BV
  • Publishers: Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix, Feral Interactive, Square Enix Europe, ak tronic Software & Services
  • Genre: Action Adventure, Platformer, Action RPG, Survival Horror

When in 2013, after a long break, the Tomb Raider series was breathed new life, the fans were delighted: many liked the new Lara, and the graphics in the game, compared to the previous parts, became much more attractive. And it would be dishonest to say that today Tomb Raider looks bad - just the same, no. We bet Lara is a beauty even by today's standards.

The adventure on Yamatai Island will definitely not leave anyone indifferent: the plot is catchy, there are enough enemies, and there are more than enough mystics. In general, a complete set.

Total War: Rome 2

  • Editorial Award: Impressive Battles
  • Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publishers: Sega, Sega Europe Limited
  • Genre: turn-based strategy, real-time tactics, wargame
Another game that came out ten years ago is Strategy this time. Total War: Rome 2 is a remake of Rome: Total War, which was released even earlier, in 2009. At the same time, it was the version from 2013 that the players remembered more. In general, it is logical: all the previous functionality has been preserved, and somewhere even supplemented, while the graphics have become so great that it is difficult to guess the approximate year of release the first time.

The main plot is based on the War of the Second Triumvirate of Rome (between 43 and 30 BC). A real excursion into the past, allowing you to try on the role of one of the legendary historical figures.


  • Editor's Award: "Scares the Cracks"
  • Release Date: October 27, 2005
  • Developers: Monolith Productions, Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore, Timegate
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: first-person shooter, survival horror
Yes, FEAR is a bit inferior to previous games in terms of visuals, but let's make an indulgence: the project was released in 2005, but it still looks very good! Few releases from the mid-00s can boast of the same, and then there's the story is fascinating to boot. Why not remember?

Girl Alma has become the cause of gray hair on the head of many gamers: if you are fearless, try to find an approach to her too.

Far Cry 3

  • Editorial Award: "Best Graphic Jungle"
  • Release Date: November 29, 2012
  • Developers: Ubisoft Montreal, Massive Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Genre: First Person Shooter, Action Adventure
“Have I already told you what madness is?” - this phrase was heard by everyone in the year of the release of Far Cry 3, she trumpeted from everywhere: from memes, from videos, and almost from every iron. The game made a splash not only with a charismatic villain but also, of course, with graphics - the islands looked very cool. Even today there are many who want to visit them.

In turn, the plot is dynamic and addictive, fighting evil pirates is a pleasure. And this story clearly teaches you to be more responsible in choosing a place for a vacation ...


  • Editorial Award: "Most Unusual Graphics"
  • Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Developers: Gearbox Software, Blind Squirrel Games
  • Publishers: 2K
  • Genre: First Person Shooter, Action Adventure
The visual of the Borderlands series, as they say, is not for everyone, and at first, it is difficult for some players to get used to it. Although the hand-drawn style definitely has a fat plus: it will become obsolete for a long time. Actually, that is why the first part of Borderlands (and this is 2009!) is almost in no way inferior to Borderlands 2, and there, in turn, it is not far from the third part.

A fantastic shooter about light madness, the secrets of aliens, and, of course, epic firefights, is addictive today. Exploring a new planet is not easy, but exciting.


  • Editorial Award: "Best White Walls"
  • Release Date: October 10, 2007
  • Developer and Publisher: Valve
  • Genre: First Person Shooter, Puzzle, Platformer

This series is for sure! Portal and Portal 2 have excellent graphics that any gamer will appreciate in 2023, deciding to get acquainted with them for the first time. Yes, the first part is a bit inferior to the second, but still, each is good in its own way, and the white walls look great both there and there.

Solving puzzles is sometimes tiring, but that's what Portal is all about. And, of course, the ability to jump back and forth through portals that sometimes create real chaos.


What "evergreen" games would you recommend? Just let's go without Skyrim with hundreds of mods for graphics.