Best Of E3: Best Graphics [[UPDATED - Ryse Disqualified!]]

[[UPDATE: The beautiful Ryse originally won this award when I wrote the article on Friday. Since then, however, it has come to light that Microsoft faked the demos in their booth using powerful gaming PCs that ran on a Titan graphics card. These PCs were up to three times faster than an actual Xbox One console, and thus the visuals and performance may not have represented the actual XBone experience. 

The award now goes to Killzone: Shadow Fall, which much like Ryse blew me away with its stunning high-def graphics. This game, however, was actually running on the advertised hardware.

Sigh.]]

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With the advent of the next generation at this year's E3, we were surrounded on all sides by stunning titles that would have been but a pipe dream on current-gen tech. Still, a select few titles stood out from the pack with graphcis so sharp everyone stopped to take notice.

The most beautiful games of E3 were...

Runner-Up

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Killzone: Shadow Fall is runner-up for Best Graphics of E3

Killzone: Shadow Fall was the first game of E3 to make my jaw drop, at least in terms of visuals. The game's stunning weapon models, ambient lighting, subtle foliage physics and explosive particle effects ensured that it left a lasting impression, so much so that I went in for both an eyes-on preview and a hands-on preview in one of Sony's private rooms. It impressed both times, with environments that were both much larger and much prettier than those seen in Killzone 3

If the Killzone series has been charged with carrying the graphics torch for Sony consoles, I'd say they left it in good hands.

Winner

Ryse

Ryse is a game so beautiful our website refused to host its screenshots, so check out its trailer below instead, and be sure to upgrade to the 720p version so you can see the game in all its high-def glory.

may not have been too impressed with Ryse's gameplay, but you'd have to be crazy to deny the pure graphical beauty of the title. The game's beach sequence, which saw fireballs raining down on a group of Roman soldiers as they took a bloodied beach and ships sank in the surf around them, was so frenetic and beautiful I felt like my eyes should be melting from their sockets.
For more on Ryse, see our exclusive leak of the game's co-op multiplayer mode.

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