Behind all the noise and violence, video games can at times be works of incredible, painstaking beauty – a true visual medium to be ogled and admired. In celebration of this form of modern technical artistry we’ve collected 20 of the most stunning screenshots from games released in the last year and compiled them in the gallery above.
As you’ll observe, these aren’t average run-of-the-mill screenshots. These are images captured by enthusiasts dedicated to making games achingly gorgeous to look at by using mods, filters, and big-ass PCs. To appreciate the screenshots in all their immense glory, you really should view them at full size (click the icon in the top-right corner of each image).
Credit for these stunning images belongs to the exceptional hard work of the talented contributors of this NeoGaf thread, and expert screenshot getter Dead End Thrills.