Gears of War

For starters, Gears of War runs on a specialized graphics engine. Developer Epic (known for the Unreal Tournament series) has created eyeball-dissolving, cutting edge graphics for years, and just a quick glance at the intricate architecture (both before and after it gets blown to hell) from Gears of Warhints at how these new technologies impact the game's look. Incomparably sharp image quality and cinematic special effects come standard with Unreal Engine 3, and the early shots of Gears of War sweat out gorgeosity like they're infected with a devastating fever.