A growing trend in games on the new generation of consoles is the inclusion of “Photo Mode”. Now that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both have screenshot functionality, a lot of game developers are including this relatively new feature in their games, allowing gamers to take a minute and enjoy the beauty of worlds many years in the making.
Being a creative bunch here at Studio Diva, we’ve decided to do a monthly blog showcasing some of our favourite photographic screenshots that we’ve taken. Some of the tools at our disposal are very complex, including aperture, exposure and filters, as well as the standard zooming, panning and UI removal. On the other hand, many games look good enough with just a simple press of the screenshot button!
As this is the first post in the series these photos span back through the past year, and we’ll be splitting it into two parts. Going forward we’ll be showing photos from our previous month of gaming. Just click each one to see them bigger.
Infamous: Second Son (below) was one of the first PS4 games to patch in a fully featured photo mode and set the bar high for future games to follow.
The Order: 1886 was initially released without a photo mode, but once it was patched in it really let people see the stunning graphic detail up close. I was near the end of the game when it was added, but I’ll be sure to go back through the various chapters again now, with camera in hand! The shot below was taken in an abandoned London Underground tunnel towards the end of the game, and the atmosphere really shows.
In contrast, this shot shows a more action-packed moment in the game, and the free-roaming camera allows details to be picked up that would otherwise be missed during a normal playthrough.
Not every shot has to be about the action or the characters, as this one from Far Cry 4 shows. Whilst on an uninvited hallucinogenic trip* Joe waited for just the right moment to capture this spectacular sunset.
The Last of Us Remastered is the next-gen upgrade of the brilliant PlayStation 3 game. The photo mode enables great moody shots like Mike’s ones below, which show off not only the improved graphics, but also capture the great horror atmosphere that Naughty Dog were able to create in the game.
The Left Behind DLC came included with the PlayStation 4 remaster, and sees players take control of Ellie. The photo mode made its way into that too, where the shot below was taken.
While there’s no photo mode in Telltale’s Game of Thrones episodic adventure game, the gorgeous art style makes every screenshot look like a painting, such as in this shot taken during a dragon attack.
When a photo mode is added to a game post-release it can end up revealing things that were never intended to be seen, such as this bizarre effect when the camera gets just that little bit too close to Galahad in The Order: 1886! Finding these little bugs and details is all part of the fun though!
Take a look at Part II now, and stay tuned to the blog for another in May!