25 Stunning Stills From Video Games

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Duncan Harris is a Chippenham, England-based video game journalist, or “video game tourist agent,” as he likes to call himself.He’s also the mastermind behind DeadEndThrills, a website devoted exclusively to capturing awe-inspiring images of live action gameplay of video games.

What makes his photos different from the average screen grab any gamer could take is the painstaking time and effort he puts into each one.

He explains on his FAQ that every image goes through Photoshop just to ensure that all of the “images are as close to the artists’ work as possible.”

While different techniques are used to perfect each image (and are listed below every photo), Harris explains that every photo is “grabbed at 216 op in realtime, using FXAA or similar for antialiasing, and then downscaled…in Photoshop.”

In an interview with Kotaku—the digital hub for gaming news—Harris described his video game journalism philosophy: “I think what it boils down to is that there’s just an awful lot of dumb sh-t in video games, much of it by necessity, underneath and between which is some truly stupendous art.”

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title=””Crysis 2″ is a first-person shooter game released for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts, Crysis 2 was the first game to showcase the CryEngine 3 game engine.”
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title=””Crysis 2″ uses the CryEngine game engine. According to the Crytek website, “it’s the all-in-one game development solution for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that is truly next-gen ready.””
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title=””BioShock” is the first-person, genetically-enhanced shooter game developed by Irrational Games. Played within a dystopian setting, the gameplay is unique and offers stunning images, such as this one.”
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title=”In “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” players take on the role of the Dragonborn, a hero born with the ability to slay dragons. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, it’s available for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.”
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title=”This is one of the typical towns in “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” As you are sent off on new quests you discover new locations on the map, such as this one.”
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title=””Flight Simulator X” (or FSX for short) is the tenth game in the Flight Simulator franchise.”
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title=”Developed and published by Microsoft Game Studios, “Flight Simulator X” is realistic, offers an expansive range of content, and is the ultimate game for aviators.”
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title=””Space Engine” is a real-time three dimensional simulator that allows “passengers” to travel from Earth into space. The simulation software is free and is only available for PC.”
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title=”Developed by Slightly Mad Studios, “Project Cars” is a straightforward simulation for race car drivers and wannabes. The tentative release date is sometime in November of this year.”
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title=”If you can’t tell by the photo, “Alan Wake” is a third-person psychological thriller developed by Remedy Entertainment. A game of discovery and light, it offers a unique storyline set against a truly eerie backdrop.”
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title=””Battlefield 3″ is the third game in the award-winning franchise from Electronic Arts. Released in 2011, it’s available for play on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.”
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title=””Battlefield 3″ offers combined arm battles, offering single-player, multi-player, and co-operative modes for play. It also offers an awesome array of arsenal but lacks a convincing storyline.”
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title=””Eve Online” is a MMORPG – a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.”
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title=””Eve Online” was developed and published by CCP Games and was released to North American fans in 2003.”
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title=””Eve Online” offers amazing graphics but is too ambitious to be a truly top notch RPG. Since its release however, “Eve Online” has been updated to improve many of its original flaws.”
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title=”Developed and published by Square Enix, “The Last Remnant” is another fantasy RPG. It has received many negative reviews over its graphics but manages to provide stunning scenery design.”
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title=”Released in 2011, “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” is a fantasy RPG from Polish studio CD Projekt RED. This game offers an intricate storyline and offers vicious combat set in stunning landscapes (like this one!).”
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title=”Anyone who has played “Mass Effect 3″ knows that control and sacrifice are two huge themes in this BioWare RPG. It truly remains one of the most remarkable games in this genre and offers a satisfying yet hugely dramatic ending to this well-loved series.”
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title=”Released in 2011, “Syndicate” is available for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. This tactical game, set in real-time, offers awesome play (in fixed isometric style) and messy (but fun!) gunplay.”
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title=”Developed by studio The Creative Assembly, “Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai” is a game of strategy set in feudal Japan. Siege battles take place against a gorgeous backdrop and players have the option of being one out of 10 leaders of powerful clans.”
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title=””Zeno Clash” is a first-person shooter set in the eerie fantasy world Zenozoik. Developed by ACE Team, this game offers some seriously strange dialogue and an even stranger setting.”
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title=””Dear Esther” is a haunting first-person ghost experience (we hesitate to call it a game) brought to you by thechineseroom. This story-based linear puzzle allows you to explore the stunning landscape as you piece together the fate of the island’s previous inhabitants.”
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title=”Developed by Epic Games, “Bulletstorm” is an average first-person shooter that lacks much of the creativity and sophistication of other games in its genre. However, it’s energetic and has amazing fight play.”
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title=””Mirror’s Edge” is a first-person action adventure game by Electronic Arts. While it lacks good combat that you would expect from an action adventure title, it offers an amazing soundtrack and incredible scenery”
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title=”BONUS: This is photographer Duncan Harris’ favourite image, taken from a scene in “Dark Void.””
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