Which game should have a photo mode but doesn’t?
We love a good photo mode, and games like Mad Max, American Truck Simulator, Arkham Knight, and Shadow of Mordor have all benefited from the ability to drop an imaginary camera into it and set up the perfect shot. The modders did a great job incorporating photo modes into games that didn’t come with them, like Sekiro and The Division.
But there are still plenty of games out there that make us want to carry our screenshot key to a node that doesn’t have a photo mode. This is our last question of the weekend: Which game should have a photo mode but doesn’t?
Jody Macgregor: Sleeping Dogs
I’ve only seen Hong Kong on a brief layover, and while I plan to return and explore it properly one day in the meantime, the version in the open world crime drama Sleeping Dogs is the thing. closer than I have. Sleeping Dogs gives you a camera, but you can only use it during certain missions. I would love a full version so I could pose with the guy yelling about the pork buns on the market or those bouncy vampires from the DLC.
Bonus answer: Vermintide 2 would reign supreme with a photo mode, which I know because someone modified one.
Joanna Nelius: Outlast 2 and Eastshade
My God, there are so many games I could list here, but I’ll stick to two: Outlast 2 and Eastshade. The two are wildly different games, but the art in both is incredibly evocative. With Outlast 2, I’m a fan of everything horrible about Catholic imagery, and there’s a lot of twisted symbolism in this game that could benefit from an in-game photo mode. nightmares.
Shadow East is at the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s ethereal and whimsical – and, for a game about capturing beautiful landscapes with a brush and canvas, it makes sense to have a photo mode in the game. There’s one that’s built into the game to achieve goals, but not one that would allow you to save anything to your PC.
Christopher Livingston: Skyrim
I mean, this is the case if you are using tm and tfc console codes to disable the UI and enable the free camera, so it might as well have an official photo mode, maybe with some cool built-in poses for your character and a few sliders and filters. Since Fallout 76 has a photo mode, it probably wouldn’t be that hard to modernize something similar in Skyrim, but I won’t be holding my breath for Bethesda to add one. It would be nice anyway!
Shaun Prescott: Fez
Fez is a 2D puzzle platformer, but it’s possible to experience the world in 3D in first person thanks to some late-game unlocking. This fact alone – forgive me – completely blew me away when I found out. As a child, I dreamed of inhabiting 2D in 3D game worlds: What would the worlds of Jazz Jackrabbit, or Monster Bash, or Jill of the Jungle, or Commander Keen look like, if I could inhabit the perspective of their player-characters?
Fes actually allows you to do that. Looking out into the endless blue ocean to the cheerful platform skyboxes, and to the nearby 90 degree hanging platforms, and to other distant 2D views that should be … that was all I wanted games from the early 90s. Fez made it real. I doubt that Phil Fish and co wants to adapt the photo mode to Fez. But the ability to capture negative space outside of the game world lens is all I want from a photo mode.