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10 OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY GAMES

In many cases, these games incorporate photography into their gameplay in novel ways.

When playing video games, you can go to different worlds and engage in a variety of activities, such as killing monsters or shooting other players in a deathmatch. Some games, on the other hand, encourage you to interact with the world in a new way, urging you to look more attentively at it and to capture it permanently.

In-game photography is becoming increasingly common, and many games now allow you to upload screenshots and videos directly to social media platforms. However, some games go even further and incorporate photography directly into their mechanics as a way to further immerse you in their worlds and reward your attention. But, if you’re a budding photographer, which ones are the greatest to start with?

Umurangi Generation
umurangi generation

Umurangi Generation, like Beyond Good and Evil, employs its photography mechanism to achieve more subversive goals. It casts you in the role of a Maori courier working in New Zealand on the point of collapse. You photograph the turmoil, sorrow, and ecstasy that surrounds you in order to preserve it for future generations.

Its cel-shaded design will make you want to look at every part of the world, and its use of photography as a vehicle for storytelling and political commentary is insightful and inventive.

Phasmosphobia
phasmophobia camera

Is it possible that you took a photograph of a buddy just to realize that the photograph is packed with luminous orbs? If you believe in the spirit world, these are ghosts, according to science. If you believe in science, this is merely a trick of the light.

Phasmophobia is a multiplayer horror game that takes the sensation of spotting orbs in a photograph and turns it into a playable horror experience. While you and your pals have a variety of weapons at your disposal in your ghost-hunting arsenal, photography is one of the most crucial; by snapping images, you may earn in-game cash as well as fulfill objectives and tasks.

Dead Rising
dead rising selfie

Amidst Dead Rising’s wacky, satirical take on the zombie genre, there are some subtle mechanical touches to be discovered. One of these is the use of photographs in the work.

Photographing zombies and fellow survivors as you advance through the game will earn you points, which you can then use to purchase various improvements. You will also receive bonuses based on how well you execute your pictures and what the photographs contain as you progress through the game. This feature was altered in later games to include a selfie option with a zombie, so it’s possible that the goofiness is also a part of it.

The Good Life
The Good Life rita Barrett and Naomi collage

As you play photography games, you’ll find that many of them ask you to photograph animals, or put you in the role of a journalist. These things are done in The Good Life as well, but because it is a game created by the same person who created Deadly Premonition, it does them in a slightly different way.

You take on the role of Naomi, a journalist who has been dispatched to the “happiest town on the planet” to determine whether or not it is truly that happy. You quickly get to work shooting images during your research and sharing them on social media in order to fulfill assignments and earn money… until you realize that the entire town transforms into animals at night. With these, you’ll soon find yourself transformed into an animal. It has a distinct charm that you won’t be able to replicate anywhere else.

New Pokemon Snap
cover for new pokemon snap

In many ways, the original Pokemon Snap was a childhood classic for the N64 generation, and it was the first time many people saw the Pokemon they grew up with recreated in full 3-dimensionality. Due to the fact that it was played on the N64, those 3D Pokemon occasionally appeared a little… rudimentary. In order to make the game even bigger, better, and more attractive, Nintendo revised its original vision for the Switch and enhanced it.

New Pokemon Snap is a complete sequel to the first game, with new features, new sceneries, and new Pokemon to shoot in amusing positions; and, of course, the high-definition graphics are a significant improvement over the previous version.

Afrika
afrika

Whereas most games employ photography as a gimmick to entice you to explore new worlds and odd phenomena, Afrika has no patience for such silliness.

Originating as a launch release for the PlayStation 3, Afrika is a straightforward photography game in which you journey across… wait for it… Africa, capturing images of the various species that you see. Despite its simplicity, the game stands out for its attention to detail, which can be seen both in the animals’ motions and behavior and in the quantity of information around the cameras and lenses that can be used to capture them.

Bugsnax

Despite the fact that Bugsnax is graced with an absolutely banging theme song by indie pop masters Kero Kero Bonito (despite the fact that it kind of spoils the entire game), beneath the game’s adorable veneer lies an unexpectedly strong adventure.

Bugsnax locates you on Snaktooth Island and assigns you the mission of capturing the titular critters, who are half-bug, half-snack. Take photographs of them in order to obtain information about their habits, which you may do by observing their behavior and observing their behaviors. Certainly, it puts the “bug” in the phrase “shutterbug.”

Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond good and evil

Beyond Good and Evil may not have been the most popular game of its day, but it was a thrill for those who were fortunate enough to play it. You take on the role of Jade, a journalist who is tasked with uncovering a government conspiracy that involves human trafficking, extraterrestrials, and the military.

Overall, it’s an adventure game in the vein of The Legend of Zelda, but the photographic system is the game’s most unique twist. As you progress through the game, you’ll be charged with photographing the local wildlife in order to gain money and other incentives; you’ll also utilize your camera to capture the images that will bring down the corrupt government. This hidden gem is well worth revisiting, especially since a sequel is rumored to be in the works.

Life Is Strange
Chloe Price life is strange

After Dontnod Entertainment’s underappreciated debut title, Remember Me, failed to garner critical acclaim, the studio went back to the drawing board and created Life Is Strange, which established the studio as a franchise-starter. Life Is Strange is a film that was released in episodic portions in 2015 and follows Max, a photography student who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time.

It’s appropriate that Max is a photographer, because taking pictures allows you to capture moments in time and ties in with the game’s themes; and if you truly get into the notion and complete all of the optional images in the game, you’ll earn a special accomplishment for your efforts.

Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly
fatal frame 2

It’s never been a better moment to dive into the Fatal Frame series, and Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly is without a doubt the franchise’s pinnacle installment.

The use of a camera as a weapon in these games is a mechanical masterpiece in and of itself. You’re compelled to stare directly at the spirits who are stalking you, because crisper and closer shots will inflict more damage than if you don’t. Not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for a serious horror experience, then this is the game for you.

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