5 Games That Need a Photo Mode

5 Games That Need a Photo Mode

In an ever-changing industry, games now have an even stronger presence among younger generations. In addition, when looking for games with photo mode- PS4, Xbox One and PC, all provide great photo mode options for blossoming virtual photographers (even though fighting games with photo mode don’t exist at this time). With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at some of the games that absolutely need a photo mode for the ultimate virtual photographer and gamer experience.

Final Fantasy XVI (16)

Square Enix’s newest addition to the Final Fantasy franchise is soon to be released exclusively on the PlayStation 5. This is following the release of the mixed reviewed Final Fantasy XV and the well-received Final Fantasy VII Remake. Whilst the release date is still being decided… There’s one addition that will make for a great playthrough of this action packed new mainline JRPG – photo mode!  

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From Square Enix co. LTD.

Now, I know Final Fantasy XV had a version of photo mode with one of the characters being a photographer and have a camera in the menu but I think it can be improved on. A well rounded and simple photo mode will let virtual photographers get creative. Virtual photographers and gamers alike will get a chance to display the world of Valisthea to the gaming community in a beautiful, artistic way. Thus, gamers can appreciate the hard work and creativity put in by the development team. 

 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Remaster

Nintendo games aren’t really known for including photo mode. Until recently when Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offered a photo tool. A few years after the successful launch of Breath of the Wild, comes a remaster for the ages – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This HD remaster allows players to return to the Islands in the Sky and learn the origins of the Master Sword. Join Link as he explores dungeons and two stunning worlds. All done whilst on a quest to save his childhood friend, Zelda.

legend of zelda
Source: ethugamer.com

Usually, with remastered video games, photo mode isn’t really required. Especially considering most gamers have played these games before. Therefore they’re familiar with the world. However, including a photo mode into this game would provide a greater experience for gamers and virtual photographers alike. Using virtual photography will give gamers a better opportunity to appreciate the cartoonish art style that is the main talking point amongst the Zelda community. Thus, allowing it to be a stunning background for character portraits. As well as being a very persuasive addition to the game design to entice newcomers.  

Mass Effect: The Original Trilogy

Mass Effect is a sci-fi franchise that spans across 4 installments, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect Andromeda. This series relies on single-player combat and every choice the player makes will determine the fate of the galaxy. Players will also play as their own version of Shepard. This allows players to customise their character with new skills and a unique arsenal.

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Source: WCCFtech/ Ubisoft

Now, both Andromeda and the legendary edition of the first three games already have a photo mode tool. However, I strongly believe that having a full photo mode put into the original 3 games would be great. This would allow gamers to compare and appreciate the differences between the original and remastered versions. This will also allow gamers to fully explore the stunning cinematic galaxy.

Resident Evil Future Releases

Resident Evil, a franchise that is still going strong 25 years later. Still fresh off of the launch of the eighth installment – Resident Evil: Village, this survival horror gaming experience could offer more than we’ve already seen. Mixing jump scares, with a little action, this JRPG has found a perfect little formula that has continued to work for over two decades. Releasing on both previous generation consoles and current generation consoles (PS4, PS5, Xbox One/ Series X and PC), this franchise has games for everyone including newcomers and original fans.

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Photo from Capcom

Virtual photography is something that has only recently been added to the Resident Evil franchise. As a result, it brought the community closer together as gamers now have a chance to appreciate the game together on a new level. Gamers (and virtual photographers) will be able to show off some of the most impressive areas, such as Castle Dimitrescu and Heisenberg’s factory. Now, with a sequel to Village and a rumoured Resident Evil 4 Remake on the horizon, video game photography for survival horror will never be better. Inclusion of a photo mode in these two titles would be an excellent move. It would allow everyone to appreciate the finer details and twisted beauty in an otherwise tense and terrifying environment.

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is the sequel to the 2012 game, Assassin’s Creed III. This sixth installment in the action RPG franchise. Black Flag takes on a pirate theme, totally unique to previous Assassin’s Creed installments. and Players can explore the 50 available islands that combine to create the beautiful Caribbean setting. Players will also get a chance to customise their own ships before standing off against pirates of legend such as Blackbeard.  

assassins creed photo mode
Source: Microsoft/ Ubisoft

You may be wondering why a game that was released in 2013 needs a photo mode. Many fans still play this game even with newer Assassin’s Creed being released regularly. A photo mode in this game which features photo-realistic graphics would give gamers an experience like no other. By revisiting the beautiful islands with photo mode, gamers will be able to capture the beauty of the Caribbean. Virtual photography would be a useful opportunity to showcase the characters in their dwellings. As well as creating a new appreciation for the developer’s hard work.


What was the first game with photo mode?

The first game with a photo mode was Gran Turismo 4 that was released in 2005. However, video game photography didn’t really take off until 2007 when Halo 3 was released. It was Halo 3 that added a new spark in video game photography. Triggering a new level of enjoyment for gamers around the world. And inspiring future projects to follow in their footsteps.

Does PC have a photo mode? 

Yes, PC does have a photo mode. Sometimes the tool will built into the game, such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Batman: Arkham Knight. However, most games that don’t have an in-game photo tool do require a mod. Many mods are available for PC gamers thanks to virtual photographers creating them for themselves. Unfortunately, console players don’t have the luxury of adding a photo mode mod to their games. Therefore console players have to wait for games that have the mode built-in.



Abi is an introverted gamer who prefers survival horror and JRPGs (Japanese Role-Playing Games) who also has a love for reading and anime. When she isn’t busy, you can find her playing either a Resident Evil or Final Fantasy game.

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