eight Best uses of photography as a Game mechanic
The TITLES THAT MANAGED To TURN looking DOWN A VIRTUAL lens INTO Something really FUN
Taking the on-rails shooter and turning it into a safari-style exploration of Pokémon Island, aiming to capture as many quality pictures of Pokémon for Professor oak as you can, has to be one of the more ingenious twists on genre convention we can think of. There’s a reason why we keep clamouring for The Pokémon Company to take another crack at this concept, because it was just so much fun.
Another great concept and piece of execution as you use a camera to capture ghosts before they can injure you. All you have to do is keep them in the viewfinder for as long as possible. of course given that this is a survival horror, staying in control of your feelings and remaining calm enough to achieve this is the real challenge. The lack of defence or separation from the apparitions really helps to beef up the tension.
Beyond Good & evil
As a professional photojournalist, documenting the world around her is what Jade is all about, but the way in which it’s integrated into the game not only as a motivation for her journey, but also a handy mechanic and side quest is excellent. Taking snaps of the wildlife around you earns you credits that can be spent on all-important upgrades the deeper into the game you go.
Grand theft auto v
rockstar’s gigantic sandbox worlds are often dark reflections of our own, and that means they often reflect our own experiences with the technology you have at your disposal. What we love about Snapmatic, the in-game photo-sharing app, is that it took on its own meta use as a way of chronicling insane moments of destruction and mayhem with a cheeky selfie. Some of the snaps are really quite amazing.
Final Fantasy Xv
Photography takes two interesting forms in FFXV. The first is the ability to take shots when you like and save them, watching the way things play out around you and capturing whatever catches your eye. The other side of this is whenever you have Prompto in your squad he’ll take photos as his leisure skill that you can look through later if you like. And they’re often pretty good shots too.
Another photojournalist who finds themselves in the heart of a massive conspiracy. frank West has a little more fun with his pic-hunting in Dead Rising thanks to a rating system that instantly judges the quality of what he’s captured. more intense shots earn better rewards to be spent on new tools down the line and some of them can be pretty strange. Since when are zombies ever erotic? only in Dead Rising, we hope.
life is strange
Photos act as one of Life Is Strange’s main collectibles through the experience as max walks around with a Polaroid camera at the ready to snap anything that grabs her interest. These are triggered events, however, rather than free-form snaps, but it invites additional exploration and interest in the world around you, which is really the point. Life Is Strange uses this collectable as an excuse to pay more attention to the game world.
tloz: Breath of the wild
The Picto Box in Wind Waker predates Breath Of The Wild as an example of photography in a Zelda game, but we prefer the more integrated and fully featured experience of using the Sheikah Slate in link’s latest adventure. Capturing examples of all of the weapons, creatures and enemies in the game became quite distracting, and taking selfies in front of attacking guardian Stalkers never got old.