Awe at every turn (Skyrim Special Edition wallpapers)

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All screenshots were captured in 4K on an Xbox Series X. This is the vanilla version of Skyrim Special Edition with no mods. To download a screenshot as a wallpaper, click the image in the gallery below and open it in a new tab. From here you can save the wallpaper locally to your computer or phone.

Virtual photography has a way of shining a light on the intricacies of games. And what game better than Skyrim Special Edition to go on a hunt for shots. Since upgrading to the Series X, it’s been one of my favorite games to eye up in a new way (especially with its performance boosts).

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is undeniably authentic (screenshots)

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Where Skyrim brings fantastical mood, Red Dead Redemption 2 delivers a true to life, organic open world. Nearly two years since release, RDR2’s lived in setting is still yet to be matched.

And much like Bethesda’s pension for creating immersive worlds, it’s unlikely Rockstar will be topped for a long time. I beat the story for RDR2 over a year ago, but it’s still a game I come back to time and time again for its rich systems and authentic natural setting. As someone who loves hiking, Red Dead Redemption 2 is about as good as it gets.

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Moody Skyrim (Skyrim Special Edition screenshots)

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There’s no denying the atmosphere and immersion that Skyrim is capable of. And what better way to experience the otherworldliness than on a moody, rainy night. This is when I find the tranquil music of Skyrim is especially hard hitting.

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Always cozy, never dull (Skyrim Special Edition screenshots)

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Even after all these years, Skyrim never fails to disappoint in its pension for landscape views, atmosphere, and need to be played. The screenshots below were taken just outside of Whiterun and Dragonsreach. Although you’ll find a cozy atmosphere in many places of Skyrim, these zones are particularly inviting.

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Forza basics: does FH4 have Tesla cars?

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Play as you please and do what you want – one of the best aspects of Forza Horizon 4 is the ability to jump in and get going almost immediately. I’m one that would have enjoyed a more handcrafted approach to some of the game’s aspects, but it’s undeniably excellent evoking freedom.

Variety also cues an experience that is never too bogged down by feeling samey. Unfortunately, there are some exclusions in the car roster that may leave some fans wanting more.

If you’re wondering whether the game has Tesla vehicles, this isn’t the game to enjoy one of Elon Musk’s pillars of output.

Forza Horizon 4 does not feature any Tesla cars and most likely never will with the looming release of Forza Horizon 5. Content production for the game has come to a standstill.

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Forza Horizon 4 review – still incredible in 2021 and beyond

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In many ways, Forza Horizon 4 has been the culmination of my favorite aspects of the racing genre. I’ve never dove off into the sea of hardcore sims, but at this point in my life I’ve poured over a 1000 hours into a mixture of simcade and arcade racers.

What started with the early era of Gran Turismo on the PS1 soon gave way to various Need for Speed entries, Project Gotham Racing, early Forza games, and a smattering of games in between.

To say the genre clicks with me would be an understatement, and above all, the ability to jump right in and play has always spoken to me. I’d call the Forza Horizon series a sort of open world spiritual successor to the PGR series, but what Playground Games ultimately does better than anyone else is provide the means for immediate driving fun.

Forza Horizon 4 is accessibility done right – an experience that appeals equally to fans of the genre and those completely new.

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17 most immersive PS4 games to lose yourself to

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The sudden realization that you’ve lost a few hours while sinking into a new game is one of the highlights of the medium, and sticking to immersive experiences is one of the best ways to get there.

Games of any genre can be incredibly immersive, but it’s the games that prioritize the single player experience that really make the attribute stick. These are the games that offer vast alien worlds, rich contextual story, and the backbone of it all – atmosphere.

Look below for some of the most immersive games for the PS4, arguably the best console for single player experiences.

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Top 9 Linear PS4 Games: Leaving Behind Open World Fatigue

The Best Linear PS4 Games

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As good as open world heavy hitters like Horizon Zero Dawn, Spider-Man, and Red Dead Redemption 2 are, most PS4 players familiar with the style of level design eventually need a palette cleanser

If you want to avoid burnout and are looking for something a bit different, linear single player games can serve as the great escape. A good linear game knows what it wants to accomplish and offers very little bloat.

Read on for the 9 best linear experiences the PS4 has to offer, and break up the paradox of open world freedom.

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Bad Frame Rate in Forza Horizon 4 on Xbox One

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Note: I’m not talking about general stuttering and hitches in Forza Horizon 4. I would imagine if you aren’t rocking an Xbox One X this is par for the course. At least, this has been my experience.

After installing today’s update for Forza Horizon 4 (October 11, 2018), I initially booted to terrible performance and low FPS. I’m using a base Xbox One for reference, but I thought I’d let others know what I did if anyone else out there runs into this with the current or any future updates (restart your Xbox One).

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