Up For Debate - How often do you use Photo Mode in games?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jun 6, 2021 5:00 PM
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Video games are a source for all sorts of creativity, mainly due to their interactive nature (you can’t make mods for movies, or interact with music the same way you would a video game). But one popular feature that has been making its way into games recently is a Photo Mode, and although it has always been met with nothing but positive reactions, how often do you actually use Photo Mode in games?

Lots of games recently have included some form of Photo Mode, hell 3 big games of last month all included Photo Mode: Resident Evil 8, Days Gone, and Biomutant all had the feature at launch. Since then I myself have been playing around with them a lot, but never found myself too invested in it to warrant breaking immersion.

In that regard, maybe Photo Mode is more useful during New Game+ runs, where you have the freedom to break immersion whenever you want without worry of it affecting your experience with the story and gameplay.

Maybe I’m in the minority here, but Photo Mode definitely breaks immersion for me that I can never bring myself to use it in my first playthrough because I’m so busy invested in the game’s world and characters and story that I forget about it. Only when I restart my playthrough do I truly wish to capture the game’s beauty in various screenshots.

Now I’m no developer, but Photo Mode seems like a relatively easy feature to implement. If I am wrong and you’re a developer yourself then please feel free to tell me why am I wrong in the discussion area because I’m genuinely curious. Anyway, my point is despite never really using Photo Mode all that much, it is a nice feature to have, and all games should have it one wat or another.

Then that begs the question: what needs to improve in order to make it the best it can possibly be? The more freedom for users to create something the better, so as Photo mode gets more and more widely adopted, we see new features and tools implemented to help us get the very best pics. But what more needs added? What needs to change?

I for one welcome our new Photo Mode overlords. Even if I don’t use it much myself, it’s always great to see what amazing pictures some people are able to capture online, and maybe one day I’ll actually improve my photography skills a bit.

What do you think? How often do you use Photo Mode in games? Do you enjoying using it? Or do you never bother touching it? Does it break the immersion for you? And what needs to change or be added in order to make it better? Let’s debate!

Do you like using Photo Mode in games?

How often do you use Photo Mode in games?

Should Photo Mode be standard in all games?

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20:20 Jun-19-2021

used it on Batman Arkham Knight

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13:55 Jun-07-2021

the more photorealistic or hyperrealistic the game the more effective the photomode the more cartoony the asthetics the less its gonna be used

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09:24 Jun-07-2021

ive used some but i dont like them. I find photo mode completely useless and i prefer to not use it.

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05:05 Jun-07-2021

There are some breathtaking sceneries in AC Origins and AC Odyssey and i made a few pictures,but i was captivating in UBIs Discovery Mode.Despite being quite short,it was all the way informative.Now,this is a mode i would like to see more in a based on historical people or places games.

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02:33 Jun-07-2021

It's one of those things were personally I very rarely use it, Forza is the exception, but it's also something I think every game should have for the people who want it.

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23:14 Jun-06-2021

Photo what now?

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00:57 Jun-08-2021

Good one

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23:06 Jun-06-2021

I use it a lot. Especially if I replay a game, I like it enough to play the story again so I take pictures. First playthrough I normally dont use it often

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22:47 Jun-06-2021

The only time I've used it is in Forza Horizon 4 since you get money for taking them.

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19:43 Jun-06-2021

Personally I never use photo mode, but as far as my opinion of it goes, it is nice addition to the game and I do think most games should have it. Since it makes it easier to capture moments from game and some people like using it. Plus people posting "photos" from game only helps marketing it. Sure there is normal screenshots, but lets face it, photo mode allows more than screenshots.

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19:45 Jun-06-2021

I mean at least without using 3rd party tools that would allow you to move camera around. Plus I always support more choice, so as long as it doesn't come at expense of something too important, I am all for it.

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22:06 Jun-06-2021

I'm in the same boat.

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19:19 Jun-06-2021

Used it in rdr2..

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18:47 Jun-06-2021

Didn’t know there is setting like that...

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17:40 Jun-06-2021

never

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17:23 Jun-06-2021

I use this feature as long as the world is decent/ beautiful or has a nice design, i so far liked the horizon zero dawn mode, cp2077, days gone and yakuza like a dragon, also gtav if i remember correctly

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17:04 Jun-06-2021

Feels to me like a feature for youtubers to make easier thumbnails. But you can scout ahead and cheese in demons souls :)

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