3. Hitman 2
Hitman 2, stealth game hit of 2018, packs in stunningly rendered settings that you explore and work within as mysterious Agent 47. You’ll be walking, sleuthing, and fighting your way through varied locations like the slums of Mumbai, a racetrack in Miami, and fictional Whittleton Creek in suburban Vermont.
The opening sequence has you, as Agent 47, leaving authentic footprints in the sand as you work your way through the moonlit beach off the coast of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The clumped seagrass blowing on the beach moves realistically while you walk through it, providing your character much-needed cover as well.
Later in the game, at the Miami racetrack, you’ll see natural-looking shadows from the palm tree fronds in addition to the billowy cloth of the waving flags. And within the crowds of non-player characters (NPCs), you’ll notice an abundance of details and textures that are visually striking.