Whether it’s a quick press of a button or the astonishing result of multiple edits, the photo modes in PlayStation games – and the Share and Create buttons on PS5 – have given us all the chance to play photographer for commemorate special moments. And these snaps are captured for good reason. Whether shown to the world or installed on a console hard drive, every photo has a story behind it. So we reached out to some friends in the industry and asked them to share their favorite snap captured on console last year, and tell us why it made the cut *.
Souls of the demon
Captured on PS5
“Well, maybe not my favorite screen, but definitely the screen I’ve seen the most.”
– Jason Connell, Creative Director and Art Director at Sucker Punch – Ghost of Tsushima
Captured on PS5
“Live my best life fixing the world.”
– Henri Markus, Game Designer on Returnal, Housemarque
Captured on PS5
“I’m the one posing for the camera after one of my best friends and I knocked down Tower Knight in Demon’s Souls. We continued this nocturnal ritual of co-op boss battles, to get the world fixed.
– Ryan Payton, Director, Camouflaj – Marvel’s Iron Man VR
“Considering I rushed to hit the share button on my PS4 after winning the game, I think this is a great screenshot. From what I remember, this is my second win. The first time I won the game was extremely close and I didn’t feel like it deserved a screenshot. That and “WINNER!” was covered by my trophy notification, so I chose this one to share. “
– Hideaki Itsuno, Director, Capcom – Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
Ghost of Tsushima
“I absolutely loved the breathtaking beauty of Ghost of Tsushima earlier this year and took many videos and screenshots on my PS4 Pro – this is one of my favorites!”
– Stuart Whyte, Co-Studio Head, London Studio
“Today is yesterday’s vic tory over yourself; tomorrow is your victory over inferior men. – The book of the five rings. “
– Keith Lee, CEO, Counterplay – Godfall
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
“From my recent photos, I’m going to pick this one with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5!” The reason I would say that might be because I unboxed the PS5 like I was still 7 (I’m 42), smelling the booklets, inspecting every cable, etc., putting on aside the previous console with a heart full of the good memories it brought, but so looking forward to playing the next generation with excitement. When I started the game, I was already so into it – it was Christmas in New York with SNOW, where here in Montreal, Canada, the snow had unfortunately not yet arrived (it’s okay now …) , I played until 3:30 p.m. (when this selfie was taken) because I felt like I was having a ‘Moment’.
– Benoit Richer, Co-Dev Game Director, Ubisoft – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a perfect game for photo mode. Walking around the city is amazing. From the look of the game and its use of next-gen features to the amazing animations, it’s impossible not to take screenshots on PS5 while playing Super Hero in Marvel’s New York City.
– Rafael Grassetti, Artistic Director, Santa Monica Studio – God of War
“Another game that is nearing my peak of the year (I haven’t finished it yet!) Is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Such an absolute joy to play – really continuing all the great work Insomniac Games did with 2018 Marvel’s Spider-Man. I had to take screens of this running on the PS5… and the photo mode is just stellar for that. So many options for positioning, lenses, FOVs, mounts, and filters … it’s really hard to turn off photo mode and play the game to be honest, but I’m going to have to if I want to finish it!
– Louis Studdert, producer, Toys for Bob – Crash Bandicoot 4
Captured on PS5
“The above served as the basis for the digital soundtrack of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. “
– Brian Horton, Creative Director, Insomniac Games – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
“This is a screenshot taken on PlayStation 5 that shows the two protagonists of the Nioh series with their swords clashing. This visual featuring William from the first game Nioh and the protagonist of Nioh 2, both of whom debuted on PlayStation 4, is a very sentimental image to me as it reminds me of almost 10 years working on the Nioh series. .
– Fumihiko Yasuda, producer, Team Ninja – Nioh 2
No Man’s Sky
“I took more screenshots of NMS than any other game I’ve played… I’m intimidated to share this because there are virtual photographers taking amazing photos in it. game (shout out No Man’s Smile!) and I’m not sure mine can compare, but this is a pic I took on my PS4 Pro that I really liked from a bedtime trading post of the sun: the way the lighting worked looked a bit like a Simon Stalenhag play.
– Anthony Newman, Game Co-Director, Naughty Dog – The Last of Us Part II
“I was playing Astro’s game room and loved how a game so focused on the innovative PlayStation 5 controller can also bring back such memories from our history. But then I got to the end of Turbo Trail and there is this little team from Robo-Helghast and I burst out laughing. I spent a LOT of time with the Helghasts in my career, but had no idea they were going to be there. It was fun.”
– Hermen Hulst, Director of PlayStation Studios
(Screenshot taken by PS blog staff)
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* The opinions and opinions expressed are those of the persons appearing on the blog and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
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