There was a time when I would have scoffed at the notion of photo mode in a video game. Back in the PS3/Xbox 360 era, I had little use for such things. Or so I thought. Over the past eight years or so, I’ve really come around to the idea of photo mode, especially since I publish so much online content about video games.

Biomutant features an incredibly gorgeous and stylish open world, and it would have been an absolute shame to miss the opportunity for great in-game photos. Thankfully, Experiment 101 listened to fan feedback and included photo mode in Biomutant.

While some games go hog wild with photo mode features, adding stickers and filters and all sorts of tools to mess around with, Biomutant keeps it simple.

Biomutant - Photo Mode

You press L3 and R3 at pretty much any time to freeze the current action (on PS4, that is). Then you’ve got a small suite of tools. On top of moving the camera around with the left thumbstick and rotating it with the right stick, you can zoom in and out, add a depth-of-field effect, tilt the camera angle, and hide the UI. That’s the entirety of your toolset.

But really, that’s everything you need to create snapshots like this movie-poster-worthy image:


Or this vaguely Jurassic Park-esque pajama scene:

Biomutant - Pajama Fight

Or this fiery image that’s reminiscent of the Diablo series:


Or this Ghost of Tsushima-style badassery:


Biomutant‘s world is a video-game photographer’s dream come true. In many cases, it feels like the environment is just begging to be photographed and shared on social media or preserved in desktop file folders. I mean, just take a look at this:


It would have been a shame to release Biomutant without such a great feature. Thankfully, photo mode is a part of the package, and while it’s not jam-packed with over-the-top features, it gives you everything you need to paint an irradiated masterpiece.


And really, that’s all I ever wanted.

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