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1eyedking 1eyedking's List of Games Full of Tasteful Art Direction

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by 1eyedking, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. 1eyedking Erudite

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    1eyedking's List of Games Full of Tasteful Art Direction

    Disclaimer: this is not a best games list, but a best artistic games list (which, in my educated opinion, is immensely more important).

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    Thief: The Dark Project

    Fallout

    Fallout 2

    The Witcher

    StarCraft

    DOOM 3

    RAGE


    Diablo

    Rome: Total War

    Medieval II: Total War
    (lesser than RTW)

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Company of Heroes

    The Witcher 3

    (wilderness out of German Romantic paintings; plot is beyond terrible; writing is good in polish, english translation is haughty)

    Darkwood

    SOMA

    (great atmosphere and plot, albeit bad dialogue and voice-acting ultimately hinder the experience)

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    Those were games that can really get into your skin.

    And now... the honorary mentions:
    a.k.a. games that got a good couple of things right artistically, but don't achieve a new level of immersion or lack a cohesive whole

    RUINER

    Path of Exile
    (terrible voice-acting and music)

    Thief II: The Metal Age
    (much less art direction than the first)

    Risen

    DOOM

    DOOM II: Hell on Earth

    Icewind Dale
    (HoW is good up to the meeting with the Seer; avoid Trials of the Luremaster entirely)

    Icewind Dale II

    WH40K Dawn of War
    (Original, Winter Assault, and Dark Crusade; Soulstorm sucks)

    Early Command & Conquer games
    (they've got something going on, but not terribly atmospheric either)

    Early Lucas Arts point-and-click adventure games
    (MI 1-3, Full Throttle and The Dig in particular)

    Daemonica
    (play it if only for the music)

    DreamWeb
    (ditto)

    Inquisitor

    Left 4 Dead
    (the sequel is OK but the 1st's atmosphere is completely gone)

    Stronghold

    Stronghold: Crusader

    X-COM: UFO Defense

    X-COM: Terror from the Deep

    Nuclear Throne
    (p. good music)

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl
    (great music & atmosphere, abysmal game mechanics)

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky

    Planescape: Torment
    (the plot is good, however the writing itself—dialogues, descriptions—is very uneven, oscillating between serviceable to downright cringe, ie., Deionarra's sensory stone)

    Silent Hill 2

    Silent Hill 4: The Room

    Diablo II

    Alien: Isolation

    Penumbra: Overture

    Penumbra: Black Plague
    (avoid The Requiem)

    HATRED
    (good music, sort of gloomy—is OK)

    Darkest Dungeon​

    Metro 2033

    Metro: Last Light

    Metro Exodus

    Total War: SHOGUN 2

    GTA V
    (nice visuals: take a ride through Sandy Shores at night and you'll see what I mean)

    Red Dead Redemption II
    (more of a simulator than a game; story and characters suck though)

    Assassin's Creed: Unity

    HOM&M 4
    (great soundtrack, cheesy yet sometimes endearing writing, but beware bad visual design)

    Battlefield 1
    (would be at the top if it weren't for the needless SJW'ing and it being a popamole shooter)

    Hunt: Showdown

    >Observer_
    (some nice images but it's a walking sim so yeah)

    Space Hulk: Deathwing

    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
    (great japanese voice-acting, good music, good plot..., but needs more atmosphere)

    Factorio

    Ghostrunner

    Blasphemous

    Necromunda: Hired Gun

    The Ascent

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    All other games not in either of those two lists severely lack tasteful direction in one or more artistic departments (music/sounds, visual design, writing) -- even if their gameplay mechanics are top-notch (CIV, SMAC, MOO, Counter-Strike, etc.).

     
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  2. spekkio Arcane

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    Nice text formating, mang.

    As for the content - 1/5 and:

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    Tell me more about what a :obviously: gamer you are.
     
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    This post quotes all the people who care:
     
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    1eyedking is back, and with a fucking vengeance. Take cover and prepare for more bullshit threads soon...
     
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    Wait, you include vanilla Rome Total War which had the most ridiculous HURR HOLLYWOOD ROMANS art direction and don't include SMAC which had a very fitting atmosphere and lore?

    :retarded:
     
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    1eyedking is a retard.
     
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    Also, FO2 > FO1 (wat.), no mention of Homeworld, no mention of Nexus, no mention of Morrowind.
     
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    Left 4 Dead has art direction?

    Besides, Penumbra: Black Plague > Amnesia in almost every way.
     
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    Perhaps you've forgotten, but Skyrim is not on that list, 1eyedking.
     
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    lol 1eyedking i sdumb
     
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    Frankly, all developers should simply splash black, brown, and grey all over the graphics, and then just get on with developing the actual core game.

    I say to hell with art direction. I only notice how beautiful a game is for...one hour. Then I just take it for granted.
     
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  14. DragoFireheart all caps, rainbow colors, SOMETHING.

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    WTF?

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    That's what they do currently anyways. Well, minus the developing core game part.
     
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    Can't talk about good Art Direction in games without mentioing Persona 4.
     
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    Heroquest - yeah that's right, I said it. Generic 80s/90's fantasy art combined with a perfect colour scheme UBER ALLES
     
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