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Games with great Art Design? (with screenshots)

Pelvis Knot

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Warcraft 2
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Grim Fandango
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Planescape Torment
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Trine
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Icewind Dale
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Homm2
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Thief: The Dark Project
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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive
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The Last Express
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Freespace 2
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I could find much more, especially 2D games at their peak were really beautiful
 
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Snorkack

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What games have you played where you were genuinely impressed with the art & aesthetics?
Swords and Sorcery - Underworld
Funny you mention this, considering how it initially looked https://rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=223
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Personally, I find the (current) artdesign of SS:U serviceable at best, yet it is one of my - if not the - most favourite games of the past few years.

Anyways, great entries, so far! Lots of games I never heard of before that made it straight to my list of games I want to play but will never find the time to do so anyways.
I'd like to add Antichamber:
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NJClaw

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The first part of Syberia 1 (the starting town, the factory and the big mansion) is magical to me.:
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That game truly managed to create an empty world while making you feel nostalgic about its untold past. After the train part everything goes to shit, but the beginning is perfect.
 

Häyhä

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Lot of great examples in this thread already like Another World, Okami, Killer 7 etc.

Surprisingly hard to find decent screenshots that do the games justice, anyway...

Flashback has always been very atmospheric to me

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OutRun has beautiful, minimalistic, varied color design
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Jet Set Radio Future - Amazing looking, vibrant, dense and stylized game, still holds up today visually although looks way better in motion. Original is also good, but I prefer Future personally

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Viewtiful Joe is an absolute masterpiece of art design as you'd expect from the makers of Okami

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Goromorg

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The Banner Saga
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Prince of Persia (2008)
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Semiurge

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The Witcher had this foreboding atmosphere at all times, especially at sunset. Much of it exists because of the oppressive music that changes into something eerier during "the hour of the wolf" when you instinctively expect something terrifying to come out. The art design however has a certain dark quality of its own. It hints at rot, curses and dark magic.

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DraQ

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A lot of stuff ITT is more of a great pixel art variety than great art direction itself (though those tend to overlap).

Anyway, can't believe Ori (both games) doesn't figure prominently ITT, so I need to fix that:

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