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Games with great Art Design? (with screenshots)

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Zanzoken, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Pelvis Knot Cipher

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    Warcraft 2
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    I could find much more, especially 2D games at their peak were really beautiful
     
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  2. ur dad Literate

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    My aesthetic is that semi-awkward phase in the early 2000s when they were going from rough to smoother polygons in FPS games.

     
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  3. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    Okami (2006), based on Japanese sumi-e art, with luscious color and turned 3D, best appreciated in motion.


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    Muramasa: The Demon Blade (2009), based on Japanese ukiyo-e art.


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    Dragon's Crown (2013) has numerous homages to classic Western artwork.


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    Apotheon (2015) based on Greek "black figure" pottery.
     
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  4. Nifft Batuff Liturgist

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    Hiversarires, a point & ciick adventure/puzzle game.
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  5. Neurohaox Novice

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  6. Open Path Learned

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    Ok, it's working now.

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  7. laclongquan Arcane

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    Dark Soul is more thematic than artistic. The style is consistent and gothic.
     
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  9. HoboForEternity sunset tequila Patron

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    fuck this made me bitter over dreamfall chapters again. Fuck. Fuck. How can something so good ended with something so fucking shit.
     
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  10. BLOBERT Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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  11. Diablo1_reborn Busin 0 Wizardry Alternative Neo fanatic Patron

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    Every SNK game from the 90s, with Garou Mark of the Wolves being the absolute highlight.

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    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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  13. zwanzig_zwoelf Graverobber Foundation Developer

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  14. DalekFlay Arcane Patron

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    Blade Runner:

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    Donkey Kong Country Returns:

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  15. NJClaw OoOoOoOoOoh Patron

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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.
     
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  16. Hóngwèibīng Arcane Vatnik Wumao

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  17. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Chaos Strikes Back

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  18. Häyhä Learned

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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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  19. Goromorg Savant

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    The Banner Saga
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    Prince of Persia (2008)
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  20. Hóngwèibīng Arcane Vatnik Wumao

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    Really dig the aesthetic of Banner Saga, but sadly I can't get past the silly look of the horned people.
     
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  21. Semiurge Cipher

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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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  22. rusty_shackleford Arcane

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    limit this shit to one game per post, people making posts with 40 games is annoying to scroll through and I end up skipping most of your shit
     
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  23. Silva Arcane

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    Yeah, what rusty said.

    Here is mine:

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  24. Assisted Living Godzilla Cipher

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    Street Fighter Alpha 3

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  25. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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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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