Darksiders II devs lament "next-gen grey" graphics

Darksiders II’s chunky, vibrant visual style came about because developers Vigil Games wanted to “own the style” and avoid the “next-gen grey” look that too many games opt for, according to lead designer Haydn Dalton and art director Han Randhawa.

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Kran2131d ago

Too true. The only colours most games go for is red for blood, grey, black, blue and dark green.

You don't see the vibrancy in colours in most games any more.

remanutd552131d ago

They should play uncharted, ratchet and clank and little big planet lol

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2131d ago

team fortress 2, planetside 2 & fortnight!

jdfoster2130d ago

And Prince Of Persia... Most colourful game of this generation... (not the movie tie in the other one :P)

Getowned2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

sure there are a few games to the exception, but I agree we need a lot more colours in our games, along with imagination. I'm so sick of apocalyptic games and there greys,browns, and dust. I've played so many I dont really care anymore.

OhMyGandhi2130d ago

Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, Metro 2033...Crazy Taxi?

Mutant-Spud2130d ago

El Shaddai, Bulletstorm, Alice: Madness Returns, Rayman Origins...

Gaming1012130d ago

All these complaints, and yet that picture from their game looks pretty grey, so does the one at the source link lol

The problem is developers are drab, and have no artistic style or vision, you can probably tell from the clothes they wear whether they have taste in bright colours, the Killzone 2 team probably showed up to work in grey suits (executives) and grey drab sweatpants (the nerdy developers) lol

zeeshan2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

Ni no kuni, Valkyria Chronicles

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smashcrashbash2130d ago

Hey don't just drag every game down just because some developer shoots his mouth off. War in the original game was big mess of colors and clothing that did not look good at all. I don't think anyone who can't even make their character look like they have just splashed paint all over themselves should be talking about who uses next gen grey.At least the people using the grey know how to use it properly. What they did with War was not vibrant. It was a big jumbled mess of cloth. Make spectacular games THEN judge everyone else. Not criticize everyone before you can make any worthwhile. And before people jump to say it, no I don't think the first Darksiders was spectacular.

Emme2130d ago

Not really, DS was a brilliant rendering of strong shapes, strong colours and daring concepts.

pixelsword2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

I don't mind people complaining about the lack of color when it's appropriate, but one thing I'm sick of is people complaining about "grey" graphics where no other colors will do. When people complained about "grey" graphics in Killzone 2 it was beyond stupid when the city was made out of concrete and not shiny blue-silver buildings which would indicate that they had money (Helgan is under sanctions which is where a lot of their money came from, for example) or just had to make do with the building materials on that planet. Really? Concrete has to have various colors for some people? That's just like complaining about Uncharted 3's dessert being "too brown".

When people complain about concrete being grey, I just stop reading and consider them too stupid for words and not worthy of a response.

smashcrashbash2130d ago

Thank you. That is what I was going to say but forgot to put it in my original post. People cried about Helgan in KZ3 being grey and dark and it was a war torn, industrial wasteland. Did they expect it it be pink and green and orange and purple? It's steel and smoke and ash. An artist knows when to me mute and no over do things and fit colors to the situation. You make everything too colorful and bright and you can distinguish one thing from another especially in a shooter.

Look at Drake. He wears mute colors because it fits the situation. Just imagine if Drake dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, with bright purple pants, neon shoes and a large green broad brim hat. He would stick out like sore thumb in his environment. Why do you think that characters in games are only a certain amount of colors? Sonic, Mario, Crash, even realistic characters like Drake and Joel wear only a certain degree of color on their palette. In short don't tell me to have bright colors in a burnt out city. It is SUPPOSED to be grey and brown. Don't tell me to make it red and purple.

MWH2130d ago

perhaps that's because the games you mostly play are FPS or TPS. Adventure games are far from it, take Rayman, Uncharted and many more as an example.

Kran2130d ago

Wrong. I've played Rayman Origins (twice (360 and Vita)), Dragon Age, Ratchet and Clank, Skylanders, Sly trilogy, LittleBigPlanet, Brutal Legend, Enslaved, Portal amongst many more.

I've seen more colours than most I feel. lol

BongSmack2129d ago

Why did you leave out purple, orange, yellow, pink and light green.....are you sue you've played rayman origins even once?

Kran2129d ago

I said "most games". I never said "all".

You obviously also didn't read the comment i posted above yours.

BongSmack2129d ago

I did read your comment above mine, that's why I specifically mentioned rayman origins. I thought it was funny you said you played rayman origins then failed to mention so many of the important colors featured in the game.
I'm not sure what you mean by "I said "most games". I never said "all"."-I never said anything about a quantity of games. I never even used the word "all" or the phrase "most games" in my post.

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cuddlemonkey2131d ago

Mario galaxy is the cuddliest, cutest game ever! Sack boy is cuddly but definitely not cute, although you gotta admit the Cole train is awesome !

FragGen2130d ago

Sackboy not cute? Watchu smokin?

Getowned2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

I would think Sackboy would be alot more cute than a fat Italian plumber.. I never looked at Mario and said... damn marios Cute XD.

Qrphe2130d ago

Yes man, you can't possibly say a fat 40-year-old-looking midget with a stash is cuter than Sack Boy

cuddlemonkey2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

Cutest GAME, including EVERYTHING within the galaxy game, I never said Mario exclusively! You need to read correctly before posting comments that make it look like you haven't even Read properly silly, on second thoughts, sack boy is pretty cute to!

sich922131d ago

Meanwhile, the graphics are still PS1 level. Coming soon in 2013.

DragonKnight2131d ago

I think you might need this. Maybe blown up about a million percent too.

sich922131d ago (Edited 2131d ago )

Yea I got'em all right woohoo.
Darksiders' graphics still are PS1 level, xbox even.


Baka-akaB2131d ago (Edited 2131d ago )

Adding screenshots makes your ridiculous claim looks even more ridiculous .

Everyone knows and agree the darksiders arent the prettiest games out there , but doesnt mean we'll follow you so far out there .

PockyKing2130d ago

Who cares if the graphics aren't amazing. The first game was a lot of fun. I'd rather have fun than stare mindlessly at graphics.

deletingthis346753342130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )


Really? Who cares? Certainly nobody that wants the game. The game looks nowhere near as bad as the best looking PS1 game in existence. The art style in the game is more important to me than the prowess of technology. You just play games only for zOMG LUK @ DAT RELISTIK GRAFIKS LOLZOMEG!!!1!oneoneonetwothree

Ares84HU2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )


I'm just assuming here that you were born in 1992 from your name but I have a strong feeling reading your comment that you have never played or seen a PS1 game in your life. It's probably because you were only 3 years old when it was released.

Anyways, just to show you how stupid you sound, check this out, this is PS1 graphics. Soul Reaver is the game that is very similar to Darksiders II. Check it out:

ziggurcat2130d ago

i think he needs more than his eyes checked... probably should go over the whole head, too.

sich922130d ago

@Ares So smart you know how to click on profiles!
Not so smart when you think 1995 is the last year a ps was released too, idiot :) Don't show your butthurt fanboy ;)

@Baka butthurt much?

@Sega? "Artstyle bla bla bla" please stop there, just because the game doesn't have realistic graphics doesn't mean in opposite, it has beautiful, colorful, fantasy-like graphics. This game looks shitty in every aspect. That is a problem that doens't help especially when the gameplay itself is shit, and the story is cheesy.

My work here is done, you all need glasses.
I think this game was supposed to be released on PS1 but they delayed it for years and now they think it's a good time. SMH

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Omnislash2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )

Son you just owned yourself with that screenshot, just sit down and let the adults talk.

Hudahudahuda2130d ago (Edited 2130d ago )


You honestly come off as autistic.

vikingland12130d ago

PS1 graphics, really? C'mon don't you remember how pixilated Tomb Raider was? We will have to agree to disagree then.

Getowned2130d ago

I think a lot of kids here have never had a PS1, and If they did than they need glasses.

kevnb2130d ago

ya, I also think most games on consoles this gen look really bad. They might have these highly detailed characters, or something neat here and there... but overall the levels are tiny, the smoke and mirrors painfully in full sight, the jaggies ridiculous, the framerates atrocious etc... I hope more devs learn to design within their means.

deletingthis346753342130d ago

This game looks WAY better than the first Darksiders. Good for them. One of like only 3 games I'll buy for the rest of the year. Looking forward to it.

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