Balloo of Power On, Sound Off shares his countdown of the 6 games with the best artistic style of all time.
Okami, MGS3, Ocarina of Time, Shadow of the Collossus, God of War, Metal Slug, Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet and Clank, Metal Slug, FFVII. SFIV (IMO) . And I could even say that all the Killzone games have a very unigue artistic style to it, along with it's technical prowess, which just raises the bar.
The new Prince of Persia
... You'd think Psychonauts and Panzer Dragoon would be on this list(!)
wait what FF7 had artistic style?
I'm surprised no one mentioned Braid yet. Team Ico I think, has this mastered. Another game I would call overlooked in the art department is SaGa Frontier II. Beautifully rendered in watercolours. But I think the top here are SOTC and Okami. I disagree almost totally with FFVII being top artistic anything. I think Nomura as a designer got much, much better with his later FFVII Comp stuff and KH. But that's my opinion.
Bioshock & Gears deserve to be on any shortlist for artistic style. Rapture was amazingly envisioned and Sera's post-renaissance, war-ravaged buildings are stunning.
The most recent game with artistic style that popped out at me was Demon's Souls. The monster and character design is phenomenal. Every area in that game just oozes atmosphere and a big sense of dread. Heck Demon's Souls was more spooky and survival horror like than RE5...which was being marketed as a scary game. The only scary thing I found in RE5 was the poor A.I...it's scary how crappy at game development you can be to let Sheva and enemy A.I be mentally handicapped at all points throughout the game.
You guys are missing out KATAMARI!!!
He missed out on a lot like Valkyria Chronicles, Katamari, and even Flower
ya flower was really unique both gameplay and artwise
It's obvious why he skipped flower and vc. He said he was trying to steer clear of recent examples. You know, to show that games have always been artistic?
Artwork, storyline, etc...the game has a unique personality and style that I have never seen before. I wish Clover still existed to make a sequel. :(
Jet Grind Radio. Without that game Okami probably wouldn't be cel-shaded.
... Grim Fandango, Wipeout/F-Zero, Flashback (Amiga), Turrican, JET SET RADIO!, LittleBigPlanet, etc etc etc.
There are just way too many games to list, and the article tried their best to list their favorite. There are so many retro games out there such as Super Mario Bros, Tetris, and other classics that have inspired many artists around the world. I think that any game that would inspire artists to recreate anything from the games would be considered a game with "artistic" style.
wheres ICO? ICO SoC Okami have the best game art out there and... i dunno, i just dont feel teh art at all on FFVII, (aside of the music)
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts Valkyria Chronicles Borderlands looks amazing too.
Ummmm..... Viewtiful Joe?
I never got around to playing any of these games
I can honestly say you've missed out big time.
Agree with Okami. Would have said the new Prince of Persia, Dark Cloud 2, SMT: Nocturne, and Killer 7
Yeah Valkyria Chronicles needs to be on that list for sure. Perhaps even Trusty Bell as that game was beautiful to look at and i think it's the best use of cell shading ever in gaming but that's just my opinion.
That's it, I'm gonna have to finally get around to SotC. I hear nothing but good things about it but I don't know why I haven't played it yet...
a too-short list of a subjective topic. OF course people are going to call this list stupid if it doesn't mention their favorite artistic games.
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