Tacticular Cancer: We'll have your balls

  1. Welcome to rpgcodex.net, a site dedicated to discussing computer based role-playing games in a free and open fashion. We're less strict than other forums, but please refer to the rules.

    "This message is awaiting moderator approval": All new users must pass through our moderation queue before they will be able to post normally. Until your account has "passed" your posts will only be visible to yourself (and moderators) until they are approved. Give us a week to get around to approving / deleting / ignoring your mundane opinion on crap before hassling us about it. Once you have passed the moderation period (think of it as a test), you will be able to post normally, just like all the other retards.
    Dismiss Notice

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

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

  1. 1eyedking Erudite

    1eyedking
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Parrots:
    3,559
    Location:
    Argentina
    Click here and disable ads!
    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).

    ***

    Thief: The Dark Project

    Fallout

    Fallout 2

    The Witcher

    StarCraft

    DOOM 3

    Diablo

    Rome: Total War

    Medieval II: Total War
    (lesser than RTW)

    Penumbra: Overture

    Penumbra: Black Plague
    (avoid The Requiem)

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Planescape: Torment

    RAGE

    Company of Heroes

    The Witcher 3

    (wilderness out of German Romantic paintings; main plot is beyond terrible)

    ***

    Those were games that can really get into your skin. All other games not in that list either severely lack in the art direction department, don't pack a strong enough punch, or lack a cohesive artistic whole -- even if their gameplay mechanics are top-notch (CIV, SMAC, MOO, Counter-Strike, etc.).
    And now... the honorary mentions:
    (games that got a good couple of things right artistically)

    Path of Exile​

    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

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

    Early Lucas Arts point-and-click adventure games
    (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, but the game mechanics are abysmal)

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

    Silent Hill 4: The Room


    Diablo II

    Alien: Isolation

    SOMA
    (Frictional's worst; I'm adding this one out of respect for Penumbra and Amnesia's creators. Sitcom-level stuff has sipped into the studio, going as far as having vapid Eastern """philosophy""" in it, but atmospherically it's still got something to offer)

    HATRED
    (music makes half the game's gloomy atmosphere)

    Darkest Dungeon

    Darkwood

    Metro 2033

    Metro: Last Light

    Total War: SHOGUN 2

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

    Slain: Back from Hell
    (formerly Slain!)

    ***

     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2016
    • Brofist Brofist x 6
    • Shit Shit x 2
    • Funny Funny x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
    ^ Top  
  2. spekkio Arcane

    spekkio
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Parrots:
    7,140
    Nice text formating, mang.

    As for the content - 1/5 and:

    [​IMG]
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 4
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Disagree Disagree x 1
    ^ Top  
  3. someone else Arcane

    someone else
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2008
    Parrots:
    4,388
    Location:
    In the window
    Tell me more about what a :obviously: gamer you are.
     
    ^ Top  
  4. Make America Great Again Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis, Hater of Eternity

    Darth Roxor
    Joined:
    May 29, 2008
    Parrots:
    1,866,196
    Location:
    Djibouti
    This post quotes all the people who care:
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 11
    • Funny Funny x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    ^ Top  
  5. TalesfromtheCrypt Arcane

    TalesfromtheCrypt
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2005
    Parrots:
    3,924
    1eyedking is back, and with a fucking vengeance. Take cover and prepare for more bullshit threads soon...
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  6. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

    JarlFrank
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2007
    Parrots:
    21,362
    Location:
    卐 The Cyberreich 卐
    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:
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 3
    • Agree Agree x 1
    ^ Top  
  7. MasterSmithFandango Arcane

    MasterSmithFandango
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Parrots:
    7,228
    1eyedking is a retard.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 9
    • Agree Agree x 1
    ^ Top  
  8. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    DraQ
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Parrots:
    29,459
    Location:
    Chrząszczyżewoszyce, powiat Łękołody
    Also, FO2 > FO1 (wat.), no mention of Homeworld, no mention of Nexus, no mention of Morrowind.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  9. Cowboy Moment Arcane

    Cowboy Moment
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Parrots:
    4,313
    Left 4 Dead has art direction?

    Besides, Penumbra: Black Plague > Amnesia in almost every way.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  10. Make America Great Again racofer Thread Incliner

    racofer
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2008
    Parrots:
    20,259
    Location:
    Your ignore list.
    Perhaps you've forgotten, but Skyrim is not on that list, 1eyedking.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
    ^ Top  
  11. hoverdog dog that is hovering, Wastelands Interactive Developer

    hoverdog
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2010
    Parrots:
    5,589
    Location:
    Jordan, Minnesota
    Project: Eternity
    lol 1eyedking i sdumb
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 4
    ^ Top  
  12. Ed123 Arcane Patron

    Ed123
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2010
    Parrots:
    12,126
    Location:
    banal
    Serpent in the Staglands Wasteland 2
    Someone make a real thread.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  13. Wyrmlord Self-Ejected

    Wyrmlord
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Parrots:
    27,021
    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.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  14. Make America Great Again DragoFireheart all caps, rainbow colors, SOMETHING.

    DragoFireheart
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Parrots:
    22,015
    WTF?

    :decline:
     
    ^ Top  
  15. Esquilax Arcane

    Esquilax
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2010
    Parrots:
    4,691
    That's what they do currently anyways. Well, minus the developing core game part.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
    ^ Top  
  16. Cassidy Arcane

    Cassidy
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Parrots:
    7,322
    Location:
    Vault City

    [​IMG]
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  17. Ed123 Arcane Patron

    Ed123
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2010
    Parrots:
    12,126
    Location:
    banal
    Serpent in the Staglands Wasteland 2
    ^ Top  
  18. Cassidy Arcane

    Cassidy
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Parrots:
    7,322
    Location:
    Vault City
    ^ Top  
  19. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

    felipepepe
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2007
    Parrots:
    15,722
    Location:
    Terra da Garoa
    Can't talk about good Art Direction in games without mentioing Persona 4.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  20. Quetzacoatl Liturgist

    Quetzacoatl
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Parrots:
    1,794
    Location:
    Aztlán
    I'd rather have Qwinn back than this idiot.
     
    ^ Top  
  21. Cassidy Arcane

    Cassidy
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Parrots:
    7,322
    Location:
    Vault City
    I gave up modding for ungrateful fucks like you and learned how to live the good life while you remain arguing your bullshit and virgin.

    - Qwinn
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  22. fizzelopeguss Arcane

    fizzelopeguss
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2004
    Parrots:
    11,879
    Location:
    Equality Street.
    argie fail.
     
    ^ Top  
  23. Ed123 Arcane Patron

    Ed123
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2010
    Parrots:
    12,126
    Location:
    banal
    Serpent in the Staglands Wasteland 2
    Legacy Of Kain

    Heroquest - yeah that's right, I said it. Generic 80s/90's fantasy art combined with a perfect colour scheme UBER ALLES
     
    ^ Top  
  24. Cassidy Arcane

    Cassidy
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Parrots:
    7,322
    Location:
    Vault City
    [​IMG]

    This thread in one image.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 4
    ^ Top  
  25. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    DraQ
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Parrots:
    29,459
    Location:
    Chrząszczyżewoszyce, powiat Łękołody
    Fixed.

    Also:
    [​IMG]
    Just no.
     
    ^ Top  

(buying stuff via the above buttons helps us pay the hosting bills, thanks!)