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Beth A. Dillon 08-19-2008 12:23 PM

Best games for their visual arts?
I'm seeking opinions in search of the best loved and most influential games for their art styles of all time (not to ignore recent titles though!). Just curious to see what you think as I try to drum up a top ten list. I may need to make it exclusive to certain years since my mind goes all over the place... Not to influence you or anything, but so far my picks are (in no particular order):

Fallout 3 (From what Iíve seen, mmm.)
God of War
Oddworld: Munchís Oddysee
American McGee's Alice
Half-Life 2
World of Warcraft (for making cartoons)
Halo (landscapes)

Grah! I can go on and on, that just scratches the surface...

yaustar 08-19-2008 02:19 PM

Just a few that comes to mind:

Viewtiful Joe
Jet Set Radio
Dragon's Lair
Final Fantasy 7

DerekLeBrun 08-19-2008 03:05 PM

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Lineage II
Final Fantasy 6
Original Doom Series (not Doom 3)
Zone of Enders Series
Assassin's Creed
Dragon Quest/Chrono Trigger
Guilty Gear Series
Anything having to do with Warhammer 40,000

TimEdwards 08-19-2008 04:24 PM

My list of fave art styles:

That New Prince of Persia game
Okami (Agreex10)
Street Fighter 4 Cutscenes (All take my breath away)
Shadow of the Colossus
Valkyrie Profile
Legend of Mana
Brutal Legend

Just to name a few.

Protector one 08-20-2008 08:56 AM

My favorite games in terms of visuals is definitely The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Okami and Psychonauts score high too. Also, XIII.
Moving away from 3D games, I would commend the 2D Metroid games. Really dig those sceneries.

T.Anders 08-21-2008 08:50 AM

I can't believe no one has listed Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Beyond Good & Evil or Mass Effect..

Protector one 08-21-2008 11:13 AM


Originally Posted by T.Anders (Post 7399)
I can't believe no one has listed Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Beyond Good & Evil or Mass Effect..

In all fairness, you didn't either. I agree BG&E certainly was a very pretty and stylistic game, but it wasn't its visual style per se that made it stand out (for me, at least). The other two... meh. :p

ccontinisio 08-22-2008 05:18 AM

I will mention
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (the best, especially for that time)
LocoRoco (never played it though)
Viewtiful Joe (watch some cutsene of the bosses on Youtube)
Battalion Wars II
Mad World (yet to come)

Beth A. Dillon 08-22-2008 09:07 AM

I think I need to make it a top 20 list... Ha ha ha.

EmilyK 09-08-2008 12:51 PM

I have to say Shadow of the Colossus. What a masterpiece! The Colossi are so huge and graceful. It's not just the 'look', but the animation is superb too. I never wanted to kill them :(

Edit: Definately Okami and ICO, too.

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