Visual Arts

Horizon Zero Dawn Artwork

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Guerilla Games seems to have just released these days their artists to show a lot of game artwork & assets presentation. If you want to feast your eyes, great artists. You can check out the cool sculpts, paintings, animations and more here: https://magazine.artstation.com/2017/05/guerrilla-games-horizon-dawn-art-blast/

Prince of Persia (cover humor)

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I found this entertaining. Even ignoring the comedy I was shocked to be so impressed by the original artwork! Great style, great craftsmanship.

World of Horizon Zero Dawn

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I love timelapses and always admire a world alive enough to look good in them.

 

Impressive tech. I can’t wait to see a big open-world Killzone from these devs.

Dark Souls 2 Announcement Trailer

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An old trailer that apparently I missed in it’s time. What an interesting mind/time trick to imagine this is just announced and inaccessible, cool but you have to abstain until next year for it to be released and all the excitement and anticipation that comes with that + the knowledge that you should totally wait until it gets cheaper months/years after launch but you’re sooo tempted. It’s fun to see time in such ways IMO.

Jedi Outcast – The Movie

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A long time ago, in a galaxy still owned by Lucas….

The 2nd Death Star is destroyed, the Empire is crumbling (spoilers!). A couple of (no ordinary) mercenaries are sent to investigate a remote Imperial Remnant outpost. A menial task, at best… or is it?

Anyone who’s played Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (long title, huh?) remembers the story of the morally-grey, ex-Imperial Kyle Katarn, on his path to enlightenment (only because you can’t choose the dark side in this installment). What if some Australians took it upon themselves to bring the story to the big screens?

The group has disassembled the game’s assets and gave them a modern polish, using Unreal Engine 4 for the entirety of the project (shader, animation, dialogue, camera work etc.). Some assets (such as character animations) are lifted from the KOTOR games.

Apart from the new, modern look, the group has managed to create an “asset shuffler” of sorts, allowing for varied character outfits (Jedi Academy character creator-style).

Adobe’s VoCo is expected to be used for this, and for many such other projects.

It is currently not known when exactly the movie will be released, but, according to the team, “not this year”.

Unnatural History [Dishonored 2]

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What an interesting location, set design, props and environmental storytelling.

Titanic: Honor and Glory

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It is the year 1912, and you’ve somehow found your way aboard the largest man-made mobile structure on Earth.¬† Naturally, because it’s a plague-free couple of years, you find time to wander around the ship, bask in its beauty, and overall enjoy the view.

Oh, wait, all of this is about to be on the ocean floor in a matter of hours (spoiler alert).

The dedicated people at Vintage Digital Revival LLC are hard at work recreating the Titanic, down to every last watertight[citation heavily needed] bulkhead. Seriously.

The project is still in its infancy (the game engine seems to be at default settings based on some glitches caused by detail culling in UE4), and at this stage (much like Cameron’s “Titanic”) is devoid of characters.¬†Gameplay should feature both a ship exploration mode, and a story mode.

It is estimated to be available for purchase somewhere in 2018, so sit tight.

There are 2 demos available for download on the developers’ website (alongside a beautiful gallery of in-game shots). The devs recommend having a whopping 8 GiB of system RAM, but it’s worth it.

Uncharted 4 section looking scan-realistic

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Got to this area yesterday, I was just amazed how foto-realistic it looked.

While this area

made me think they could totally sell VR postcards of the place for virtual tourists who wouldn’t otherwise play the game just giving them the 3d locations to look around in.

This place reminded me of the amazingly beautifully cluttered streets in AC Unity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK2375XG9po for which i have the highest respect.

 

Btw, their foto-mode is the best i’ve seen in the game so far as it enables getting rid of characters and interface (there’s a bit of a bug with some flashlight bits though, but still great)

Aztec style in Dark Souls 2

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I was surprised and delighted to see this architectural style in DS2 expansion, way back then, and now too.

Environmental Showcasing [Just Cause 3]

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I find that this game has taken a brilliant game design choice to invite the players to admire the good looking environments, which are at times quite beautiful. Often times I see games which have in fact fantastic art assets, but because they have no gameplay associated to seeing them many twitch players miss them. This simple gampley (could just as well have been collecting points) combined with the challenge of gliding invites me to go close and go into a mood of calm and observation paying attention to the surroundings.

 

Star Wars – Knights of The Old Republic (Apeiron HD Remake)

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Are all these video game (and movie) reboots making you feel left out? Don’t worry! Chances are you’ve enjoyed the first two games set in The Old Republic times, and maybe even had a daydream about them being remade.

Dream no more; a small, independent team decided to step up, and treat KOTOR to a nice shine and polish, featuring modern models and shaders, and a first-person mode, among many other goodies.

Don’t forget to check their progress over here.

At the time of writing (August, 2016), Apeiron has not yet received a cease & desist. Good for them.

Surreal Waterway

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I still find it amazing that this whole world is generated and yet it can produce such interesting places with pretty believable placing of plantlife on surprisingly non-flat geometry landscape.

Demon’s Crest Speedrun

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Find this game so fascinating, the only SNES game i actually finished. The world, the anti-hero story, the creatures, the superb and varied locations… so much respect for this one.

I remembered it because I saw it today on games done quick:

Holding up surprisingly decently good 22 years after it’s launch in 1994: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon%27s_Crest

The Memorable Great Bridge

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This bridge is one of the places that sticks in my memory among the strongest in the wonderful world of Dying Light. It’s a testimony to Techland’s amazing masterpiece that it isn’t even part of the main questline but encountered in a few (awesome) secondary stories, should you find them, and should you feel like doing them, or simply like going there because it looked interesting. I love the feeling of discovery to find something so big and interesting inviting but not forcing you to explore (and in multiple stages of “secret”)… how amazing!

I can only hope that the new Assassin’s Creed will learn from this and make the leap into first person on this level of quality, and whenever I think of the Mirror’s Edge games, which i should’ve so loved (first person, exploring worlds!!!) I think what a shame they haven’t managed to create worlds nearly as beautiful or intricate or alive or open or inviting to explore as this. And since I’m already making “enemies” of fans of other games, I should also mention that the much praised new Doom game which is so praised for secrets and exploration has not just a much worse environment navigation system with many surfaces that seem climbable being invisible walls and the world not being nearly as interesting (although it should, being an original world as opposed to boring old contemporary reality!) but also having to lamely point out “you found a secret” and give counters and numbers to motivate, while Dying Light invites exploration with aristocratic elegance, with visual cues, with stories, with curiosity, and having whole huge amazing areas as “secrets” yet not feeling the need to brag about it.

So much respect for Techland!

Island Overview

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What a beautiful aaaamazing magical island! I reaaaly hope Techland will one day turn their magical hands to making fictional/dark fantasy/original worlds. If this is the level of beauty, believability and human emotion they can bring to a contemporary world setting my brain explodes and imagination is watering at what they’d do within their own original worlds!

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