The AAA video games on show at E3 this 12 months have, as normal, an incredible array of lovely, practically photorealistic graphics — and whereas they’re superb in their very own means, I all the time discover it enjoyable to focus on just a few video games that take a very completely different method to their artwork. Here are just a few that caught my eye this time round.
Sable is a “coming-of-age tale of discovery” set in an open world which you can discover at your individual tempo. The total look of the place is reasonably Journey-esque, however there’s additionally a shade of Hyper Light Drifter within the environments. Most attention-grabbing of all, nevertheless, is the visible impact that makes the entire thing look reasonably like a comic book ebook by Moebius.
The impact is a bit hit and miss — some particulars can find yourself warping or trying odd — however total it’s extraordinarily arresting and undoubtedly set the sport aside immediately from its extra sensible friends. Hopefully the writing and gameplay stay as much as its visible type.
Overwhelm is a chunkily pixelated hardcore shooter-platformer with a few attention-grabbing twists.
First of all, you die in a single hit. That’s what makes it hardcore.
Second, you solely get 99 bullets per stage, and your gun wants to chill down after firing thrice.
Third, everytime you beat a boss, it offers a particular means like wall climbing to not you, however to all of the enemies.
It jogs my memory a little bit of Abuse, a traditional side-scrolling shooter with free mouse aiming and scary aliens. But its artwork type is much extra paying homage to the wonderful Downwell, which itself was modeled on (I imagine) the unique Game Boy’s four-shade palette. Minit is one other current instance of efficiently utilizing this ultra-pared-down look.
Noita (Swedish for “witch”) is one I’ve really been following for some time now. At first look this appears form of like a dig-’em-up, à la Terraria, however the visible and gameplay twist is that each pixel is bodily simulated. That means every little thing within the sport might be burned, exploded, melted and so forth — dust will fall, fireplace will unfold, water (and acid, and lava) will circulation and escape its container.
You additionally create your individual spells as you delve deeper into the procedurally generated caves in search of “unknown mysteries.” Well, that’s a bit redundant, however you get the concept. It appears like an actual blast.
Signalis goes retro, however in a a lot completely different path than most others. Instead of recreating the beloved pixel artwork of the SNES or Saturn, it goes to the less-beloved chunky polygons of the PlayStation period. Think Resident Evil. I’m additionally reminded of the cutscenes from Another World.
Although it’s exhausting to say precisely what’s occurring from the trailer, I’m undoubtedly digging the feel and appear. The management panels, the combo of polygons and hand-drawn backgrounds, the scary, lonely air and threatening environment… proper up my alley.
Last is Ooblets, which so far as I can inform is about planting and farming unusual little creatures that ultimately have some type of dance-off within the forest.
It might be exhausting to essentially specific a visible type in 3D, however I like what Ooblets is doing. Everything is delightfully awkward and cute, with a deliberate stiffness to it in addition to a transparent design. The unshaded polygons, cautious lighting and modeling, all of it creates an odd however compelling complete. The closest factor that I can consider to it’s the Katamari Damacy sequence.
I notice now, having written this, that I put “uniquely” stunning within the headline after which cited comparable appears or inspirations for all of the video games. But actually, although, they do take inspiration from others, they’re undoubtedly all doing their very own factor. (Really, actually, although, I simply didn’t need to scroll up and alter the headline.)
There had been loads extra putting video games on the present — test your native indie video games website to see what others have dug up!