Monday, October 8, 2012

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 23

Day 23:  Game with the best graphics or art style

Had I gone ahead with this post months ago - when I first started the challenge, I would've struggled to come up with a good game to put down for today.  Graphics or Art Style, there's so much out there that could fill that void.

I have to admit, the Assassin's Creed series was my first choice, until a little over a month ago when I picked up a copy of a little-known game called Guild Wars 2 (GW2).

My Asura Necromancer, seen here in the Capital City Rata Sum

While the overall graphics of the game are something akin from generations of games' past (World of Warcraft comes to mind, as it shares a somewhat cartoony vibe), the representation of those graphics and the overall art style of the game allows it to stand tall with almost any other game currently on the market - especially all those now claiming to be photo-realistic (along with other such garbage).

Each race is beautifully rendered via a graphics engine that, while far from optimized, does the designers justice.  It's clear that they put a good amount of time into Guild Wars 2, especially when it comes to representing the world that they want their players to inhabit.  For that, I have to give GW2 the prestigious title of "Best Art Style" in any game I've played to date.