Friday, 19 December 2014

The art of Ikaruga 斑鳩

Whilst I obviously think the most important trait of a good game is beautiful game-play, having great visuals is a very close second. 

In fact, I am not ashamed to admit that I am a huge graphics whore, who will often dismiss otherwise playable games due to sub-par art direction. Even though I have chosen the lifestyle of an avid gamer, life is still too short to be playing games that aren't awesome in every way.

But it's not just the art of the actual game that can be beautiful. A game's conceptual art can also be just as striking. Steam trading cards - whilst often crap - will sometimes be made from cool conceptual art, thus making them not crap. The Steam version of «Ikaruga» - a Japanese classic which I have written about earlier - is an excellent example of this.

PS: For more recommendations of awesome Japanese PC-games, please follow my Steam Curator page.

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