Video Games As Art

The complex background art reveals subtle clues regarding Owlboy’s past, at least if you’re paying attention. “Will, what are you doing?” “Looking for the hidden picture.” “If you stare at these things long enough, you’re supposed to see some kinda hidden, three-dimensional picture.” Sonic Mania Craving a decidedly old school game? Sonic Mania is for you. It doesn’t have the visual panache of its modern counterpart, Sonic Forces, and you won’t find extra features like a custom character creator or a meme-inspired t-shirt; What you will get, however, is a creative, speedy platformer that recalls Sonic’s earliest days, when his supporting cast was still small and his world was still two dimensional. Like Sonic’s original Genesis outings, US Casinos Guide doesn’t need a supercomputer to run. Yet the game is still full of pits to leap over, traps to avoid, rings to collect, and obstacles to speed around.

Honestly, what more could a Sonic fan want? Axiom Verge A sci-fi action-adventure that leans heavily on exploration and discovery, Axiom Verge is a lot like the classic Nintendo game which inspired it, Super Metroid. This title is full of secrets to discover and cool and innovative gadgets to use. The world and enemy design are fantastic, and dripping with moody sci-fi elements throughout. Coupled with some dangerously clever boss fights, Axiom Verge comes close to surpassing its inspiring predecessor. Axiom Verge wrings as much atmosphere out of basic tech as possible. Good art design is timeless, and this action adventure can prove that on any machine made in the last few years. Cuphead One glance and you know: Cuphead looks amazing. Whether or not you’re a fan of the playful, raunchy, and chaotic 1930s cartoons that inspired the game, you can’t deny that nothing in modern gaming that looks quite like this. But here’s the secret: Cuphead’s graphics aren’t actually that hard on your system.

Of course, the hand-drawn characters were difficult for the developers to bring to life. In terms of what’s actually happening while you play, Cuphead isn’t much more complicated than other classic side-scrollers. That means that this platformer will run well on your underpowered rig, removing any and all obstacles towards enjoying one of 2017’s best games—aside from your own lack of skill, of course. “900,000?!” “You’re gonna bust the record!” Undertale With charming but simple graphics, and combat that combines turn-based strategy with fast-paced “bullet hell” sequences, Undertale won’t turn many heads. In fact, the entire game was made with RPGMaker, a low-tech game platform that’s often associated with cheap, poorly-made products. Despite that, Undertale manages to do something that other, bigger-budget RPGs didn’t: radically change the genre, and challenge conventions left and right. This title is so innovative, strange, and different that it’s sparked an entirely new, dedicated fandom.

Figuring out how to get through the game without killing anyone or anything can be a massive challenge, and if you mess up and decide to start over, Undertale remembers what you did before and changes the story accordingly. A Hat in Time It’s pretty rare to find a 3D platforming games on PCs, never mind a good one, and A Hat in Time is just as quirky and weird as you’d hope. Graphically, A Hat in Time is a lot smoother than Super Mario 64. Meanwhile, its twisted world infuses elements from Psychonauts and Doctor Who with other genre tropes to create something that feels both familiar and strange. Best of all? A Hat in Time is built on the same engine as Unreal Tournament 3, a game that’s over a decade old. Simply put, you can play this game. And you probably should. “Shut up and take my money!” Thanks for watching! Click the SVG icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Plus check out all this cool stuff we know you’ll love, too!