Great Gaming Designs and Artwork

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Great Gaming Designs and Artwork

Postby OL » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:13 pm

Figured this would be a simple enough topic, and surprisingly I don't think we've ever done it.
Just post pictures of some of your favorite character designs from videogames (preferably actual concept art, though cg art or screenshots are fine if the concept stuff isn't available), maybe with an explanation about why you like them.
Try to keep it to 1 or 2 characters per post (just so we don't collectively run out of ideas too quick).

Serge - Chrono Cross


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I like that it fits the setting of the game it's from so well, designed specifically for a warm environment. It's pretty much the perfect design for a tropical island-dwelling kid (in a fantasy world, at least). The shorts and bandanna are a nice touch.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Bluecast » Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:28 pm

Let me just get the Obvious out of the way.


Travis re design for NMH2. They were on the right track with the first but in 2 they streamlined him in mostly small details that made all the difference.
Probably be more obvious stuff first few posts then get more obscure.


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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby OL » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:16 pm

Mine'll be a pretty good mix of obvious and not-so-obvious. The stuff that comes to mind first for me isn't always what most would consider "obvious", so... yeah.

The Protagonist - Phantom Dust


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This one is just about as... odd as you could get for the main character in a game. I really couldn't tell you what the hell designers were thinking when they came up with it, except to say that I fucking love it.
A spiky pompadour, long dangly earring, alligator-textured black pants, leather belt straps aplenty, and a fucking bright neon green jacket... man, it's weird. He's even got some kind of metal plating or something on his cheek, for no apparent reason. Like I said, weird.
But it totally works, and it looks excellent when rendered in-game (especially since Phantom Dust has some of the best graphics on the original Xbox).
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Henry Spencer » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:19 pm

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Vince from Metal Gear AC!D 2.

Best design in the game and he really suits the wacky spin-off, you never see his face for the entirety of the game and his eyes glow blue with anger (sounds a bit like our boy in blue, Ryudo). :P

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Grimoire Weiss from Nier.

A talking book. His design just really fits the most sardonic character in gaming (so does the excellent voice acting). The fact that he's very much the antithesis of the main protagonist of the game makes it all even better, both in appearance and personality (which makes all of their conversations all the more entertaining). They just practically ripped all of the character designs from the artwork and put it straight into the game.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Kenny » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:32 pm

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I prefer Spaz's old school design but the new design of Sonic post-SA is also pretty cool.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Bluecast » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:40 pm

Kisuke from Muramasa.
It is really an odd look. Very out of proportion but it works so well in the game in action.
Damn I wish they would release an artbook on this game.
The skulls on his waist just screams "don't fuck with me" so while he is small and thin plus just a boy..he might as well be a young Musashi
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby OL » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:01 pm

Rikimaru - Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven/Return From Darkness

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Simply one of the coolest ninja designs in the history of gaming. I've always loved the facemask and mesh armor, especially.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Henry Spencer » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:05 pm

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General Gismor from Drakengard 2.

Complete bad-ass and an incredible troll.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Bluecast » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:14 pm

Gannon from TP.
For the first time I thought they got him to look as Menacing as he really was.

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Zant.
Another from TP (I could name a bunch from TP as I loved it's dark style in many characters)
With Mask on and they way he moved in the first time you see him he stuck me as odd yet creepy. Too bad didn't quite live up to it.

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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby OL » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:33 pm

^^Ugh.
I don't want to argue about it (I won't respond to anything regarding it anymore). I just have to say it when I see it.
A lanky english Hot Topic-shopper nerd in a onesie.
Ugh.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Bluecast » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:35 pm

Klonoa
Just so odd. An animal platform character but it's amix of things so it is original.
Plus I love the Pacman hat.
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Chao
Come one admit it you think they are adorable. It's ok not everything has to be super badass.

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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Kenny » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:48 pm

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Doug TenNapel & Lorne Lanning = Creative Geniuses.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Bluecast » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:52 pm

^cool yes but a bit more than the 2 per post Kenny.


Anyway Godot. Need i say more?
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First image I posted to get OL interested in AA series.
He just looks so awesome in every detail.

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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Kenny » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:57 pm

Cropp'd to my favorite characters per artist. I got carried away.

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Kevin Munroe's Wild 9 designs are, simply put, inspiring. I'm extremely disappointed they never followed up with a show or movie with these EXACT same designs. I'm tryign to find Boomer, a bigger picture of B'Angus (the white bat in this picture), and all the other awesome characters but they're next to impossible to find on the net.
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Re: Favorite Videogame Character Designs

Postby Oppy » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:04 pm

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