Enrique Castaneda-Pineda – Assistant Graphics Editor
Whether it is a colorful cartoon-style game like “Fortnite,” a wild west dreamscape like “Red Dead Redemption 2” or a dark, Lovecraftian nightmare like “Bloodborne,” video games create a world like no other.
The idea that video games are losing their artistry in a time when “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” revamped fans love of the “Legend of Zelda” series is ludicrous. Games like the aforementioned are the essence of why video games are so artistic and detail-oriented. With a world as charming as the one in “Breath of the Wild” you are bound to fall in love with the characters you meet on your journey and the beautiful, cell-shaded landscapes you’ll come across.
On a darker side, the extremely deep lore introduced in “Bloodborne” has fans finding new things years after its initial release. As the blood-filled, gruesomely grotesque action role-playing game (RPG) grabs the attention of players with a world suddenly plunged into an beastial apocalypse, one must find a way to wake up from the nightmare. The amount of notes the player can find to eventually piece together what happened is enthralling. In a world filled with beasts that can only be created from the darkest depths of your mind, the expansive world of “Bloodborne” can only be described as an artists’ darkest creations coming to life on a limitless canvas.
Most recently, games like “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “God of War (2018),” and “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” have taken games to a new, cinematic level. As cinema itself is an extremely artful medium, video games have now included impressive camerawork and framing as they slowly become more realistic with improved graphics. If anything, video games are on the forefront of pushing its evolution to new heights. As the possibilities to create vast and beautiful worlds, characters and stories only grows, so will the artistic influences that fuel most of the video game industry to provide an incredible experience to players.