Best Art Direction of 2018 - ArticleJackson Newsome , posted on 04 January 2019 / 3,209 Views
As the current generation begins to wind down, developers are flexing their creative muscles in both two and three dimensions. These nominees will be remembered for their gameplay as well as striking visuals, artistic cohesion, and originality. God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 pushed console hardware near to its technical limits and detailed their contrasting worlds for optimal player immersion; GRIS and Octopath Traveler are 2D beauties which are striking in motion as they are in screenshots; and Valkyria Chronicles 4 is like an anime painting brought to life.
God of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
Valkyria Chronicles 4
God of War
In relocating Kratos from Greece to Midgard, Sony Santa Monica crafted a visual and technical showcase. Its presentation excels, not only because of high pixel counts and stunning particle effects, but because of the fine detailing that brings each of its environments and characters to life. From realistic footprints in the snow, to environmental and character model degradation, every inch of the game speaks to Kratos’s long and arduous journey. Sony Santa Monica raised the bar for art direction in AAA gaming and will be a tough act to follow in the year to come.