Friday, April 21, 2006

Costume quick hits

As if this writing, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is the only announced RPG-type game for the PlayStation 3. I’m a big fan of Diablo-style dungeon crawls and liked Champions of Norrath (though it’s not nearly as good as the Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance games).

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The first Untold Legends offshoot on the PSP followed the Champions mold, but the follow-up adopted a heavily stylized look. I hated it with a passion. There’s something about the proportions and character designs that just turned me the hell off. Was it a good game? Maybe. Played all of 5 minutes. The visuals disturbed me that much. It was trying to meld a form of anime super deforming with urban street style with a dash of dungeon flavor. Whatever the intent was, it didn’t work. Worse yet, this look seems to have made the jump to the PS3 as evidenced in the screen above. Nasty.

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In more encouraging next gen news, check out the mascot pic from the Xbox 360 version of NCAA Football 07. Now this is a great use of textures to convincingly convey the outfit’s material and bulk. It’s like you can almost feel that it’s a foamy, multi-part costume that someone is really wearing. It also has a photorealistic quality to it.

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Okami is another that falls more in art style/direction that straight up costume design. Just gorgeous. You can find some rad wallpapers from developer Clover’s site here. I can’t wait to play this one.

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