Whether you’re walking across a creaking rope bridge to a cliff-side hut, perched precariously above sparkling turquoise waters in Myst, or sitting in the cold light in moldering, bloody ruins in Dark Souls, beautifully executed scenery adds a wonderful element to games, and makes them even more absorbing.
I love landscape art, whether in games, paintings, or photography. It’s my favorite eye-candy and bonus points if there are fantasy elements. It doesn’t have to be a serene mountain-scape for me to find it beautiful (although those are my favorite to paint). I love the scenery in Fallout 3- if you stand in a house in Minefield and see the peeling, stained wallpaper, the stagnant, brown water in the bathtub, and the tiny dust mites drifting through the air, you really feel like you’re there. All the fine details combine to create another world.
One can only guess what stories these gorgeous worlds hold, but it certainly appears the travelers in the painting above by Delun are on an incredible adventure. Read on for more!