The Art Of Video Games: Part #1 (Backgrounds)

Published September 6, 2014 by Amanda B. Greene

There are some people who think that video games are not art, but they’re wrong. Video games are art in so many different ways from the backgrounds to the stories that unfold. This is going to be a series on individual qualities because covering everything in one blog would be too long. In Part #1, I’m going to be talking about some of the greatest backgrounds or worlds so far. 


10. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

This one is my favorite Mario game of all time. The Observatory and all the galaxies you go to are just beautiful with all the colors and detail. As you explore the universe for stars, you can definitely see the amount of creativity and imagination that went into this game. As you gradually power up the Observatory, you unlock more places to go to as the lights turn on and doors open; it’s truly exciting. Super Mario Galaxy is a fun game that everyone should play.


9. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels Of The Starry Skies (DS)

This is an older game on the Nintendo DS that I really enjoyed. “From the deepest dungeons to kingdoms in the sky”, you must save the world from all sorts of monsters at every corner to everything in between of the map. Playing as yourself, you mostly go to large cities and towns to help solve different problems of the people. There are various landscapes such as mountains, deserts, forests, poisonous swamps, ruins, and so on. For the time, it was impressive what Square Enix was able to do on an handheld. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels Of The Starry Skies is a worthwhile adventure.


8. Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)

This is a Japanese role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS that takes you on a moral journey of sorts. From the Eastern Kingdom Of Mikado to a ruined Tokyo, this is a unique experience that makes you wonder what happened. It’s surprising how accurate the map of Tokyo is with its city regions and land. The underground dungeon called Naraku that connects the two places is expansive with all of its caves and ravines as you climb down deeper into its depths and fight off demons. It’s a good game by Atlus that may not be for everybody, but it’s a challenge on multiple fronts.


7. The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker (Wii U)

This is a classic that became re-mastered for the Wii U. As Link, you explore across the ocean on a sail boat to travel to many islands to stop Ganon from taking over and destroying the world. It’s a nice open world that gives you the freedom to go anywhere and fill in the map one piece at a time. The art style is unique and gorgeous, especially with the water and plants.It’s a award-winning game that is worth a try.


6. God Of War 3 (PS3)

This game on the PS3 starts off right now in intense action as you go against gods for vengeance and revenge as Kratos which is somewhat based on Greek mythology. As you wage war on Mount Olympus, which is this game’s version of heaven, you see the beauty of all the buildings and nature and then the destruction of everything along the way. You also get to see the Underworld (Hell) where you get to kill Hades. [Spoiler Alert] At the end, the world, or at least the country of Greece, is ravaged by the imbalance caused by the death of each God to where it is nothing but cliffs and water (which explains why Greece is the way it is today). This fiction created by Santa Monica Studios is horrifying beautiful in its gruesome manner.


5. LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)

Media Molecule’s sequel built upon an already fantastic foundation of level-creating and collecting. There’s no limit to what you can create. You use all sorts of materials like fabric, glass, and metal; the format style of this game is amazing and adorable. Platforming through player-created worlds means you always have a different experience each time.


4. Uncharted 2 (PS3)

Nathan Drake goes into another adventure to find the Cintamani Stone within Shambala. He travels across the globe to find more clues and answers as to what stopped an old exposition moments away from achieving this goal. You go to a Istanbul museum, Borneo, Nepal, and so many other locations. The biggest thing about the world is how realistic and crisp in detail it is with everything that happens in the game like the various puzzles and traps Drake has to navigate through. If you like plenty of action and adventure, give Uncharted 2, as well as the rest of the series, a run-through for a good time.


3. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

Skyworld and the unknown “surface” are both pretty places that Link goes to and from as he searches for Zelda and realizes what his destiny is. Flying around on your Loftwing is a great experience that lets you traverse both worlds. Volcanic lands, deep forests, various temples and dungeons, and a vast desert are just some of lands Link has to drop into. Every Zelda game is awesome, but this one holds a special place in my heart.


2. The Last Of Us (PS3/PS4)

The Remastered Edition came out for the Playstation 4 not too long ago for a good reason – it’s one of the best games from Naughty Dog yet. Naughty Dog never disappoints with its games from Jak & Daxter series to the Uncharted series to The Last Of Us. The Cordyceps fungus will create think clouds of spores that completely changes an area to where you fear for your life when infected, zombie-like monstrosities attack you out of nowhere. It is oddly beautiful to see nature taking over humanity like how what was once a city turned into a forest or a swamp, for example. If you only play one game, this should definitely be a contender, if not a winner.


1. Bioshock (PS3)

This one is number 1 because this underwater “utopia” is so strikingly brilliant to where you are dying to know what the areas used to be like before the plasmid ADAM was discovered. In 1960, a man by the name of Andrew Ryan wanted to create a world separate from certain rules and ideals like government and religion; he called his creation Rapture. As you look around, you’ll listen to audio recordings and see other disturbing sights that tell the untold stories of what exactly went on when people started to go mad. The scenery is perfect in how it matches the time as if you were actually there. It’s a spectacular game from start to finish.

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