usually I don’t talk too much about games, because there was nothing exciting happening in the past (except the SONY 2012 game JOURNEY). now MICROSOFT has released a very unusual game – ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST, unusual, because you won’t find futuristic warriors killing hordes of bloodthirsty creatures.
it’s a coming of age story of a child figure’s journey through a fantastic forest, it grows and gets progressively more and more powerful, to fight and overcome obstacles they are in it’s way. when I saw the first introducing trailers I was blown away by the visuals, the artistic painterly quality of the world the MOON STUDIO artists had created. it is a mixture between the jungle world of AVATAR and the BAMBI forest, beautifully and very tasteful painted to the smallest detail. the image compositions are stunning, never overloaded with unnecessary information. like in BAMBI parts of the backgrounds are blurred and give you the idea of depth, everything is built in several layers in traditional 2-D, moving organically and giving you a perfect interpretation of a threedimensional world.
for the first time I can see a future for a different look in animation, where CG is only used where necessary. it gives me hope that ART returns to the screen. funny, that it starts in the game-world. below some screen captures from the game
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