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Old 02-27-2020, 08:29 AM
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Newish good games with "Animated Movie" art direction?


I kind of like this style in a game, but the last one I played that I consider fits the bill was Bioshock Infinite. That's from 2012. I really like that kind of look; stylized, cartoony, pretty, and not really going for realism. It doesn't have to be an FPS, but that's my cup of tea. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:59 PM
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Outer Worlds is similar to Bioshock Infinite (it’s a FPS) and is somewhat cartoony both in visual style and story. And very colorful. Also, it’s really fun. So that’s what I recommend.

There’s an active thread on this board discussing it:
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...php?p=22161643
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:10 PM
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Hmm, maybe take a look at Void Bastards. It's a cartoony fps roguelike.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:18 AM
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Old 02-28-2020, 10:11 AM
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Ah, sorry. I knew animated and cartoony are too ambiguous. I'm looking for something that looks more like a Disney-type computer animated movie. Like, say, Frozen, in environments and character design. Not hand-drawn.

Those do look cool though, thanks.

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Ah, sorry. I knew animated and cartoony are too ambiguous. I'm looking for something that looks more like a Disney-type computer animated movie. Like, say, Frozen, in environments and character design. Not hand-drawn.

Those do look cool though, thanks.
Bioshock Infinite looked nothing like a Disney-type animated movie, so not only are we sure what you’re asking for, I’m not sure you are either.
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Bioshock Infinite looked nothing like a Disney-type animated movie, so not only are we sure what you’re asking for, I’m not sure you are either.
I think they're pretty similar. At least, as much as an old video game and rendered movie could. YMMV, of course. Obviously Bioshock Infinite delves into dark territory that you'd never see in a Disney movie.
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I wish Disney did make a Bioshock film though. I’d watch it.
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Old 02-29-2020, 08:46 AM
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Subnautica. First person, but kind of an anti-shooter I guess. Fabulously good game.
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I think they're pretty similar. At least, as much as an old video game and rendered movie could. YMMV, of course. Obviously Bioshock Infinite delves into dark territory that you'd never see in a Disney movie.
Those... don't look similar to me. You've picked two characters kinda doing the same thing in scenes with similar color palettes and yet the difference is still striking.

Bioshock Infinite is built using the Unreal engine, and it looks a LOT more like Unreal than it does like Tangled.

The only unusual similarity I can think of is the brightness. Bioshock Infinite is a very bright and colorful game; it's set mostly outside, and uses the whole color spectrum. Most first person shooters are dark (including, incidentally, Bioshock) and are dominated by brown and grey. Some games like Quake and Fallout 3 are hardly any color OTHER than brown and grey.

I'd agree with others that Borderlands games are very "cel animation" looking, though at times their color palettes are dull. World of Warcraft is a very colorful, animated game, and I'll give an enthusiastic thumbs up to Subnautica. Team Fortress 2 is very animated-looking.
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Does it have to be "new"? Eg XIII is known for its cel animation more than anything else. I played the original but haven't tried the new remake.
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This really isn't about Bioshock infinite. It's about art direction that like a CG animated movie in character and environment design. I used Elizabeth as an example because she has been compared to a Disney character many times. I will happily take a look at something that, in your opinion, does not necessary look like Bioshock infinite and does, in your opinion, look like a disney movie. And by animated I don't mean the appearance of hand drawn or cell shaded animated movies. And, maybe that doesn't exist outside of Disney or Pixar IP.
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Bioshock Infinite looked nothing like a Disney-type animated movie, so not only are we sure what you’re asking for, I’m not sure you are either.
I know exactly what the OP is referring to. Maybe Bioshock doesn't specifically look like Disney, but the characters have slightly cartoonish proportions, similar to what one might see in a Disney, Pixar or anime film. Probably due in a large part to avoid venturing into the "uncanny valley" by trying to make the characters too "realistic" using 2012 CGI tech.

Don't have an answer for the OP regarding new games like that. Sorry.
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Does it have to be "new"? Eg XIII is known for its cel animation more than anything else. I played the original but haven't tried the new remake.
They remade XIII?
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They remade XIII?
Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQwxuVFzgbI

Though I can't tell from that advert what the remade graphics look like...

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I hope they keep the style of the original and improve the overall game play. I'll be anxious to see how this turns out.
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"Shadwen,"
kinda—although the preview graphics now look a bit more realistic than what I remember when I last checked. ('Brain's getting old, I fear)

"Overwatch" is a bit cartoony in the character design, though I don't know if it's up to your standards, or the kind of game you'd like.
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Sunset Overdrive is about as cartoony as a zombie apocalypse can get. Fun game.

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Sunset Overdrive is about as cartoony as a zombie apocalypse can get. Fun game.
I've never heard of that game but it looks like a blast and I just picked it up.
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Try out some of Arkane Studios' hits, they should be up your alley aesthetic and storywise (but different gameplay to bioshock).

Dishonored 2012 (minor spoilers)
Dishonored 2 2016 (minor spoilers)
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 2017 (minor spoilers)
Prey 2017 (minor spoilers)

(If you're into them, I suggest tackling the Dishonored series in chronological order and with the great DLC)

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Try out some of Arkane Studios' hits, they should be up your alley aesthetic and storywise (but different gameplay to bioshock).

Dishonored 2012 (minor spoilers)
Dishonored 2 2016 (minor spoilers)
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 2017 (minor spoilers)
Prey 2017 (minor spoilers)

(If you're into them, I suggest tackling the Dishonored series in chronological order and with the great DLC)
Oh and the two Dishonored DLCs you should get are:

Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall 2013 (minor spoilers)
Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches 2013 (middle/major spoilers)
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Old 03-07-2020, 10:50 AM
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Ni No Kuni has Studio Ghibli art direction, and is a pretty good monster-collecting JRPG. The second one isn't so good, but the art style is similar (but not Studio Ghibli).

It really isn't an FPS though
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Old 03-08-2020, 10:04 AM
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I just found out that there is a remake of Destroy All Humans coming. No idea if it is going to be any good but it looks like it has potential.
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Oh and the two Dishonored DLCs you should get are:

Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall 2013 (minor spoilers)
Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches 2013 (middle/major spoilers)
I've played all of the Dishonored games. Environment-wise, it does have a sort of "living painting" look, which I like. The characters are not at all like "animated movie" characters though. Cool games. I also have played Prey too.

I realize this is a tall order. It would not occur to most developers to use that type of art direction for shooting games.
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I know exactly what the OP is referring to. Maybe Bioshock doesn't specifically look like Disney, but the characters have slightly cartoonish proportions, similar to what one might see in a Disney, Pixar or anime film. Probably due in a large part to avoid venturing into the "uncanny valley" by trying to make the characters too "realistic" using 2012 CGI tech.

Don't have an answer for the OP regarding new games like that. Sorry.
And on top of that, Elizabeth is the ONLY character in the game that really looks like that. It seems pretty obvious, looking at the evolution of the game, that they made pretty generic looking NPCs and then evolved Elizabeth into what she looks like now, all the way to the last minute. In the earliest demos she decidedly did not look a Disney princess.
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In case you're still doubting that Elizabeth was inspired by Disney...

https://youtu.be/Z6uwI_MOjjc?t=3238
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