Friday, May 10, 2013

Titan Quest: Immortal Throne - Advanced Effects

Fantasy game art from Titan Quest.
An art book, The Art of Titan Quest, is also available.


The Immortal Throne expansion introduced an "Advanced Effects" video setting which for the most part you will want to have because it enhances the already beautiful fantasy game art, and adds additional special effects to some items. The two pictures below show a random example of the game with and without Advanced Effects.
Without Advanced Effects
Titan Quest WITHOUT Advanced Effects
With Advanced Effects
Titan Quest WITH Advanced Effects

The Bard's Tale - Blooper Reels

Fantasy art from The Bard's Tale fantasy role playing game. These are pre-rendered blooper reels and, for comparison, the actual in-game events. Because the gear that the Bard currently wears and wields is reflected on the in-game model, cutscenes are scripted events rather than pre-recorded movies so that the cutscene will not show a Bard suddenly outfitted in a different way.




Thursday, May 9, 2013

Titan Quest

Fantasy game art from Titan Quest.
An art book, The Art of Titan Quest, is also available.




The Bard's Tale - Houton Cairn Bugbear

Fantasy art from The Bard's Tale fantasy role playing game.

This is the cutscene that immediately follows defeating the Houton Cairn Bugbear. The encounter is heavily scripted and very dangerous as an early quest for the Bard. Throughout the cairn, there are painful traps as well as tombs from which the Bugbear will roll out, take a few swipes at the Bard, then flee, all scripted so that the Bard cannot fight back until the final staged encounter. There, the Bugbear uses a grenade to daze the Bard, then runs to activate all the traps in the chamber once before running back to fight the Bard again. He can be quite easily defeated by having a conjured creature distract him and shooting him with a bow. The Bugbear will grenade the nearest foe, so if it happens to be the Bard's conjuration and the bard is outside the effective blast radius, then the Bard can continue to shoot the Bugbear when it runs for one of the levers that activate the many traps.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows - Wallpapers

Fantasy game art from Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows.


The Bard's Tale - Casgair, the Sword in the Stone

Fantasy art from The Bard's Tale fantasy role playing game.

This is the cutscene of the Bard finding and drawing the magic sword Casgair, the Sword in the Stone in a classic "sword in the stone" scene. Predictably, there is a scripted mishap meant to be humourous.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows - Journal

Fantasy game art from Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows.


The Bard's Tale

Fantasy art from The Bard's Tale fantasy role playing game.

This is the movie at the beginning of the game.



This is an in-game cutscene when the Bard reaches the event foreshadowed in the intro movie. In the game, the Bard is scripted to conjure exactly those companions pictured in the intro movie.