Friday, May 17, 2013

Titan Quest - Shields

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

The artwork on this page is by Joe Mirabello


TQ_shieldsSM

The Bard's Tale - Crazy Thorvald's

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

These are various scenes from Crazy Thorvald's, an arms and armour shop in the viking village of Stromness.






Thursday, May 16, 2013

Titan Quest - Official Promotional Screenshots

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




The Bard's Tale - The Danse Macabre

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

This is one of the more curious cutscenes -- an undead dance showdown. Unfortunately the scene ends in just another big battle.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Titan Quest - Concept Art

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


The Bard's Tale - The Chosen Ones

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

These are cutscenes of the Bard encountering various ill-fated Chosen Ones who went before him -- with him implicitly as just the latest Chosen One of a string of failures. The final two scenes here has the song played for the Bard as he is now the Chosen One.












Monday, May 13, 2013

Titan Quest - Camera Control

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


This screenshot is impossible in Titan Quest.
In-Game Close-up Bust Shot
Titan Quest fixes the direction and movement of the camera, thereby saving a lot of processing. For example, the sky is calculated for reflections on water, but because you cannot normally see it, it does not need to be drawn.
While the camera angle changes slightly when you zoom in and out toward your character, it still doesn't get low enough for you to look straight ahead in a first-person perspective, or get you close enough to really see some of the most intricate details such as the leaves on the wreath worn by the character above.
It is also not normally possible to rotate the camera.
With a third-party camera mod, a lot of these restrictions can be lifted, but at a severe cost in processing power.
If you lower the camera low enough to look at the horizon, you'll encounter some of the shortcuts used by the programmers. For example, in the shot below we see that there is no ceiling in this subterranean crypt complex; and you can make out coloured placeholders for game events that are not yet triggered because the character is still too far away.
Nevertheless, better zoom combined with the ability to force even higher levels of anti-alising, Titan Quest is a game that can still be beautiful for years to come.
Tomb of Ramses viewed nearly head-on

The Bard's Tale - Cathbad

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

This is the cutscene where the Bard can taunt one of the mini-bosses into fighting him alone. Ironically, there is no comment on the Bard ganging up on Cathbad with his own allies and conjurations.