Friday, June 7, 2013

Titan Quest - The Legend of Fu Xi, Wall of the Damned

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

Gear displayed: Legend of Fu Xi set (Fu Xi's Skullplate, Fu Xi's Armored Chest, Fu Xi's Shackle, Fu Xi's Bindings, Fu Xi's Tail), Wall of the Damned (shield)




The Bard's Tale - Boss - Mannanan

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

These are cutscenes involving the boss encounter Mannanan.








Thursday, June 6, 2013

Titan Quest - Habiliments of the Druid, Jungleroot Greaves

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

Gear displayed: Habiliments of the Druid (Druid's Wreath, Druid's Vestment, Druid's Bracelet, Druid's Staff), Jungleroot Greaves.


The Bard's Tale - Boss - Lugh

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

These are cutscenes involving the boss Lugh. The final battle atop the tower was uncharacteristically boring. Lugh falls, and nothing of particular interest happens.




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Titan Quest: Immortal Throne - Dreamweaver's Regalia

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

Gear displayed: Dreamweaver's Regalia (Dreamweaver's Crown, Dreamweaver's Vestment, Dreamweaver's Coil, Dreamweaver's Leggings, Dreamweaver's Rod).




The Bard's Tale - Lever on the Wrong Side

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

In this cutscene, the game mocks how certain tasks are all too conveniently set up -- In this particular case, in an implausible way. At the same time, in having a scene to make fun of other stories with similar setups, The Bard's Tale uses the very mechanic it derides for the same convenience to the protagonist and to move the story along. There was, however, a second gate with the lever this time properly behind it.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Titan Quest - Diomedes' Armor, Spartan's Wit, Volatile Shield

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

Gear displayed: Diomedes' Armor (Diomedes' War Helm, Diomedes' Breastplate, Diomedes' Buskin), Spartan's Wit, Volatile Shield.


The Bard's Tale - Jamming at the Aiken Drum

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

In this cutscene, the Bard plays with a local band in the bar called The Aiken Drum. The song references the Bard's earlier actions in accidentally releasing an ancient and powerful evil on the land, the Nuckalavee.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Titan Quest - Vestments of Erebus

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

Gear displayed: Vestments of Erebus (Crown of Erebus, Robes of Erebus, Armlets of Erebus, Wraps of Erebus, Scepter of Erebus).


The Bard's Tale - Kirkwall Cursed

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

These cutscenes are related to the town of Kirkwall after the Bard kills an ornery horse at a sacred site. Tellingly, the Bard does not try to help the town, as we might expect in other computer role-playing games. This is reinforced by the fact that there is nothing that the player can really do to lift the curse as the Nuckalavee only appears in non-interactive cutscenes.