Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Space Project: Games

Snatcher: First released in 1988 Last Version released 1996

Snatcher is a Japanese developed video-game that was highly influenced by the visual design and story of Blade Runner. Most notable comparisons are in the way that the city and characters ar designed as well as story that deals with the idea of illegal humanoids living on Earth.

Killer 7: 2005

Killer 7 is another Japanese developed videogame that can be considered a surreal amd almost satirical attack on regular videogame design philosophies, particuarly in the environments which range from the gaudy and non-sensical to more mundane and drab environments like apartment blocks and offices.

Deus Ex: 2000

Deus Ex is set in a cyberpunk version of the real world similar in style to Blade Runner. Overall the atmosphere seems more inspired by William Gibsons idea of a futuristic city rather than Philip Dicks. The world is alot grittier with regular people living in a world overun by crime and drugs.

System Shock 2: 1999

System Shock has environments heavily influenced by the film Alien. Most notable are the claustropophic corridors and dark lighting all of which gives the game a horror look like Alien rather than straight up sci-fi look.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl: 2007

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl is a Ukranian made game which is loosely based around the film 'Stalker' and the book 'Roadside Picnic'. The game borrows ideas from the film and book but the visual presentation is very inspired by the film and features very similar environments.

Grim Fandango: 1998

Grim Fandango's world combines elements of Aztec beliefs of afterlife with style aspects of film noir, including The Maltese Falcon, On the Waterfront and Casablanca. This gives Grim Fandango a very unique style and look.