Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Valkyria beauty

Not being much of a console person, I need to keep a closer eye on some of the stunning visual expressions that game developers bring to the offerings on platforms like the PS3.

[Images from the Valkyria Chronicles CANVAS engine in action via the official site]

The Valkyria Chronicles brings a look and feel that remind me of the Ghibli animated films and for a game is a lovely change. In the same way that the Ghibli studio bring a poetic grace to action sequences, here SEGA deliver the same effect with their CANVAS engine.
The game then takes this more cartoonish feel and includes comic elements like the audio text, creating something like a watercolour animated comic in the end - gorgeous. We are also treated to some great vehicle, weapon and clothing design work integrated into an interesting looking world.

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