The Most Beautiful 2-D Games

Matt Barton's picture

Shadow of the Beast: 2-D Graphic GoodnessShadow of the Beast: 2-D Graphic GoodnessGameDaily is running a special called Top Five Most Gorgeous 2D Games. Topping off the list is the Guilty Gear franchise, one of the few fighting games I've completed. Perhaps I'm biased, though, but I would've felt compelled to include some of Psygnosis' games for the Amiga platform, particularly the Shadow of the Beast series, though I agree that Yoshi's Island is a very aesthetically pleasing game. If you feel the need to cleanse your palate after all these 2-D titles, check out this new Far Cry footage. I really enjoyed the first Far Cry and will probably get this one when it comes out, assuming my computer can run it without tanking. The idea of destroying trees and houses has appeal! Perhaps more fun than killing AI soldiers...!


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Joined: 06/17/2006
Where is Viewtiful

Where is Viewtiful Joe!

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Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
I think games like Viewtiful

I think games like Viewtiful Joe are polygons/3D models on a 2D plane, so those don't count. I think only sprites count. Pure 2D.

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Mark Vergeer
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Joined: 01/16/2006
focus is on a lot of modern games

I think the focus of the top 5 is mainly a modern one, leaving at the true 16bit wonders that can be found on the Genesis/Megadrive and Snes. The authors do include some older games like Metal slug, Yoshi's Island etc. But these can all be found in retro-collections on various systems. (Metal Slug can be found on various retro-deals for modern consoles (PS2, PSX, Xbox), the Yoshi game can be found on the Gameboy Advance). To me it seems that the authors have limited themselves to 32bit machines and above including some of the retro compilations that can be found on those machines.

Sprites and pixel art is what creates a true 2d game in my opinion. A 2d polygon/texture based game just doesn't cut it ;)

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Joined: 05/19/2006
Far Cry

Far Cry was outstanding on the Xbox and I'm going to pickup the expansion for it next time I'm in Best Buy.

Psygnosis had it going on with Amiga games and they were among the most beautiful games ever in my estimation.

Now you make me wish I had my Amiga 500 again!!!


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