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<  3D Aesthetics  ~  Tomb Raider 1

Posted: Tue May 13, 2003 10:35 pm Reply with quote
Site Administrator Joined: 07 Jun 2002 Posts: 8065 Location: Gent, Belgium
Am I just being nostalgic when I think that Tomb Raider 1 is a very beautiful game?

And not only that but also a very well designed game: excellent pacing, perfectly controllable character, great camera, wonderful music (crappy sounds, though, except for the fragments of noise).

It's strange that so many years and so much technology later, I find it difficult to think of a game more beautiful than this. Is it because it is so primitive? The modesty of it's design, which was a technical necessity at the time, now looks like a conscious decision. The colour balance is perfect. The clipping and fog reveals spaces to you gradually as you move in. The play of light and shadow, primitive but efficient and above all well chosen. Aaah... Very Happy
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