Cool concept art vs. crushing reality

Artistic ambition lost in polygon translation

Sometimes it's technical limitations. Sometimes it's a lack of appreciation of the colour and tone of a piece. Sometimes developers just don't seem to interpret the art as the designer intended at all. So read on and weep at what might have been, as we take you through some of the biggest artistic disappointments of recent years. So much design talent, so little in-game evidence...

The vision

The reality

The vision

The reality

The reality

The vision

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.
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