My favorite art direction gameplay wise is firstly Sonic CD. I love the surreal, trippy and futuristic feeling CD gives off. Each Zone had its own surrealism that made it unique. Seeing the different era's for each Zone was just a plus. Not only were regular levels very colorful and unique looking but so was the Special Stages. The futuristic cities in the background or rainbow colors just really grab my attention. The detail in that game for its time to me was something very special and each level had something in it visually that really appealed to me greatly. Secondly would have to be Unleashed HD as well.
Unleashed took realistic locations around the world and made them surreal and Sonic styled. Making them look new and fresh and just visually stunning and appeasing to the eyes. I also love Colours because it brings back some of that surrealism I liked in CD. Very colourful and outer worldly, Planet Wisp for example is just visually gorgeous. The vegetation and coloring in that Zone is just so eye appealing I really can't wait to see it in Generations in HD. As for art designs my favorite is Sonic CD style and secondly the Oshima Sonic 3 and Screen Saver art style. I absolutely love those with all my heart.
The Sonic CD art style is just so charming and Classic to me. It's very cartoony, cute and also badass at the same time. Sonic looks cool and with his attitude while looking tough and cute, I also like how they design his spines and he looks more hedgehog-ish and has more spines then his regular Classic art style. It's always been one of my favorite art designs of Sonic since I was a kid. If they were to make a Sonic anime series or comic this is how I wish they would make Sonic and friends look. Make Amy look like her CD style, Tails, Knuckles and Eggman their OVA styles which is very similar to the CD style and also inspired from it.
The Sonic Screen Saver / Sonic 3 artwork has also always been my favorite. Sonic looks so cute and cool in these pictures. I love how cute Tails looks and how badass they make Knuckles look. I've always loved the way Eggman is drawn as well. This would also make a kick ass anime or comic series if drawn in this style. I have probably looked at these pictures and used them as my Desktop pictures more than anything else. They are also very colourful and surreal to some degree. It looks like Earth but absolutely beautiful, very vivid and surreal. It just attracts me so much like a magnet. This art style is also very cute but badass looking as well.
I also love Oshima's early Sonic concept art, Sonic always looked really badass and tough in those images and looked more adorable to the degree of wanting to hug him. This art style to me is very timeless and Classic making Sonic a very iconic image which he was inspired off of like Felix and Mickey. I also have to say I love how Sonic's model looks in games now, absolutely love his Unleashed / Colours / Generations model. For Modern Sonic that's the best model yet and I hope they continue to use it for future installments.
This post has been edited by SonicGenesis89: 02 July 2011 - 02:32 AM