QUOTE (MegaDash @ Sep 7 2010, 12:08 AM)
Basically what you're saying is that a rather bland HD restatement of Green Hill Zone's first screen (overlaying a solid blue background no less) is better that a different, more embellished derivative style.
Not exactly. I think that the first shot looks better because even though it's bland the art style is consistent throughout the whole thing.
And what about the mockup's "styles" are clashing?
It's the same problem that exists in Splash Hill Zone in Sonic 4: different elements of the scene use different art styles. The clouds are photorealistic (with increased contrast), the background grass/trees near the waterfalls are heavily textured, the background mountains, the water and the foreground are smooth gradients, the grass are just 2 flat colors, Tails looks like a cloth doll, Sonic looks like he's supposed to and the flower thing looks like vector art trying to mimic plastic. Nothing matches! The only genuinely good things in that shot are Sonic and the Death Egg, those 2 are fantastic!
You know the same overall grass floor design was taken from Angel Island Zone, if that means anything to you.
It's not the design I have a problem with, it's the execution. There are some weird grayish outlines that appear to be transparency artifacts that make it look very amateurish, like it was badly cut from an image with a light background and pasted in the mock-up. Also, in a world full of smooth gradients and detailed textures (which don't go well with each other BTW) it's weird that the grass uses only 2 flat shades of green. Even the Angel Island grass, that was drawn for a system with very limited color count had some yellow to give it more depth and texture.
I'm not buying the "less is more" argument in this instance. The second shot clearly looks more appealing for relative lack of visual redundancies.
The clashing styles kill it for me. It looks like another one of those projects where the author goes like "Oh, this looks great, I'll use this. Ah, that object is awesome, it must go in. Man, that background is the shit, definitely in." without ever considering if they all go well together. In the first shot everything looks like vector-plastic, which might not be the greatest art style ever, but at least the whole scene is consistent.
This post has been edited by tokumaru: 10 September 2010 - 01:56 AM