Shacknews Best Art Style of 2020 – Hades

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Best Graphics fidelity aside, Shacknews Best Art Style focuses on a game’s stylistic choices and how it conveys all things. 2020 has been a year of absolutely gorgeous games, and it’s been a year of amazingly stylish games designed by great artists from all over the world. That said, in the final of our intense debate, it was Hades from Supergiant Games who won for his incredible art style.

There are several ways to truly appreciate the sheer extent of the lovingly crafted artistry and style present in Hades. One is in the art of the big, flashy character himself. Supergiant Games has done an amazing job creating every figure in Greek mythology, from the little gorgon head Dusa to the big man Hades himself, and everything in between. All of the characters in this game have striking portraits that perfectly represent the hero, villain, and other characters they are based on.

Then there is the gameplay of Hades. It is not a visual novel. There is action from all angles of Hades, and if you take a close look at the characters portrayed even in conversations, there is animation too. Whether it’s the large 2D portraits or their 3D avatars, every Hades character has a beautiful and vibrant design and life.

It doesn’t even take into consideration Hades’ very different environments in his gallery of challenges. Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysee… all the arenas of Hades have their own incredibly striking and distinct visual nature, inundated with an array of different color themes that make them pop.

There are so many great stylistic games in 2020. Ghost of Tsushima was amazing in its blowing wind, grass, and portrayal of its Japanese island at war. Half-Life: Alyx was also breathtaking in her amazing and spooky designs. Ori and the Will of the Wisp and Paper Mario: Origami’s art styles are also incredibly memorable. Even so, we mostly agreed that Hades was gorgeous from top to bottom, whether still or in motion. It was far from an easy vote in 2020, but we must pay tribute where credit is due. Supergiant Games continues to know how to make the visuals in a game stand out like almost no other.

Check out the other Shacknews Awards 2020 winners in our Year of the Games: 2020 article.

TJ Denzer is an avid gaming player who has dominated a lifetime. When he’s not dealing punches in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing RPGs with his partner, he searches for new foods and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside of South Texas. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.



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