Vintage video games are revered for a reason. There's a timeless quality to classic video games. Sometimes, it's gameplay or story, but far more commonly, the thing that defines a classic game is its art. The simplicity of pixels allows creators to focus on the artistry of a game's visuals, focusing on color and aesthetics rather than polygon count. The timelessness of pixel art is exactly why game developers keep coming back to it, even in the era of AAA open-world 3D spectacles.
But it's not just developers using pixel art. Fans have been making their own artistic renderings of games for as long as games have been around. In recent years, games like Overwatch have been getting more attention than ever for their fan art. But some fan artists won't settle for using the traditional mediums of art: drawing and painting. They want to make their mark in the traditional style of games.
Here are some of the best pixel art remakes of the most popular modern games around. From Guitar Hero to Horizon Zero Dawn, no game is safe from these beautiful blends of nostalgia and modernism.
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action game, Beat 'em up, Stealth game
Series: Batman: Arkham, Batman: The Caped Crusader
Publisher: Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform: Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Game Engine: PhysX, Unreal Engine 3
Developer: From Software
Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Role-playing video game
Publisher: From Software, Namco Bandai Games
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3