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Modern Video Games Reimagined With Gorgeous Retro Pixel Art

Updated October 14, 2020 1.3k votes 204 voters 6.3k views20 items

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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.

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Guerrilla Games
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing
    • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
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  • If 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' Was Released A Decade Earlier
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    • Release: 2009
    • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure
    • Series: Batman: Arkham, Batman: The Caped Crusader
    • Publisher: Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4
    • Game Engine: PhysX, Unreal Engine 3
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  • 'Super Smash Bros. Brawl' On A Classic Nintendo Console
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    • Release: 2008
    • Developer: Sora Ltd.
    • Genres (Video game): Fighting
    • Series: Super Smash Bros.
    • Designers: Kazushige Nojima, Masahiro Sakurai, Shigeru Miyamoto
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Wii
    • Sequels: Super Smash Bros. Melee
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    'Soul Calibur' Vs. Classic 'Street Fighter'

    'Soul Calibur' Vs. Classic 'Street Fighter'
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