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The concept may be unique and exciting, but this does not automatically make any game compelling. More often than not, it’s the video game environment that glues any player to their seat, allowing them to be sucked into the screen and live within the actual gameplay. The best environments can make fantasy a reality as each detail comes to life with every turn and movement.

Who is behind all this genius? The environment artist is the person responsible for bringing these landscapes to life, and the best of them can make you believe in fantasy worlds with the level of reality that they add into each game they help design. Environment artists can make ancient civilizations come to life as you conquer one town to another, and can allow you to explore fantasy worlds and anticipate dragons and other creatures as you see mountains, and fields that may look familiar, but bring surprises at every turn.

As the world of gaming constantly evolves, the demand for great environment artists also rises. Where games of the past allow you to feel the distinction between fantasy and the real world, today’s games have made the line between the two thinner. Some of the best landscape and environment designs, such as that of Skyrim or Assassin’s Creed, can make any gamer feel that what they are watching is reality, and not a mere graphic creation. Games from years ago make their characters and game environments as cartoony as possible, but today’s environment artists do everything that they can to capture the details that make reality and fantasy blend into each other.

What follows now is a list of some of the most mind-blowing video game environments ever designed. Each of these environments serve to enthrall every single person who attempts to play the game, whether it’s a seasoned gamer or one who merely wants to try it out for the first time. These environments define what an environment artist really does, highlighting the mix of amazing talent, unbreakable focus, and polished skills that allow them to produce one realistic landscape after another. Whether it’s your first time to try any of these games out or not, you will definitely agree that the appeal in these games do not really lie on the storyline and the concept. These games have pulled in one gamer after another because of the fact that it makes one confused which world is reality, and which world is mere fantasy.

Titanfall

Titanfall

inFamous 2

inFamous 2

You Are Not The Hero

Metro 2033 

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Stranglehold

Stranglehold

Destiny

Destiny

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Prince of Persia- Warrior Within

The Order 1886

The Order 1886

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

The Elder Scrolls III- Morrowind

Assassin’s Creed IV

Assassin's Creed IV

Aion: The Tower of Eternity

Aion- The Tower of Eternity

Thief (2014)

Thief (2014)

Cancelled Halo MMO artwork

Cancelled Halo MMO artwork

Cancelled Halo MMO artwork1

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite

Hawken (Valkyrie)

Hawken (Valkyrie)

Destiny: Mars Skyline

Destiny- Mars Skyline

Dark Void

Dark Void

Journey

Journey

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

Earth (Mass Effect 3)

Earth (Mass Effect 3)

Alan Wake

Alan Wake

Titanfall

Titanfall

Portal 2

Portal 2

Star Wars 1313

Star Wars 1313

Mirror’s Edge

Mirror's Edge

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V- Skyrim

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout- New Vegas

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R- Shadow of Chernobyl

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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