The past and present of isometric graphics in games

By Gergo Vas on

Games with isometric graphics—a slightly rotated view with a top-down perspective—were a big deal several years ago. Static, isometric maps, mostly used in strategy and role-playing games, allowed the developers to create spectacular, detailed visuals, and most of them have aged really well.

With Kickstarter-funded games like Shadowrun Returns or Project Eternity using the same sort of approach, it looks like isometric games are set to make a triumphant return. We've selected some of the most beautiful games featuring the isometric perspective for today's Show Us gallery.

Desperados: Wanted Dead Or Alive

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

Commandos 2: Men of Courage

Icewind Dale

Anno 1602

Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Age of Empires II HD

Shadowrun Returns (Concept Art)

What are your picks for the best looking games with isometric graphics?

Republished with permission. Gergo Vas is an editor at Kotaku.

Sources: RPG Codex Forums, CommandosHQ, Harebrained Schemes, DaveMcKay, AgeOfEmpires.com, Ubisoft

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