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The past and present of isometric graphics in games

By Julio Franco · 10 replies
Mar 25, 2013
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  1. 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...

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  2. Polbeer91

    Polbeer91 TS Rookie

    Not regarding the question I have a comment.

    The most limiting feature of isometic views is not mentioned, namely the ability to see how far things are away. I never noticed this before, but when I started playen AoEII again because the free add-on forgotten empires came out, I had trouble building my farms symmetrically around the Town Center (ocd anyone?). Wikipedia has a nice example http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/IsometricFlaw_2.svg.

    Other than that it is very much true that these games age really well, the graphics in AoE II don't even bother me.
  3. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +122

    I sunk way too much time into both 1602 and age of empires 2. This list seems to be pc exclusive? If I had to add another game to the list I would add Super Mario RPG. It looked fantastic for its time.
    coppersloane and tehbanz like this.
  4. The best thing about isometric graphics is that even years afterwards they don't look that bad. I can still enjoy Diablo 2 and Starcraft 1 a lot. Sometimes high-quality isometric is better than low-quality 3D.
  5. So MANY kickass games using ISO; Landstalker, Fallout 1 & 2, Planescape Torment etc etc so I REFUSE to choose one :D
    coppersloane likes this.
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,141   +1,642

    That Shadowrun Returns looks pretty cool. They all do, actually. Props to the artists who generate this kind of isometric view.
  7. Zedster

    Zedster TS Rookie

    Attic Attack on the ZX Spectrum!
  8. It's hard to complain when you're basically running/playing around in a "work of art". ;)
  9. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 238   +54

    Planescape Torment, Diablo 1 and 2, Baldurs Gate series and Titan Quest games are my favorites of all time. Planescape world is still astounding.
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 850   +386

    Not even a mention of the Westwood Studios versions of Command & Conquer?
  11. Could have picked a better screen for Baldurs Gate II

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