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Set Pieces in Level Design

Add Comment! By Aubrey Serr on April 29th, 2009

The term "set pieces" in video games refers to unique areas of levels that are especially interesting. Often set pieces have unique art assets that help establish the theme. Quality set pieces can also be an important part of the AAA look. For Overgrowth we are working hard to have as many cool set pieces as possible. Here is a concept for one!

An idea for a level set piece
An idea for a level set piece

The idea for this piece came after I was looking at a book about gardens in Sri Lanka. I was also thinking of massive sculptures, like the reclining Buddha (as immortalized in Street Fighter 2). This stone head was carved by an ancient dog culture that has since been wiped out.

Do you guys have any ideas for cool set pieces in levels (feel free to include links to cool pictures)?