This Beautiful Art Is From... Call Of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

Yup. And don't look so surprised. There's more to the Call of Duty series than military hardware, moustaches and door hinges.

The environments in which the games take place are rarely 100 per cent authentic, which means someone had to dream them up. In this case, it's artist Michael Zimmerman, who takes us on a tour of a Cold War too gorgeous to have been sullied by shoe-banging or a Hungarian uprising.

Zimmerman has worked on projects as diverse as PlayStation Home to Command & Conquer to Killzone 3, but it's just his Black Ops art we're looking at today, and how his vibrant colours make the game's locations look a lot more inviting than they end up in the game, when they're full of Russians trying to shoot you in the face.

If you like what you see here, you can see a lot more of Michael's work at his personal site.

Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists.


    I really, really, really wish developers would put more colour into their games, without having to resort to a tropical location to do so.

      I totally agree. With a good artist it can be pulled off without breaking the atmosphere you want to convey.

      Or you can go all out, like Psychonauts did, and it really makes your game unique. (It's a pity it didn't sell all that well, it's one of my favourite games).

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