Games Design @ Hull School of Art and Design



Final Major Project – Theme Ideas

Below is a list of themes that I want to explore before choosing a final design idea for my diorama. Beneath each theme, there are scenarios that are suitable for that scene as well as a list of games/films/books that I could look at for inspiration.



  • Crime scene.
  • Night Time.
  • Early Morning.
  • Car Crash.
  • City in the sky. (Other cities in the background floating).
  • Super Hero Battle.

Game/Film/Books/Environments Inspirations

  • Bioshock Infinite (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Life is Strange (Game)
  • Fallout (Game)
  • WatchDogs (Game)
  • Payday (Game)
  • Batman: Arkham (Game Series)
  • Murdered Soul Suspect (Game)
  • Prototype (Game)
  • I.P.D (Film)
  • The Avengers (Film)
  • Captain America (Film)
  • Iron Man (Film)
  • Gotham (TV Series)
  • The Walking Dead (TV Series)



  • Vehicle parts everywhere but no vehicle.
  • A vehicle with bullet holes.
  • A vehicle being built/re-built.
  • Vehicle buried underneath belongings.
  • Old race vehicle dusty, trophies and posters covered in dust.
  • Garage used as a social area.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspirations

  • Life is Strange (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Need for Speed (Game)
  • Fallout (Game)
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Films)

Theme Park


  • Isolated and abandoned.
  • Working theme park.
  • Video Game inspired theme park.
  • Futuristic theme park.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspirations

  • Sam and Max Hit the Road (Game)
  • Medievil (Game)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Game)
  • Bioshock infinite (Game)
  • The park (Game)
  • Carnival Games (Game)
  • Batman Arkham Knight DLC (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Zombieland (Film)



  • (Showing signs of people living there).
  • (Showing signs of damage from a wild animal).
  • Secret government base hidden within the snow.
  • Lonely cabin.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspirations

  • The Thing (Film)
  • The X Files (TV Series and Film)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (Game)
  • Uncharted 2 (Game)
  • Crash Bandicoot (Game)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (Game)
  • Star Wars (Film)
  • Skyrim (Game)
  • Harry Potter (Books)
  • The Polar Express (Book and Film)
  • Elf (Film)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (Film)



  • Equipment left from stranded people, skeleton remains on the floor.
  • Broken down campervan.
  • Animal living space.
  • Secret area 51 base.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspiration

  • 127 Hours (Film and True Story)
  • Bear Grylls: Man VS Wild, Extreme Desert (TV Documentary)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (Film)
  • The Mummy (Film)
  • Mad Max (Film)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Game)
  • Jak 3 (Game)



  • The aftermath of a festival.
  • Festival setting up.
  • Car/bench on a hill with a festival in the distance.
  • Carnival at the festival, festival tents, stages etc.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspiration

  • Download Festival. (Environment)
  • Isle of Wight Festival. (Environment)
  • (Environment)
  • O2 Arena. (Environment)
  • Sheffield Arena (Environment)
  • Leeds First Direct Arena (Environment)
  • Hellfest (Environment)
  • Monsters of Rock (Environment)
  • MetalFest (Environment)
  • Rock Hard Festival (Environment)



  • Packing/unpacking a room. Boxes everywhere, messy space, assets placed randomly around the room.
  • Messy teenager room.
  • Themed room. Superhero bedroom, princess bedroom, office-like bedroom etc.
  • Decorating the bedroom. Paint cans, covered furniture, items covered in paint.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspiration

  • The Sims (Game)
  • Animal Crossing (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant (Game)
  • Life is Strange (Game)
  • Gone Home (Game)
  • Watchdogs (Game)
  • Prey (Game)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (Game)
  • Atypical (TV Series)
  • Stranger Things (TV Series)
  • Black Mirror (TV Series)
  • Video Game High School (TV Series)
  • Ready Player One (Book)

Interactive Environments and Level Design – Heritage Theme


Heritage Theme

For this heritage group project we have to show game aspects so we need a story, theme or style for the time era of the 1930’s. This is to give the players some sort of story to play with also it is also a great way to cut off the sections we are not modelling (because we can’t obviously model the whole city of Hull within the given time frame). Within the environment we must try to feature the area of Queen Victoria Square including buildings that existed at the time (1941 was the Blitz of Hull), vehicles relevant to this given time and also aspects as well as Artificial Intelligence.

We have split most of the research equally and all of us have contributed to the ideas presented below. The list consists of games that would be good to feature as a theme towards our heritage project; each one of us have decided on one or more games to research and within that research we will discuss what game aspects we can look into from other games to maybe use in our games such as the weather, the gameplay, aspects etc.

  1. Grand Theft Auto
  2. L.A Noire
  3. The Sims
  4. Assassin’s Creed
  5. Thief
  6. Sherlock Holmes
  7. Tomb Raider
  8. Red Dead Redemption
  9. Crazy Taxi
  10. Forza
  11. Need for Speed
  12. We Happy Few
  13. Street Fighter
  14. Uncharted
  15. National Treasure (Film/Game)
  16. Resident Evil (Film/Game)
  17. Silent Hill (Film/Game)
  18. Lollipop Chainsaw
  19. Watchdogs
  20. Payday
  21. The Godfather (Film/Game)
  22. Clockwork Orange (Film)
  23. The Exorcist
  24. The Bioshock Collection
  25. Back to the Future (Film/Game)
  26. King Kong (Film/Game)
  27. Agatha Christie (Film/Game)
  28. Nightmare Creatures
  29. Prototype
  30. Fallout
  31. Penny Dreadful

Silent Hill

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The Silent Hill game was released in 1999 on the PlayStation One console. This is a rather large game series that is still getting made today with at least 10 original games and that is not even taking into consideration of how many remakes have been released.  Many Silent Hill fans have recently been very disappointed as a demo/preview named P.T Silent Hills (P.T = Playable Teaser) was cancelled and there are so many rumours going around that there currently is no answer towards why it has been cancelled, however Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead Star known as ‘Daryl Dixon’) was supposed to be the main protagonist, however since the cancellation he has recently been shown in a different game trailer named ‘Death Stranding’ and this is apparently a replacement for ‘Silent Hills’.

I chose one of the first Silent Hill games because I believe it holds some great ideas in which we could in-cooperate into our game. The first and main feature that grabs my attention is the fog; with this game being a survival horror they used the fog as a way to scare the player as you can’t see too far in front of you the player has to be more thorough whilst searching and when an enemy appears you will only notice when you are too close to it and therefore the player has to encounter enemies rather than running away. This game also uses its sound effects to its advantage as the player finds a radio at the beginning of the game which plays no tune but when an enemy is nearby the static noise goes crazy again another method of scaring the player. Another scare technique is the timing. Not only does this game have jump scares but it also features a siren that sounds every so often which encourages more enemies to attack and the environment to change.

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Video Credit: BlackFox2240

The video above shows the atmosphere of the game, watch more of these videos or play the game to experience the gameplay.

We Happy Few

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I haven’t actually played this game yet, however it looks quite complex as I’ve watched a few reviews and also some walkthroughs. The game was released around the same time as ‘No mans Sky’ and they both had a similar aspect in common which is procedural generation. Procedural generation is another term for random generation, items within games are usually in the same place all of the time and we know exactly where to go every time we replay the game which can sometimes make the gameplay boring. Procedural Generation allows the player to have a slightly new experience every time they play the game also I think it is good for the players as if a player is struggling they will find it hard to find the answers online and therefore the player must try their hardest to progress further. When No Mans Sky was released it was a highly anticipated game, however, it is now known as the game most likely to be traded in as the procedural generation aspect failed on its release as many people have stated that the game was very repetitive.

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“No matter how many solar systems you jump to or planets you explore on the direct path to the center of the galaxy, you’ll grow tired of repetitive NPC interactions and the planets’ implied-but-shallow variety, and you’ll lose interest in new ships–and perhaps the journey altogether.”  – Gamespot Review by Peter Brown

“We Happy Few will cultivate a deeply nuanced story told through details scattered through its world, including some pieces that aren’t in the game yet. It’s the kind of game you want to experience when its finished, and not before.” – We Happy Few Review by Mike Epstein

Above are 2 reviews, the first one is about No Mans Sky and the second is about We Happy Few. We Happy Few is highly anticipated but so was No Mans Sky and that didn’t work to well, however We Happy Few has been released via early access so they can receive feedback from players on how to improve the game before releasing it fully which I believe is a very bright idea.

Also seeing gameplay I am very intrigued in the game because of the art style, there are many aspects that we can use from this game to place within our game, such as costume design, aspects/objects and the environment/weather. I am also a great fan of their website as it is very informative and presented very well.

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Video Credit: MGplayy – Trailers and Gameplay

Sherlock Holmes Games

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There are many Sherlock Holmes games (at least ten I believe) and they have all had good reviews no matter what console or game style, however, for this specific topic I have chosen to discuss the game known as ‘Crimes and Punishments’ because I have played this and I believe it can relate to our project really well.

The game is very guided, meaning the areas you visit are quite small and the path for the character is quite limited, however this is a good thing as it makes it better for the character to find items and objects. Also detective games are usually great as small closed of spaces as you can place more items down to fill the space and the environment therefore looks more realistic (this goes back to the ‘Their Pride and Joy’ project in which we had to fill the space as much as possible so the environment looked interesting). The game is set in the late 1800’s nearly early 1900’s so some of the aspects of the buildings exteriors/interiors would be good to look at as well as maybe clothing and assets.

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Video Credit: Gamspot


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