Compare the Oddworld creatures and environments to the ones you see in nowadays sci-fi movies and videogames and you’ll realize that most are creatively bankrupt.
I feel Oddworld has done a wonderful job in not using old tropes to create a harsh, bleak and depressing dystopian world, with imaginative and humorous writing, and amazing creature design.
I think the Oddworld series as a whole has some of, if not THE best art direction in gaming.
Concept art for the Oddworld movie (above), the song engine (bottom left), and Ma’Spa (bottom right), the breeding pools of the Gabbits.
Oddworld - Abe’s Oddysee Original Soundtrack
If there’s one thing I love more than anything about Abe’s Exoddus, it’s probably the level designs and the backdrops. I love the art of this game.
Scrabania / Paramonia (Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee)
The Art of Oddworld.