FEATURE: Fanart Friday, Journey to the West Edition

Get your dice bags ready--even if all the dice-rolling is done behind the scenes in these RPGs

Fanart Friday returns, about to make an "arrow to the knee" joke until it took a fist to the face. What a backpfeifengesicht. Rounding out our three-week theme celebrating roleplaying video games of all types (in case you missed 'em, here's Parts One and Two), we'll be taking a look at Western RPGs, and all the heavy choices, character-building, and game-breaking abilities that come with them.


It's probably sacrilege to say it here, but I'm a bigger fan of Western-style RPGs than of JRPGs--blame it on a long, torrid relationship with tabletop games. The adventures, the choices, the plot twists--they all happen to me, only now I don't have a GM hovering over me. I'm actually playing a role, instead of watching a bunch of guys do stuff in cutscenes.


But whatever your taste in video games, I think it's safe to say that all of this week's fanart is equally impressive. Let's get this show on the road!


DISCLAIMER:  None of the art presented is the property of myself or Crunchyroll.  All characters and series are tm and © their respective creators and corporate owners.  All art is the creative property of their respective artists.  Any artists who wish to have their work removed from this article may contact me, and appropriate action will be immediately taken.



by  臼猿

So, did any of you try your luck in Baldur's Gate and make your main character a drow named Drizzt? Because if you did, he'd show up later in the game (with Wulfgar and Bruenor in tow) and challenge you to a duel of honor over your unoriginality.



by Tyrine666

Darth Revan and Darth Nihlus, BFFs. So with the unsurprising critical acclaim of The Old Republic, does this mean that we're going to be getting a Knights of the Old Republic III anytime soon?



by Aaraujo

Why yes, World of Warcraft counts! What impresses me most about the one game I will never, ever play is how it's less a game and more a living, breathing world that goes through epidemics, disasters, and constant change.



by YamaO

Y'know, I have yet to actually play Dragon Age II. But if it means that Morrigan is coming back for another round, I... well, actually on second thought I'll sit out on this one. More Morrigan means more of her mom.



by suzuran

I think Penny Arcade said it best about Deus Ex: Human Revolution--what happens when your character's a comp-sci major and you're expected to win a gunfight against a 'roided-out freak with a gatling gun? Adam Jensen's still a pretty cool character, though.



by UnidColor

In what is quite possibly the most horrifying piece of fanart I've ever posted here, UnidColor brings back terrible memories of staying up until 4am playing Diablo II and coming across this freaking place in Act 2. Not cool, Blizzard... not cool at all.



by patrickbrown

Fallout 3 was a shining example of classic WRPG gameplay wrapped up in a shiny new HD package. You were literally dumped into a world and told to explore--it was 100% freeform and you were allowed to create your own story.



by stevegoad

On the other hand, Mass Effect--my favorite of the new crop--gives you a slightly more directed experience. You have an end goal: save the universe. But how you do it and who you work with are your choices--as well as who lives and who dies.



by ジャン

Skyrim's another game that impresses me with the depth and openness of its world. "Go forth and do whatever you want" is kind of an intimidating task, and every Elder Scrolls game does that to you.



by neunerx

I'm glad that I'm not the only person who remembers Icewind Dale II fondly, as evidenced by neunerx's amazing pencil work. I'm considering digging out my CDs of this game and getting back to work--it's a real project of a game that takes lots of time and dedication.



by peanutchan

While everybody and their mom is playing Sith in Star Wars: The Old Republic (unoriginal rubes), why aren't more people playing Klingons in Star Trek Online? I mean, c'mon, they're a kickass warrior race with an inexplicable language and idiotic-looking weaponry, just like the Sith! Well, maybe not entirely like the Sith...



by onibox

Yeah, this Dragon Age piece just about sums up my character's relationship with Leliana.


by LindaLisa

Okay, so as somebody who won't touch WoW with a ten-foot pole for fear of never getting anything done ever again, why are the drow-like Night Elves with the Alliance, and why are the wood elf-looking Blood Elves part of the Horde?



by れぃ

Unfortunately, none of my plans for changing Grunt from "raving fight-hungry psychopath" to "civilized gentleman" ever worked out. He was still a freak by the end of Mass Effect 2, and I hope I can keep him alive through the third game.


Man, that was a lot of RPGs. Like, a lot a lot of them since this single theme lasted the better part of a month. Next week we're going to celebrate Valentine's Day with a look at fanart of some of the most memorable couples in all of anime, manga, games, and movies! Thanks for sticking it out with us these past few weeks!

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