Hope you enjoy the view, though, because this is from Ultima Underworld II, where you spend most of your time slogging through dungeons, tombs and prisons.
You don't really see America's iconic Mount Rushmore in many video games. You do see it in the original Street Fighter, though, as the background for the stage in which you fight a dude called Mike.
This is from Sonic Advance 3, released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004. But boy, it looks a lot more like a demake of , no?
This background art is from SNK's Fatal Fury 3. Drink it in. It's glorious, no? Then, when you're done, take a closer look at the full image below (click to embiggen), and read some of the stuff written on the buildings.
You know, last week, I was so excited to be posting awesome Metal Slug art as part of our first that I forgot to say it was from . Which, turns out, only made it more fun.
The real stars of video games aren't the characters. They're awfully fickle, and easy to kill.
But background art? It's forever. Welcome to Background Story, which will run most days as part of our new, expanded Total Recall programming block.