Are Graphics Really Everything?
What do you look for when you buy a game? Do you have to have top notch graphics? Or maybe you buy games for their gameplay? I'll tell you what I look for in a game...
Everyone looks for something different when they go to purchase a game. Some will search online for hours and read hundreds of reviews until they can decide whether or not to even purchase a game. What exactly are you looking for though? Do you want to hear that a certain game has the best graphics of the year, or would you rather hear about how solid the gameplay is?
Sometimes we get the best of both worlds, the title has great graphics and very solid gameplay. A majority of the time though, a game will sacrifice one or the other. This is especially true when it comes to porting games over to the portable systems. The developers usually try to decide between cutting down the gameplay/graphics in order to get a smooth framerate. Or they will try to cram it all in and let the framerate jump like a kangaroo on steroids.
I love to see the best of the best graphics when playing a game, but I would sacrifice graphics over gameplay any day. Would you rather be playing a game that looks great but has a lack of good gameplay, or would you rather play a game that has horrible graphics and strong gameplay?
Yes, I want the developers to push the consoles to their limit, but I don't want to play a game that has framerate issues so bad that it ruins the experience. If at all cost they had to tone down either the graphics or the gameplay, I would rather sacrifice some of the graphics for a great gameplay experience.
Some of the best games ever had horrible graphics if you compare them to todays standards. All of the classics weren't loved for their graphics, they were loved for their gameplay. The quality of the gameplay is what I look for in a game. It's like the old saying of not judging a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge a game by it's graphics.
So what is your opinion about game graphics? Are graphics really that important to you?