Published 13 October, 2013 | by Sam Hewitt2
Xbox One & PS4: Does realistic graphics really matter that much?
I have never really cared about game with ‘AMAZING’ graphics. I tend to feel that companies have to sacrafice the gameplay in one way or another. For example: Final Fantasy XIII for me was all graphics and next to no gameplay. It was tediously linear and had hardly any depth. Please do not think I am saying that all games with amazing graphics follow this, as there are a few that provide both. GTA V is one, Rayman Legends/Origins is another and pretty much everything Naughty Dog and Platinum Games come out with.
The games I enjoyed most on the Xbox 360 were both arcade titles: ‘Sposion Man and Geometry Wars 1/2. The latter was a very simple game graphically, but the gameplay was as addictive as hell. I am also a huge fan of Bayonetta, although it was the gameplay and physics that kept me immersed throughout.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying every game should take a retro approach. I just think a lot of gamers care too much about the graphics and not gameplay. I feel we are etching closer and closer toward having completely realistic visuals, and I personally would just find that boring. I love games that look and feel like a game. A good example of this is Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U.
I am obviously part of the minority with my opinion on graphics, but the graphics above appeal to me more than anything that a lot of gamers are raving on about on the Xbox One or PS4. The only game that has really caught my eye, graphical wise, for the powerhouse consoles is Child of Light, which looks phenomenal. I mean…just look at it! Oh, and Final Fantasy XV of course.
Nowadays you see websites like IGN and Gametrailers doing graphical comparison videos on games that have been released on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. These videos are only made for flame baiting and pulling in more and more views. I honestly couldn’t give a s*** if a game looks a smidgen bit better on one console…..who on earth would even realise in the middle of playing the game anyways? Also, if you didn’t watch the comparison video in the first place….you most likely wouldn’t have noticed anyway! Rant over.
So yeah. For me, I like a game to actually feel like a game. When I saw that building collapse in Battlefield 4 at E3, I was not THAT impressed. I mean I don’t want to give people the wrong idea and think I am some kind of grumpy gamer….of course I respect how much hard work the team put into making that building destructible…but things like that become old really quickly. But games with a creative touch to them tend to stick in my mind for longer.
Last month I got to play Dead Rising 3 on the Xbox One and at a glance, the graphics are not that much better than what we have seen on games this gen….BUT there is a hell of a lot of stuff that is going on on the screen, which makes the gameplay experience heighten. There are literally thousands of zombies in view and when you use a weapon that has an area attack, you see hundreds of zombies flying though the air. That is the sort of things that I would like to see more of on the Xbox One and PS4. I have also been hugely let down by the JRPG’s on offer. As I said before, they are extremely devoid of depth. Though saying that, I haven’t played Ni no Kuni. Hopefully KH3 and FFXV turn out to be as good as I am hoping.
Well anyways, that is my graphical rant over and done with. It only sparked me off because I continuously see ‘fanboys’ arguing against each other about what console has the best graphics. For me Gameplay>Graphics.
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