By Thunderstarter 63 Comments
A topic that I'm sure everybody has thought about at least once or twice. But really, how important are graphics to you when it comes to buying a game? Do they need to be cutting-edge? Do they just have to be presentable so that it doesn't look like it was made 2 years ago?
For me, it's the second one. I don't need flashy Final Fantasy XII-esque graphics to make me buy a game. Sure they're nice to have, but I'm perfectly okay with buying games with the graphical quality of Portal or Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing. I worry about the gameplay. You can have really good graphics and still have a terrible game. A good example would be the new game Sniper: Ghost Warrior, it looks pretty good, but in the end it's just a bad game with no substance.
I remember when I was around 9 years old and really wanted to buy Dragonball Z: Budokai for the Playstation 2. My friend had told me not to buy it because, "The graphics suck on that game, dude!". Turns out they didn't suck, but they weren't cutting-edge either. The game looked good enough and it played pretty well (I liked it, being a fan of DBZ and never having had played a fighter before) and when my friend came over and played it he bought it a month later.
Another example was when I was talking to another friend about classic games, and I brought up the original Legend of Zelda, I got the response, "Dude, why do you like that game? The graphics are terrible." They might be terrible today, but it was made over 20 years ago during the 8-bit era. It still looks good enough to play regardless (it's not bad at all).
What do you think? This wasn't meant to be a long blog, just one to raise a question or two.