Monday, 25 June 2012

Graphics Don't Make The Game

Graphics these days are pretty damn good. The PC obviously leads the way but the 360 and PS3 also have some great looking games. New graphics engines such as Unreal Engine 4 are pushing things even further and a lot of people are very excited for the future of gaming graphics.

The Wii U features a lot of talking points but, sadly, the main one is about power. Will it be as powerful as the 360 and PS3 and can it match up to the next generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles? Plenty of people. from Crytek to Gearbox Software to 2K and Nintendo have come out to discuss this issue. The amount of attention it gets is worrying. Why should we care?

The Wii was and still is this generation's best selling console and yet graphically it lags way behind. Why did it sell so well? In a very over-simplified nutshell, it was because it's games are fun and the gameplay is innovative. Games like Super Smash Bros., Skyward Sword and Xenoblade Chronicles easily match up to anything that the 360 and PS3 have to offer and yet graphically they pale in comparison. How do they do so well? Instead of relying on power they rely on good art design and great gameplay. Many great Wii games don't even rely on having a good story! But that's a whole other matter.

In short I think it's sad that as gamers we are so concerned with graphics when It's gameplay that makes games. Without gameplay there would be no gaming. For me the most exciting recent developments are the Wii U GamePad, Xbox SmartGlass and Vita's Cross Play. None of these will really affect the graphics all that much but all of them should hopefully drastically innovate and improve gameplay.

So Unreal can have their new engine and drool over it all they like, and they should be proud of it, the graphics look fantastic but i'd be more impressed if they said "this is our new graphics engine and this is how it will improve the gameplay".

Follow me on Twitter @RobCarroll93 and sign up for blog alerts in the box above.

6 comments:

  1. Well graphics don't make the game but they can help and I don't think they are so bad.

    The Wii appeals to a much larger audience I think and the games are fun, for me its the game that counts.

    Guess as ever it depends on what we or you want from the game, great having a choice ain't it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Think graphics have improved loads over the few years I been playing. Does help with with games but its the game that counts.

    Billie93

    ReplyDelete
  3. Why as gamers are we so concerned with graphics when it's gameplay that makes games? Well I for one think they do add to the game, and yes, without gameplay there would be no gaming!
    For me a mixture of both but importantly more to the mix must be gameplay. Whether others agree I dunno.

    Ollie

    ReplyDelete
  4. Gameplay is important and I see where you'r coming from when you say recent good developments are the Wii U GamePad, Xbox SmartGlass and Vita's Cross Play. But then there are those who just happy with great graphics and 'Unreal' have got a good thing.

    Naj

    ReplyDelete
  5. "The Wii was and still is this generation's best selling console and yet graphically it lags way behind. Why did it sell so well? In a very over-simplified nutshell, it was because it's games are fun and the gameplay is innovative. Games like Super Smash Bros., Skyward Sword and Xenoblade Chronicles easily match up to anything that the 360 and PS3 have to offer and yet graphically they pale in comparison."

    I'd argue that it was the packed-in Wii Sports that sold the most Wii systems. I know people who bought the system just to play that. (One friend bought it just so he could bowl at home.)

    While I agree that graphics don't make the game, (FTL was hugely popular last year for a surprisingly small game that the SNES could've ran) I also believe you're giving Nintendo too much credit for the Wii's success.

    ReplyDelete
  6. First of all Nintendo made both the Wii and Wii Sports and revolutionised the gaming industry in the process so yes they get all of the credit.

    Secondly even if it is the packed in Wii Sports game that made it popular then my arguemnt still stands, it features fun and innovative gameplay and matches PS3 and 360 games for sheer fun and yet pales in comparison on a graphical level.

    Thanks for the comment but you seem to agree where you had intended to disagree with what I said.

    ReplyDelete