Gameplay Or Graphics?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by nicky041192, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Gameplay (Why?)

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  2. Graphics (Why?)

    0 vote(s)
  3. Both (Why?)

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  4. Don't Care (Why?)

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  1. nicky041192

    nicky041192 GBAtemp Maniac

    Mar 9, 2008
    just a simple poll.
    i was wondering what people think is more important, gameplay or graphics

    i voted both because the game should be even.

    if its just based on graphics, the gameplay will be crap (but not all the time). the game will be short and not worth the money to buy it (unless u use a flashcart).

    if its just based on the gameplay and has poor graphics, i personally think that the gameplay would be crap. as i look at the graphics first, and if i thinks its crap, i dont carry on playin to learn the gameplay.

    so people vote and comment on wh you chose what you chose [​IMG]
  2. coolbho3000

    coolbho3000 GBATemp Kikkoman Naturally Brewed SoySauce Fanatic

    Apr 29, 2007
    Kikkoman Factory
    It's just the graphics, obviously.
  3. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

    Former Staff
    Jun 24, 2008
    United States
    Which matters more to you?

    If a game is fun, but the characters are chibi or pixelated, or if the background is blurry, will you continue playing?
    Inversely, if the characters look like real people, but the buttons are in weird places, or maneuvers are difficult to perform, or the story is absolutely bland, will you continue playing?

    In my opinion, gameplay trumps graphics.
    Without the former, the latter is worthless.
    You might as well go watch a movie. It'd at least be more enjoyable.
  4. deathfisaro

    deathfisaro Narcistic Deathfisaro Fan

    Mar 16, 2007
    Vancouver, BC
    Mostly gameplay. Games with good graphics get outdated. Games with good gameplay last generations.

    Think about it, some day CGs in the movie "the Transformers" will be able to be rendered real-time in a console. Will you still look at Gran Turismo 5 and say "Wow that looks almost like a real car"? Highly doubtful.

    Can fancy visuals make pong a better game?

    That's called good games in the 90's.

    I can't think of any game that has top notch graphics and offer shit gameplay, and game that has good gameplay and graphics that doesn't suit the game to the point it's unbearable.
    (What I'm saying is, does World Series of Poker 2009 need modeling that rivals Too Human?)

    I don't think you need to sacrifice one for the other. It's not like "Okay, so we manged to set up a kickass system in *insert game*, therefore we must make the characters stick-figures otherwise our gameplay suffers"
  5. xJonny

    xJonny ...

    Aug 16, 2007
    They sort of go hand in hand, but gameplay comes before graphics. You wouldn't be able to enjoy the graphics if the gameplay was crap. If the gameplay is really good but the graphics were shit, it's still a decent game. The best games have graphics that compliment awesome gameplay.
  6. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

    Jan 11, 2008
    United States
    Crysis looked great, but it wasn't a good game

    Lost Winds doesn't have the most polygons but it has a great art direction and amazing gameplay.
  7. MAD_BOY

    MAD_BOY Lazy bum

    Feb 12, 2005
    Sittard, Limburg
    Gameplay, it's what makes a games fun or not.
  8. Falco20019

    Falco20019 Advanced Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Voted for Gameplay [​IMG] If I would prefer Graphics, I would have never bought me a Wii... What is a game with perfect graphic, the best gameengines and a story that sucks? Nothing [​IMG]

    If a game is really great, I would also play it if it's 256 colors only [​IMG]
  9. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    Gameplay. That's why I have a Wii and a DS [​IMG]

    BTW, I still play old DOS games in 16-colors and text adventures. Because gameplay matters, graphics not [​IMG]

    Even though I don't dislike good graphics [​IMG]
  10. ENDscape

    ENDscape REBORN! I will post with my Dying Will!!!

    Dec 14, 2007
    Ill say both because:

    1) Gameplay is good but if i cant stand the graphics, i probably wont play it alot
    2) Graphics is good but if they work too much on that and not alot on gameplay then i wouldnt play it alot either.
  11. Law

    Law rip ninjacat that zarcon made me

    Aug 14, 2007
    If the gameplay is good, and the graphics are decent, I'll play it.

    If the 3D graphics are horrible, chances are I won't play it. 2D is usually win and doesn't suffer aging like 3D graphics do.
  12. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Gameplay is vital & should be the thing that is worked on first. Sadly developers have to be able to show their work early on.

    Of course Graphics can often add a lot to the gameplay but it is true that a lot of pretty games do get lost in the way many years after release & what's left is a date look and nothing more. Anyone who remembers Rise of the Robots will know what I'm talking about.
  13. Gab

    Gab Advanced Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Hong Kong
    If I enjoy playing something, I don't care for the graphics really.
    Another thing, I'd even play a game with so-so gameplay, bad graphics but good story.
  14. pasc

    pasc GBATemps official GBA Freak

    Sep 9, 2006
    Gambia, The
    Well, if the game is fun I will play it. However if it a 3D pixelationmess then... proably not.
  15. Diablo1123

    Diablo1123 Newcomer

    Mar 9, 2008
    United States
    Gameplay is more important then graphics. =D
    You peple pretty much mentioned all the good reasons [​IMG]
  16. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    May 14, 2006
    United States
    The graphics help enhance the gameplay... but gameplay is much more important, though gfx does matter. Yes, if pong had an awesome soundtrack, super futuristic 3d graphics, motion blur etc etc I would like it more than regular pong.
  17. deathfisaro

    deathfisaro Narcistic Deathfisaro Fan

    Mar 16, 2007
    Vancouver, BC
    Very heavily down to personal taste then.

    There seems to be a retro boom in Japan, that a Rockman (Megaman) game will be made in 8bit, and some Metal Gear game would too.

    I just can't imagine Gears of War 2 keeping its gameplay when it's graphics turn into 8bit 2D. But I don't think TC meant bad graphics as THAT bad.

    I guess the question is more like "Will Too Human be fun if it had Dynasty Warriors 6 graphics?" but a lot of people already hate Too Human after playing its demo so I guess that already says gameplay > graphics.
  18. Panzer Tacticer

    Panzer Tacticer veteran human

    Apr 13, 2008
    Right Here
    People "claim" game play, but we all know you sell out for graphics.

    This is why we have a lot of shitty f**king games with f**king pretty graphics, and it takes so long for people to just admit, ok we bought the pretty game and got suckered yet again.

    It's why we have a few great games, but because the game lacked great graphics, it was labeled "dull" or "boring" and they get passed over.

    Any asshole can render graphics, but it takes genius to make a great game.
    And the industry is rife with graphics artist assholes with dreams of making games, but they have no real talent for making a game actually any good.
    Genius is rare.
  19. Westside

    Westside Sogdiana

    Dec 18, 2004
    Guantanamo bay
    It's neither in my case... I mean it's kinda both at the same time. [​IMG]
    I mean the DOS 16-bit game Rayman was very lovable, but the graphics was low level, yet it was heart warming. The gameplay was stiff and strange, but you liked it in a strange way for some reason. I guess, it's more the feel of the game... oh god, I just confused myself. [​IMG]
  20. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

    Jan 11, 2008
    United States
    I play N64 and PSX games on my high-end PC because I like the gameplay of many games. Also, art direction and 'graphics' are not neccessarily the same, as the latter typically refers to realism. Games like Aquaria have great art direction, and on the other end so does STALKER - it is not the best looking game compared to Crysis or CoD4, but it doesn't sacrifice the bleak and depressing atmosphere for the bright flashing lights prefered by graphics whores.