Submitted by liban-ali 982d ago | opinion piece

Graphics VS Gameplay - What Matters Most?

What is the secret to a good game? To many people the heart of the game lies in the functionality of how it plays, commonly known as gameplay. In contrast there are many people who prefer games that push their visuals to the limit to fully express the world they want to convey. (Cave Story, Final Fantasy VII, okami, PC, PS3, Retro, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Irishguy95  +   983d ago | Well said
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classic200  +   983d ago
I am still surprise this question is needed to be ask, right now even story beats the hell out of graphics. Give me a game a stupid story and fun gameplay with beautiful graphics I might not be satisfied but give me a game with great story and gameplay with average graphics and I will love it regardless.

Graphics in games is just like the cover of a story book, without the words it is useless.
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bullymangLer  +   983d ago
The answer is BOTH, but gameplay rides on top.
RustedMan  +   982d ago
I agree, I wouldn't have gone anywhere near Nier had the gameplay not been incredibly fun/addictive.
T900  +   982d ago
Well most games are multiplats anyways. atleast 90% of them are.

Gameplay is same across all platforms.

Its just PC provides the bonus with better graphics across the board and this just isnt high end PCs. Since console tech is so old, Even low to mid range PCs of today provide that bonus.
knowyourstuff  +   982d ago
This is what's known as a slow news day... even at the computer desk of the guy writing this in his underwear on his blog/website.
hay  +   982d ago
Game is a product which importance spans across several aspects.
It needs visual appearance, audio fidelity, and fun interactiveness to be successful.
Best games are those which nailed each of those aspects, so I'd say it's pretty obvious we need all of them.

Both visuals and gameplay can become boring or stale when not enough attention is put into it.

Like in life, you need a good balance of those aspects. You need to look respective for your position, and perform adequately to your role.
You might slack off a bit, or not care about how you look, but that's a personal preference of favuoring one over the other.

But there are standards dictated by the environment to be met. Or surpass if ambitious enough.

All of us would prefer both, but if I had to choose, I'd sacrifice graphics. I had most enjoyable time with less fidelity, but richer worlds or gameplay mechanics. I can imagine pretty vistas. It's hard to imagine fun gameplay when it isn't.
Murad  +   982d ago
Just play Chrono Trigger, and find yourself understanding that graphics ultimately do not matter a tad bit.
SolidStoner  +   982d ago
Graphics VS Gameplay - What Matters Most?
both the same!

There is and must be the best middle golden way for every game, depending on wanted result is it a simulation or story based game etc... graphics and gameplay must have great balance...

gameplay matters but if graphics lacks "the looks" then even my imagination cant help!
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MysticStrummer  +   982d ago
"The answer is BOTH, but gameplay rides on top."

That makes no sense. You just said gameplay was most important.

"Gameplay is same across all platforms."

Exclusives say no.

Gameplay has always been and will always be more important than graphics.
SilentNegotiator  +   981d ago
I hate articles that ask this question because absolutely no one ACTUALLY values graphics over gameplay.

No one older than 5...NO ONE...would play a 100% broken, unfinished, beautiful game that only allows to you walk 2 feet before crashing, over an ugly game that plays well.
Dee_91  +   982d ago
graphics for me
I dont even play games I just skip to the cut scenes
Shuyin  +   982d ago
I see what you did there...lmfao.
ILive  +   982d ago
Both. Gameplay is very much subjective, and graphics can enhance gameplay experience. Example, many hated the gameplay of ff13, while others loved it. There is no arguing that the game boasts amazing graphics though.
gta2800  +   982d ago
Chris558  +   982d ago
Protip it has game in the name
LordOfAdmirals  +   982d ago
colonel179  +   982d ago
It's definitely BOTH. While gameplay is more important since it's obviously a game, graphics allow for better gameplay and story. I don't think Uncharted would have been possible on PS1. I don't think it would have had the same impact with PS1 graphics, no matter how great the story was. Also, the gameplay wouldn't have been possible either. The same goes for a lot of games. With PS4 and next Xbox we will surely see more new ideas that will come in consequence of the better graphics. It's the sum of all parts, and it all depends on what developers want to focus on.
Pushagree  +   982d ago
Gamers will never admit it, but we are all graphics whores. The most interesting thing about video games is that they are still evolving visually and they area evolving fast. If a new console released and it had lesser graphics than the last, no one would buy it.
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hiredhelp  +   982d ago
From a gamer from 8bit days to today I say Both.
Bottom line you need both more today than 8bit days because we've past the line where anything is possible.
Players always wanting more looking for more, when we buy a new console what's the first thing you notice when new game comes out aka killzone 4 ? Gameplay. BS visuals graphics the wow factor.
But when you see or have hands on a game that has gameplay and graphics then it's a perfect match.
But both of them can let down a game if the game not done right.
MariaHelFutura  +   982d ago
The pretentious answer is gameplay. The reality is both matter to gamers and the game industry. Graphics pull you in, gameplay keeps you comin back, its kind of comparable to a womans beauty and personality.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   982d ago
LOL... Beauty and Personality. That's a great way to sum it up... just like with Graphics vs Gameplay there's a trade off... it's rare that you'll ever get both unless you have a freakishly large penis but that doesn't transfer over to games as well. If you find yourself a girl with a nice personality looks won't matter that much to you... if you find a hot chick she'll most likely be stuck up and pretentious and offer the personality of a brick. Games can offer the best graphics in the world but the trade off is most likely going to hit it in the gameplay department with it ending up being generic feeling or just outright trash. If the gameplay is good though and enough to suck you in then the Graphics won't matter as much. So yeah... Good comparison.

I totally didn't rip off your word there XD... I didn't notice it until I read your post over again after I wrote mine.
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UnwanteDreamz  +   982d ago

BTW the answer is subjective. Why not ask what genre is best? Evryone has an opinion.
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SPAM-FRITTER-123  +   982d ago
Do Console gamers have a choice?
LordOfAdmirals  +   982d ago
yes. we have plenty of great looking games.

halo 4
gears 3

to name just a few. both have good graphics and good gameplay.
MysticStrummer  +   982d ago
The GotY list from the PS3/360 era proves console gamers have the best games to choose from.
Dlacy13g  +   982d ago
Ultimately it really is game play. An example: Look at a Mario 64. Graphically it is not great in todays standard but that game is still tons of fun and better than many current gen better looking platformers.

Graphics might tip the scale on two games that are similar in feel and game play but I really dont think they matter as much ultimately as many would think they do.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   982d ago
If Crytek and Crysis taught us anything its gameplay matters most. Which is funny because Tomb Raider, not only does looks fantastic, but plays well to. So what's Crytek's excuse for uninspiring gameplay?
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TheXonySbox  +   982d ago
This isnt a matter of most; its BALANCE.

Indie games have great gameplay' but graphically and engine wise feel shallow and lack of AAA feel; they feel shallow in 2d levels.

3D and a great 3d looking game sucks you into the experience by tricking the human mind. Great gameplay and great graphics should be balanced with one another. Release a 2013 game with 2006 graphics and its going to get ripped. Unless you have a strong following with the franchise, graphics will draw in new customers 9/10 times IMO.

BALANCE is key.
Aceman18  +   982d ago
for me both matter.
DaThreats  +   983d ago
The_Infected  +   983d ago
I'd about a 70/30 because gameplay is the most important and graphics paint the pretty picture were playing.
Thepharaoh  +   983d ago
This isn't event a real question it's obviously Gameplay. You could be the greatest looking game in history I'm talking 5080x4500 graphics that look like Avatar(Not the nickelodeon television show or movie but the one with the blue people) CGI ,but have awful broken Kung Fu rider, Amy gameplay and the thing will be in the good old Wal-Mart 5 dollar bargain bin with those old Ds chibi cooking games and Wii cartoon games the week it comes out. Take examples from Crysis 3 and SimCity, those games are like certain celebrities lots of looks but little to no heart and soul. It's rare we get games like Gran turismo, Halo 4,the withcer, battlefield, and uncharted with great looks, Brains, and heart. Remember kids always choose personality over physicality. RANT OVER
whoyouwit04  +   983d ago
It goes like this game play, story, then graphics. i say game play over story because it has to have good enough game play to grab your attention.
kassler  +   983d ago
Why do you always have to choose one, why not say both?
liban-ali  +   983d ago
You don't have to choose one.
Bathyj  +   982d ago
what he said
Chuk5  +   983d ago
Gameplay and a decently realized world can take a game alot further than pretty graphics and passable gameplay.

Look at Crysis 3 vs Dark Souls.
liban-ali  +   983d ago
Personally I think it could work either way. For example Windwaker was your standard Zelda affair but what really made it stand out was the amazing cell shaded graphics.
Tei777  +   982d ago
Yeah, but thats just a case of the graphics ENHANCING the gameplay. You can't have poor gameplay and great graphics, but you can have great gameplay and poor graphics. Like I just recently played FFVII, still amazing, even though it looks like utter shit.
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ILive  +   982d ago
Back then, yes. But by today standards, no. Again, gameplay is a subjective matter. While many argue that crysis 2 has amazing graphics but boring gameplay, there are people who actually like the way the game plays. I know a friend who thinks god of war has extremely boring gameplay but likes dantes inferno.
mochachino  +   983d ago
Both are necessary and interdependent.

Some great games couldn't exist without sufficient graphical power, and some games wouldn't be as immersive without the graphics they have.

Imagine playing what I consider one of the best games this gen, Red Dead Redemption on PS1 or even PS2 for that matter. Those wild west vistas and euphoria engine reactions to getting shot pulled me into the world in a way that less power would never do.

The only problem is when devs rely on flashy graphics over solid gameplay....so I guess gameplay, but that's like saying your heart is more important than your lungs, you could live without one but the quality would suffer tremendously compared to two.
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blackstrr411  +   982d ago
How can you live without your heart. A better comparism would have been kidneys. You can live without 1 but having both of em is better
mochachino  +   982d ago
Meant a lung lol
liban-ali  +   983d ago
I'm glad you're all commenting and debating because that's what we do here, however an approval would be great too :P
Senyra  +   983d ago
I think both variables depend on each other, at least a bit. But gamer's tend to consider gameplay mechanisms more than graphics.
Derekvinyard13  +   982d ago
Ezz2013  +   982d ago
both are important
DigitalRaptor  +   982d ago
Very true. When it comes down to it, gameplay must come first, but I don't get the point of these divisive articles.

It always happens at the cusp of a new generation (or when a certain console's games have better graphics and thus, damage control articles are written) when people are "wowed" by improved visuals in games - that is normal, and expected. But can you not have both? The answer is yes. Many developers pull off the right balance, and the new generation will see improvements in both as far as AI and world complexity, draw distance, frames per second, and FOV is concerned.

Then you have the fidelity and realism helping to shape storytelling and allowing for emotions to be much more easily shaped. Graphics are not just about making things LOOK prettier, like many seem to think.
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NastyLeftHook0  +   982d ago
gameplay all the way. 100%
DigitalSmoke  +   982d ago
If done right, graphics are gameplay.
For excample...

An exploding building rigged with physics blowing rocks up across the map can look stunning, yet turns into gameplay when these rocks can actualy hit and damage you.
Looking down seeing your own body in a fps, can be considered awesome gfx, but turns into gameplay when a rock hits your knee, and you'll be able to put some bandaid on it after noticing it.

Most developers are stupid, thats why you have this GFX versus Gameplay discussion.
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Lisica  +   982d ago
Exploding building rigged with physics is a gameplay, not graphics...
Gamesgbkiller  +   982d ago
If we can have both.... :')
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zbg31610  +   982d ago
Yeah, story is needed. Great graphics aren't NEEDED but are still very important. When I played Oblivion for the first time it was about 3 years after it had come out. The graphics and animations, just ew. Yet it remains the most played game ever for me.
blackstrr411  +   982d ago
One game series did both. Metal gear solid. 1, 2, 3, 4. Excellent graphics/animations/sound + gameplay that is still unrivalled
Gamesgbkiller  +   982d ago
But we don't have many games have both elements nowadays.
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clintagious650  +   982d ago
Gameplay of course is the 1st thing when creating a game & everything else is just a bonus. Thats what sets great devs apart from others. Some devs just give u a great gameplay experience, some give u great gameplay & story, but when a developer can give u great gameplay, great story & great graphics to bring the game to life thats when u just have to tip your hats off to those devs because they go that extra EFFORT to give gamers that all around experience.
sandman224  +   982d ago
Both. Graphics are important, having a high quality polish helps me feel secure about my purchase. Gameplay is important because it helps bring great controls to my polished game. Everyone who grew up gaming remembers why we kept buying new consoles. It was the bragging rights we got when we moved from Atari, to nes/turbo graphics16 to sega genesis/super Nintendo and so on. Playing Mario from nes to snes was amazing with the graphic jump. With that in mind it did start with the gameplay. So gameplay first then when that gets mastered polish the crap out of it.
Tundra  +   982d ago
Gameplay is most important but graphics are more for immersion. Coming out of a dim and hollow cave only to be greeted by beautiful sunshine with good lighting and shader quality. Foliage being plentiful and top notch with that river down below moving and flowing seamlessly.

That what graphical finesse brings for me anyways. It makes a great experience even greater.
Braid  +   982d ago
I wouldn't put graphics over gameplay but I'd say graphics are just as important to me. I can stand a game if the gameplay is mediocre but graphics are great, just for the sake of eye candy visuals. But I find it extremely hard to stand a game with solid gameplay, but sh#t graphics. It's 2013, for Christ's sake, we were supposed to have flying cars a couple of years ago. Where are the Avatar-quality games we were promised?

My conclusion is, both are equally important.
Nocturne147  +   982d ago
65% Gameplay, 35% Graphics.
Flatbattery  +   982d ago
Graphics sells the game, gameplay is what makes it good, bad or great.
nintendoland  +   982d ago
just no...
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ninjahunter  +   982d ago
What good is gameplay if you cant get immersed into a game? I dont care too much about the cutting edge stuff, I mean if you offer me a version with better graphics ile take it every time, but im not gonna cry if its not Crysis 3 or whatever. but if a game is just plain ugly to look at, or just isnt well put together, ile beat it, and never touch it again.

Graphics are what forms a first impression and as psychology has proven in a vast majority of cases, First impressions actually have a stronger influence on your opinion than Actual long term experience. (Its true, your brain works by creating topics or memories, then manipulating them little by little, it takes a lot to overide a first impression)
MasterCornholio  +   982d ago
I want both which is why I'm getting a PS4.

BTW in case anyone is wondering about this I like the PlayStation because of the controller, technology and Sony exclusives.

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coolmast3r  +   982d ago
It's 2013 so we don't need to bother about graphics. They are already great. And with the next generation of consoles coming out this year they are going to be even better. What we need to be bothered about though is a lack of a relly fresh ideas regarding gameplay mechanics. I'm sure both PS4 and the next console from Miscrosoft will bring lots of fresh ideas e.g. the use of PS4's new Dualshock with it's touchpad thing. This is just a beginning!
Lisica  +   982d ago
No it's not.

I guess you didn't notice that no one wants to experimant anymore.
As long as CoD sells in tens of millions.
coolmast3r  +   982d ago
Any examples other than CoD? :/
pandehz  +   982d ago
This debate is bs and anyone who says graphics or gameplay etc is a dumbass.

A game needs to be balanced and not mathematically balanced but plot, context, believable, interactivity etc etc etc.
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OWWO  +   982d ago
45% grafics 55% gameplay
HarryB  +   982d ago
When I bought homefront I was amazed at 2 things. The game play was fun. It was different. There was a lot of good chokes and fire fights.

But man the graphics were horrible lol. Eventually I got tired of the bad graphics and the animations that were getting cheesey. And the reverted back to cod or bad company 2 at the time.

Counter strike on the other hand I can give a shit about graphics. I tone down all my settings and config the hell out of it for the best fps and maximum performances in time I need it. Thats what every good player does anyway. You gotta be outta your mind to think the best players play at high settings. I play counter strike global off at 640 x400 resolution.
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