Next-Gen Graphics and the Death of Creativity

The dangers of advanced graphics and it means for game creativity.

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xKugo1501d ago

Does anybody else find it comical that anytime next-gen console graphics are discussed, that Killzone: Shadow Fall is ALWAYS shown and not the "graphically superior with 150k polygons" game Ryse or Forza?

TheKiller97451501d ago

Maybe because this site is biased for Sony?

majiebeast1501d ago

How would you know, you just joined.

01 Sep 2013 (10d ago )

Is there something you arent telling us?

Twignberries1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

The site is biased towards Sony because it's a better company. Fact.

M-M1501d ago

It's biased towards Sony because the tides have turned. There used to be very good discussion between Microsoft and Sony supporters, but a lot of people that were pro Xbox shifted to the PS4 after the One reveal. The Xbox fans lingering around here now are the equivalent of Apple fanboys.

thorstein1501d ago

If you want an Xbone site go see IGN or Gamefaqs. Here SONY rules. So what?

And Killzone Shadowfall is certainly a wonderfully realized title. It should stand out for next gen right along with Watch Dogs, Infamous, and Titanfall.

Ezz20131501d ago


i go to ign alot and ppl there seem to like sony alot and praise it games alot like most sites do

but Gamefaqs is by far have the worst fanboys from every system ...that place is incredibly bad

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warewolfSS1501d ago

It's comical that's the first place your mind went. Defend your beloved company.

xReDeMpTiOnx1501d ago

Forza is a racing game so there's not as much to it technically like a fps or action adventure game etc.

And ryse pre e3 looked better than killzone but now killzone shadowfall does look better than ryse and def is getting way way better impressions than ryse.

CrimsonStar1501d ago

Way better impressions from who?

Rimeskeem1501d ago


ask the pre orders because it looks like Killzone SF is beating Ryse on a ratio of at least 3:1

abusador1501d ago

Maybe its because it isnt graphically superior and only certain models have 150k polygons and not most of the npcs :)

Killzone definitely infamous look better visually than any other next gen game.

HammadTheBeast1501d ago

Not even that RYSE has 150 million TRIANGLES NOT POLYGONS.

Anyone with even the lowest knowledge of technology knows the difference. It's common sense.


Tei7771501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

Have you seen the actual footage of Ryse running on the Xbox One?

user74029311501d ago

yeah its choppy, laggy full of glitches ect.

negative1501d ago

I wasn't buying it anyway so I can't wait for Killzone to fail.

M-M1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

Yeah, looks great but it's full of glitches and bad gameplay mechanics.

DigitalRaptor1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

Ryse only looks truly impressive in the slowed down parts where control is taken from you and they can spend time animations and polishing those parts.

Look at the general combat gameplay, when there isn't a QTE finisher (not much of it) or cutscene, or a set-piece, and it looks worse than those specific slowed down parts. Crytek have never been at one with gameplay. So yeah, it looks incredible during those parts i mentioned where you don't really have control, but not so great otherwise. See here for what I'm referring to:

@ negative

You can't wait for Killzone to fail? You mean the same Killzone that's pre-orders are more than all of Xbox One's exclusives combined? Now that is fail.

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ZBlacktt1501d ago

What I notice more is people turn into a fanboy argument instead of just talking about the games in general.

GodGinrai1501d ago

its always the same BS. lol.

On topic: I think the general mood of gamers and the devs as a whole are shifting to more creatively concieved games. The only military shooters on the radar are BF4 and COD. The indie boom that has been going on these last few years. I love 2D games so I am glad so many idie titles are 2D. But I love things like journey, insanly twisted shadow planet and limbo. If it looks and plays good, thats all that matters. I want to see more games like el shaddai. I want a new shadow of collosus. I want more metroid-vania style games like shadow complex and outland. aswell as the forzas, infamouses and BFs of this world. Nest gen will be about variety and unique, fun games along with epic "hollywood" type stuff like watchdogs and bioshock infinite. and open worlds and galxies. Good times ahead no matter what you own.

KwietStorm1501d ago

Only thing I find funny, and depressing, is that some people ALWAYS troll and go off topic, for whatever their reasons may be. It's funny that despite all the politicians, lobbyists, and bad parents, gamers hate games more than anyone else.

Bigpappy1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

It looks like the author is highlighting Killzone as the poster child for making his point.
That is NOT faltering !

As for the article itself? I disagree. I think that creativity is alive and well. In fact the new technologies make it easier for developers to be creative. For example, I look forward to the new consoles and have no interest in booting up the old NES and Sega. Not even the old Xbox for that matter.

iceman061501d ago

The question really becomes that with the new technology comes new costs. Will publishers be more or less willing to allow developers to be creative in the next gen? At this point, it's fairly clear that there was a slide in general creativity as publishers chased after CoD glory. There are still some creative devs out there. It's just a matter of whether or not publishers will allow them to create what they want or if they will be forced into games that do nothing more than fill some demographic pothole in the catalog.

syanara1501d ago

or the graphically superior Deep Down or inFamous Second Son...

christrules00411501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

We know a lot about Killzone: Shadow Fall from there demo post mortem. Even to the point on the first demo's CPU load was 60 AI characters
940 Entities, 300 Active
8200 Physics objects (1500 keyframed, 6700 static)
500 Particle systems
120 Sound voices
110 Ray casts
1000 Jobs per frame
Here is a link to it if you wish to see it. http://www.guerrilla-games....

The only other details like that we have is on the Dark Sorcerer demo.

We just don't have these details from Microsoft though unfortunately. It's really impressive what Guerilla showed in there demo post mortem. The 1 thing it did show is that they don't know how to use the extra bus inbetween the CPU and GPU yet though. I say that because only 128MB/s was used for the CPU/GPU and they can use a maximum of 20GB/s

HammadTheBeast1501d ago

Killzone Characters use more poly's than Ryse's 150 million TRIANGLES.

Rimeskeem1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

just because a game has 150k triangles(not polygons) and a few characters doesnt mean the the graphics are better because well you can have better textures and have less polygons and people would think that the textures look better.

Tapioca Cold1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

The real question is why do good graphics equal poor gameplay? It's ridiculous. Since when do games with great graphics lack creativity?

the world is not black and white.

I like games that look spectacular and play spectacular. The list is endless. Do I need to list ALL the games that had great graphics for thier time and also had awesome gameplay? remember GTA 3 for PS2? Looks like ass now but it was awesome for its time. mario, pitfall, pong, MK, battlefield 3, halo, COD modern warfare, etc. etc.

it's just an uneducated premise and is used by fools.

xKugo1499d ago

Wow you guys really blew this comment out of proportion. I was being sarcastic and proving that Killzone is the most graphically impressive game of next gen because most sites put up a picture of Killzone when they talk next-gen.

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clearelite1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

The issue of putting graphics first has been around for a while.
A large enough, talented team can create technically supurb visuals and still make a great all around game.
But, it's true that the emphasis on graphics has taken away from gameplay in many cases, and this could be avoided.

When all the games are near "photo realism" and this technical aspect is achieved easily by many, there will be nothing to compete about (in this area) and we might see even more devs go for stylized creative aesthetics as they begin to focus more on other important aspects of games.

Of course hardware, engine, comparison, fanboy wars and more are still almost an inevitability though.

syanara1501d ago

agreed, graphics have been seen as a more important aspect next to gameplay and creativity however I believe this generation the strong inclusion of indie developers will balance this out in a manner that can be profitable for the gamers this generation. Indie devs have taken a lot of the spotlight and more often than not will we see the best creativity and new ideas because indie devs aren't risking multi-million dollar budgets.

WorldGamer1501d ago

Very good article. I believe we are getting to a point where graphics are going to be great, with little improvements here and their. This indeed should allow for more focus on content, control innovations and other improvements to AI behavior, etc.

Great times ahead.

jmc88881501d ago

We're not anywhere close to what you state about graphics.

But I do agree it's always nice if they could increase focus on content, control innovations, and other improvements to AI behavior, etc.

It's just that's not the Wall Street way, and wall street forces what it wants.

Labor costs are an enemy to wall street, and everything lacking can be put in by various devs, but wall street says push out the game.

Remember accounts aren't creative, except in their ways to scam.

aksmashh1501d ago

Last of us?? The story made that game not the graphics

Hes got a point about realistic FPS's tho!!!!!!

xReDeMpTiOnx1501d ago

The death of creativity was when they decided to annually pump out cod games and over use the copy paste function of the keyboard.

Cod has destroyed original creativity by the success it's had by drawing in other devs to try and mimick what call of duty does to attract sales.

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ShaunCameron1501d ago

Um. No. If anything, the "death" of creativity was when hardcore gamers didn't put the money where their mouths were by supporting the games they swore were more deserving of support in favor of (insert popular game of the day).

Call Of Duty didn't destroy anything. It's yet another case of gamers being the hypocritical, fickle sheep they always been.

iceman061501d ago

Kind of. There were some hardcore gamers that didn't back up the talk. But, there was also an expansion of the market by the casual sports/CoD gamers that gave the illusion of a larger market to publishers. So, their predictions were off when it came to potential sales. Look at all of these games that publishers claim need to sell more than 5 million copies to be a "success". That type of pressure didn't exist before games started smashing those expectations. (like CoD) I'm not so much blaming CoD as I am the publishers for not realizing this or not taking it into consideration as they pour millions upon millions into franchises that are somehow meant to compete. They need to stop competing and allow the creativity of developers to come up with something new. Who knows? They might just catch lightning in a bottle like CoD.

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