"Do graphics really matter? From an ideological point of view, definitely not. In reality? Sadly yes. Anyone who thinks that games have only improved aesthetically over the years, whilst the core mechanics have stayed the same, is kidding themselves. Just looking at the plethora of genres and sub-genres within the industry proves this, and even seemingly simplistic game types like the FPS undergo serious alterations and augmentations with each generation. And all of this puts me in a slightly difficult position when it comes to looking at Mount & Blade: Warband."