Can Graphics Sell the Next-Gen?‏

Liam Pritchard of Brash Games writes "I crave innovative gameplay and new ideas as much as the next guy, but come on, who isn’t excited to see just how pretty games are going to be running on the new hardware from Sony and Microsoft. Sure, iOS is convenient and yes, the current gen still looks pretty great, but there’s still something to be said for a new product that can, on a purely visual level, blow your bloody socks off".

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GalacticEmpire2056d ago

I'm going to have to agree, graphics, although not the most important factor in a game, still have a certain weight when trying to part a gamer with his cash.

There are gamers, like myself, who have been playing since before the NES and we've watched the technological advancements in graphics through the generations and constantly look for the next leap. For people like us graphics are a major talking point, something we will share when we're impressed, this alone can sell a game to someone.

Nowadays graphics aren't as important as they used to be and people who advocate better graphics tend to get labelled with 'graphics whore' or similar, when we discuss the finer details of the art. However as long as I continue to be impressed with shiny new effects I will continue to invest in games that push themselves graphically, even if it's just to see if my PC can run them.

GuyThatPlaysGames2056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

I agree. Graphics only hold so much weight when it comes to an overall experience of a game. You could have the prettiest game ever visually, but once you get past the visuals, then you'll realize how the core game plays and suffers. We really aren't properly prepared for next-gen. This gen is beyond-tired out with recycled and tired franchises. Do we really want these same franchises over and over next-gen with better visuals? I sure don't. Originality of games was something this current gen is really missing out on. Of course there are a few original titles out there, most of the games are still basic shooters with nothing new to bring to the table and I honestly don't see what else can be done to evolve the shooter genre or sports genre for that matter. But then again, this is all just my opinion so don't kill me everyone.

BullyMangler2056d ago

hhoh . . seems like sony got affected by the N64 when the shitty graphix power of the ps1 got blown out the water by the 64. So now sony thinks gaming is all about the graphic bits? . . poor guys. .. they sure learned their lesson though .. . Mark of Kri 3 soon please sony . thanks

MikeMyers2055d ago (Edited 2055d ago )

Graphics make great impressions but after awhile it's the gameplay that becomes key.

I don't want to see developers focusing all of their efforts trying to squeeze every last polygon and not have smooth gameplay. We seen it far too often every generation of frame rate drops, v-sync issues, pop-ups, poor draw distances, sub-HD (current generation), or shielded by smoke and fog, and so on. We have come to the point where consoles should be powerful enough to handle excellent graphics and smooth gameplay. Even in large worlds.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2056d ago

"Can Graphics Sell the Next-Gen?‏"

In the west hell yes!! In japan no..

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ATi_Elite2056d ago

I'm all for Graphics but I think it's time Console Gaming changes and takes more risk with MMO's and other Open World type of games.

I stopped playing Console games because the PC offered a total different Gaming experience.

Sure Linear gameplay may work well for some games but it would just be nice to see NEW Console Gameplay instead of the same ole stuff but with better graphics.

Diver2055d ago

Really? Just what pc games do you play that are so totally different?

dcbronco2055d ago

There are differences. Flight simulators, race games with far better physics. Destruction. RTSs. I never bought a PS2 because I got caught up in RTSs on PC. I will say if developers start using Kinect for RTSs I will buy a Kinect.

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Moonman2056d ago

Great gameplay with pretty graphics sell me. :)

DivineAssault 2056d ago

Everything must be balanced

clearelite2056d ago

An excellent video imo.

"graphics exist to serve esthetics"

amen, and from the article....

"I crave innovative gameplay and new ideas as much as the next guy"

Wish this was the case here at n4g where talk is often mainly about "graphics"

first1NFANTRY2056d ago

Hey it's worked for the PC hasn't it?

How many PC gamers boast about their beastly new graphics card upgraded every six months?

Eye candy always seems to be a first option for many gamers these days.

Modestmex2056d ago

that's bull and you know it. stop hating. im still using 2008 video cards bought a second one when it was old and cheap i can play almost any game at a smooth 60 fps. lots of peeps on steam have cheap cards cuz they broke.

classic2002056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

Yea, except a lot act like they own high end graphics cards at the same time. A pc gamer with the most expensive graphics card will come in a forum and diss all consoles gamers and while those same low end card holders will defend the high end when in reality his quality is not much different than consoles quality graphics.

It something I have discovered over the years about PC gamer with high and low end cards lol.

Also those are the same ones on youtube trying to prove there 2008 card is better than the PS4 GPU.

MysticStrummer2056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

What he said isn't bull if you go by N4G, which admittedly is a small slice of gaming reality. You will nearly always find some PC folk in articles about console-only games, dissing the graphics and going on about their rigs. Yes, many of them talk about how midrange setups can do this or that, but when something like BF3 comes along there are guaranteed to be many posts comparing setups and talking about how much better one person's rig is than the next.

Personally I'd rather "next gen" meant gameplay, not graphics. I'd be fine with graphics staying at PS3/360/WiiU level if there were more enemies onscreen with better AI and animations in a bigger world with many players potentially online in that world. Take a game like Destiny. It sounds cool but it will never live up to what I wish it could be because they also want it to look "next gen". I want multiple continents with multiple GTA size cities on multiple planets, populated by AI but also with many players exploring it all.

Read a book called Ready Player One. It's description of a virtual reality MMO called The Oasis is what I want, even if it wasn't virtual reality like the book's version. The Oasis is made of multiple universes based on different fiction, one for Star Trek, one for Star Wars, one for Firefly, one for Blade Runner... you get the idea, but hell I'd be happy with one universe or even galaxy to explore. We're a long way away from that because of people's obsession with graphics.

Ready Player One is a great book by the way. I recommend it to any gamer, but mostly to older gamers and sci fi fans. Lots of references to old movies, music, and games, all within the context of an MMO that exists in the year 2044. Warner Brothers bought the rights to make a movie and I hope they do a good job because RPO is my new favorite book of all time.

slampunk2055d ago


Very well written comment mate and i have to agree with your comments about better AI, more enemies, larger worlds and animations etc....

LOGICWINS2056d ago

Customization is LEAGUES more important to PC gamers than graphics.

MysticStrummer2056d ago

Funny how that doesn't come across on N4G. It's mostly about resolution, frames per second, texture quality, and lighting for PC gamers here, or at least the ones that haunt console articles.

aquamala2056d ago

Sure pc gamers can spend money to upgrade any time they want to. I wish I can spend money to make games on my ps3 look better

Modestmex2056d ago

next gen = graphics to ya'll console gamers.

Kingthrash3602056d ago

Yoy can say that....question in the last 7 many graphic cards did you have to buy? How much you have to pay? I didnt have to upgrade my ps3 to play crysis. .just saying.

LocutusEstBorg2056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

I can run Cryisis with console level graphics with just an Intel integrated GPU.

Kingthrash3602056d ago

I was replying to modestmex undercut comment. Disrespecting console gamers. Read his take on next gen and know what forget it...smh

annus2056d ago

I didn't have to buy a new console to get something such as 'party voice chat' that was available on pc decades ago.

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