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EGM Reader Response: Which Is More Important Graphics or Gameplay?

Posted on April 25, 2013 AT 11:20am

Question: Which Is More Important Graphics or Gameplay?

It’s a question that has been asked throughout each passing generation of consoles; which is more important? However, with the next generation getting increasingly closer the question becomes more prominent. As consoles and PCs become more sophisticated the graphical fidelity of games increases to ridiculous levels–as you’ve probably seen if you’ve watched any next generation trailer.

The question is; are you impressed by these fancy graphics if there’s no game to back it up? Would you buy a game just because the graphics looked indistinguishable from real life? Or are you on the gameplay side of the fence where you can live with a dodgy looking game if it’s fun to play? There are three ways to go here, graphics, gameplay, or the best of both worlds, the choice is yours.

Simply let us know your thoughts in the comments below. We will be updating this post throughout the day showcasing the best comments. So, be sure to check back to see if yours has been chosen!

What You Said

Jayce Reinhardt: “If the gameplay is horrible, the graphics won’t even matter. I don’t think anyone would go “Gee this game sucks but its worth $50 for the pretty background!”"

Beny Nugraha: “The storyline, and of course the difficulty of the game. The best game is the one that takes up to 80 hours playing without feeling bored at all.”

Kiara Vincenti: “The storyline and gameplay are by far the most important features of a game. Of course, with the technology we have these days, there’s not really any excuse for poor graphics, but if the game play is not there, it won’t matter how graphically spectacular a game is, people won’t want to play.”

Veer Chidar: “I’ll say graphics are really important because it makes things feel real and binds us with the game… and the gameplay is important too.. its the main ingredient, better the gameplay is better the enjoyment… so which one is more important? I think we can give awesome graphics in the cut-scenes and mainly focus on better gameplay and push the game upward! it’ll work well!”

Ryan Villaveces: “For me, it’s all in the story. If the story of a game is incredibly developed, it’s characters are very detailed in their personalities, and the settings throughout the game are extremely characterized, then the game should be great. The graphics just enhance the game, not make it the sole point of the game.”

James C. Karol: “Gameplay hands down. Doesn’t matter if the graphics are “mind-blowing” or not, as long as the gameplay is fun, exciting and re-playable that’s what matters.”

Rashat Basharat: “Definitely graphics first unless it was artificially enhanced like Metro 2033, something like the original Crysis is probably the best example of the balance between gameplay and graphics, they’re both amazing.”

Chris Jee: “Gameplay most definitely. Just think of like Fallout, Oblivion, Skyrim; all top rated games but their graphics aren’t exactly brilliant. Graphics are nice yes but the whole point of gaming is to get engulfed into THAT world so if the graphics are more realistic it does the opposite, brings the game into your world instead. But yeah like most others, I would love to have both.”

Sam Richardson: “In the grand scheme of things, what matters is if you have fun, and if the gameplay is bad, you won’t have fun. The graphics in a game might be very pretty and great to look at, and that’s good, but ultimately they aren’t the source of your enjoyment, the gameplay is. If it’s frustrating, it’s frustrating to play the game, the game isn’t fun, and gamers will no longer play or purchase the game and may even have wasted their hard-earned money. Gameplay is most important without a doubt.”
Ruo Yu Chen: “The gameplay’s definitely more important. The graphics are, of course, also important to the immersion and enjoyment of a game, but gameplay contributes much more to the enjoyment of the game. People just don’t play bad games with great graphics. Also, look at some old games that people still enjoy today – they may not look so great, but they’re still fun as heck to play!”
Tristen Lortie: “In the industry today you need both. Look at Rage, amazing graphics but the gameplay wasn’t that good or that long of a game. Then look at Borderlands 1, the graphics were really bad, but the gameplay sold that game. I didn’t play it until two years after release when my girlfriend begged me to rent the game.”
Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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