Do graphics matter? That the question put to me this afternoon. I was trying to persuade a friend to finally upgrade his PS3 and to move onto a nice shiny PS4. He wouldn’t have it. I don’t need to he said, I don’t want to he said. I tried to convince him otherwise, I lead with all the new games he is missing out on I named ratchet and Clank, Bloodborne and Metal Gear Solid 5 as the obvious choices all great games and it helped that he was going through my PS Plus folder at the time.
He came back at me with a counter argument and its annoying me for he said the following about the above games.
Bloodborne. It’s too hard. I had to agree with him there. I have practiced and practiced and I still can’t play it with any kind of skill. I have decided it’s not really a game about killing various monsters, It’s a puzzle game. The question just happens to be ”how can I kill this monster” and you practice and practice until you reach the answer. Or give up with a scream and throw your controller across the room as I have very recently done. I never was any good at puzzle games.
Metal Gear Solid V
Is that the where you go around hiding in boxes? He said. Yes I had to agree you do spend some of your time moving around under the cover of a box. But,it is more than that . It isn’t just a box simulator. You get to steal people and send them to your secret base tied to a balloon. He smiled at this and I thought I had a winner until he asked for more details, which of course I couldn’t give as I have only ever played the first half of the game due to the horrible squeaky noise he makes as he runs. The sound, that is made as the characters run makes my teeth hurt.
Have a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IIyU9T4qv4
Ratchet and Clank
With Ratchet and Clank we hit a little nerve here. After all the PS4 Ratchet and Clank is a remake of the original PS2 version of Ratchet and Clank from 2002 and a game we have both played before. But, it is lovely, its been completely remade for the PS4 and is one of the prettiest games on the console. It is as if you are watching a cartoon. To which he answered the whole reason for this blog. Do the graphics matter? To which I had to answer yes. It may make me shallow, but I think he is missing something, and its something you might agree with me. It’s not just the graphics that have improved over years. It’s that everything else has improved along with the graphics, the story lines, no longer scripts not even considered to be B movies but now good enough and developed enough to be considered works of art. I lost again for he asked me to two examples of great story telling in games and the first two that popped into my head were The Last of Us and Mass Effect 3. Both PS3 games and I felt stupid. Really stupid. I came back with Life is Strange and felt even more stupid. Clearly the graphics don’t matter as much as I thought they do. As long as the story is great.
I did eventually get him to concede a point though. It was Resogun that did it, The fantastic shooter released way back with the PS4, and only then with a side by side comparison of the game on PS3 and PS4 the partical effects are impossible on the PS3.
Thank you partical effects.