Every person that has played video games has said: “that looks really good”. This phrase is usually said when people see a trailer for an upcoming game or gameplay for a game that is coming out or has already been released. When people say that a game looks good, more often than not, they are talking about the visuals of a game.
When it comes to visuals in video games, it usually comes down to two categories; realistic and a unique art style. The recent trailer for Battlefield 5 is a visual delight, the graphics are so lifelike that it is close to uncanny valley. However, if you look at something like El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, that is also a visual splendor thanks to its unique art style.
Graphics in games over time become dated but some stand the test of time because of their art style. PlayStation 1 games are fantastic and back in the 90’s, they looked great. One of my favourite games on the PS1, Tekken 3, looked amazing when I first played it in 1998. Looking back at the game now, visually, it has aged terribly. I still love the game and it is still fun to play today but, I can’t deny that the game is showing its age. Games that looked good graphically 10 – 15 years ago now look dated.
I look at something like El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron which released in 2011 and even though it came out 7 years ago, it still holds up well because of its art style. The game looks as great now as it did back then. This is thanks to the game’s wonderful and psychedelic art style.
When it comes to visual style, I don’t mind what the game looks like as long as its fun to play. If I had to choose between the two though, I would go for a unique art style. I love it when games go for a certain art style. A game might not only be memorable because of its gameplay and story but also because of how it looks. Good examples of these are El Shaddai, World of Final Fantasy, Ori and the Blind Forest and Superhot.
I want to ask you all a question. Which do you prefer, realistic graphics or a unique art style?
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