Crytek: Graphics are 60 percent of a game

CEO Cevat Yerli says graphics drive gameplay, and better visual fidelity allows for more human experiences.

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has weighed in on the long-running discussion about graphics in games. Speaking to X360 Magazine, Yerli said graphics drive gameplay, and better visual fidelity allows developers to create more believable and engaging experiences.

"People say that graphics don't matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don't matter," Yerli said. "It's always been about graphics driving gameplay."

Yerli pointed to Crysis 3 to back up his claim. He said the graphics are capable enough to show grass swaying in the wind, which allows players to detect when enemies are running toward them.

"Graphics, whether it's lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion," Yerli said. "And immersion is effectively the number one thing we can use to help you buy into the world."

For Yerli, it all comes down to graphics, which can make up 60 percent of a game, he said.

"The better the graphics, the better the physics, the better the sound design, the better the technical assets and production values are--paired with the art direction, making things look spectacular and stylistic is 60 per cent of the game," he said.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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radcrab123
radcrab123

IDC ABOUT THE GRAPHICS MY COMPUTER ALMOST DIED FROM RUNNING THE FREAKING GRAPHICS WHAT ABOUT THE GAME?

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

Graphics are a real important factor, and why every period of years ppl buy a new console.In fact that's why Skyrim is such a huge success, perhaps gameplay isn't all that great but ppl are so excited about it that can overpass that flaw. Ad that other tittles like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Battlefield are well known because the graphics. If Nintendo creates  a "new" console with no improvement over the last period and nothing that Mario and his twin with the old fashioned sytle over the years and again, then their success can be as short as the ppl who are playing the latest Mario, and after that, they have a problem that can't be solved as easy as to create another Mario, just at the end returning at the same point they begin with.Not to mention, the thievery cost of that console.

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

I disagree. Crysis has amazing graphics though and it really does make the game better. However there are plenty of games with lackluster graphics that I have enjoyed because of other aspects namely story and gameplay. 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Hey look, we are Crytek, and only thing we can do is pretty graphics! THEY ARE IMPORTANT, PLEASE DON'T MAKE FUN OF US.

Also, "human experiences"? Pffftt hahahahahaha.

TommyT456
TommyT456

"People say that graphics don't matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don't matter," - Cevat Yerli

I played Crysis 3 and I would agree, graphics do matter in that particular case because they are all that that game had going for it. I don't care if it's the best looking game ever, it sucked and I was hugely disappointed. I did have a lot of respect for Crytek as a publisher but the fact they fell so short with their latest release coupled with this ridiculous article has led me to lose all that respect. They are obviously out of touch with the gaming public and a developer who tells people what it is they want rather than listening to what they want is on a collision course with failure!

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

I'm sorry, I must disagree with you on that.  FFVII is to this day rated as the greatest JRPG ever made. Despite how many have been released since then, with far better graphics, FFVII is still rated as the best by the vast majority. And don't get me started on how many people still find Halo:CE to be the best of the saga.

CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

Crytek has made some really cool stuff.... just came downstairs from playing me some Crysis 2 (the Marine vs. Ceph fight at night w/ the Ceph artillery..... one of the coolest parts of any game, ever) and I'm still amazed at how fun it is.... HOWEVER I find this argument quite strange.  He's essentially saying "Well, everyone SAYS that they care more about content... but WE know better!  WE know that what they REALLY want is graphics!"

It's such a face-palming argument.... a game like Minecraft = obviously doesn't use a lot of system resources on graphics.... yet I'll guess without confirming that Minecraft has sold a lot more copies than Crysis 3.  The Walking Dead from Telltale is essentially like an Old-School Sierra game or a Day of the Tentacle/Full Throttle/Sam and Max Hit the Road.... still backgrounds with 2D characters walking around clicking on stuff..... and that bad-boy won a bucket-full of awards.  Sure, good graphics/sound/whatever can help with immersion... specifically with First-Person games....but crap in a fancy suit is still crap.  You MUST have some solid basis for the skeleton of the game before you start dressing it up.

Lastly: I'd think that making super-shiny graphics take a LARGE chunk of game-design labor and time.  I dunno, it just seems like the part of the game that a lot of people care the least about gets the most amount of time/money/effort thrown at it.....

LikeAWass
LikeAWass

"People say that graphics don't matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don't matter," - Cevat Yerli

"As a piece of technology Crysis 3 lives up to the series' legacy. As a game it doesn't reach the same heights." -  Kevin Van Ord 


'Nough said

Bigjoey999
Bigjoey999

This is probably why i'm not a massive fan of Crysis then..

masadwi
masadwi

how did you manage to get these numbers? 60%

by my calculations id say it was 48.532453%

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

If Crytek put as much effort into making games with better stories and gameplay rather than making it the shiniest piece of crap there is, their games wouldn't be merely referred to as gpu stress tests.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

50% I agree graphics give more immersion, a more believable world for the gamer. Graphics do not drive gameplay though.  Game design drives gameplay and that is the reason why Nintendo are still around.

zinten
zinten

I guess crytek is just good for making game engines now and they should probably focus their effort on that.

Demonz4896
Demonz4896

It's just like the Avatar by John Cameron - looks pretty, but the rest is pretty much normal or boring. I rather have a game that combines both visual and story or one with normal visual but excellent plot-line - or maybe even interesting in-game mechanics. (Btw, Bioshock Infinite is pretty much the culmination of these 3 things - which makes it really good in my book.)

ramb1402
ramb1402

"Crytek: Graphics are 60 percent of a game"

No wonder their sequels have been sucking, there's no gameplay just pretty graphics. Crysis 1 > Crysis 2 > Crysis 3 and i even dare to say > crysis 4

OgreB
OgreB

I just got Crysis 3 for 20 bucks.

 Very pretty... but..well..it was also very boring.

 Gorgeous graphics do not a good game make

drybonesXD
drybonesXD

That's completely inaccurate!Graphics don't even matter when playing a game,for instance, a Link to the Past is considered a game with extremely oudated graphics,but it's still has tons of replay value.Now a game with a superb story (Crysis 3 has a lackluster story) and great graphics is a huge advantage into playing,Deus Ex Human Revolution had polished graphics and an extremely entertaining story.

lex_in_the_moon
lex_in_the_moon

I guess that means all my favorite games which came out the first few gens all sucked.

lowkey254
lowkey254

That's bullcrap. Graphics don't indicate better gameplay. Graphics can make the worst gameplay look like a shiny turd.

poopinpat
poopinpat

I agree with about 60% of Cryteks statements... but lets face it, the vast majority of people who play video games are totally happy with the next big AAA title that has a great new story and fantastic graphics but uses 90% of the game mechanics from the previous title.

Nickeliii
Nickeliii

Oh, and look! A list of next gen games that are also better than Crysis! What have we here...?

Bioshock: Infinite. Tomb Raider. Starcraft 2. Mass Effect 2/3. Deus Ex Human Revolution. Assassins Creed 3. Black Ops 2. Borderlands 2. The Witcher Assassin Of Kings. XCOM Enemy Unknown. Spec Ops The Line. Dishonored. Dark Souls. Batman Arkham City....

And Portal... Which hardly even had a story... How. Fucking. Strange.

Nickeliii
Nickeliii

What's this? A list of recent games better than Crysis? Let's take a look...

Limbo. FTL: Faster Than Light. Bastion. Super Meat Boy. The Binding Of Isaac. CaveStory. Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Braid. Legend Of Grimrock. Terraria. Minecraft. Shank 2. Deathspank. Mark Of The Ninja. N...

Hmm... Don't recall any of those having next gen graphics... How strange...


lhsjazzman
lhsjazzman

I agree with Crytek on this one: graphics and audio make a game greatly enveloping.  However, like others have mentioned, story makes you appreciate the game.  COD games are awful because their graphics, sound and gameplay are dated, and have really dull stories!

Consider this critics of Crysis (original) being ugly.  When it came out, it was beyond everything else.  Don't compare it to modern tech.  Half-Life 2 is still one of the best games of all time because it was visually great when it arrived and had strong audio design and perfect gameplay.  The story was hashed out brilliantly, so it was the total package.  By today's standard, it looks about as visually appealing as a LEGO game.  So let us not forget that times change, technologies change, etc.

Last thought: Far Cry 3 - pretty, kind of dull story, overall a fun and good game.  Crysis 3 - really pretty, but seems pretty much like the other 2.  I agree with others, lets get a new IP using the nuclear bomb inside the CryEngine 3!

gomagomes
gomagomes

not to mention the LEGO games. they have cartoonish graphics, funny sounds, no ultra realistic effects at all and still are good games. for me, they're even better than crysis. 

gomagomes
gomagomes

That's why nobody remember SNES, NES, GENESIS and don't even care for other games like minecraft, retro city rampage, doom and other retro like games launched these days. when I play a game, I don't want ALWAYS to be immersed at the story, effects, human fidelity and whatever. sometimes I just want to play an arcade like game to relieve the stress and have fun.

LuIzalot
LuIzalot

"People say that graphics don't matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don't matter,"

Foot in mouth

mouseteeth
mouseteeth

Limbo. Counterstrike. Castle Crashers. Minecraft.

/thread

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

Sure, graphics are about 50 to 60 percent of a game. These are VIDEO games; if graphics really aren't important then why are you playing a game on a video screen? You may as well play checkers if graphics aren't important.

However, when I say "graphics," I am talking about the color palette, the use of visual elements (lines, shapes, ect), the character design, the overall art direction, the animation, and so on. I'm talking about the actual visuals and art, not the polygon counts or physics, or motion capture, or whatever particle system your engine supports. There are countless pixely ass games from the early 90s that look way better than crysis to me because they make more interesting and appealing use of color, design, ect. Graphics are about visuals, not technology.

Crysis is an ugly, boring, generic piece of crap that is in no way visually appealing or interesting to me. The character/creature designs are awful generic Michele Bay style things that just look like a modeler started sticking greebles on a mesh and then never stopped. The colors are all muted and ugly with no interesting contrast. The environments are so overloaded with boring detail that it all blends together into an indistinct grimy mess. Its just so boring and unappealing; it puts me to sleep.

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

Not when the game is shallow as hell! He is both right and wrong, good graphics are always good when used in a good game but most games today with good graphics are just flashy games without any substance and many games with average graphics are so good to be missed. 

emgesp
emgesp

I don't care if Crytek could make a game that looked exactly like real life if it is just another bland shooter. 

shruteshkumar
shruteshkumar

I love Crytek, but it seriously has been downhill since the first Crysis... CryEngine3 is an amazing piece of tech, Crysis3 not so much.... Honestly Crytek needs a new IP, a slower paced RPG/Adventure that leverages the engines power to create a living breathing immersive world would be nice! :D

gouki26
gouki26

60% of the game haha. story telling and character development is what makes a game. graphics in fact made u companies become to lazy to realize that and make them look good but boring as hell to play.

marceldelta
marceldelta

I don't buy/play pirate games. Except if they're an EA game. I like Crytek fine, but after reading this crap, I got THE PIRATE ONE!!!! Yes, my wish was to screw them.

My opinion? Crysis 3 is not worth the DVD you buy to pirate this piece of crap of a game. I know you guys are defending Crytek and stuff, but if it wasn't for the graphics, nobody would give two f***s about this miserable game.

I think we're all jackasses. They keep doing these cheesy, predictable games, cover them in a lot of pixels, ad some new engine and there you are... more millions for their pockets.

Do you want a good good good good good great FPS? METRO 2033! Last Light was my first pre-purchase ever! It's that good.

And, IMHO, the graphics are BETTER. Yes, better! Yes, you've heard it correctly: better. Kill me, I know I've commited a sin. I said that something other than Uncharted is better than Crysis.


Well, guess what... IT IS!

jpnelson82
jpnelson82

I disagree not with what he said, but his percentages. In my estimation GFX is only one part of creating immersion. Sound design, hud design, characterisation, and the story also play into immersion. In an FPS GFX go a long way toward immersion because the player must be emotionally involved in the world, in a 3rd Person game, the player should be emotionally involved in the character as much as the world so GFX don't matter as much. 

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

I agree with them. C3 should get a 6.0 rating since its only a bad generic shooter with good gfx.

VoltVoltaire
VoltVoltaire

""The better the graphics, the better the physics, the better the sound design, the better the technical assets and production values are--paired with the art direction, making things look spectacular and stylistic is 60 per cent of the game," he said."

I strongly disagree with this. Good graphics doesn't promise a stable game. The game's framerate could be still terrible and glitches can be all over the place. One feature does not always promise the other feature. 

I try to avoid being crazy on graphics. As long as the characters don't look like blocky models similar to those in 3D videogames during the mid-90s, they're fine. It's better to use graphics as support than the main feature of the game. But graphics don't have to be everything! Minecraft, Cart Life, Dwarf Fortress, Binding of Issac and VVVVVV don't have realistic graphics but take on a unique design style that adds to the game. I've played Metal Gear Rising recently and the graphics are very impressive. But that's not what drove the game. It was the crazy and intense gameplay. The graphics served as delicious icing for a very pleasant cake. 

Nothing is wrong with pushing the boundaries for graphics. I took a lot of interest in Heavy Rain from the tech demos and I'm excited for Beyond: Two Souls. I just trust David Cage more because he's very innovated in presenting realism and emotion in his games. What Crysis 3 missed was strength in gameplay and story that would flow nicely with its graphics. When you have too much developers focusing on graphics, they can undergo tunnel vision and miss what makes a game great. Enjoyable gameplay, reasonable writing,  immersive level design. I have a concern that intense graphics can spoil people about game design and have them reject games that look too 'cartoony' or 'not real enough'. Those games that just don't happen to have that sleek Unreal Engine 4 will end up being considered not as interesting or even crappy regardless of the game's other content. 

brande77
brande77

@TC_Squared "FF VII is still rated as the best by the vast majority of people for whom it was their very first rpg on a 32bit or newer platform."

Fixed that for you.

Nibroc420
Nibroc420

@Nickeliii Hmm, yet another person stating opinions as objective facts?
How strange.

He's simply saying better graphics + sound = more immersion.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@lhsjazzman Graphics do add a level of immersion, you are right about that.  

If all you are looking for is an immersive cinematic experience, then graphics do make 60% of the game for sure.  If you are looking for something that is just FUN, challenging and has lasting appeal then this statement is completely false.

At least we know where Cryteks priorities lie when developing games. They make flashy games to appeal to the masses rather than make something truly good from a gameplay aspect.

lex_in_the_moon
lex_in_the_moon

@drybonesXD @lex_in_the_moon Yeah, all those Final Fantasy games from before totally failed to engage me on an emotional and narrative level because their graphics weren't three gens ahead of their time lol :P

Nickeliii
Nickeliii

@GamerNerdTalk @Nickeliii Yeah but, you didn't know HOW amazing until Portal 2 :) The original game had a great premise, but it fell short of being a narrative imho

drybonesXD
drybonesXD

@lex_in_the_moon @drybonesXD .It doesn't matter if a game has washed down gameplay and terrible voice acting,it's all about the graphics!