What do you prefer: graphics, story or gameplay?

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#1 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

Just thinking about what are the most common preferences in video games. I prefer gameplay and story. I mean, graphics make everything really cool, but I do prefer a good story with a funny gameplay.

For example, Last of us has an amazing story behind, and graphics are cool too. But, on the other hand, Hotline Miami has an exicting gameplay. I do know these examples are based in very different video games, but maybe it's all about types of game, isn't it?

Wanna know your options and video games.

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#2 Posted by nepu7supastar7 (5091 posts) -

@steve5xg:

Usually it's story but it depends on the genre.

Rpg: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Adventure: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Fps: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

Tps Adventure: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

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#3 Edited by MclarenMaster18 (1440 posts) -

I generally prefer gameplay and soundtrack over graphics.

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#4 Posted by YammiReckorrdSan (614 posts) -

Gameplay> Story> Graphics

Good story is important, sure, but that's not the reason I'm playing games. If I want stories there are movies and shows for that.

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#5 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@nepu7supastar7 said:

@steve5xg:

Usually it's story but it depends on the genre.

Rpg: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Adventure: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Fps: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

Tps Adventure: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

Well, so for you graphics are not the first option, right?

@mclarenmaster18 said:

I generally prefer gameplay and soundtrack over graphics.

That's a good choice. I didn't include soundtrack in the thread, but there are lots of games which music is simply awesome.

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#6 Posted by MclarenMaster18 (1440 posts) -

@steve5xg said:
@nepu7supastar7 said:

@steve5xg:

Usually it's story but it depends on the genre.

Rpg: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Adventure: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Fps: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

Tps Adventure: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

Well, so for you graphics are not the first option, right?

@mclarenmaster18 said:

I generally prefer gameplay and soundtrack over graphics.

That's a good choice. I didn't include soundtrack in the thread, but there are lots of games which music is simply awesome.

Opps I forgot to mention that I would also prefer story over graphics.

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#7 Posted by Speeny (1622 posts) -

Oh man the story 100%. Gameplay is 2nd best in my opinion too. Graphics have never had much value to me.

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#8 Posted by Speeny (1622 posts) -

@steve5xg: Soundtrack at 3rd for me.

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#9 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@speeny said:

@steve5xg: Soundtrack at 3rd for me.

@speeny said:

Oh man the story 100%. Gameplay is 2nd best in my opinion too. Graphics have never had much value to me.

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yeah, dude. Soundtracks like Valiant Hearts, for example, are simply awesome.


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#10 Edited by Speeny (1622 posts) -

@steve5xg: Thank-you very much for the follow btw. I followed you back.

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#11 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@speeny: thanks, man!

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#12 Edited by LunaCG (5 posts) -

Gameplay, followed by story and then graphics for me :) It's all about how much I enjoy playing the game; I hugely appreciate great graphics, but while I'd happily play a great game with average graphics, I probs wouldn't play an average game with great graphics...

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#13 Posted by pyro1245 (4990 posts) -

Gameplay.

Graphics aren't important, but performance is very important for certain games and poor performance can make the gameplay bad.

Story is important when applicable.

Gameplay, though.... Gameplay is always important.

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#14 Posted by Valgaav_219 (2363 posts) -

Story > Gameplay > Graphics

I primarily play JRPG's so it's all about the story and the characters. I'd put the soundtrack above graphics too because a good soundtrack makes everything flow a lot better imo

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#15 Posted by warmblur (2344 posts) -

Gameplay>Story >Graphics

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#16 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@yammireckorrdsan said:

Gameplay> Story> Graphics

Good story is important, sure, but that's not the reason I'm playing games. If I want stories there are movies and shows for that.

So far away a good point, yeah.

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#17 Posted by Vaidream45 (1882 posts) -

@nepu7supastar7: you nailed it

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#18 Posted by ArchoNils2 (10329 posts) -

Gameplay is always the most important. Whether story or graphics (or sound) is on 2nd place, depends on the genre. In a rythm game for example, sound is on the 2nd place.

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#19 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@lunacg said:

Gameplay, followed by story and then graphics for me :) It's all about how much I enjoy playing the game; I hugely appreciate great graphics, but while I'd happily play a great game with average graphics, I probs wouldn't play an average game with great graphics...

Well, I have to say that realistic graphics used to be my favs, but last 2 years I do prefer gameplay instead of the visual. Games like Journey, for example, are simply amazing, but games like Hotline Miami are visually powerful too.

@pyro1245 said:

Gameplay.

Graphics aren't important, but performance is very important for certain games and poor performance can make the gameplay bad.

Story is important when applicable.

Gameplay, though.... Gameplay is always important.

I love that sentence: "Story is important when applicable"; totally agree with that. So for you is Gameplay > Story > Graphics, right?

@valgaav_219 said:

Story > Gameplay > Graphics

I primarily play JRPG's so it's all about the story and the characters. I'd put the soundtrack above graphics too because a good soundtrack makes everything flow a lot better imo

I can't imagine any RPG game withouth a powerful story behind. But even these kind of games need to be fed by their own visual style, right?

@warmblur said:

Gameplay>Story >Graphics

I guess for me could be something like that, too. Even Gameplay = Story > Graphics.

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#20 Edited by Robbie23 (342 posts) -

Story 100% because I really enjoy immersive games.

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#21 Posted by Sevenizz (3817 posts) -

Always gameplay, never story.

One of my all time favorite game’s is this...

https://youtu.be/Ayw-kuM0YJU

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#22 Edited by Ezekiel43 (1475 posts) -

Movies do stories and storytelling much better than almost any game. I buy games foremost for the gameplay ninety percent of the time. In fact, I usually skip cutscenes now because of how poor video game stories are. I'm not skipping Breath of the Wild's cutscenes, though, because it isn't so pretentious and film-like. Few games do the film presentation well.

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#23 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@robbie23 said:

Story 100% because I really enjoy immersive games.

Well, story is what makes the difference. But I believe gameplay must be the priority. A game with only a good story but a low gameplay can be a novel, but not the game I demand.

@Sevenizz said:

Always gameplay, never story.

One of my all time favorite game’s is this...

https://youtu.be/Ayw-kuM0YJU

So funny to play, but it's just one type of video game. There are billions, and lots of games demand a good story behind and so the graphics.

@ezekiel43 said:

Movies do stories and storytelling much better than almost any game. I buy games foremost for the gameplay ninety percent of the time. In fact, I usually skip cutscenes now because of how poor video game stories are. I'm not skipping Breath of the Wild's cutscenes, though, because it isn't so pretentious and film-like. Few games do the film presentation well.

Maybe that's because of a cinematic problem, isn't it? I have to say I used to skip these scenes too, but now I try to see them in order to know if there are importants for the gameplay. Most of them are not.

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#24 Posted by RSM-HQ (8324 posts) -

Gameplay.

That's why Monster Hunter: World is my GotY 2018.

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#25 Edited by Ross_the_Boss6 (3948 posts) -

I prefer when a developer shoots to excel in all three.

I’m okay with no story depending on the game.

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#26 Edited by Yams1980 (3467 posts) -

For most modern games I prefer both graphics and gameplay, but I also like to have a good story that really puts everything together.

I'm playing Divinity OS 2 still, and it hits all three of these categories perfectly, it makes the game have mass appeal for anyone who has interest in the type of game it offers.

DOS2 gives so many non linear gameplay options and for that alone it would be fun to play even if the storyline wasn't as good, but all that freedom makes things unfold on your own terms much of the time making things so much better.

I can play some games with shit gameplay and graphics and still get through the game if the storylines really good. I can still play FF4 because the storyline and music are so well done, i can overlook the graphics and fairly boring gameplay. Exactly same goes for Chrono Cross and Trigger, the linear gameplay isn't great, but the music and storyline is too great to miss.

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#27 Posted by mrbojangles25 (43916 posts) -

gameplay, story, art direction, graphics. I include art direction because I don't know if that is part of graphics to most people but it's an important distinction to me.

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#28 Posted by narlymech (1672 posts) -

If it don't have the gameplay I want I'm not playing it these days.

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#29 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (18844 posts) -

Most of my favourite games have a cool story, so it's definitely important to me. But gameplay is obviously very important too, and good graphics are just the icing on the cake.

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#30 Edited by RSM-HQ (8324 posts) -
@Yams1980 said:

I'm playing Divinity OS 2 still, and it hits all three of these categories perfectly, it makes the game have mass appeal for anyone who has interest in the type of game it offers.

Graphics are pretty meh actually, I have it on P.C. running at max, nothing special in that area. With that stated it's one of my favorite games in recent years. Because the gameplay is really clever and adaptable.

Story I can give or take, though will admit its high quality, especially in the writing. My annoyance is almost every NPC is a jackass or snob, no middle ground. With heavy repeated idle dialogue. DOSII at least lets us completely skip non-script-animated conversations, which is pretty awesome for those who want to get back to the amazing gameplay.

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#31 Posted by ajinstorm51 (26 posts) -

Gameplay > Story > Graphics

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#32 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@RSM-HQ said:

Gameplay.

That's why Monster Hunter: World is my GotY 2018.

Very good choice.

@Ross_the_Boss6 said:

I prefer when a developer shoots to excel in all three.

I’m okay with no story depending on the game.

So you rather gameplay, don't you?

@Yams1980 said:

For most modern games I prefer both graphics and gameplay, but I also like to have a good story that really puts everything together.

I'm playing Divinity OS 2 still, and it hits all three of these categories perfectly, it makes the game have mass appeal for anyone who has interest in the type of game it offers.

DOS2 gives so many non linear gameplay options and for that alone it would be fun to play even if the storyline wasn't as good, but all that freedom makes things unfold on your own terms much of the time making things so much better.

I can play some games with shit gameplay and graphics and still get through the game if the storylines really good. I can still play FF4 because the storyline and music are so well done, i can overlook the graphics and fairly boring gameplay. Exactly same goes for Chrono Cross and Trigger, the linear gameplay isn't great, but the music and storyline is too great to miss.

I guess you need a mix of the three options, in order to play the best game.

@mrbojangles25 said:

gameplay, story, art direction, graphics. I include art direction because I don't know if that is part of graphics to most people but it's an important distinction to me.

Yeah we should make a distinction between design and art direction for the graphics.

@narlymech said:

If it don't have the gameplay I want I'm not playing it these days.

Well, actually gameplay is my fisrt option too.

@hrt_rulz01 said:

Most of my favourite games have a cool story, so it's definitely important to me. But gameplay is obviously very important too, and good graphics are just the icing on the cake.

I like what you say about the icy of the cake hahaha. Really good answer!

@RSM-HQ said:
@Yams1980 said:

I'm playing Divinity OS 2 still, and it hits all three of these categories perfectly, it makes the game have mass appeal for anyone who has interest in the type of game it offers.

Graphics are pretty meh actually, I have it on P.C. running at max, nothing special in that area. With that stated it's one of my favorite games in recent years. Because the gameplay is really clever and adaptable.

Story I can give or take, though will admit its high quality, especially in the writing. My annoyance is almost every NPC is a jackass or snob, no middle ground. With heavy repeated idle dialogue. DOSII at least lets us completely skip non-script-animated conversations, which is pretty awesome for those who want to get back to the amazing gameplay.

Maybe that's because of the procedural narrative. I do need a very special quality in the writing and so enjoy the gameplay with the right graphics for the game genre.

@ajinstorm51 said:

Gameplay > Story > Graphics

Just like me.

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#33 Posted by l34052 (3902 posts) -

I like a good story and game play but let's be honest here, whenever we hear about a new game it's the visuals we're all drawn to at first.

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#34 Edited by danielpacheco (159 posts) -
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@l34052: What kind of visuals? Because I love this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MoweRc-P0U

Sable game

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#35 Edited by seifhd (6 posts) -

Typically it's story yet it relies upon the class.

Rpg: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Experience: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Fps: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

Tps Adventure: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

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#36 Edited by RSM-HQ (8324 posts) -

@steve5xg: Still love Divinity: Original Sin II, fantastic game, if not one of the best games in years. I could recommend to most who want an actual good RPG. And while I don't care for the story department, it's granted not really an area in games I usually pay attention to as noted above with my MH praise, so it is probably better than I'm giving credit.

Still sticking with my graphics assumption, much like Monster Hunter: World it's not the best looking, but both games are more focused on performance, and double downing on the artstyle for visual flair, over every rock having HD textures. And that to me is a more important goal developers should aim for.

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#37 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@RSM-HQ said:

@steve5xg: Still love Divinity: Original Sin II, fantastic game, if not one of the best games in years. I could recommend to most who want an actual good RPG. And while I don't care for the story department, it's granted not really an area in games I usually pay attention to as noted above with my MH praise, so it is probably better than I'm giving credit.

Still sticking with my graphics assumption, much like Monster Hunter: World it's not the best looking, but both games are more focused on performance, and double downing on the artstyle for visual flair, over every rock having HD textures. And that to me is a more important goal developers should aim for.

Well, I think it's fair enough. BTW, Divinity is a great video game.

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#38 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -

@l34052 said:

I like a good story and game play but let's be honest here, whenever we hear about a new game it's the visuals we're all drawn to at first.

Maybe at first sight. But, once you look deeper... I guess everything become connected.

@seifhd said:

Typically it's story yet it relies upon the class.

Rpg: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Experience: Story/Gameplay/Graphics

Fps: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

Tps Adventure: Gameplay/Story/Graphics

I like the way you rate them. Pretty good!

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#39 Posted by thedeepvi (5 posts) -

Well, I prefer to play a game with great story such as the last of us. but I love to play games with great gameplay when it comes to FPS.

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#41 Edited by Mandzilla (4084 posts) -

I've always been all about the gameplay first and foremost, but a good story or soundtrack can catch me off guard too.

Graphics... c'mon, I'm a Nintendo fan lol.

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#42 Posted by browsergames (7 posts) -

Gameplay

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#43 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -
@browsergames said:

Gameplay

Please, justify your answer ;)

@thedeepvi said:

Well, I prefer to play a game with great story such as the last of us. but I love to play games with great gameplay when it comes to FPS.

Actually FPS demands a really good gameplay too. If you combine it with a great story, experience will grow up.

@mandzilla said:

I've always been all about the gameplay first and foremost, but a good story or soundtrack can catch me off guard too.

Graphics... c'mon, I'm a Nintendo fan lol.

And so am I ;)

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#44 Edited by Zuon (321 posts) -

My order would be Gameplay, Graphics*, then story.

When I say graphics matter, I for one cannot sit through a game with graphics so poor that the artists' intentions get lost.

For example, I can play Majora's Mask just fine, but I cannot sit through Crysis 1 on Low.

Also, I still play the original DOOM and can even enjoy a good Mario. Stories are not required for my enjoyment.

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#45 Edited by kedkad (6 posts) -

I would say Graphics > Story > Gameplay I mean all three are essential and cannot forget one and keep one

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#46 Posted by Steve5XG (171 posts) -
@kedkad said:

I would say Graphics > Story > Gameplay I mean all three are essential and cannot forget one and keep one

Wow! Maybe you are the only one who puts gameplay in the third position. From my point of view, gameplay al graphics come together, but just because graphics make me enjoy gameplay in a better way. Story is the first one because that's what blows my mind.

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#47 Posted by Sevenizz (3817 posts) -

Gameplay > Graphics > Story.

Story is the least important aspect of a videogame for me and it’s important that said story is skippable.

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#48 Posted by danielpacheco (159 posts) -

A good example of Graphics (artstyle)) is Gris.

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Gaphics or Story (because gameplay is secondary in this game)

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#49 Posted by sukraj (27859 posts) -

Gameplay

Graphics

Story

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#50 Edited by RSM-HQ (8324 posts) -

@danielpacheco:

A good example of Graphics (artstyle)) is Gris.

The issue with games that focus solely on beautiful art is I can appreciate it as a gif or jpeg, or the musical tracks if it's in that area, without wasting time with poor gameplay.

I love good art, don't get me wrong. But that's why people still buy prints and paintings and mount them on walls to admire. Games forgetting to be games, and double-downing on artistic flair just doesn't register for me, to the point I cannot oversee its value or relevance in gaming. Especially when we have so many games that play fantastic and are very artistic.

@Sevenizz said:

Gameplay > Graphics > Story.

Story is the least important aspect of a videogame for me and it’s important that said story is skippable.

@Sevenizz said:

Always gameplay, never story.

One of my all time favorite game’s is this...

https://youtu.be/Ayw-kuM0YJU

I wonder. . did you realise about the double posting dood.