One of the most commonly held beliefs about video games is that graphics are inferior to every other aspect. Nothing is more important to a game than gameplay and mechanics, and people who care too much about how a game looks are completely missing the point. Obviously they aren’t real gamers, they’re just trying to get in on what’s popular. I cannot disagree with this more. Graphics are just as important to the overall feel of a game as any other aspect and to say otherwise is just ignorant. Video games are a visual medium, the same as TV, film and theater. To say that the aesthetic feel of a game isn’t important is nothing short of mind blowing to me. So here’s my question of the week: what is your favorite game world based on its visual design?
For me this is a pretty tough question. There are so many games that are nothing short of beautiful. I played the Guild Wars 2 free trial last month and while I was blown away by the Sylvari city, the rest of the game failed to impress me.
World of Warcraft has always been a stunning environment to me. In the beginning I tried to give Horde a chance but I just couldn’t do it. Horde zones are so…brown…drab…just bleck. But then I found night elves and immediately was hooked. Their zone was gorgeous and I felt for their race more than any other.
But recently I’ve been playing Trine 2. And I think it takes the cake. While the world is not as fleshed out as a world from an RPG or MMO, it is probably the most beautiful game world I have ever seen. The light design and water consistently distract me from the actual gameplay as I just soak in the beauty.
What are your favorite game worlds as far as their visuals? What, to you, makes a great game world?
Here’s hoping you had a great week and will have a tremendously awesome weekend!