Most hardcore gamers, ourselves included believe that shiny graphics are no substitute for good gameplay. Unsurprisingly, Crytek boss, Cevat Yerli, holds the exact opposite point of view.
“People say that graphics don’t matter,” he said, “but play Crysis and tell me they don’t matter. It’s always been about graphics driving gameplay.”
“In Crysis 3 it’s the grass and the vegetation, the way the physics runs the grass interact and sways them in the wind. You can read when an AI enemy is running towards you just by observing the way the grass blades.”
“Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion,” he asserted. “And immersion is effectively the number one thing we can use to help you buy into the world.”
“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.”
To be honest, the way Cevat Yerli puts his point makes it hard to argue against it. What do you think?