I have never really been one to judge a game solely on graphics. I, like many of my fine peers here, still play older games with graphical styles that are well out of date. Good storytelling and character development are things I look for in a game. For example, Red Dead Revolver is still one of my favorite games ever, and the graphics were considered out of date even when it was first released. Recently I have noticed that a majority of gamers hold graphics to be the most important aspects of a game, especially when trying to decide on which platform to buy a multiplatf0rm game. The newest argument of which is over the recently released Ghostbusters: the Video Game.
With the temporary death of my XBox 360, I have been forced to purchase more games on my PlayStation 3. Not something I ever have a problem with, but there are some game genres I prefer to play on my 360 and vice-versa. Third-person action games, like the recently released Ghostbusters, are ones I prefer on the 360’s controller. Now, normally I would just wait to get my 360 back and buy the game them, but the Ghostbusters franchise is something I have loved since I was a little kid, I used to wear fake, red glasses and pretend I was Egon, so I needed the game on release day. Ghostbusters is my drug of choice. So, before I went to make my purchase, I researched a bit, aka Google searched, on which version of the game had the better graphics. What I found were a bunch of Xbox 360 fanboys nitpicking minor details on the game.
One of the first things that came up in my extensive research was this post which showed how “dumbed down” the graphics are on the Playstation 3. I do not know about you, dear readers, but to me the differences, if any, are minuscule at best. The only article on the subject I have read that actually explained the differences was this one, linked to me by Lusipurr. Even after reading these articles, I bought the PS3 version anyway; I just needed the game that much. The game still looks stunning–a non-gaming friend actually thought I was watching one of the movies during a cutscene–but the writers at lensoftruth.com seem to enjoy focusing on small aspects of the game instead of focusing on the rest of the visuals. In a game with facial features as visually outstanding as this, most will not walk by a piece of paper on a wall and thrown down the controller in frustration because the player cannot read what is written.
So, my questions to you, my dearest of doves, are: do graphics really matter when you play games? For those of you with multiple consoles, do you research to see which version of the game has better visuals? Finally, how much do you love Ghostbusters?