You need to calm down about Fallout 4's graphics

Graphics do not make games great, gameplay makes games great.

Yesterday, many people became overjoyed upon hearing the news that Fallout 4 is indeed real.

However, as with anything in life, the internet found a way to turn an exciting and happy moment into one of, at the least, moderate annoyance and cynicism.

For many, Fallout 4's graphics were the focal point of the discussion, as opposed to the actual announcement of the long-awaited game and the contents of the trailer.

My question to you is this:

Why does it matter?

I do not play games for graphics. I never have and I probably never will. I don't even play games for story.

There are multiple mediums that are better equipped to tell a story. Books, movies, and TV are better vehicles for story.

What makes video games so special is what they offer that books, movies, and TV cannot.

In video games we can interact with the world we are in. We can be the driving force in determining what happens in a world. Mechanically, it is gameplay that makes a game what it is.

Sure graphics and story can create a more immersive experience, and I think it would be silly not to acknowledge this. However, gameplay always has and always will be what makes or breaks a video game. 

The best video game of all time, according to Metacritic, is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for N64. Now, for its time it was pretty great graphically. Now though? It is a blur of polygons that frightens small children.

That being said, Ocarina of Time is great to this day because the dungeons, bosses, and mechanics are so great. These are some of the reasons why it is so many gamers' favorite game of all time.

So please, before you begin shouting from the top of a mountain that this game is awful because it doesn't redefine graphical excellence, remember what makes a video game a video game.


Michael likes video games, movies and is a Pokemon Master. Find Michael on Twitter to keep up with his work @Slevin_Michael

Published Jun. 4th 2015
  • Stephen Johnston
    When we first see a trailer, we only have graphics to judge really. With an established, well regarded, franchise we tend to assume the gameplay will be as good as it has in the past. In the case of Fallout 4 we have both a trailer and a well regarded franchise meaning we really only have graphics to judge it on.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I think people need to calm down about Fallout 4 -in general-. We hardly know anything about it, so it stands to good reason to wait and watch in this case.
  • Victor Ren
    It might just be me, but I was pretty blown away by how the game looked, especially when they cut to shots of the landscape and city. It looks good imo, considering the scope of Bethesda maps.
  • K.W. Colyard
    *facepalm* People will find a way to ruin anything.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    The graphics look just fine to me, anyways. Not every game needs to be a tech demo!

    I'd much, much rather a dev devote resources to blow-me-out-of-the-water mechanics and story than bump up the polygon count in a game that already looks good and has great art direction.
  • Curtis Dillon
    Nice article. I really don't get the problem with the graphics, Fallout nor Elder Scrolls were ever known for their graphics and it never hurt either game. Fallout is beloved because it's kinda weird and quirky, if it looked and played like The Witcher it wouldn't be Fallout. So I for one was ecstatic with the trailer and can not wait for this game!!

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