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Today I'm breaking away from E3 to
talk about what's most important within games, whether it be sound, replay-ability,
gameplay, narrative, or graphics. I'll start with 1 (most important) and move
to 5 (least important). Please know that this is my opinion and not solid fact.
So, without further ado:
Gameplay is, essentially, the heart of every game. Would
games like Mario be as fun with shoddy gameplay mechanics? The narrative
certainly isn't keeping Mario alive, gameplay is. Minecraft wouldn't have as
much critical acclaim without the high level of creativity it gives the gamer.
Would Call of Duty multiplayer have the same level of prestige (pun intended)
if its multiplayer wasn't tight and polished? No, it wouldn't and that's why gameplay
Narrative is a really close second, but I believe narrative
is second to gameplay. Would games like Mass Effect have such a large fan base
with a mediocre story? A thoughtful narrative draws gamers into the world and
Replay-ability allows gamers to devote much of their time to
playing a game. Games that last are ones with high replay-ability. Games having
a superb multiplayer like Halo and Call of Duty allow for infinite
replay-ability. Other single-player games like Skyrim have a plethora of
options, so you can play it over and over again to undergo new experiences.
Sound is much more important than we immediately realize.
Skyrim would not nearly be as epic without its engrossing soundtrack that
changes depending on whether you're in battle or simply exploring the landscape
(kudos to Jeremy Soule). Sound shapes is built around sound, and there is no
better example of the importance of sound than this.
Better graphics = better games is a thing of the past. Games
that have 8-bit graphics are growing and receiving more acclaim than those with
good graphics. A perfect example of this would be Minecraft. That game has
terrible graphics, but the gameplay keeps people coming back for more.
So what's most important within games to you? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts.