Fallout 4 Will Show Which Critics Put a Premium on Graphics

Perhaps it's not the best-looking game ever, but who will care most?

Perhaps it’s not the best-looking game ever, but who will care most?

Thanks to plenty of leakage over the past few days, the gaming community has gotten a closer look at the hugely anticipated new action/RPG from Bethesda, Fallout 4. The title is scheduled to arrive next week (November 10) but it has already stirred up plenty of graphical controversy. It began when the team unveiled the debut trailer earlier this year and now, thanks to the aforementioned footage, it has flared up again. And this has caused many gamers and certain sources to ask: How much do graphics really matter?

Well, let’s address that first: Of course they matter. To say otherwise isn’t just naive; it’s stupid. This is an entertainment medium that puts a gigantic emphasis on the visual aspect. It’s true that certain genres don’t require nearly as much graphical excellence; puzzle games, for instance, put the focus squarely on the gameplay and visual superiority really doesn’t matter much. But in this day and age, when the open-world structure dominates and realism and authenticity are goals of many a developer, graphics are more important than ever.

However, there are no absolutes in life and there are typically sliding scales. For some, graphics are a big deal; these are the gamers who look closely at textures and get really annoyed at flaws like pop-in, tearing and frame rate stutters. They revel in the wonderfully smooth and polished. On the other hand, there are some gamers who simply don’t care as much; they didn’t bother with some of the flaws in the Assassin’s Creed series, for instance, and they’re not easily irked by visual inconsistencies. The question is, where do most critics stand on the issue?

Well, it appears we’re going to find out next week when the Fallout 4 reviews start hitting the Internet. Given what we’ve seen and heard, perhaps we can conclude that this very big game is – at least in some respects – disappointing from a graphical standpoint. We doubt this article is true and one of our contributing critics offered the following: “The world is actually amazing; it’s just the character detail that’s really kind of blah.” He wouldn’t go any further than that due to embargo restrictions but in the end, the leaks are telling us a conflicted story.

And when all is said and done, we’ll read what the critics have to say. If the visuals are in some way lackluster, how will this impact scores? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

5 thoughts on “Fallout 4 Will Show Which Critics Put a Premium on Graphics”

Well, as it turns out, I think critics had more of a problem with other aspects of the game. Besides, the graphics aren’t all that bad…..it’s just that some of the textures suck and the frame rate can dive on you.

The early reports about the game having crappy graphics weren’t really true. I mean they’re not as good as graphics in the witcher or something like that but they’re not bad either.

I’m going to be trying the game this weekend but the videos I’ve seen have been pretty impressive. What’s all this nonsense about garbage graphics?

Game is awesome and graphics aren’t bad at all. Period.

I just can’t seem to get into this game and yeah, the graphics do sometimes take me out of the experience. I dunno…not my cup of tea I guess.

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