Graphics don't matter...or do they?
I just felt like expressing my opinions on graphics in video games, including some from Telltale.
You know how people keep giving some games shit for having graphics that don't look like real life? I think that was like the first thing my cousin said when I tried to get him to play The Walking Dead, although he didn't say the graphics were shit, just that they looked bad compared to The Last Of Us. I really hate it when people say a game sucks just because they think the graphics in what are considered excellent games look horrible compared to AAA titles like GTA, Battlefield, Call of Duty, and even The Last Of Us.
Of course when judging games, gameplay should be the first priority since it's called a GAME. But this doesn't mean that game designers can't take advantage of the idea and make the game look as visually appealing as possible. I think THIS is what should matter when it comes to judging graphics. Not if the designs look like real life, but if the designs are actually nice to look at and add to the tone and atmosphere of the game.
I'm not one of those people who say that graphics don't matter because honestly, it's insulting to visual artists who make the game the way it is. I judge graphics based on detail, lighting shading, animation, character design, colour, and basically just how well the visuals work with the game. I've only played three games from Telltale: both Seasons of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. The graphics in these games, when you really think about, while cartoonish do really really work with the games. All three of these have really nice graphics when you think about it.
The Wolf Among Us, IN MY OPINION, has the best cel-shaded graphics I've ever seen in game. I've seen Okami and Borderlands and they both look good. But as someone who loves films with a noir style, The Wolf Among Us wins hands down.
I liked how in Season One, the lack of vibrant colours reflected how all the characters lost everything and everyone that made them happy. In Season Two, you could say that the much more colourful visuals could represent how the survivors are just accepting the world is what it is and now they have a chance to start over. Honestly though, I think the graphics in Season One matched the tone a lot better than the graphics in Season Two. Not to say that Season Two doesn't look brilliant because it does.
If Telltale really did want to make games with life-like visuals, they would have especially considering how much they've made thanks to The Walking Dead. I really think this cel-shaded artwork they do for their games looks really impressive, and it's kind of their signature style. Honestly, graphics SHOULD matter when it comes to presentation and just how nice the game looks regardless if it's made to look like real-life or made to look like a comic book.