Video games have become more and more prevalent within the every day lives of thousands of people. We play these games hoping for an escape from reality, a fun way to pass the time, or even for the challenge of doing something different and completing it to its full potential.
Thus, the one question we may ask ourselves is: What sets a good game apart from a bad game.
Well, there are a few subcategories when looking at games.
These include: Graphics, Gameplay, Sound/Music, and level of detail [ to everything ].
1) Let’s start with Graphics, Graphics are not the most important thing, but they do surely impact ones playing experience. Now, everyone is different, some people like better graphics over Gameplay and vice versa. While visuals are nice, and they do add an immersion for the player, they should not be the final end all decision. In short, the game must be aesthetically pleasing, yet it does not have to overstep its bounds and go all Bioware [ game company known for Baldur’s gate and Mass Effect ].
2) Now on to Gameplay. This is by far the most important part of a game. How you play the game, and what there is to do in the game is very important. If a game does not have good gameplay it simple will not prosper. Let’s take Super Mario for example: While it may have had good graphics at the time it came out, the gameplay was what really stood out. People [ including myself ], simply put still enjoy playing the original Super Mario solely based upon gameplay. Compared to today’s games its graphics do not compare, thus why graphics once again should not greatly impact your decision on buying a game. If a game truly has great gameplay then one will enjoy the game for years to come, and one can come to trust the company that made the game.
3) Music is also important. You may not always hear the music, but make no mistake it is there in the background slowly entering the crevices of your ears and filling your brain with magical melodies. Music and Gameplay should both be taken on the same level. It should be included, and should be nice to listen to, but in the end it is not going to e the deciding factor. Unless of course you are buying a music based game i.e.: Rockband
4) Detail is also important. You can tell how much effort a company put into a game by the level of detail that is present. A company may even put surprises in a game, like secret areas just for fun. This is how you know the developers had a fun time making the game and that they want you to have an equally fun time playing it.
In short, Almost all video games take a tremendous effort to make. While these aspects should help you decide whether to buy a game or not, it is really up to you what you think is a good or bad game.