Yesterday, it was reported that the upcoming Thief reboot will run much better and the PS4 than the Xbox One and even better on the PC. For the sake of harmony between the customers to grow the hell up, Square Enix tries to dampen the flames of rampant (and inevitable) fanboyism by claiming that the difference is not glaring. “You really need good eyes to see the difference,” said director Nicolas Cantin, before adding that the Xbox One game “is as good as the PS4 version.” The big difference, Cantin claims, is found between the older generation of consoles and these newer machines. “We put more detail in, more special effects. But at the same time, we kept the same gameplay experience with the current-gen and the next-gen versions.”
My favorite part of that statement is they confirmed that it’s the exact same game either way you go. Let me make my position on the matter crystal clear: Gaming should be about the games and gameplay (and frame rates) not graphics. It doesn’t matter if Batman Arkham City is played on a Console or PC, Bruce Wayne is still Batman, Batman is still badass and Joker still dies at the end…spoiler alert BTdubz. My issue with the age old arms race is that the differences between various consoles versions and the PC version of games aren’t noticeable core gameplay wise but yet we still argue and fight like children over this issue when time and time again it’s proven that the gameplay is what people will remember as I don’t see how a better looking resolution in one version of a game release drastically changes the gameplay, the story, the characters, the controls from the lower resolution version of the same game and I don’t see why we need to cry about it or why I should care, I’m still going to buy the game, the developers are still going to get their money either way. I don’t care about the graphics on a multiplatform game and believe it or not, neither do a lot of people. That’s not to say that I don’t care about gorgeous graphics in general.
And when I say this, people like to try to disprove my argument by throwing my interests at me such as comic books for example; comic books have art and story would I read a comic book with terrible art and a great story? Well, I wouldn’t read a comic book with bad art and a great story. Then I would present them with an apple and an orange and leave them to figure out the rest as comparing the two will go nowhere.
As what Ryse: Son of Rome, Final Fantasy XIII, The Conduit, Hitman Absolution and arguably Crysis are the prime examples I use to prove my point as the people who argue over such nonsense is completely missing the point in gaming as a whole. If resolution is all you want, then just get a PC and be done with it.