Which video game elements do you tend to value the most?

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Started by Legend, Dec 12, 2018, 02:55 AM

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Xevross

Dec 12, 2018, 12:08 PM Last Edit: Dec 12, 2018, 12:10 PM by Xevross
Depends on the game, but I'd say gameplay (overall progression, loop, controls, pacing) and story are definitely the top two. As long as these two combine to keep me engaged then its all good. A game with an okay story but incredible gameplay (e.g. 3D mario) can be just as good as a game with okay gameplay but an incredible story (e.g. TLOU).

The rest of those elements are just icing on the cake for enjoyment when playing and overall rating on the game. Also as 1/2 tau said, soundtrack is super important and should be on your list of elements!

Just for a bonus, my top two games ever are BOTW and TLOU, and I'd rate each of their categories like this:


Spoiler for Hidden:
<br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Story? 6/10 BOTW, 10/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size"><del>Realistic graphics? &nbsp;</del>Graphics quality: 9/10 BOTW, 10/10 TLOU (for their release date)</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Art direction? 10/10 BOTW, 8/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Art execution? 10/10 BOTW, 9/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Game loop? 10/10 BOTW, 7/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Good controls? 10/10 BOTW, 9/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Progression system? 9/10 BOTW, 8/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Visual feedback? 10/10 BOTW, 10/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Sound effects? 10/10 BOTW, 10/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Pacing? 8/10 BOTW, 10/10 TLOU</span><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Soundtrack: 10/10 BOTW, 10/10 TLOU</span><br><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">Average: 9.27/10 BOTW, 0.909 TLOU. My score for each: 10.0/10 BOTW, 9.9/10 TLOU. </span><br><br><span style="font-size: 0.7em;" class="bbc_size">The phenomenal story for TLOU makes up for slightly lacking gameplay (in my opinion), while BOTW&#39;s incredible gameplay and beautiful world make up for its lacking story. That balance varies a lot game by game though. And there might be games which have a higher average rating (like God of War) which I&#39;d rate a bit lower because it doesn&#39;t do anything super exceptional like either of these.</span><br>