If there's one thing that's missing from the current graphics it's a sense of badassery, which I think G has in spades. I've read some on this thread who say it looks generic, which is a perfectly valid opinion. But my question isn't about generic vs. unique. My question is which graphics will make the game enjoyable for you to play? I think we all should consider this; these are the graphics we'll be left with for the rest of our time with this game.
I think this is part of my problem with it, this "badassery" bit. I could walk into a game store, close my eyes, and randomly point in a random direction, and chances are, I'm pointing in the direction of at least 15 games that are obsessed with looking like that. It's not just getting old..... it's already ancient dust. I think of things like Gears of War when I think of something like that; when I really think about it, GoW is more of what I'm reminded of than anything else, when looking at the stuff from G; this being due to the much, much-hated "reality is brown" bit that is absolutely oozing out of their examples. Cant stand it, never could; as it is, GoW is one of those very rare games I find SO absolutely unholy butt-ugly that I never could bring myself to even try it; and this aspect is shared with SO many others these days as every idiot developer tries to copy them for reasons I REALLY dont want to understand.
AVWW's actual GAMEPLAY does not bring up a sense of "badassery". I wouldnt want it to, frankly. What it brings up is memories of older platformers of the 8-bit & 16-bit days. Those games were often COLORFUL, as opposed to having a palette consisting of brown, almost brown, more than brown, brown-brown, and super-brown. And those games often looked *good*. Brings up thoughts of shmups as well, which is another often very colorful genre, as the graphics go.
That's what the gameplay has always made me think of. That's part of why G's graphics just seem absolutely out-of-touch with the game to me; they dont evoke thoughts of those whatsoever. Just thoughts of things like the crappy early-morning cartoons there are nowadays, and also thoughts of freaking GoW and it's brown/grey everything. .....and the ugliness, I cant get over that part either.
I know these are just examples, but.... somehow I've a feeling more from G will be more of the same. The enemy sprites and the actual ground, they arent THAT bad..... character is pretty terrible.... but the background is the worst for me, in those shots. That's the part I'll end up trying to rip out, above all else.
And yes, I agree, H's dont have much cohesion..... but I wasnt basing my opinion of them on that. I just looked at each part seperately, since it looked thrown together randomly, I figured it probably wasnt going to look like that in a "full" shot, it seemed like they were just trying to show off a number of ideas all at once.