« on: July 08, 2012, 07:14:16 AM »
Haven't posted since pre-1.0, but as aesthetics do tend to enhance/hinder my gaming experiences (as much as I am loathe to admit it) I feel I should chime in. Here are a few thoughts:
I don't mind the current graphics, but I would like more cohesion. From what I've read this seems to be a thought other players have as well. With that in mind, I really dislike H's proposed graphics. As unique as they might be, at best they don't improve on the cohesion side of things. And at worst, they look like they would create some background/foreground issues. While this isn't a problem for me in the current game, I know it is for some people hence the creation of texture packs that tone down the background.
In addition, while H's graphics are marginally interesting, they're too painterly. This is an action game! 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 want a game that doesn't turn me off from playing it, and conversely entices me to come back. H's graphics would NOT do that for me. In fact, I find them hideous compared with the current state of graphics.
On the positive side of things, G looks awesome to me. I dig that it looks a bit cartoonish but manages to look like everything exists in a self-contained world that makes sense with itself. That sort of internal cohesion is something that is lacking currently, and that I gravely desire in my secondary fantasty/science fiction worlds. So G is my vote for now.
Also, I'd like to see where K goes. That much more pixelated style might go really well with the music for example. Give it an even further retro vibe, which I can see people, especially new customers (I'm looking at you hipsters) getting into.
One last thing! Please Arcen, don't forget us customers with terrible computers. If implementing one of these styles hampers the ability for the game to perform on a machine with a cough...GMA X3100...cough graphics card, it would really mess up my day. As it stands, this is one of the few exceedingly awesome games my computer can run. In fact, it might be the only one. Just a thought.
Sorry for the rambling incoherence, best this ADD-riddled college kid can do.