The very much talented and surprisingly outspoken creative director of Far Cry 4, Alex Hutchinson, told in a recent interview to OXM “It’s (resolution) certainly not something I care about in a game”. This was after it was confirmed that Far Cry 4’s target resolution would be 1080p at 30 fps for the Xbox One and the PS4 versions of the game.
In the interview given to OXM, Alex tried to stress on the fact that many people, in this time and age, are still happy to play pixelated games as long as they offer a new and refreshing experience. And you know what, he is a 100% right. I am sure each and everyone of us would still LOVE to go back and play the vintage Mario. And I bet you my non existent salary that you wouldn’t see any of us complaining about resolution or frame rate. The only thing we would be complaining about would be about that always running off “not in this castle” princess.
Hutchinson might have raised an eyebrow or a dozen with his statements disregarding the importance of resolution, but deep down, we all know that he is right. Yes, we like to hear big numbers before a game is released and yes we want to know that the game looks its best on our beloved consoles, but here is the thing; you do NOT care. You might not know it yet. You see, a game doesn’t entice you because it is 1080p or 60fps; a game entices you because it promises to offer a new kind of experience. Its the experience that makes the game, not the resolution.
But yes, once we get all hyped up for a game, we do expect it to look, well, sexy, to say the least. Hence there is nothing wrong in expecting a AAA game to run on 1080p or 60fps. But at what cost? The graphical quality in a game does make a difference, I agree but it can never over shadow the effect of the story and the experience. And come on, its not like we are gonna have a pixelated Pagan Min. We have seen the demos and the game looks amazing.
Graphics are an integral part of the game, but they are not the game. Video games have never been about numbers and I hope to God that they never will be. You simply cannot condemn a game for not having a particular resolution, unless it looks really really bad. Like ‘Ride to Hell: Retribution’ bad. So the next time a game dev announces that their game is not going to be on 1080p or 60 FPS, calm the F down. Its not the end of the world and its definitely NOT the end of gaming. The game is gonna look just the same; beautiful and pretty but maybe with a little less mascara.
Alex Hutchinson, who in case you forgot, is the creative director of Far Cry 4, has been more than happy to share information about the game. He recently revealed that Far Cry 4 will have five different endings and that the Himalayas would be restricted to specific missions. Check it out here for more info!!!
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