Having spent my Sunday morning watching the Digital Foundary analysis of the, “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus” I have come to an interesting question, “Does the form and function of the game matter more than the graphical prowess of a game?” This ultimately depends on the person reading this, but I would argue that the wider populous would prefer form and function over something dazzling and lacking. For most of us who own a Nintendo Switch this is a reality that many of us have got to face. There are good looking games (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being a prime example) on the Switch, but there are not amazing looking games. Many players are comfy in seeing what a game can look like on the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro and as a result have come to expect games that dazzle, while also delivering some semblance of functional gameplay.
On the other end of the spectrum are players who enjoy simple, graphically infused games with a larger emphasis on form and function. This is where the Nintendo Switch comes into play. As it is a console that lacks the horsepower of a Xbox or PlayStation, but its games have so much more depth to them; at least in my own opinion. The ephasis turns from graphics and more into trying to make a game run perfectly, without looking as dazzling. Take the latest release, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus as ported by Panic Button Studios is a prime example of a game that sacarifces graphics in an effort to perfectly maintain the core experience of the game. One that was done to near-perfection. Digital Foundry does a phenomenal job at breaking these efforts down and it has given me a larger appreciation for what the Nintendo Switch is capable of.
Having a console that is capable of running a game that was made purely for current-gen consoles is outstanding. With some clever alterations to the game engine and new codage to help smooth things out, Panic Button Studios has proven that no game is too big to port on over. That being said PC, Xbox and PlayStation enthusiast be warned: This game is not going to dazzle you at 60FPS with 4K HDR FLAMING HOT GRAPHICS! It might just look like a hot, fuzzy mess. Truth is, that’s fine by me as I am getting a portable version of that game. I’m getting Wolfenstein 2 to take with me on trips or vacations. Now of course some gamers will still be rather put off by the muted graphics and seemingly worse performance but this game is a superb example of maintaining form and function over something that just looks dazzling. Sure on the Xbox and PlayStation consoles you can have and eat your cake. You get stellard looks as well as feel, but does it really matter?
The Nintendo Switch is a curious console in the market, as it pushes the metaphorical bar further and further for mobile hardware. It forces gamers to respond to a decades old, master race question: Do I really need to have the most dazzling graphics to enjoy a game? I’ll be the first to tell you that they are a nice addition, but not an absolute must for my own gaming taste. Sure my opinion may be in the minority or the majority, as it all depends on who you are asking. As a gamer I ask that you all take a look at the included video and see for yourself what is possible. I strongly believe that the more we start to look away from stunning 4K graphics and more to the form and function of a game can we start to get trurly spansive and genre breaking games, without being burdened by demanding asthetics.
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