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Author: TesterNGS

A New Graphics Engine?! *Yawn*

Posted by TesterNGS Thursday January 24 2008 at 4:04PM
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A New Graphics Engine?! *Yawn*
If you read you no doubt know that Funcom has announced that they are going to use the graphics engine from the Conan MMOG to power the visuals in Anarchy Online.
I don't know about you, but a graphics update won't spark my interest in any game if the gameplay isn't there first. If all a game needs to be a smash hit are shiny visuals, then why hasn't Vanguard taken over the MMOG world? Not many people would accuse WoW of having cutting-edge graphics, but it somehow manages to score millions of subscribers. Good looks help, but gameplay is king, always.
If you ask me, the demo video that showcased the new graphics wasn't that impressive. You had the same old world but with fancy lighting and water effects. Big deal. The geometries still looked low-poly, textures were still bad, and the design was still needlessly full of dead space. You can paint an old car, but underneath its still an old car. We'll give Funcom the benefit of the doubt and assume that they'll revamp their zones later on.
In any event, props to Funcom for updating an old game. I hope that EVE and now AO have started a trend in MMORPGs, because there are games out there that are actually good that could use a graphical overhaul.