Crytek: Graphics “Matter… 60% Of The Game”

Crytek have always pushed the boundaries for gaming visuals. Just take a look at the Crysis series, you can’t deny that they all look stunning. However, each game has – you could argue – always managed to fail to deliver a solid gaming experience.

CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli, has very boldly claimed that graphics “matter” and account for “60% of the game”. He further adds “Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion… And immersion is effectively the number one thing we can use to help you buy into the world.”

I find it hard to believe that audio, the underlying plot, the way the game plays and character performances can only account for 40% of a game. Immersion, in my opinion, is all about these things, not just about the visuals.

With so many retro games still being played today, and re-releases popping up on the store week in week out, it’s easy to work out that graphics really don’t matter at all!

Do graphics matter to you – as much in the way Yerli claims, that is?

Source: Xbox 360 Magazine


  1. Not as much as 60%, for me anyway. I still play Super Mario 64, and not for the visuals.

  2. if graphics mattered 60% would i play my games on a console or buy a superrig?
    flawed logic which might explain why crytec games look amazing but fail to deliver the experience for me!

  3. TThe Walking Dead by telltale games makes these graphic comments irrelevant. Terrible graphics compared to the Crysis games and the gameplay wasn’t spectacular either, but the story was excellent and sucked me right in until the very end and even forced a tear from my manliness.

    • I thought The Walking Dead looked terrific. It was of course intended in that comic-book style, and I think they did a very good job.

  4. I wouldn’t go as far as saying they’re 60% of a game, it all depends on the games style. For example, Borderlands unique style works very well, and just look at Minecraft in all it’s 16-bit texture glory. The Crysis games however, do look amazing, and when combined with awesome gameplay and a great story, make up some brilliant games.

  5. Sure graphics are important, but they are only 60% as important as Crytek thinks they are. Once they figure that out, their games are going to be awesome.

  6. Crytek are the worst when it comes to opinions.

    • Crytek come up with something silly to say 75% of the time.

  7. 60% of the time, they work every time.

  8. lol, beauty is only skin deep, and no matter how mush you polish a turd…

    • This is the beast withen ! (DBZ reference hence the original phrase you said of beauty skin deep) Sorry couldnt help myself!

      • I don’t get the reference… and I liek DBZ. why.

    • You’d be surprised how well you can polish a turd – See Mythbusters ;)

  9. Nah, not as much as 60%, but then the story line isn’t hugely important to me in most games either. Don’t get me wrong, my absolute favourite games have great stories, but they are few and far between. I can still enjoy games like CoD, etc.. even when skipping all the cut scenes!

  10. Depends really, a game can be quite boring if it was either too samey or if the gameplay didn’t really grab me (Medal of Honor, hi). I like it if the environment is used instead of just being for show sometimes. Crysis is good with grass etc etc and even Metal Gear which could be nice to detect or deceive enemy A.I.

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