When the world first introduced video games it was about gameplay just having good old fashion fun. Come the late 80s developers were starting to tell stories that had never been told before. Games became more about creativity and storytelling. It was never about the graphics. Though for back then many games pushed the graphics to the limit. RPGs seemed popular back in the days of the SNES and up through the Playstation for various reasons. It left the players mind to imagine. I dont now about you but I look at games of Final Fantasy IX and below, I try to imagine as I play them what characters voices were like. Those voices that I made up in my head as I read the dialogue from those games help me morph the character into the way I thought that they should be. RPGs have never been about the gameplay, which is probably why they were enjoyed so much. It was good old fashion story telling and characterization at its finest. Well look at this there is a debate amongst gamers as to which were better old games or new games, there is no right or wrong answers its to how people feel, but lets look at facts as to why people feel that way.
Dont believe me ask yourself some questions, Why are turn-based games diminishing. One might answer they suck and always have but to whose standards. Another might say they are still just as fun today as they were back then, it is a matter of difference and opinion. The reason these games struggle due to others is they simply do not look good with the graphics. Your character standing there waiting to attack, games have evolved so much its crazy. Action is more popular than ever now because they are able to achieve beautiful looking stylized gameplay, or ad and incorporate things into the environment to make it seem more intense. A boulder chasing you in an SNES game wouldn't give you the same thrill factor as it would today. Metal Gear Solid 4 is a perfect example of blending a warzone into the scenery and makes you feel like you really are sneaking around on a battlefield. Developers couldnt have do that on the playstation. This is why I believe action and shooters have become so popular in this day and age. They immerse us inside the action of the game and it feels like we are in aHollywoodmovie. How many played Uncharted 2 and at times thought Holy cow that was really close.
Games today and games in the past havent changed much, theyve only grown and show different ways to immerse player into the game. Im still a story driven gamer, I always have been and its never going to change. I cant get into games that simply focus on just the action of it all they are not as fun to me. Id rather sit down and play an interactive story, Thats what RPGs have always been about. If I dont care about the characters or the story I cant get into the game. When I say there arent many good games on the market its because most characters feel the same to me they dont grow or change as the story progresses. Its a frustrating factor for me. On the other hand those who enjoy gameplay and enjoy the graphics would say very different things from me.
I could say that Graphics have destroyed games completely, but its not entirely true. Uncharted, Batman, Final Fantasy X-XIII 2, Metal Gear Solid 2-4 Mass Effect Series, theyve all shown you can have amazing graphics and still tell good stories with awesome characters. There needs to be a balance, to keep gamers happy. Sometimes I feel like Im being left in the dust cause I havent made that change into what is popular I cant and probably never will.
@ZanarkandTidus Voice acting is great as much as I hate to admit it find it hard to play a game anymore with none in it. I can still play it. X was beautifully constructed.It was one of the first games to utilize voice acting to the fullest. There is such a different style in those games though. I can't for the life of me play Elder Scrolls, I just can't get into it, for one the characters are down right ugly they need to fire there character designer. thought of more to add to the blog so I might do a part 2 but, i'm making a point to much action can be a bad thing or at least I think so.
Yeah,action RPGs have flashy combat and is more exciting to watch.Turn-based RPGs are still popular in Japan(even if you don't include Pokemon games)but in the west it seems turn-based combat is seen as old or bland,maybe because WRPGs use more real-time oriented battle systems so it's how western gamers think RPG battle systems should be.Me and you talked about how we don't like the battle system for Elder Scrolls Oblivion but many westerners and gamers outside of Japan like it.
I was thinking last night something similar to what you said in your blog which is with older style RPGs,since there's no character voices you have to imagine the character voices in your head and at the moment I'm playing Final Fantasy VI and since it has no character voices the developers need to make dialogue that's interesting,charming,funny and entertaining.
Even though To the Moon isn't an RPG or a Japanese game,it's story is presented how many old school JRPGs are,without characters voices and has charming dialogue and I think it suits the game perfectly but if voice overs were used for the game I think the developers would be more conservative with the dialogue because people need to voice act it and reading it and hearing it can have a different effect.
I'm not saying voice acting can't be used,since FFX is my favorite game and I think voice acting complements the dialogue and story beautifully,but I think it's easier to make old style things go together well.For example in old style JRPGs,it's easy to make them look charming because their visuals focus on artstyle and their dialogue focuses on charm,humor and their story presentations make their stories easy to get into(because you read the dialogue and narrative).Same with old style games such as To The Moon.
But it seems when characters look more realistic due to better graphics,developers like to make them act melodramatic and less goofy such as in FFX,FFXIII,The Lost Odyssey,The Last Story,FFVII CC but with when it comes to characters in games with older style visuals or in games with anime style graphics(such as the characters in Ar Tonelico games)the developers like to make them act charming and goofy.
To answer your question,older style and newer style are both good in different ways.I guess it's like comparing 2D platforming to 3D platforming.