Report What do you look at first when considering a game to play?

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 15%

The visuals (349 votes)

 1%

The audio (22 votes)

 65%

The gameplay (1511 votes)

 19%

The storyline (436 votes)

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altercuca
altercuca

is a mixture between gameplay and storyline for me!

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$n!p3r
$n!p3r

same here ^^

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Wolf0x
Wolf0x

same

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woweatme12345
woweatme12345

same here to

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996

It's the key for a good game...

Visuals and Audio are just to have something interesting... It's sad that today some companies are giving better graphics and sounds but a weird history that nobody likes.

That's why I like the style of old games like Pong.

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lyndon3mai
lyndon3mai

gameplay and storyline for me!

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Cmantheone
Cmantheone

same

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naah
naah

It depends on the genre for me. For example, a game like Minecraft, I'll be looking for gameplay almost exclusively as it is a sandbox game. However, games like RPG's, the storyline is what really gets me to play, but of course it's a mixture with gameplay in that genre. I like good visuals, but I don't base my decision on visuals :) Audio can sometimes be a really impotant factor, I think I'm not the only one who agrees that good music can make a game unforgettable! :)

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ammd
ammd

I liek how noone choosed adudio or visuals

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Apst
Apst

Probably because audio is something that's hard to gauge before actually playing the game.

Audio is even more important than visuals in the end, though, because it's more intersubjective, yesh?

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Whizzard
Whizzard

This: Moddb.com

I looked fo... er, listened forward to the sounds of that mod and they did not disappoint me. xD

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416

in order:
1-gameplay
2-visuals
3-audio
4-story

i dont really care about the story as long im having fun + some eye candy graphics :p

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Greenagainn!
Greenagainn!

Mine would be.

1-gameplay & story
2-audio
3-visuals

I can live with a shoddy looking game as long as it has top notch gameplay and a decent story if necessary. I would also prefer good audio over good graphics.

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TwinBeast
TwinBeast

I think first is probably the visuals, as that's probably the first thing I get to look at. Though when I consider if I want to play the game or not, then it's the gameplay, story or sometimes I might look at a review of the game first.

Audio I rarely look at, but sometimes I've opened a wav file in a sound editor to look at it, analyze it and compare it with audio that I've done, to know if my audio is same, worse or better quality.

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horny97
horny97

Gameplay, if its singleplay then maybe story if not its visuals.

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ElderPredator
ElderPredator

Gameplay, somethimes on visual and storyline. =)

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Cozmin95
Cozmin95

All of them? :)
But Gameplay and Storyline are most important and it would be nice if it could have nice Graphics too and good Sound/Music! :D

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Herr_Alien
Herr_Alien

gameplay and storyline. I mean I can even indulge myself playing at 15 FPS, as long as the game mechanics and story are good.

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk]

I mostly judge on gameplay but often i want something with atleast decent graphics :p.

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Dr.Worm
Dr.Worm

that's a really hard question to answer, Gameplay is a must all games should have a solid Gameplay mechanic, but at the same time you can look at games with Amnesia: A Dark Decent where Sound and Visualizes where the gameplay, but some have Great story in it's self which make you want to play. Really you need to focus on every aspect of these and some less than others. I really can't answer this one D: Becuase you can't jsut over look audio in games if you have bad audio give a funky feeling to the game and is a huge turn off, visuals I'd have to say are all different weather it be 8bit, high-def, or cartoony that's just a style and are attacked at different levels. So I think the Order I'd go with is

1. Gameplay.
2. Audio.
2. Story.
3. Visuals

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Detnaite
Detnaite

Same.

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RedTiki
RedTiki

the visuals because its hard not to see them first. :3

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Torabi
Torabi

Even though gameplay is the most important. It is the visuals that one sees first.

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8472

To be honest ... story and gameplay are equally important to me. Or at least, usually. There are a few exceptions, but generally a solid story and fun gameplay are the most important parts of a game / mod to me.

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galdor
galdor

well in some games a good storyline can make up for bad gameplay and vice versa

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DangerousCat
DangerousCat

Can't tell you exactly, but I have a special feeling when I holding a DVD-box(or whatever) with disk(of course) inside, and this feeling told me if I like it or not! This is not just a feeling...But it always worked well and never mistaken!

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BluishGreenPro
BluishGreenPro

Gameplay first, for sure!
Story is also pretty important!
Visuals... I own a Nintendo Wii, AND LOVE IT! Need I say more?
Audio, not very important to me, but can make or break a simple game! Ever play madnessMADNESSmadness?

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Riker1321
Riker1321

If it looks interesting and catches my eye, then I'll continue to read on and see if I'll like the story or not, then that determines whether I buy it or not :)

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MarcusM
MarcusM

My first eye-catcher, is always the visuals.
However, if I like the features of it (by reading the backside of the game cover etc), it is the gameplay that catches me rather than visuals.

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Shirk
Shirk

Since Im a level designer, I have to say Visuals, because if it looks bad then I might be able to help or not be interested on how they are approaching it.

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

The storyline. E.g. Assassin's Creed 1 gameplay alone starts to bore a bit after a few minutes, while playing the storyline side, even after a couple of times, is still refreshing. ;-)

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deathparadeNL
deathparadeNL

for me:
1. gameplay (why a play a game where the gameplay sucks badly)
2. story (i like a good story)
3. audio (i want music that fit's the place you are in)
4. visuals (never really had much with this good graphics dont make a good game)

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Gunship_Mark_II
Gunship_Mark_II

Same here, i can play doom2 now and say this is very good game :D

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WSBK
WSBK

Definitely gameplay! The rest is in second place. But i prefer a good balance game, if there is a possibility.

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Wonkehcheetah
Wonkehcheetah

1-Gameplay: What good is a game if you can't play it?
2-visuals: Graphics are always nice, but not essential.
3-Audio: Sounds can add a lot to a game environment.
4-story: As long as I am having fun, I don't care about the story.

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f0u
f0u

Visuals catch my attention, then gameplay makes it fun or not. I don't care about the story, all I want to do in a video game is KILL!

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Angerfist219
Angerfist219

GAMEPLAY GAMEPLAY GAMEPLAY

A good story is liked as well although some games don't necessarily need to have stories. Visuals and audio are important to with the latter being more important in my personal opinion. Old games like System Shock 2 still sound better than games that come out today. Good graphics are liked, but not always necessary. I tend to like games that have good atmosphere overall, and all 4 of those are necessary to achieve that.

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LKMax
LKMax

I can put it in order: First the gameplay (Why the heck am I 'PLAYING' the game? Oh, sure... gameplay) and then the Visuals (come on, good visuals can help ALOT combined with the gameplay, so yes, it have some importance).

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Jokerme
Jokerme

The most important question!

Gameplay+Storyline of course. Gameplay is my choice.

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dwsadsa
dwsadsa

wow. who in the world voted audio?

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TuskenRaider
TuskenRaider

I have to say since I Played Mass Effect and dragon age with the best stories ever..

storyline
gameplay
graphics
sound

theyre all important to me but if I had to choose.

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GriffinZ
GriffinZ

acutally I think graphics and sound are underestimated, for me they matter alot. They are the mood-creators and for me the mood of a game is pretty important, they are the things that makes a game "awesome".

I'm not saying I'm a graphics *****, because I Company of Heores got , but so dothink Red Alert 2.

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen

Unfortunately I'm ashamed to say the visuals tend to draw me in first which is silly because most of my fave games of all time have awful graphics, so it's not really something that makes a game for me. Fact of the matter is I don't have much time to browse through everything so if something catches my eye I'll usually take a closer look. From then on it's about the other 3 options. I guess gameplay firstly.

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Slambert-Anders
Slambert-Anders

I like Doom 1 & 2 better than Doom 3 so I think I'm not into visual

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Skj84d
Skj84d

Gameplay then story and dead last is visuals/audio. If you don't enjoy playing the actual game why bother going through the story.

Visuals/audio is just nice to have as a bonus, but it have no priority what-so-ever. That's why I prefer games like Age of Empires II over the modern games.

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Aert
Aert

In my opinion Crysis and (for example) Plants versus Zombies has the same quality of visuals i remeber that they have two absolutely different genres. So i would say...

1. Visuals
2. Gameplay / Storyline
3. Gameplay / Audio / Storyline
4. Gameplay / Audio / Storyline

... I just can't decide the last three

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Dread_Daedalus
Dread_Daedalus

same here... all about the storyline and game play... visuals comes in after those and Audio is really the least important but very nice to have... plus some times audio saves you from having to read text :]

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playmsbk
playmsbk

all of them except the audio
1st is gameplay
2nd is the storyline
3rd is the visuals

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nosfer4tu
nosfer4tu

Story, gameplay music and epicness at once.
Just like mass effect 2.

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madcat1030
madcat1030

The mass effects are amazing... Great storyline, great easy-to-understand controls and input that doesn't confuse, wonderful musical score, and okay-to-great graphics (okay = me1, great = me2). They hit the perfect game right on the nose.
However, there are 2 things that might drive some players away: Players who can't stand OTS combat might shy away from it, (I did at first, but as soon as I played it, I realized it wasn't horrible, as I'd feared; in fact, it didn't hurt at all, heh).... and the complexity of the storyline. There are a lot of people who don't care for storyline, but will love/loved Mass Effect, but there are some people who are just so off-put by such a prevalence of story, that they can't stand it. They'll wind up skipping every interaction and cut-scene, which is, in my opinion, skipping the game.

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