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Beautiful But Boring - 10 Games That Look Great, And Not Much Else (Update)

When playing games, it's hard not to pay attention to the graphics. But sometimes, it overshadows the most important element – the gameplay. This can result in beautiful productions, which are terribly boring.

The Ascent

Another production I tried as part of the Microsoft service was The Ascent. Encouraged by positive reviews – full of admiration for the graphics – and availability in GP, I downloaded it, knowing that it was probably not my kind of vibe. However, while I liked the cyberpunk reality, I found the rest rather disagreeable. I found the gunplay rather average, and every few moments I had to invent new epithets for an unequal level of difficulty. I quickly started to ignore the completely pretext story – as did numerous mistakes and shortcomings.

Neon lights of the streets mark the trail ... I imagine that I shoot like in the old days ... - 10 beautiful games where boredom blows - documentary - 2022-11-20
The neons of the streets mark the trail... I imagine shooting like in the old days...

Eventually, after a few months, I finished The Ascent. If I had to name one thing that made me come back and kept me going, it would be the beautiful artwork. Currently, the only thing I remember from the production of the Neon Giant studio is that it looked great. Since I've been playing the game over a period of a few months, the fact that the game was about eliminating legions of enemies became somewhat irrelevant.

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Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.

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