Top Ten Qualities of a Good Video Game

The Top Ten

1 Good Gameplay

Great controls, smooth movement and frame speed, fantastic level design, stunning graphics...these are all things I look for in a great game. People are going to disagree with me on this one but I think Sonic Lost World definitely has all of these things. Yes, I actually LIKE the controls in Sonic Lost World. Holding the run button isn't a big deal and really just feels like you are holding down a run button for Mario. Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario 3D World also have this. The list goes on. - DCfnaf

Obviously, A Game Like Batman: Arkham Knight Has Great Gameplay, Even if Some Of The Controls Are Unresponsive, Same Thing With Super Mario Galaxy 2, Good Gameplay, Games Like Dumb Ways To Die, Mario Party, And Temple Run Have Crappy Gameplay Yet People Still Praise Them, Good Entry And Reason - VideoGamefan5

If the gameplay sucks, the game sucks. Doesn't matter if the story is awesome, if I can't have fun playing the game then the game isn't good. - cjWriter1997

The gameplay is the most important part of a game, and it will affect how enjoyable a game is the most. - Samoy

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2 Originality

I don't care about Multiplayer, you always have that annoying kid on either teams. And gameplay is indeed something, but Nothing ever comes close to originality.

For me, a good game needs to be something unique, exotic, and different from any other games. Sure, it might be severely underrated, but. I'm having enough shooter games with the same plots over and over and over again.

A good game also can be original by genre, I mean, you don't always need a multiplayer kind of game to enjoy gaming. Sure, your friends can't play with you. But the point of any game is mostly based on it's story, not playing together. Game devs need to experiment with other game genres, like maybe horror. There's not that much spooky games after FNaF, or maybe something related to exercise?

So please, if some game is different from your everyday games, appreciate it. It's one of its kind.

That is all true, but multiplayer is also important. Besides, their are multiplayer modes that allow you to choose which players you want to play with you or have on their team. - Samoy

Not necessarily because everyone hates FNaF. Mario usually has the same story and it gets praised all the time. Sonic has original gimmicks every game and someone always complains about them. Originality is good, but I feel like people get angry if they get original. - DCfnaf

3 Good Multiplayer

What about the story mode if there is one? Story is much more important. - DapperPickle

It's fun to have a multiplayer mode in a game. - Samoy

Good multiplayer. Absolutely. You need a fantastic game with two - four players and you've got yourself a pleasant experience. Super Mario 3D World. - DCfnaf

Example: Halo Reach - It wasn't Call of Duty, had good maps, and a lot of great gamemodes, the best being Grifball, Infection, and just regular Slayer. The best part was when killing an enemy, confetti would pop up and children screamed "YAY! "

4 A Long Story Mode that Lasts for Hours

Games like Skyrim will entertain you four hundreds of hours and you're still not even close to being done.

Yes, you want to have a great story with massive character development and interesting level design. - DCfnaf

Hopefully it won't drag on too long. - DapperPickle

5 Responsive Controls

Games are much more enjoyable and tolerable if the controls work well with them. - Samoy

Goes well with the overall good gameplay. - cjWriter1997

6 Good Story
7 Stunning Graphics

To me graphics are a plus to the overall game. If the game itself is good, than the graphics are just a wonderful bonus. - cjWriter1997

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Has Good Graphics, But does That Make It Good? - VideoGamefan5

Graphics help, but it's not the ONLY thing that makes a game good. Just one of the things. - Samoy

Doesn't make a good game. - DapperPickle

This can be true. It doesn't necessarily affect anything (unless it's barf on the screen like Sonic Boom). Super Mario 64 DS is one of my favorite games of all time and it's graphics are outdated nowadays. FNaF Sister Location's graphics are somewhat lacking compared to FNaF 4, but it is still my favorite game in the franchise. Undertale is 8-bit and it is such a good game. - DCfnaf

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9 Good Characters
10 Good Soundtrack

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11 Good Use of Details
12 Intense Violence, Blood, and Gore

That doesn't make a good video game at all it just makes for some satisfying/sickly death scenes. - DapperPickle

No it isn't. If Sonic 06 had this, would that make it a good game? - TwilightKitsune

Uh, Legend of Zelda doesn't have any intense violence, blood or gore and it's still an awesome game series. - cjWriter1997

It doesn't go well for every type of game. - Samoy

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13 Made by a Good Video Game Developer

Nintendo, SEGA, Square Enix, Valve, Naughty Dog, Rockstar, Toby Fox, Scott Cawthon, etc. are good developers. They can still screw up sometimes, but they're good.

Activision, EA, King, Stellar Stone, Big Red Button, PETA, LJN...stay away from these guys. - DCfnaf

LOL you ain't worth my time buddy. I can see why "Intense Violence, Blood, and Gore" is on your list now. - DCfnaf

14 Good Protagonist

I mean...Mario isn't necessarily a great protagonist compared to Sonic, but Mario's games are more polished and high quality than Sonic's. so yeah, this may be true in some instances, but not all. - DCfnaf

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16 Good Sound Design
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18 It's Worth the Money You Spend
19 It Works
20 Minimal Glitches

A few glitches make a game more fun or easier, but too many glitches in a game can ruin it. - Samoy

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