Graphics don't make good games! What heresy is this? Burn him, burn the unbeliever!
And that is a given really, but it gives me another chance to gush over Baldur's Gate 2 so I'll take it.
Baldur's Gate has graphics that by most peoples modern standards would probably be considered "good for the time" at best, but the great writing and characters kept me coming back for more. One has only to google search "Play old games on Windows Vista/7/8" to look at how many classic games are still played today.
Heck look at the final fantasy series, you have a group of fanboys which say the franchise was best during it's 2D era (ok 4 was really good and 6 did have Kefka) and even more who swear the games never managed to match 7 (actually 9 is the best, and if you don't agree...well you're wrong) look at the franchise today where despite getting prettier and prettier they are some of the most reviled games in the franchise, 13 was basically the gaming equivalent of how to lose friends and alienate people.
Wow, I managed to gush over BG2 and trash FF13 in the same post. This is a good start to the day