If you speak of "indirect" flaw, then I can see why and partially agree with 1) and 2)
About the second paradox, I don't agree: we just think that a great game, to be such considered, must be great under every point of view.
Taking a lot of care for graphics, obviously after taking care of what's more important, can only let the game charming and enchanting to see.
I don't see why people are contenting themselves.
It is true that, if there's a need to sacrify an aspect, it must be graphics.
But, in a way, I just think a lot of people here are contenting themselves, with the poor excuse to consider graphics shallow.
Graphics alone don't make a great game, but can help improving even more a game that's already wonderful.
I love TTG, I love what they're doing, I'm following them since 2004 and I'll support them 'til death.
But there's nothing wrong (and nothing shallow) on requesting better graphics.
By the way, do you really like the way the sea has been rendered in TMI? Honestly, c'mon.
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