While graphics aren't everything, console and game developers often pride themselves on shifting units based on their visual tech being the best in the business.
They may not be everything, but graphics do account for a great deal - espeically as a first impression. Players will experience a game's visuals before they get to the gameplay, both through trailers long before release and through opening cutscenes, once they finally sit down to play the finished product.
Why then, have so many AAA titles over the years managed to make such a mess of this aspect of development?
Whether through cynical downgrades of what has been shown off to excite crowds, an imbalance between certain visual aspects or just that the developers did a rubbish job with the money at their disposal, sometimes poor presentation can tank an otherwise good game.
Unless of course, it was never a good game to begin with, and the graphics are simply another strike against the whole experience.
No matter their overall quality, good or bad, the following titles may have had everything going for them, but they look pretty damn janky.