Originally Posted by Sordak
this kind of opinion keeps getting regurgitated by people who do not think about it.

Because it sounds logical on paper, when you dont actually put any thought into it.
Realism is better, the reductionist cries!

Instead of actually analyzing which games are said to have a good combat presentation and which wont.

By this stupid standard, Skyrim has better Combat Simulation than Dark Souls.

And this kind of opinion, calling other people’s personal preference stupid seems to be all too common here.

Whether non magic actions have fancy effects and to what extent is mainly a stylistic choice. There is no right or wrong about it.

Dark Souls’ and Skyrim’s combat systems are massively different. They are incomparable next to the small details we’re talking about here. Are you sure you really put any thought into your own “analysis”?