No, my sentence was comparing a 3D game like Mario 64 to a 2D game like Super Mario Bros, since they are the same genre. Also, even if we were to consider 2D sprites in a 3D world, you can't say that you can't truly enjoy it, considering that the Super Mario RPG series has been doing just that to much success.+Jonas Van Dorpe
You're full of it. When the first madden was coming out for the Xbox 360, I remember them praising how you could see the sweat on the player's skin. That adds absolutely no benefit to the game, yet it gets praised because it's "better graphics." Graphics do not add up to the other stuff, they can merely make a game look better when it DOES the other stuff. Your example from Crysis has nothing to do with graphics. If the trees change because you shot at them, that is not graphics, that is gameplay. Graphics is how the game looks during each of these gameplay moments.
While I do not dismiss the benefit of good graphics (and story) in creating a more rich world for a game, if the game doesn't have good gameplay, then it isn't worth it. (There are exceptions of course, like porn games, where people don't exactly need to play and just want to look)