It's true. Even when I saw it first time on PS1, I didn't find the graphics appealing. Particularly, the color palette is super boring (like they could only use a few hundred colors max otherwise the hardware would croak or something). What got me hooked was the spy thriller movie theme of the storyline. It's like what a James Bond story would be like if he changed careers and became a mercenary. The first 30 minutes or so need patience. After that, you will be dying to find out what happens next.Sadly I think those graphics would take me at least partially out of any storyline no matter how interesting if I tried to get into it for the first time now.