We're all missing out on many good games, and out life won't last enough to play all of them, and new ones come out everyday. I would rather be missing out on those that make my eyes bleed, and the fake "retro" shooters - like Project Warlock you mentioned - , without insta save and graphics WORSE than Wolfenstein 3D, with a MODERN bad-looking-pixelated, not retro at all. I didn't question the gameplay (though I bet it has very little of the real classics).
Children of Morta is well.done pixel art. This looks just like indie convention eye sore to me.
As for Painkiller...it was ok, nothing more, mindless fun but too repetitive and over-celebrated.
I mean, I think you definitely should only give money to games that interest you, but I'd be careful about judging games mainly by graphics. Nightmare Reaper has 95% on Steam, so it must be doing something right.
Steam's a binary system, and you're forced to choose 1, or 0.
So it's even worse than GOG's 1 to 5 system, also forced.
I refuse to use any review system that forces me to give it a numerical score, or accept any number scoring system.
Some of us, detest all these pixelated pieces of crap, that seem to infest both Steam, and GOG, by pretending retro means having 8-bit graphics.
These games fully deserve to be judged by making that graphics choice.
We judge them, by not buying them, so we can't review them even if we wanted to.
I don't expect amazing graphics, but I do expect the devs to at least use the power of modern 64-bit graphics.
Even 32-bits would be good enough, but no lower than that is acceptable to me.
When games could only be 8-bit, those devs would have loved to have even 1080p, and 32-bit CPU's.
Never mind the 4k screens, and 64-bit CPU's some of us now use.
It's the deliberate choice to downgrade I despise, and I was gaming back when 8-bit was all we had.
I was so disappointed that games remained 8-bit, when I got my 16-bit Amiga.
Then they had the valid excuse, that most gamers were still on that 8-bit hardware.
There is absolutely no excuse for going 8-bit now, most PC's are 64-bit these days.
I lost my 8-bit nostalgia goggles, in 1985, when I was using an Amiga, and I have no intention of wearing new ones.
As soon as I see pixelated graphics, that I know look awful on my 1440p monitor, I lose all interest in the game.
I shudder to think what they look like in 4k, or above.
Another thing is I judge games, based on my preferences, not what others think.
I can't stand lots of games, that I acknowledge as good games, just not what I like.
I also like a few acknowledged bad games, because I have fun, despite their obvious flaws.
Usually that means using mods to fix the flaws, but not always.