View Poll Results: Is WoW graphic too cartoony?

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  • Yes, it's too cartoonish, would be better more realistic

    46 10.65%
  • No, it's lovely as it is. Shouldn't change the style.

    386 89.35%
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  1. #61
    No doubt if WoW was made today, it would include a better gfx engine. I personally don't see a problem with WoW's graphics being too cartoony.

  2. #62
    I like WoW style better (and Wildtar). GW2 and rift art style for me looks really bad when there's a lot going on in your screen. The colors combined looks really bland in combat. It only looks pretty if your questing and looking @ scenery but it also feels that some bad textures are cheated by modern lighting and some post process blur thats going on.

  3. #63
    I would like to see WoW more grittier rather then colorful/cartoonish, especially when we get the new player models. My character needs to look like a badass that has been trough so many wars, not like an action figure

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    Not "too" cartoonish, but definitely cartoonish.

    However, I love the art style of WoW. The bright colours and visually engaging art is a big factor for why I became more invested in this game. Conversely, MMOs with more realistic graphics tend to get really boring on the eyes for me -- everything is a shade of grey, brown, or green. Bleh.
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  5. #65
    Smooth gameplay > graphics that fall into the Uncanny Valley anyway.
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  6. #66
    I actually stopped playing the Final Fantasy games when they jumped from cartoony to higher end graphics. I want my games to look like games.

  7. #67
    Quote Originally Posted by ItachiZaku View Post
    I actually stopped playing the Final Fantasy games when they jumped from cartoony to higher end graphics. I want my games to look like games.
    FFXIV is an example of a game in which high graphics quality has negatively affected gameplay. It's sad, I had high hopes for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osmeric View Post
    Smooth gameplay > graphics that fall into the Uncanny Valley anyway.

    i can get behind this,
    the importance of in-game physics is often underestimated, if not comepletely off many players' radar
    and of course play mechanics and game flow are surely as important as sensory presentation. These factors all need to be balanced.

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    Not really a problem.

    They formed this style back in the old warcrafts, they seem to fit home within the World of Warcraft too. A lovely addition to the game market still, even though it has come of age - many still learn of it, or even enjoy it.

    Though, I could easily be convinced to step a game if they added a bit more of my wishes into existence. But for now, there isn't many other choices.

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  10. #70
    Helllll to the no. A change to "realistic" graphics would herald the end of WoW's existence - one of the biggest reasons WoW has lasted as long as it has is its cartoonish graphics. Plus they're beautiful/unique, so I wouldn't want them to change anyway.

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    There is cartoony then there is ugly.

    WoW is at this point, ugly.

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    No, I don't think so. More "realistic" graphics in MMOs have put me off (let me name Aion as an example - because it is old enough to not cause some game clashing/bashing). I think WoW's graphics work well in game and the more detailed ones (rendered 3D CGI) still make for great cinematics
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    I hate games that try to look more realistic. The new final fantasy game, wow is that ugly and boring. Reminds me of EQ. Gameplay is just way to rough. I love color and art more freedom to do awesome beautiful creative environments.

  14. #74
    I never thought it looked too cartoonish until I saw the new Garrosh model. His goofy movements (facial expressions, especially) don't seem to fit well with the entire rest of the game's animation.

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    I see this thread topic come up from time to time. Always the same with me. It's kind of cartoonish, but it's the style that WoW is known for and it's a great style. Imo WoW would lose a lot of its esteem if it was reformatted to be "realistic".

  16. #76
    Most MMO's that go after realism end up looking pretty awful, and don't age well at all.

    What this game used to lack was a crispness to the art in general (this is very evident in old armor), and that really hasn't been an issue for a few expansions now.
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    It's fine imo... given it's age it's understandable and while it's not as realistic as some newer games I still wouldn't necessarily call it cartoony. It's kind of that in-between spot.

  18. #78
    I like it the way it is now.

  19. #79
    I remember when wow was coming out that the cartoony graphics were one of the major negative points about it. Only kids will play it! Look how it did compared to all the fancy graphic games that came out around the same time

  20. #80
    I prefer WoW. There's too much Uncanny Valley going on in Rift and GW2 for me, I deliberately choose non-human toons (or in the case of Rift, as non-human as possible) to play in those games.

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