I'm not going to lie to you guys... I totally applied for the Elder Scrolls: Online Beta
So did I. But actually I am quite sure it won't manage to attract me by the time it launches after seeing this screenshot.
It's always the same problem: I am an artstyle ... male ... *****... an artstyle callboy, I guess, and although I know WoW
would, theoretically, have been a great
game just like TERA and possibly RIFT, and SWTOR, at least for a short while,
I never managed to lay hand on them, simply because my throat would convulse in disgust at the sight of golden dragon
head pauldrons spewing purple flames out of gem-adorned jaws while the neon-red-white eyes swirl in a never-ending
dance of lollipop madness. It would not convulse if it was a borderlands game. So the point is not the artstyle per se either.
But from a MMO in an ostensible medieval fantasy setting, I expect a bit of toned-down, "stylish" realism
while I toss
around totally unrealistic fireballs. Not bombshell boobs. Not ***-wiggling superwomen. Not childporn lolitas. Not Duke
Nukem, not Kung-Fu Panda, and not SuperdragonkillersephirothXXXmadkillerofdarkdoomdarkness. Just a sword, a leather
gauntlet, my sturdy rusty chainmail, and lots of good friends and battlebrothers. I want to be the hero, and I want my friends
to be the heroes. Not our swords.
I would love to honestly be able to state that graphics don't matter. But the fact is, while pixel count matters little, the style
of the art seems to matter a lot to me. I simply can't help it.