During my few weeks trial of Final Fantasy XIV, I came to two solid conclusions. First, the game was awfully pretty and detailed — pure screenshot material. And second, I could not stand the art style at all. Seriously, it gave me hives.
When it comes to an MMO’s looks, one can acknowledge a crowd-pleasing aesthetic while still finding it personally repulsive or attractive. I’ve seen similar responses for, say, WildStar, as friends have noted that it’s certainly colorful and well-designed, but for them it’s too busy and stylized to be enjoyable.
Have you ever found yourself shying away from an MMO based on its art design? Do you ever say, “If it only looked different, I’d totally play that!”?