The Ten Ton Hammer MMOG Decade Awards 2001-2010 - Page 4

Updated Sat, Apr 06, 2013 by B. de la Durantaye

Making a game pretty to look at may not guarantee its top placement in gamers' homes, but it is something deserving of an award.

The Art & Animation award is a tricky category to consider. Obviously newer games with newer technology will look better than most older games. But instead of just considering the obvious current "prettiness" of the game, we needed to look at the thought and design behind the art and animation that went into the games we play.

The winner this decade was a relatively newer one, having launched in May of 2008, but the reason it won the award was plainly due to the attention the art team put into the detail of the game.

Best Art & Animation 2001-2010
Age of Conan Logo


Runner Up:
Aion (NCsoft)

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is undoubtedly one of the best looking games MMO gamers have played this decade. From tiny pock-marks in skin textures to underwater god-rays in the DirectX 10 client, detail was a top concern for Funcom in the development of the game.

Smooth animations of avatars and environmental entities pushed the game beyond anything we had ever seen before in an MMO game. Hyboria is truly a beautiful, yet brutal world.

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