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.
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.