I said the game looks absolutely beautiful. I never said it was technically amazing. Is it pushing advanced dx11 rendering techniques? No. Are you immersed in a living breathing world full of cohesive art style and execution? Yes.
MMO's are built to be efficient. Inexpensive low poly models/smaller textures = better performance
Anyone can place super high-poly inefficient models into an engine. What you get is diminishing returns. Wasted cpu/memory allocations for what? For a couple more polys on a tree stump? Um no thanks.
GW2 is in the sweet spot of pushing it's art direction far beyond it's sheer technical capabilities (efficient). In the end if it looks amazing and plays like butter, then who cares how/what tech they used to get there.
PC gaming @ 1080p is not PC gaming. This game looks absolutely beautiful at 2560x1440 on an ips panel @ 60fps. Anyone complaining about graphics, do yourself a favor and throw away your garbage 1080 tn panel. Geez, your better off on a console.
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