Well, EWoM's gfx/art style is quite unique, that's a fact....it's not for "everyone". Some people surely won't like it. Personally I like the art style, however....gameplay > gfx. So, why do you care at all?
Cause I always care about how a good game looks, and, by the way, speaking about good gameplay you are just changing subject.
Personally I like the art style
Personally I liked much more first "concept" screenshots.
they were smooth, clean and cool looking. Now the graphics look far worse, with a poor overall feeling and terrible human units (sovereigns, soldiers, etc are atrocious in the beta, not just for low polycount but for the very art style itself).