I like the aesthetics of the paper map so I don't think it is ugly; however, agree that this appears to make it less functional since it is not always clear what is unexplored vs what is simply out of view. From the many let's plays I have watched, it is disappointing how hard it is to tell the difference. At the same time, I am hoping that playing the game for myself will be a better experience to judge if it clear or not. Also, I have not heard anyone with the preview copy complain about this issue so it might not be a big deal. Worst case, I am sure there will be mods for this and hoping for some more custom lenses to boot.