The Talos Principle didn't get labeled as lazy.i think it was obvious but in case not i was kidding.
It's more about if the player can be immersed and feel like a physical human just from head bob and context.
i'm not sure if i know enough to even say anything. are you a first-person perspective? if so i don't think people expect the player to cast a shadow. also people judge less on indie titles. a AAA from playstation would be judge much more critically on these details.