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Community Spotlight: Most Beautiful World

Posted by MikeB Sunday February 10 2013 at 9:35PM
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In this week's Community Spotlight, we're focusing on the thread, "The most beautiful world", by PWN_FACE.

PWN_FACE says:

I like having a game where I don't have to kill all the time. I have Chivalry when I want my pvp  and I want it bloody. I have a lot of games for pvp. But I really want something where I can just relax, do some fishing, gathering, taking in the sites, hunting when I feeling like farming or grinding something. 

WoW was fun for a couple of years. I leveled really slowly and enjoyed doing all the stuff you could do in Azeroth. But I'm done there now. I think Rift's Telara is an attactive world, as well, and I like that they have fishing.  

What is the most beautiful mmorpg world you can actually go out and enjoy without having to fight all the time? Is there fishing, etc?

 

What are your favorite MMO worlds? Read on for some of the thread highlights!

csthao picks Ultima Online:

Ultima Online

Not a 3D world, but its still very beautiful game. Run around the world, see how people design their homes, or just wander the forests, and you'll most likely find a dungeon. Fishing you say? Get a boat go fishing and you'll end up snagging a sea creature. Caught a prized fish? Mount it! Like collecting fishes? Keep em in your awuarium.

Ultima Online give you the type of freedom you'd expect from any game and more! It's ROLE PLAYING at its best.

Scalpless is a fan of Guild Wars 2's Tyria:

GW2 is my personal favorite because of how diverse and detailed its locations are. Most of its locations have relatively low mob density, so you can run around and explore without fighting endless waves of mobs. It also has very organic mob placements, so you'll rarely run into a bunch of bandits walking on a grass patch with some bears and tigers between them. In fact, mobs fight each other properly, so you'll often see tigers hunting smaller animals, bandits fighting centaurs, etc. No fishing, but lots of underwater exploration and combat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEpU02GUoE8

The engine used in TSW and AoC is better technically, but AoC isn't detailed enough for me. TSW is beautiful in its own way, but it's not as good in motion and has too many mobs. It definitely gets my "best light shafts ever" reward.

WoW is pretty good, too, but you know what it looks like.

sanshi44 is a fan of classic Norrath:

This may sound strange to you guys but the most beautiful world ive played in is Norrath (Everquest one) although it may not have the highest end graphic and textures than other games but that it not where the beauty of that world exsists. The beauty of norrath is the feeling of the zones/areas as you explore. Not a single zone/area looks or feels the same as another one in the world there all had there own set of feeling and uniqueness this is what made this world so Beautiful you can explore one area and know you will never come across another place like it no matter where you went. All the cities had there own different feeling to them for example

Qeynos the human capaital on the west coast of Antonica was a bussling city that felt happy

Freeport on the other hand on the east coast of Antonica when hiking through the dessert you reach the coastling and gaze at the empowering might of the city you feels its power however once u delve into the city and unturn a few stones you get a feeling of sadness in the city being filled with corruption however there still hope that the palidins hold the northern part of they city still which is free of corruption.

Rivervale located in the center of Qeynos and Freeport is home to the hafling, It has a peaceful yet somewhat mysterious feel to it, It was like the peace surrounded by the dark, I think maybe that was because it was somewhat difficult to travel to and from at lower levels its kinda got the feeling of being that one peaceful happy place that welcomes you after a long hard dangerous journmey to it.

Halas north of Qeynos is a city covered in snow and ice, the home of the barbarian the freezing wind and icy snow fall on this city though out the whole year yet it felt like home to those after traveling through the snowy plains and icy paths you come across this white gem of antonica despite being covererd in snow and ice it had a somewhat warm feel to the city.

I can go one about how every zone felt in norrath however i would be creating quite a wall of text haha so i think ill stop here lol its gives you quite a understanding to what im trying to get at im hoping. The true beauty of a world for me comes from the feeling and the unique looks of areas and zones and in norrath every zone had its unique feeling or looks and to me that what made it the most beautiful world ove played in.

As for me, gosh it's so hard to just pick one...

I'm not the biggest Lord of the Rings fan, but LOTRO's world is truly gorgeous. The Shire, in particular, is as vibrant and beautiful as it looked in the films.

Age of Conan features large sweeping vistas, tall mountains, harsh terrain, lush jungle and more. The Eiglophian Mountains area in AOC is one of my favorite MMO zones ever; it's simply gorgeous.

Star Wars Galaxies' planets were really gorgeous as well, especially if you cranked up the graphics and could see all the flora for long distances at a time. Honestly, now that I think about it, I can't believe how beautiful that game was for something released in 2003. If you could go back today, I think many would still find the environments impressive. The points-of-interest scattered throughout the game were great easter eggs for those who saw the films and especially for those who have read tons of the Expanded Universe material.

If I had to pick one out of all the games mentioned above, it would have to be Star Wars Galaxies.

What are your picks? Share 'em with us in the comments below!

bcbully writes:

Age of Wushu habds down. 

I spent most the day today growing, feeding, silkworm larva into silk worms, then selling them so that tailors can make silk. I also spent a lot of time doing calligraphy. 

 

The professions are cool little mini games. 

Sun Feb 10 2013 11:32PM Report
FromHell writes: Age of Conan & Secret World because the dreamworld engine features beat every other engine hands down. Love godrays, multiple shadow casters, force shadows from every lightsource, ultra far view distance of NPCs and Player characters, underwater caustics, water reflections from everything, and tesselation only TSW right now), DX10/DX11 and overall very good world building in both games Mon Feb 11 2013 2:45AM Report
Eivi writes: Tbh. I quite like EvE onlines systems. May not be the most dynamic, but oh so pretty Mon Feb 11 2013 4:15AM Report
Thorkune writes: Age of Conan for me. It's the only game that I have actually went out of my way to climb a hill just to see the landscape. Mon Feb 11 2013 6:11AM Report
sanshi44 writes: O my post for picked in the community spotlight :3 that doesnt happen very often :) Mon Feb 11 2013 6:30AM Report
mymmo writes: Age of conan and The secret world hands down :) Mon Feb 11 2013 6:34AM Report
black_isle writes: Azeroth, Middle-Earth, Hyboria. Mon Feb 11 2013 11:19AM Report
Jaedor writes: LOTRO, WoW, Rift if we're talking environments for relaxing, exploring, fishing and no killing. Mon Feb 11 2013 12:48PM Report
Jaedor writes: LOTRO, WoW, Rift if we're talking environments for relaxing, exploring, fishing and no killing. Mon Feb 11 2013 12:48PM Report
GroovyFlower writes:

Asheron's call 2 open world Dereth 11year old game but still rather good graphics in 1080p resolution realy nice looking world.

Of modern mmo's by far tyria world in Guild Wars 2 no mmo comes close how beautiful this world looks like.

 

Tue Feb 12 2013 5:41AM Report
MurlockDance writes:

For me, one of the most beautiful MMORPG worlds was Ryzomes'. It had interesting and mysterious zones, which were huge and dynamic. The areas changed with the season and weather... was absolutely incredible ! There were tons of interesting areas to explore and the game felt incredibly organic in a way that no other MMORPG has come close.

By today's graphical standards, it is a little bit dated now, but when it came out it ran smoothly and was a beautiful gameworld.

Similarly, I like Telon with its weather (wind in trees and plants), cool places to investigate, and nice landscapes, but the engine leaves a lot to be desired.

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