In this week's Community Spotlight we focus on the thread, "The best Bow and Arrow class of any MMORPG?" by jeeshadow. Jeeshadow kicks things off with a couple of his own examples:
Of course I realize i'm just getting opinions. But fire away!
I've always enjoyed two classes in MMO's more than any others. The heavy armored tank. And the range class using rifle, longbow, shortbow, etc.
My first experience with this class was with DAoC before Darkness Falls was added. I loved the scout! The range was intense, and when he crit'd, it was insane damage! But that's not what I really enjoyed about him now that I think about it. I enjoyed the complexity of the stats of the weapon and the arrows. You would have to choose and equip the arrows you think could do the best armor penetration depending on who you had your sights set on. And you could make these arrows and more advance bows. In short, you felt like a true archer, not a machine gun shooter with narrow wooden bullets.
The vanilla version of the WoW hunter was also a lot of fun, and for me it had to do with the complexity of it. There was now pet management (and it wasn't that easy to train a pet) and the crafting and choosing of the ammunition. The introduction of the rifle was a favorite part of that. Having a dwarf with a rifle just felt right, having a dwarf with a bow....seemed wrong!
There's ton more examples, so for all you fellow archers out there, which one is the best for you?
What were the MMORPG.com community's picks? Read on to find out!
Wizardry picks FFXI:
Wide array of choices from xbows to long bow to guns.Big selection of ammo as well,albeit is pretty much level based.Crafting is also a very large part in the ranger class,but crafting goes a long way in all classes.No pet,i don't believe copying other games using the pet is a good choice.A ranger should be all about Ranged combat,not pet combat.That is why FFXI does classes really good,the pet class is the Beastmaster.
The Ranger can use status bolts,elem,ental arrows,debuff bolts,sleep bolts/arrows,health regain bolts,add to that abilities to bind and create very large damage and utilize several choices for a sub class,makes it versatile and fun.
Loktofeit favors Asheron's Call's arrow-slinging class:
Asheron's Call. In a game where speed and jump are actual skills and where damage types truly mean something, the bow character is really amazing to play. You have a slider with speed on one side and accuracy on the other, so you can control whether you want to rapid fire easy targets or ensure landing the shot on harder targets. There are just so many cool aspects to it that it is by far my favorite of all the ones I've played.
Gravarg is a fan of DAOC's Scout:
The original DAoC Scout was fun, and probably my favorite. Most bow classes have to do some melee or kite or something. The Scout was almost purely a bow class. Other than the popular use of a shield to stun your enemy to escape, everything pretty much relies on your bow. I say the Original, because the scout used to do insane amounts of damage with thier first shot. They had access to fairly slow, but extremely high damage longbow. Friends and myself used to sit on keep walls cooridinating attacks on attackers, pretty much killing them in 1 hit. Another thing that was fun about the Scout was you could change your damage type by changing the arrows you used. So you could theroetically have an advantage against any armor type, just switch out your arrows, like broadhead arrows did slashing damage. I never had as much fun as I did with my Scout.
I tend to focus on Ranger or Archer classes the most in MMOs so this one is a bit tough for me. I enjoyed Warhammer Online's Shadow Warrior due to its versatility as either a on-the-move skirmisher or long-range sniper. I enjoyed the LOTRO Hunter as well, especially as a pet class. However, I think City of Heroes/Villains Archery/Trick Arrow combination just might take the cake. It's not as traditional as most other bow-and-arrow wielding classes, but the sheer variety in moves and arrow types really made things exciting. There was just something awesome about using an Oil Slick Arrow to create a pool of oil under your enemies (causing them to slip and fall) and then setting that same slick ablaze with Blazing Arrow.
What's your favorite MMO archer? Let us know in the comments below!