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  Thillian

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1/17/13 4:02:11 AM#21

1. Vanguard

2. Vanguard with low far clipping plane

3. Vanguard without high distant textures

4. Vanguard without graphics

5. LOTRO

REALITY CHECK

  Doogiehowser

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1/17/13 4:04:28 AM#22
AOC and EQ2 for me.

"The problem is that the hardcore folks always want the same thing: 'We want exactly what you gave us before, but it has to be completely different.'
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  Scalpless

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1/17/13 4:34:10 AM#23

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.

  ShakyMo

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1/17/13 4:40:14 AM#24
I'm thinking eve.

Don't agree with gw2 it has nice character models and great animations but the terrain is low poly and the ground textures are very low rez, lower rez than wow even.

In terms of art, but not high fidelity graphics both wow and war are strong. But i wouldn't call either great environments, just they make the best use of the art with the low graphics engines they have.

While my vote goes to eve. Aoc, tsw, lotr & tera should be the ones in the runing from more conventional mmos.

Planetside 2 and vanguard deserve a mention because of the scale, though ps2 suffers from nearly as bad ground textures as gw2 and vanguard suffers from a lot of repeating textures / weird pattern effect.
  Eir_S

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GW2 socialist.

1/17/13 4:52:21 AM#25

Going from the question of aesthetics, I'd have said GW2.  It's simply the most gorgeous MMO I've played yet, though Aion was pretty nice.

However, you also said you want a world where you don't have to fight things all the time, which tosses many MMO's right out the window right there.  GW2 has several good spots where the events or heart quests are kind of relaxing, even amusing, but once you get to the higher levels, you'll be in constant combat. 

For that reason, I disagree with the above poster who mentioned PS2 lol

  PWN_FACE

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OP  1/17/13 5:03:05 AM#26

To be more focused, what I'm looking for is a game world where you can fish in peace -- or with a slight risk. For example, I used to go fish in old Azshara on a pvp server back during BC. It was pretty dead there, but there was always the chance of getting ganked, which did happen once (and the guy kept camping me...he just wouldn't let me fish). There are also some nice places to fish in Telara (Rift). 

 

Some people mentioned Darkfall. I would agree that Agon is my favorite place to explore of all time, but the Agon of DF1 is gone. There wasn't fishing, but you could build a raft and go explore islands and farm remote spawns, gather rare ores or find cool treasure chests. Of course, there was a lot of risk, but it could also be relaxing if you found a relatively safe spot. That was part of the challenge -- finding those out of the way places and easter eggs.

 

TSW doesn't have fishing or gathering. It's a great game and I have a lot of fun playing it, but most of what I do is combat related. It's not really a "beautiful" or relaxing world to me. But it does have a kickass ambiance and that's what I love about it. It's just for a different mood.  GW2 doesn't have fishing either, but I do find gathering and killing stuff as I level slowly very relaxing. My main toon is about 48 and I've been playing since launch, so you know how slow it goes for me. I'm very casual when I jump in to GW2. 

 

Seems like a lot of people have recommended LoTR and Vanguard. Those might be worth looking at again. Someone said Aion, but I don't think there's fishing. Maybe gathering can be fun and relaxing with occasional ganking threats, right? I haven't played Aion for a long time and I might have to start all over. My highest toon was in the 20s.

 

I guess I'm looking for a beautiful virtual world because for my job I'm living in a crowded and harsh urban environment for a while and I just like to see something relaxing and pleasant. Kind of tired of all the blood and gore and just want to do some other stuff. But not ready for Sims 3 or A Tale in the Desert, yet, so ... :D

  Scalpless

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1/17/13 5:33:55 AM#27
Sounds like might like ArchAge, but unfortunately it's pretty far from its English release.
  tyfon

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1/17/13 5:34:12 AM#28

If you are not worried about dated graphics, but still a beautifull world I'd say AO is pretty nice and extremly explorable. No fishing though.

For new games AoC or TSW are the most advanced and high quality graphics for MMOs. The Kitai areas in AoC are absolutely stunning. Some TSW screens from my playing can be seen here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pddvxk1czeusiji/kCCLh-yjmJ

 

Age of Wushu has fishing and a pretty world, but the world is FFA pvp (with severe penalties for gankers), but still you must be prepared at all time.

 

I also really enjoy the graphic style in EvE online, but that is a different beast all together :)

 

TERA might be nice for you too, but it is too candyland for me and is very combat focused (the quests really sucked when I tried, and you are much better off just grinding mobs or failing harvesting on your elin!).

 

I really think you should try Age of Wushu first of all since it does not require combat to level. You can just goof around, fish, mine some, craft or produce art that buff other professions.

  Kruul

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1/17/13 5:36:06 AM#29
LOTRO
  ShakyMo

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1/17/13 5:38:01 AM#30
Pwn
Having read your second post

Seriously EVE

Find a nice spot in high sec with some stunning galactic vistas and mine away.
  mindw0rk

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1/17/13 5:42:26 AM#31

1.5 months ago I would give another answer but now Age of Wushu (Age of Wulin) is clear winner for me. Chinese designers did extraordinary work.

 

ps/ Ive played every game mentioned above

  Benedikt

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1/17/13 5:51:50 AM#32

add eve and wushu: i dont get it - how can anyone who actually read OP's post could recommend a game with open world pvp?

i say vanguard myself, or to lesser extent lotro

  PWN_FACE

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OP  1/17/13 6:01:14 AM#33

Thanks all for a lot of great suggestions!

 

Actually, I've been playing AoC the last couple of days and enjoyed it. It's not a chilling out in the world game for me. It's definitely fun for combat, atmosphere and story, though.

 

I'm downloading Age of Wushu right now, since I've never played it. I will also check out Wulin. It comes out later, right?

 

And I've definitely been looking forward to ArcheAge. I can get access to the Korean client and actually played on my friend's account the other day, but there is the language barrier. Though I've heard there is an English patch for the Korean client, I haven't actually been able to locate where to download it on any of the fansites,  nor have I heard from anyone who's successfully used it. I think that game will have a lot of content and a steep learning curve, so it would be frustrating not being able to understand the language.

 

I will also get around to taking new looks at EVE, LoTRO, and Vanguard, all three of which I have on Steam.

  tyfon

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1/17/13 6:01:54 AM#34
Originally posted by Benedikt

add eve and wushu: i dont get it - how can anyone who actually read OP's post could recommend a game with open world pvp?

i say vanguard myself, or to lesser extent lotro

 

I have played Age of Wushu on the russian server for a bit, and only been attempted ganked twice. It is really the penalties (jail and bounty) that keeps them from doing it. I have actually played AoW almost exactly as the OP describes.

 

In EvE you can lolly about in high sec no problem either unless you have enemies of your corp or pirates wanting you for some reason. If you join a NPC corp you cannot be wardeced anyway.

  DKLond

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1/17/13 6:09:03 AM#35

Definitely WoW for having so many and so different powerful atmospheres. Every zone was like stepping onto a finished high-budget fantasy movie set. I always loved that world design and superb art direction. Areas like Ashenvale, Azshara, Elwynn Forest, Westfall and so on are completely fresh in my mind - even if it's been years since I really played it.

Age of Conan is also really, really beautiful - and the music is fantastic.

LOTRO probably has the best sense of place and is true to Tolkien.

Secret World doesn't have that much variety - but the atmosphere in an area like Kingsmouth is just beyond compare. Even WoW can't quite match it - though WoW has a LOT more variety.

Guild Wars 2 has the best looking cities of all time - but I didn't think the terrain/zones were particularly well done. I think I saw 6-7 zones before I quit playing, and none of them stood out to me.

 

  Benedikt

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1/17/13 6:49:41 AM#36
Originally posted by tyfon
Originally posted by Benedikt

add eve and wushu: i dont get it - how can anyone who actually read OP's post could recommend a game with open world pvp?

i say vanguard myself, or to lesser extent lotro

 

In EvE you can lolly about in high sec no problem either unless you have enemies of your corp or pirates wanting you for some reason. If you join a NPC corp you cannot be wardeced anyway.

well thats not quite true - unless you are mining or hauling in some really crappy ship, it does happen that you get suicide attack in high sec (not to mention things lika can flipping etc.)

  Benedikt

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1/17/13 6:50:56 AM#37
Originally posted by PWN_FACE
I'm downloading Age of Wushu right now, since I've never played it. I will also check out Wulin. It comes out later, right?

 

age of wushu = wulin, wulin is just its name for eu market

  dreamsofwar

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1/17/13 6:58:05 AM#38
LOTRO, because you simply can't beat Middle Earth. Its more than graphics, and i can't fully explain it but all I can say is just being in that world feels fantastic.
  kevjards

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1/17/13 6:59:21 AM#39
Vanguard..i spend days at a time just gathering,crafting..i've been on lvl 52 for about 2 months now lol..a lot of times i just get on my mount and travel around because its so huge.
  Maephisto

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1/17/13 6:59:57 AM#40

Tyria (GW2) hands down.

Second would be the universe in Eve online.

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