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Community Spotlight: Best MMO Cities?

Posted by MikeB Thursday March 10 2011 at 11:57AM
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This week's Community Spotlight focuses on the thread "What were the best cities in an MMORPG?" by MMO.Maverick. The topic is fairly self-explanatory, so let's kick things off with Mavericks take:

These were the memorable cities I encountered:

- Kelethin (EQ): combined with the typical Kelethin music, this is one of the MMO cities that stuck with me in all the MMO years that followed

- Pandaemonium (Aion): it's large, and has a high fantasy atmosphere without a doubt.

- Tarantia (AoC): take all the areas together, and there's no denying that Tarantia does a good job giving the impression of a thriving, lively Hyborian city where a lot of adventure happens

- Stormwind (WoW): when I first started playing WoW, Stormwind managed to capture perfectly the atmosphere of WC3 for me, like I would've pictured WC3 to be if it was made into an MMO. Good memories.

- Millennium City (CO): a city that really feels like a modern day metropole and not a miniature version of it.

Those I'm looking forward to:

- Coruscant (SWTOR): it looks majectic and vast, this Star Wars city planet, from what I've seen of it so far.

- Divinity's Reach (GW2): this must be the most beautifully designed city I've seen so far, this last capital of the human race. Magnificent, without a doubt.

So what were the community's favorite cities? Read below to find out!

nolf adored the PvP hotbed of Anchorhead in SOE's Star Wars Galaxies:

Anchorhead in SWG is my all time favorite MMO city/town.  While I could rifle off a few that come close, the constant PvP clashing in Anchorhead on my server virtually defined that game to me.  Between that, the Tusken & Jabba runs and hanging out in the hybrid cantina/med center, Anchorhead holds a special place in my heart.

I always found it ironic that the smallest little desert oasis seemed to have the biggest presence.

Ultima Online's Britain received a good deal of love in Maverick's thread, here's sacredcow4's take:

Brittain.  Period.  Nothing captures the feel of a living breathing city like Brit in UO.  You had real beggars, real merchants, real mercenaries... the city itself was very real.  Blacksmiths congregated around the forge repairing armor, people sold goods by the bank...

I'd have to say Brittain is the best city with no close contest.  It was the ONLY city that made me feel like I was actually there.  What did you have in Stormwind?  Scenery, Auction House, and Bank.  No real portrayal of city life.  No feeling of players actually populating the city.

Garvon3 loved Camelot, of you guessed it, Dark Age of Camelot fame:

One of the best cities in any MMO I've played

Camelot - of Dark Age of Camelot.

You had everything you  ever needed inside those walls. Dozens of quest NPCs, citizens just milling around talking to one another, a din of crafters and traders in the air. You could buy any kind of armor or weapon in the market square, the crafting center had tons of material merchants. You had all the trainers in their respective buildings. The Clerics and Paladins in the Church, the Wizards in the Arcane University, martial classes in the Defenders of Albion, thieves and dark classes were hidden in the undercrofts of the city with the poison merchants. And of course, the central guild areas with banks, guild emblem merchants, Merlin's Tower, and most importantly, the Round Table.

It was, and still is, an impressive city.

My favorite MMO city has to be Theed, Naboo in Star Wars Galaxies. The city was so large and majestic, and easily captured the look and feel of Theed from the films. Many of the Naboo cities were almost as beautiful and somewhat serene. The Lake Retreat was quiet and isolated and again, just as beautiful as it appeared in Episode II. Say what you want about SOE's shortcomings with Star Wars Galaxies but the design and layout of the games' various cities was certainly not one of them!