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Community Spotlight: Favorite MMO Zone

Posted by MikeB Monday August 5 2013 at 2:14AM
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In this week's Community Spotlight, we focus on the thread, "What is your personal favorite zone/area of all-time in an mmo?" by Epicent:

Some of you may laugh at me but my personal favorite was  Ashenvale from WoW (pre-cata). It  may be because I was younger but it gave me a feeling of awe and wonder that I have not often gotten from an mmo. What about  you guys? What is your favorite place in an mmo. Could be a dungeon or zone  or town or whatever. I'm just curious to see what answers I'll get.

Read on for some highlights from the thread!

Homitu picks Ashenvale from World of Warcraft:

Well, OP, you beat me to it.  When I saw the thread title, I came here to mention Ashenvale from vanilla - WotlK WoW.  I still get chills when I listen to the music of Ashenvale!  The atmosphere and ambiance was just haunting.  Plus, I loved the Night Elf lore.  I've logged onto a free trial account a few times since Cata, but unfortunately, they changed the Night Elf zones so much, especially Darkshore, that it's difficult to even recapture the nostalgia :(

The Human starting zones, on the other hand, the Elwynn > Westfall > Redridge > Duskwood cluster, still do it for me.  I still log on every Halloween season to quest through the human areas and venture into the haunted cemeteries of Duskwood.  Such a great atmosphere.

I also loved Howling Fjord and Grizzly Hills when WotlK came out.  

The only other zones that make the list for me are...nearly *every single zone in GW2*...  Where as, out of 10 zones, most MMOs tend to have 2 I really loath, 6 I'm indifferent to, and 1 I really like and 1 I absolutely love, GW2 seems to have 7 I absolutely love, 2 I really like, and 1 I'm indifferent to.  It's quite simply the most beautiful and fun open MMO world I've ever been in.

trinix can't limit himself to just one:

I'd start by saying EQ, almost every zone up until PoP.

Some highlights though,

Velk's lab, vertical ice dungeon ftw, kedge keep, underwater dungeon, omg. Kitty Forest, no zone has me freaked out so much as that zone, as young halfling you are educated to stay out of that zone at night. Lake of Ill Omen. Only the walk to the zone was a challange to start with. You had to walk passed these Driders. Usually one or two had see invis/stealth on them, so you had to get a SOW from your local druid/ranger or run with a group. Many groups died to them in the end. And LOIO, I remember spending so much time there. And well everything related to the dwarf, giant, dragon factions.

To make it good, Vanguard showed up and had some great adventures for me as well. Ancient Port Warehouse was already mentioned. Great dungeon with so much space, if they spend a bit more time on fixing the code, 6+ raids would easily be able to simultaniously do the dungeon and most wouldn't run into eachother at all. 

But Ruins of Vol Tuniel showed us that open dungeons had a place in modern MMO's. A big dungeon, where you would get lost, again could wander in a direction and never find another group, easily could hold 3+ groups, not counting the salamander wing that was hiding beneath the surface. Man I loved and hated that place for getting completely lost. And when you were done there you would enter Thelaseen, lair of the dragon riders. This was a dungeon in the trees, a complete society of evil guys living and walking around above ground. It's a dungeon, but it has a lot of open air. CC was really important. Last I want to mention Nusibe Necropolis. It's one of the best dungeons I've seen in years. Getting lost was easier than finding the way. Dragged corpses around with rez stones for people, had to mezz as a rogue or I couldn't get passed them. It took a lot of skill and adventuring in there with a group was super awesome as well. Really great dungeon.

I would say Nusibe was my best experience in the past years.

vorrin5 picks EverQuest's Ak'Anon:

Tough one, but I'd have to choose Ak'Anon in EverQuest. I know it's weird that I picked a starting city, but it still gives me nostalgia.

My first EQ character was a gnome and my human cleric main (second character) used to hang out in Steamfont Mountains buffing newbies. At least until my friend got angry with me for spending too much time there and not leveling. I enjoyed it though.

I even once attempted to build a replica of  Ak'Anon as a counterstrike map when I couldn't afford a subscription to EQ. It didn't turn out as well as I would have hoped though.

I know I'm probably going to be leaving something out here, but the first zone that comes to mind for me is Grandville from City of Villains. The propaganda video screens depicting Lord Recluse throughout the zone and more importantly the zone's awesome sense of verticality really set it apart for me. Other than that, a couple of zones that would make my short list include:  Endor and Dathomir in Star Wars Galaxies and Age of Conan's Eiglophian Mountains.

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