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Community Spotlight: Best MMO Combat Animations

Posted by MikeB Sunday November 18 2012 at 9:23PM
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In this week's Community Spotlight, we focus on the thread, "Which MMO has the best combat animations?" by Jonoku. Jonoku kicks things off with his favorite MMO animations:

All I know is that I love the SWTOR combat animations and it's the best I have seen. I want to know about other MMOs that also have great animations.

What are your thoughts?

What's the rest of the community saying? Read on to find out!

Metanol picks DDO:

I would really say DDO. Especially for the melee animations and what not. Don't get me wrong, Age of Conan deserves the second place with good presentation, but the way the "fatalities" work just ruins it all. Derp, the transition to those is So Flawed.

WoW? Shouldn't even be included in the list of "good animations". Well, it comes down to personal preference, but I did not dislike over epic warrior animations of smashing the ground with a sword and sending... ******* lightning all around. Same thing concerning the insanely fast animation speeds on most attacks. Sure, DDO suffers from the "fast" animations too, but only under certain situations.

Tera? Looks absolutely horrible, unless you like anime and all that. And GW2? Well, they had a good try, but they overdid it. All the animations are over-epic.

Pivotelite is a fan of TERA's animations:

TERAs movements are very impressive, most notably the animations on the actual monsters, like BAMs for example have very smooth animations with impressive effects.  <-- Like I mean look at how well the tail and tongue are animated on this. - Or these digusting tremour abominations. - Wooo....

mikuniman offers a number of picks, including TERA and Vindictus:

Great post, love combat animations when done well it just adds to the immersion for me. For all the games I've played, Tera and Vindictus are my top choice. In Tera you can tell they went into great detail with casting and melee animations, right down to leg placement, facial changes, real shouts and even finger movement it never gets old. Vindictus is just amazing, slapping mobs around flipping them over your back, grabbing everything around you for weapons the list goes on. The Evie class is one of the coolest classes I've ever played to date.

I see many say Aoc, it's one of my favorite with graphics and armor detail and a game that I'm still subbed. But sad to say combat looks down right geriatric, especially the legs and feet and how they swivel side to side, looks like they're on ice. And it transfered over to TSW, boo. Fataltys in Aoc are just cool as hell. Is that considered combat or a cut scene?

In Eq2 the monk wielding dual weapons was very cool. Rift is another I like alot, some spell animations look great and melee makes sense. Gw2 did a decent job with some melee weapons (dual axe) but that damn casting leaning forward position just looks horrible. Knockdown although funny looks bad also, It's all seems a bit fast too. I love GW2 but all my girls do is brag while fighting, with the small numbers you do in this game for dps it's nothing to brag about. =) SWOTR was decent but looked like you were having a conversation between strikes, very slow and choppy. Wow for it's time was smooth and looked great but by todays standard its to dated. I liked in wow how you were breathing and had breath. I guess everybody else in games these days must be undead. All in all, In my opinion I've found asian games to excel when it comes to combat animations. Sure sometimes weapons are to damn big and spells are a bit flashy, boobs defy gravity, but it's their flavor and an asian thang.

I've got to give it to the crop of existing superhero MMOs. The best MMO animations I've witnessed were found in City of Hereos, Champions Online, and DC Universe Online. The breadth of combat options in these games is simply staggering and all three of these MMOs offer some great animation quality and even better particle effects to go along with it.

What are your favorite MMO combat animations? Share 'em with us in the comments below!

Alomar writes:

Whole heartedly agree with most of the above. AoC is smooth and amazing except for swivel and fatalities. WoW is too dated without a combat overhaul to be on the list. Guild Wars, playing now, is somewhat well-done but works too hard and goes over the top with most effects.

SWTOR, in my opinion, was a step backwords towards worse combat animations besides some(only some) lightsaber combat. Rift falls into a mediocre category that has its ups and downs making it just alright.

Still even without having played it, I would agree Tera seems like a good fit for best combat animations, though I'm no fan of an Asian art style.

Sun Nov 18 2012 9:47PM Report
Roxtarr writes:

I would say that Age of Wushu has the best combat animations I"ve seen.  I'm not saying it has the best or most fluid combat, but animations are top notch.

At about :20 into this video, you'll see what I'm talking about.

Sun Nov 18 2012 9:48PM Report
MMO-BP writes: I loved the saber fights in TOR personally.  Mon Nov 19 2012 5:19AM Report
Eladi writes:

Well as I play Age of Wuhsu atm aswell i have to say its proably the best in its gerne. all animations are motion capture (whit a little game alteraion) 

swg for tis time did great also , they also took the time to motion capture alot of their animations.

Mon Nov 19 2012 10:43AM Report
Jonoku writes: I love the super hero themed mmo animations as well. Mon Nov 19 2012 12:49PM Report writes:
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