One Shots: The Reaper comes for all MMOs

In light of this past week's sad Landmark news, it's perhaps too on-the-nose that I asked for players to send in pictures of defunct MMOs. Maybe it's just one of those sober reminders that sooner or later, these games will go dark. Enjoy them to their fullest now!

"To prove I can actually be on topic sometimes, I answer your call for shots from defunct MMOs with one from Dragon's Prophet," Tyler said, "the only game I've played that has shut down. There was a great deal wrong with this game, and I didn't play it for long, but there was still a lot about it that was surprisingly good. In particular I loved the unusual, battle mage-like Oracle class. Who wants to stand in the back waving your hands when your mage can charge into the thick of things and massacre everyone with a giant enchanted scythe?"

And now for a game that never, ever gets talked about on this site, courtesy of ToyFuzion.

"I still find myself missing Star Wars Galaxies. It really was a wonderful MMO where I made lots of friendships online, and still have many of them to this day. I still have lots of screenies! I loved the entertainer profession and during my time in the game, I enjoyed playing an entertainer, and the social nature of it. I really miss that aspect of SWG the most."

That rancor be jamming!

Even if you don't end up sticking with an MMO when you try it, take a lot of screenshots so that the time isn't wasted!

Dajhryne snagged this gorgeous night pic from Black Desert: "Arguable whether this goes here or in WRUP but since it's a sorta Christmasy screenshot... I've been trying out BDO via the free trial. So far it seems like exactly what I thought it would be. An excellent game for it's intended audience, but that audience isn't me."

Due to all of the ongoing drama of ArcheAge's Revelation rollout, I keep forgetting that the game just added Dwarves (AKA the best fantasy race ever when Gnomes aren't in the running). These shorter, stouter allies are already up to strange deeds.

"So, I don't know why this happened," Liandreth said, "but when hubs and I zoned in, he ending up standing on my head. It's a dwarf totem. Happy 2017 everyone!"

They are heads and shoulders above the rest of the playerbase!

With LOTRO's Update 19 bringing players right to the doors of Mordor, the community is champing at the bit to rush inside and zerg Sauron in the face (or eye?). I think it'd be pretty hilarious if Mordor turned out to be this lush paradise of mowed green lawns, sculpted topiary, and petting zoo animals trotting up looking for belly rubs.

"On to Mordor!" reader Fatslapper exclaimed.

This week's screenshot challenge is a community battle. Pick a season and represent it with your best in-game pictures showing off spring, summer, autumn, or winter. Which season will win? Find out in the comments!

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject "One Shots." Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
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mysecretid
mysecretid

Winter is my least favorite season, in general, but I was impressed by the visual accuracy of this "snowstorm at dusk" moment from The Division

If memory serves, I was just crossing into the Hell's Kitchen section of New York as the snowstorm came up

A "cold day in Hell", indeed!

As I mentioned once before, screenshots never seem to represent just how impressively detailed and "realistic" the graphics can look when you're inside this game, but I think you can see something of the effect here.

And let me tell you, fellow gamers, when the bad guys start shooting at you in visibility conditions like this, it brings a whole new level of swearing to your gameplay experience! :-)

My second pic is for last week's theme, I suppose. 

Here's my High Elf shadow warrior from the late, lamented Warhammer Online, standing in front of a statue in the Land of the Dead (I.e. WH's version of fantasy Egypt).

I suppose the skull statue is a little too prophetic here, now that the game is gone -- but it is what it is.

Cheers, all. Take care of yourselves, please, and have a good week!

deekay_zero
deekay_zero

@mysecretid i definitely loved how the winter squall conditions added to the combat gameplay in div. thinking about it tho the HUD was a bit off i think being blocked a bit by the snow :D

thickenergy
thickenergy

@nosz What game is this? The figure in the fourth image is familiar, but I can't recall from where.

nosz
nosz

@thickenergy @nosz GW2.

It's my human thief with a shortbow, hunting Wooly Siamoths and Alpine Minotaurs for their warm fur and a hearty meal.

thickenergy
thickenergy

@nosz @thickenergy Ahh, the silhouette triggered some half-forgotten memory of something else.

Are there like Super Double Ultra settings of which I'm not aware? I do not recall the environment looking nearly that good.

thickenergy
thickenergy

@nosz @thickenergy I just don't recall the textures being so well done and detailed. But I may have been distracted by not being able to get into the groove with the game play. It's a game I should have liked based on the bullet points, but once I was playing it the dots just didn't connect for me.

nosz
nosz

@thickenergy @nosz My game settings are on max, but no SweetFx. Because I have a cheap monitor, maybe my ~720p resolution smooths things out, better than any type of AA! XD

But sometimes it also helps to just stop and look up! ;)

nosz
nosz

@thickenergy @nosz There are differences between old and new maps, especially skybox, but pictures 2-4 were taken in Vanilla maps.

Xijit
Xijit

I hate to be "that guy" but Dragon's Prophet is alive and well with it's EU publisher, who has been phenomenally better to it than SOE ever was.

deekay_zero
deekay_zero

@Xijit tried it on steam randomly (i believe soe version) was completely bugged out and couldn't get past char creation.

thickenergy
thickenergy

This is my Night Elf Ranger in Black Desert Online stalking some fat bastard with a flying deer fetish. Sorry, the UI is all up in these.

Dajhryne
Dajhryne

@thickenergy Just in case you didn't already know... ctrl u will turn the ui on and off and ctrl direction arrows will adjust the background focus when the ui is off. ctrl down arrow to make it sharper if I remember right.

thickenergy
thickenergy

@Dajhryne @thickenergy Thanks! I learned of Ctrl+U not long after taking these screenshots. Didn't know about Ctrl+directional arrows though. One thing I need to do is change the output format for my screenshots. I think these are exhibiting the artifacts of jpeg compression.

Zulika_Mi_Nam
Zulika_Mi_Nam

Here's a wintery setting, it is cold here for us in South Florida, but it never looks like this.  I have been down here a long time now and once it get to the 60s (about 20C for you civilized folk) I have to turn the heat on.

This week gathering was added to the Early Access of The Guardians of Ember and it is a least a little different than most.

1) Deploy your survey equipment and see what is in the area, a pew-pew will show you the direction of the nearest resource.

2) Follow that pew-pew and redeploy pew-er

3) repeat until - ta da you detect where that resource is

4) Deploy your mining golem (I think of it as a thumper) at that location and protect it as waves of enemies will spawn trying to destroy it and you.  This happens even if you place it in a safe area as I have here.

5) Once your thumper is done, you can collect the resources. 

Ya its for sure EA, the server just got rebooted and so I came to post this - at least we got a countdown.

Qarran
Qarran

Ok. This weeks challenge, seasons.  Ok, so here is my seasonal guide on how to stay fit in BnS.


Cap 1:  Summers in BnS are great for a jog down the beach.  Gives my pet otter, Shaky, some good exercise and I can show of my tats.


Cap 2:  Winters in BnS are awesome if you want to stay in shape as well.  For example, here I'm lifting up this mob over my head and so I can drop him on his head. A full body workout.


Cap 3:  In the Spring, pushing through the tall grass in Soulstone Plains will keep you fit.  It is tall, and there is plenty of it.


Cap 4:  The Fall?  No physical exertion required.  You just sit around and look at the scenery all day.




DigitalQ
DigitalQ

@Qarran You keep me logging into this game Qarran! Beautiful pics alll day long :)

Qarran
Qarran

@DigitalQ @Qarran Thanks. :)  I'm enjoying it quite a bit.  But there are so many other games that are calling my name. Lol.



ReesRacer
ReesRacer

I've been playing Winning Putt again after laying off for about 6 months. It has not only improved, but is also surprisingly busy with many more players. They are even adding an auction house next month. Really enjoying it, despite the fact that some of the best outfits and equipment can be bought with real money (and yes, I've spent a little cash myself). The game itself looks very nice, although this is a screen cap from my laptop taken during holiday. 


Always a Winter scene on the Edelweiss course, where my character has elected to forgo appropriate warm weather clothing in order to allow for...um...fashion and freedom of movement. ;) 

Qarran
Qarran

@ReesRacer I'm not familiar with the game, but I love golf so I will take a look at it.  So, good clubs make a big difference?

ReesRacer
ReesRacer

@Qarran @ReesRacer It's a fairly standard F2P model. You can earn new clubs and clothes that provide bonuses etc through competitions, prizes etc. Even balls can make quite a difference. It has quite a few RPG elements as well...investing points into skills and the like. They've also added the ability to disassemble and craft your own equipment. You can have a great deal of fun and be fairly competitive without spending a dollar...at least up to level 20 or so, in my experience. It's on Steam, so have a go if you're keen.  

mysecretid
mysecretid

@ManastuUtakata @ReesRacer 

For whatever it may be worth, Uta, I live in a hardcore "sports town" (God help me), and my tribe of multitudinous cousins here are generally, benignly insane in their passion for golf. 

A number of the women actually do the exposed navel thing, as above, during the hot summer months, although they tend toward tied-off dress shirts, as opposed to pre-cropped tops.

It seems to be an acceptable fashion choice in the golf context, I guess. They seem to think it's "sporty"?

For whatever light this may shed on the mystery,,

Cheers

ReesRacer
ReesRacer

@ManastuUtakata @mysecretid @ReesRacer At least I put her in jeans instead of the hot pants or short skirts I've in my inventory. I needed the tied-off shirt for the +6 Power it grants! The point is well-taken, however, and I was sure to mention how seasonally inappropriate it was in the OP. 

mysecretid
mysecretid

@ReesRacer 

Rees, I would Like this, but I'm extremely allergic to the game of golf. Please forgive. :-)

(nice pic, though!)

ReesRacer
ReesRacer

@deekay_zero @ReesRacer The ordinary 3-click systems are similar, but the depth is better, especially since (iirc) GTA V had only 9 holes the last time I played it. WP has 9 increasingly difficult 18-hole courses, and those are again separated by several levels...as well as other game modes. 


I mean, really...it's a different sort of beast all together. Much more RPG-golf (complete with "enchanting" your clubs) and such than a sim, certainly. It can be a little wacky in the outfits etc, but underneath, it's a fairly stable mechanic. As a F2P game, the progression and grind are very real, and there can be a strong argument made for P2W...which in my case doesn't matter nearly as much as "play to have fun and look good doing it".  


I've spent about $10 and enjoyed about 80 hours since it launched last year. It's kinda like TERA in some ways...either you will like the game and aesthetic straight away...or you won't.

zyrusticae
zyrusticae

Have a Namekian in an afro and a tracksuit, some battle armor, and a nifty little alien snake dude. 

Qarran
Qarran

@zyrusticae Oh, yes.  I should have gone to the Division for winter caps.  But again, screen caps don't do it justice.



zyrusticae
zyrusticae

As for the prompt, The Division is always in winter, so I guess that's it by default. I feel cold just looking at it! 

BritoBruno
BritoBruno

Don't remember me about Wildstar.

ManastuUtakata
ManastuUtakata

@Pepperzine 

Actually it's in one of side quest zones that players tend to skip. I think I took the wrong FP to which I landed there abouts. However, if I took the right one though, this screen would of never seen the light of day. :)

ManastuUtakata
ManastuUtakata

@Vunak @ManastuUtakata @Pepperzine 

Actually that's the ships caught in the frozen ocean portion of it. And is part of the main quest line....the one that eventually leads you that YUUGE ass haunted gothic castle.

My Archer has taken a picture of your area in question on behalf of the Elin Geographical Society. And depicted (also shown here before) below. <3

Edited: For slight clean-up.

Vunak
Vunak

@ManastuUtakata @Pepperzine


Looks like Westonia region to me, the southern portion of it which is Frost Reach. I have a similar picture but its of the northern portion in Tempest Reach. 

ManastuUtakata
ManastuUtakata

@DigitalQ @ManastuUtakata 

Technically they are braids wrapped goat horns for this particular species of Elin. But it's effect was the closest I could get to my semi-infamous appendages for this game. /wiggles pigtails <3

wild_abyss
wild_abyss

I'm back in Rift, starting from level 1 and am having a pretty awesome time with zone events and Yule and completing each zone I level through.

And speaking of zone completion... I have been doing this all morning. There's only 2 quests left for me in Stonefield, one doesn't exist anymore apparently, and the other is this godforsaken mining pick. So have this shot of frustration incarnate.

ProfessionalNoob
ProfessionalNoob

@wild_abyss Aw yes, I remember that jumping puzzle. Wasn't even a noted quest, you only got it after you got the pickaxe.



Good luck btw!

Hirku
Hirku

@wild_abyss First thing that popped into my head when I saw this was R. Lee Ermey screaming at Pvt. Pyle.

SwobyJ
SwobyJ

@wild_abyss I'm completionist for quests on alts and...yeah... I know. I know this very well.

wild_abyss
wild_abyss

Update! It took three days, many ragequits, and countless Mighty Leaps, but I got it. Stonefield is finally over.

BalsBigBrother
BalsBigBrother

A couple of pics from my return to Lotro.  I found myself in Mirkwood and about 3/4 through the epic quest line so I guess I will finish that off and hopefully I get to go somewhere a little more cheerful. 

My hobbit hunter with the only mount a hobbit should ever ride a goat, mine is called Gertrude.

Yup Gertrude we will be going there shortly but don't worry goat is most certainly not on the menu :-)


Hirku
Hirku

@BalsBigBrother I'm trying to be true to the lore and hide my hobbit's boots, but damn the male feet are so gnarly.

BalsBigBrother
BalsBigBrother

@Hirku @BalsBigBrother hehe yeah I try not to look too closely at my hobbits feet either especially when she is trimming her toenails with a farrier's rasp ... ugh :-(

mysecretid
mysecretid

@BalsBigBrother 

I like how the sense of speed and motion comes through in the first pic -- that's not always carried through in screenshots. good job!