One Shots: Alien sunset
I will admit that I’ve been craving a good space exploration sim lately — the burn to “explore strange new worlds” is rising inside of me. Should Elite Dangerous be my course? Reader Andrew makes a compelling case with this week’s headliner.
“I recently took an exploration adventure in Elite Dangerous to the ghost ship Zurara on the edge of the galaxy in the Formadine Rift and put together an album of screenshots that I took along the way,” he sent in. “Here I am enjoying the sunset before I leave the Bubble Nebula and head out to the next and final stop on my journey.”
If you haven’t played this, don’t judge Ryuen for faltering in the face of terror. You haven’t been there, man! You don’t know what it’s like!
“This mission in Secret World Legends really made me think some Funcom devs wanted to one-up F.E.A.R in the scary little girl department. And while I knew what was coming from my time is TSW, I still managed to get spooked enough to momentarily get flustered and die, which annoyed me.”
Last week I asked players to share pictures of their greatest MMO pet peeves, and Rees Racer was more than up to the task.
“This is NOT a bloody jumping ‘puzzle’ as much as an infuriating and sadistic exercise in senselessness,” he said. “I honestly believe I might have quit playing Guild Wars 2 shortly after launch because of this singular exercise in futility located in The Grove. I’ve since been able to do it (using the action camera helps), but it has not made it any easier for multiple characters to accomplish.”
Or what about bad armor? That can be a pretty big pet peeve for many of us.
“Look, I know my FFXIV character was just a few weeks old — and I know there aren’t any bathrooms in this game — but diapers?” writes Camelotcrusade.
Battle diapers. There’s a difference.
Michael18 has been to the brink and beyond: “There are a few annoying things about LOTRO: Mordor, mostly related to a couple bugs here and there, but I don’t have any screen shots of those and it’s nothing game breaking. On the other hand, SSG took some excellent design decisions with this expansion and I’m enjoying it a lot.
“We all thought it will be interesting to see how SSG is using the freedom after finishing the main plot line of the Lord of the Rings books. But it seems the most liberating aspect was to leave the civilized, relatively peaceful lands of Rohan and Gondor that we traveled for the past years. They really went crazy with some of the locations and adversaries they throw at us. And with some of the quest givers!”
Can’t believe we are already at the end of another One Shots column! Now that my job is done, yours is just beginning: Root through your screenshot folders to find (and share) a picture of something inexplicable in an MMO. Maybe it’s a location, or a detail, or a person that makes no sense and is never fully explained to you. Maybe we can help you figure it out!