The Daily Grind: Do any MMO monsters creep you out?

I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered truly disturbing and creepy MMO mobs. I think it’s by the virtue that they are in an MMO means that they’re usually all over the place, and any initial disturbance grows lessened with familiarity.

However, I’m sure there are exceptions. The Bogeyman in Secret World is pretty creeptacular, especially his appearance in the spin-off The Park. I know that some of my friends who suffer from acute arachnophobia are all “nope nope nope” when giant spiders scuttle across the screen.

Are there any MMO monsters that creep you out? What is it about them that gives you the heebie-jeebies?

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flyingltj

Most MMO monsters are extremely cutesy and adorable. Artists seldom walk the line between abomination and adorable… There are strong tendencies to have a strong lean one way or another. In the case of MMOs, there is that heavy HEAVY lean toward adorable.

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adri

I don’t like monsters that you can’t see on first sight. Like burrowing worms or those who camouflage. You really don’t feel safe. The whole time is like “I hope there aren’t any left!”

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Ian Wells

TSW / SWL Familiars give me childhood flashbacks to the redeads from Zelda: OoT, complete with their uncanny valley appearances and blood curtailing screams. Add to that they gather in small mobs and are found in places you would have found the students of Innsmouth Academy before they up and murdered a bunch of them… Seriously, down at the tennis courts they are set up to play doubles complete with spectators and judges.

Special mention to the Infected from the same game. As you fight them, they scream in pain, begging you to stop and pleading for you to listen that they aren’t in control of their own bodies. When they die, they writhe in pain for a few seconds before erupting in a cloud of Filth.

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James Mock

The evileyes in EQII because I would be minding my own damn business and turn around and one would be right behind me and I would want to cry.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Is that ENB?

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James Mock

Enchanted Lands

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Oleg Chebeneev

Didnt mean zone name. Colours on picture look abit off, like it was filtered. Similar effect comes from ENB

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Utakata

Hobbit’s in LoTRO. Kinda reminds me of that dancing baby screensaver from the 90’s…

“Uta, they’re not monsters…”

…least not intentionally. :(

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Phubarrh

There’s a certain dungeon wedding in Final Fantasy XIV…

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Ian Wells

Yeah, that is one very strange and dark sub-plot. If the main story was more along those lines, I may have actually stayed interested in it. Instead, we got poorly written dialog between a cast of highly forgettable characters going through the motions of essentially the same damn plot of the last five FF games (foreign invaders, oh no! Better get the MacGuffins!)

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Rolan Storm

Secret World takes all prizes in this contest. I might remember some creepy creatures over the years met in MMORPGs, but in SWL it’s almost all of them. They are revolting and/or creepy. Especially that mission with Pyrokinetic child, I think in London.

Funny thing though – they are not scary. Once storyline puts me in operative’s skin my perception counts everything as ‘bad day in L.A.’ Yeah, they are ugly but hey – that’s occult outbreak out there. That’s the job.

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connor_jones

I hear ya man about the consistency of Secret World. It’s almost like they don’t need a Halloween event because every day is Halloween there.

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Rolan Storm

AHAHAHAHA! Damn right. Couldn’t have said better if I tried.

Last event with Filth bird was meh. Boring. Good thing I like everything else. To be honest running through old zones is like re-watching everything easymode hands-on. If I’d take it to express through game lore it’s controlled lucid memory experience to get into shape before new chapter.

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Tobasco da Gama

Gaki

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Stormwaltz

In LotRO, the warrior and queen variety gredbyg are everything I hate about insects, and the size of my car.

NOPE.

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Siphaed

The new cactus creatures in GW2:PoF. They look like a very ugly, living voo-doo doll. Yuck!

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Dystopiq

There’s a new monster in the GW2: Path of Fire that creeps me out. Found them in a hidden cave.

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Jeremy

Those damn rotten fish heads that puke and explode in GW2.

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nobleeinherjar

Those weird lizard-like mobs in FFXIV with the sacks on their back. I can’t stand those things! They always give me the shivers.

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camelotcrusade

This guy. Seriously, other players can out-creep mobs any day of the week.

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butterpanda888
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butterpanda888

Most TSW mobs, but to be specific I was pretty creeped out the first time I encountered a wendigo.

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mistressbrazen

Without a doubt TSW has places and mobs that will make you check the corners of your house/apt. for days on end. For me, the creepiest parts of the game come in the mission that Dragons must do in the old asylum in Seoul and in the Nursery in CF. I mean that deformed child in the nursery…..sends chill down the spine.

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NeoWolf

Every giant spider ever made for any MMO EVER!

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thirtymil

The mistlurkers from MoP-era WoW. Not because they’re creepy per se, but because they’re creepy relative to everything else in WoW. I fix my aversion to them by playing something with a more realistic graphics style first and then it’s apparent how Scooby Do they really are.

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Bryan Correll

I’m not sure he counts as a ‘monster.’ but when the black spirit in Black Desert first get’s his teeth he is creepy as hell. After that he gets more stereotypically monster-y and isn’t nearly as unnerving.

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Kayweg

“Creep me out” would be too strong a description, but if any MMO can make me feel a bit uneasy at times, it would indeed be TSW.
It’s not even any feature/NPC/dungeon in particular, in fact i haven’t spent that many hours in the game, but the general “vibe” and atmosphere.
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that TSW has a contemporary setting, not a sci-fi or fantasy one.
Many places feel recognizable and relatable, everyday places like town halls, gas stations, amusement parks etc. The sort of places we all have been to.
The outstanding voiceovers and dialogues only add to the authenticity of the place, and that’s what’s at the core of that constant feel of unease. You could imagine being there.
I’d call it “immersion done right”.

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koolthulu

Spiders don’t bother me in real life, but for some reason they creep me out in video games more than anything else.

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Polyanna

I could point to almost the entire TSW bestiary here, but if I had to pick one it would be the Ak’ab, probably because they’re so annoying the first time you run into them since they have a spammable knockdown charge on top of everything else.

TSW’s take on vampires also always weirded me out with the way they are wrapped all in rags so they can go out in daylight, with the expedient of pokey-straws sticking out of the rags (or giant blood sucking syringe guns with hoses hooked up to a gas mask nozzle) so they still can feed.

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connor_jones

Agree completely with you on Secret World’s strange take on vampires. Kate Beckinsale they are definitely not. ;-)

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connor_jones

Those filth shade spider-like creatures in Secret World, no question, as well as all the Cthulu inspired beasts in the game like the main boss in Polaris. Also, the boss beasts in Secret World tend to utter these hideous roars that send shivers up my spine. Funcom definitely knows a thing or two about horror.

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Castagere Shaikura

Anarchy Online had some really creepy mobs. One that really freaked me out was the giant floating Caterpillars, They float toward you and are bright and colorful then they make a nasty sound when they eat you.

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Carebear

Mor ladin in old duskwood, dinosaurs in Un Goro and fel reaver in peninsula especially the sound of it!

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thirtymil

But was that because Mor’ladim was genuinely creepy, or because he was an elite that ganked you at the most inconvenient times?

Agreed on the Fel Reaver – although being level 80+ generally cures that condition :)

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Carebear

Well it was both :P It was a Skeleton on a Dark cemetery and also an Elite one that ganked me several times…

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Ben Stone

The eyeball mobs in EQ2 used to creep me out as they died. Horrible squishing sound too.

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Sally Bowls

NPCs? No
Players? Absolutely!

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Duane Does not check email

Videos of other players playing games yelling every obscenity and looking 2 hours late to their next insulin check… that is real and that is scary

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Ryuen

Driders.

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thirtymil

You must love meeting Spider Daedra in Elder Scrolls…

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Schmidt.Capela

Not really. I usually can’t be creeped out by anything I know beforehand to not be real, which naturally includes games. Instead, my brain just switches my suspension of disbelief off.

(Makes for a weird time if friends convince me to watch a movie supposed to be scary. Instead of being scared, I tend to just keep laughing at the campy visuals and ridiculous setting.)

Besides, I had been playing video games and pen-and-paper RPGs long before the first MMO ever came into being, so I was already used to the creepiest creatures those games could present me in all their pixelated or hand-drawn glory.

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Armsbend

TSW is the only MMO I’ve ever played where the mobs are disturbing in any way. When other developers try to do it I can’t tell if it is a joke or if they just aren’t good at it.

There may be more – I’m just not aware of any.

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MesaSage

Grodbog Spitters in Moria creep me out. I was once attacked by a giant centipede in Texas, so it has real-world connections. The other one is Morroval. Those springy legs, the sexy walk and that piercing screech make them disturbing.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ankh was my favourite dungeon in Secret World for exact this reason. It was pretty creepy. Especially those dark long legged spider type creatures walking around black lake.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Ok, well at the risk of being risque, here is this juxtaposition that creeps me out. So, Yura from BnS is a demon and she can take many guises. However, when you get down to it, she is a super hot chick hot chick that in a split second turns into scorpion demon spawn.

And a little later, you learn, that much like the movie Aliens, she lays eggs that spawn demons as well.

Creeps me out. Instead of shock and awe, it’s awe and shock.

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Armsbend

That the girl from the live action video a few weeks back?

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rafael12104

Nah, that’s another. Lol!

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