One Shots: The Soviet Summoner
Undoubtedly, our world is poorer in this post-City of Heroes era for the lack of pun-inspired superhero names that used to run, fly, and jump rampant through this game. Maybe NCsoft realized that the world as a whole was about to hit a pun shortage and pulled the plug on CoH before it could drain us of that precious resource.
In any case, BigAngry submitted this museum-quality screenshot as a reminder of the days when the name could make or break a hero: “In the waning days before the fall of City of Heroes, I took video of all my characters using their powers, so I took a screencap of the video of Soviet Summoner, who was a Demon Summoning/Trick Arrow Mastermind. Her demons, IIRC, were named after Russian cities, with the big demon named Chernobyl, of course! God I miss that game.”
Once in a while we get screenshots where the person submitting them does not specify the game featured. And while that isn’t usually an issue, in this particular shot, I have no idea what’s being shown.
Maybe Caelium will surface to enlighten us: “Yaturi faced down evil and attempted to separate it from it’s host… results were varying but no matter the success or failure, he is always up to try and try again (and again..and again..) Early game story tropes be damned.”
While we do see a flood of Final Fantasy XIV screenshots in this column — and deservedly so, as that game is gorgeous — I can’t recall too many from its older MMO sibling.
Yrys sent us in this cheeky shot of a “certain inquisitive puppetmaster NPC” hanging out in Final Fantasy XI. So when did you get your start in the Peeping Tom lifestyle? Final Fantasy made me do it, your honor.
“This is a picture of my Warborn in ArcheAge,” said Toy Clown, “which is a half-demon / half-human race. I found their lore and beginning story to be awesome. But alas, my foray into ArcheAge didn’t last long that time around, but I sure enjoyed the new race story!”
And as an interesting first for this column, we have a video submission! Powell took a ride through the new Lord of the Rings Online update and wanted us along for the journey.
“Dale is pretty enough, but I miss the lovely blood ponds of Agarnaith already. Here’s a ridethrough vid:”
Be brave, stalwart adventurers, for this week I’m going to ask you to get right up in the faces of your enemies and take point-blank pictures of their mugs. Can you do it and survive?