The One Shots community does love congregating on Sundays to post favorite MMO screenshots in the comments section. While I certainly do love and appreciate getting pictures sent in via email, I’ll admit that I equally enjoy perusing the comments to see what’s tacked on to each week’s column.
So today I’m going to devote an entire edition of One Shots to great pics from December. Might even make this a regular thing if y’all like it! Our headliner is a WildStar technicolor dream from ManastuUtakata titled “Secret pink spots of AurinStar.” Check it out!
Today’s headlining picture is another debut for One Shots: Funcom’s LEGO Minifigures Online. I don’t know many people outside of MOP who have even touched this title, so it’s cool to see at least one gamer was having fun with the mobile title.
“Here’s a picture of a wizard fighting a red dragon,” reader Weakness wrote. “It’s not going to win any points for originality, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this game had dungeons and that boss mechanics were quite involved. Not only did I have to avoid all those puddles of fire, but there were also water pumps that I could activate periodically to clear the fire out, all while taking down the boss and his minions. But it is rather generic as far as fantasy themes go. In hindsight, I should have gone into this fight as hotdog man. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday.”
Aw, you guys! The call for winter and holiday screenshots proved to be a sustaining request, as many of you kept sending in more and more pictures from your gaming folders. As a result, here’s a second column in a row celebrating the season!
We’ll kick off with this artsy shot of reader Jake in The Secret World. “The Secret World is proving to be quite the screenshot-worthy title,” he writes. “Recently I went Shambala chasing a thief for the Templars and did what any other hero would do when the fate of the world rests solely in their hands — I stopped to take some screenshots. Hey, he wasn’t going anywhere and the view was breathtaking.”
A few weeks ago we put out a call for winter and holiday-themed screenshots. Two readers responded with multiple pictures each, so today’s column is brought to you by Tyler and Stormwaltz. Take a bow, both of you!
Our headlining shot is from Tyler in World of Warcraft. “Here my monk is taking in the sights during a snowstorm in Pandaria’s Kun-Lai Summit zone,” he writes. “Whatever other problems Mists of Pandaria might have had, they sure nailed the world design.”
Spelunking isn’t just a fun word to say but an exciting activity in its own right. Players who take the time to explore under the surface of the world can often uncover wonders such as this one from reader Erin.
“I was exploring among the coasts in Elder Scrolls Online and grinding mobs for XP when I noticed a quest marker I hadn’t done yet,” she submitted. “I followed along with the story and the NPC into a truly beautiful cavern alight with the glow of these crystals.”
What glorious sights will you behold when you go spelunking into today’s community screenshots column?
Screenshots often tell a story — or a part of one, at least. They invite us into a moment of a gamer’s journey, leaving us to empathize and speculate what we would do if faced with the same situation. I’ve seen a lot of brutal scenarios in my day, but this may be the worst of them all.
“Dealing with rejection is hard enough,” reader Zepheera submitted. “But when your medieval request for the innkeeper’s hand in Aion is met with the father’s stern stare to the accompaniment of sad music from the Lady herself… well, it’s enough to order up another ale. If only there was another pub in town.”
The woe! The pathos! The crossed arms of disapproval!
One of my most prized physical MMO possessions is my WildStar rowsdower plushie. It always sits there, looking at me as though it’s accusing me of the world’s ills. And I just have to love it in return.
Reader Weakness sent in this following encounter with a cantankerous beast: “In Auroria, there is a fortress of Osun in the southeast corner that feels like an oppressive war machine as you battle your way through. But just outside a gap in the eastern wall there is a peaceful and expansive field of rowsdowers and their shepherds. The shift in tone was so dramatic, I felt compelled to take a few screenshots before leaving.
“The local rowsdower agreed, and photobombed one of my shots while My Chua, Oswald, was using the cry emote. However I think it turned out to be the best in the bunch! A peaceful moment after a hard fought battle spoiled by an unimpressed rowsdower.”
Guild Wars 2 and One Shots is a pairing as old as time immemorial. Thus, it’s great to bring this good-looking MMO back into the headlining position with a submission from reader Siphaed.
“After drinking a very odd looking potion, I felt kind of queasy,” he wrote. “Wondering around a bit in Lion’s Arch, people were running from me, screaming. Could not figure for the life of me as to why they would run from a little Asura such as myself. Perhaps they were afraid of my genius? So while wondering on the beach I glimpse into the water and my reflection with quite the shock. And to think that the Charr looked ugly to begin with…”
This isn’t the only startling transformation you’ll witness today. Watch! As players turn a jumble of pixels into stunning creations after the break!
New expansions across the MMO sphere are prompting many of us to take up a part-time job as in-game photographers. And why not? Eye candy is part of the fun of this genre!
Reader Brooks sent in this cool action shot of Star Wars: The Old Republic: “Neither Skytroopers or the Knights of Zakuul can stop a Jedi Master from reaching her new friends as they wait aboard the Gravestone.”
There is no Dana, there is only Zakuul. What? I can’t be the first one to make that joke!
I don’t think I could take the blow to my ego to boot up and play something called Dragomon Hunter, but then again, I am one of those refined upper-class British types whose monocle falls into my tea every time someone does something mildly inappropriate.
Reader Vexia is more woman than I, as she sent in this headlining pic. “Lately, everyone has been understandably caught up in the expansion buzz,” she writes. “However, this past weekend my attention was completely captured by this cute new import MMO: Dragomon Hunter! Under its uber-cute exterior, the game has some surprisingly deep systems, one of which lets you catch monsters to raise on your ranch or ride around as mounts! Onward, my crabby steed — to victory!”
Even the grimdark world of Diablo III has a cute, rainbow-colored side… and reader Zulika is the one to take us through the wardrobe and into that magical world.
“In Diablo III there is a hidden land called Whimsydale in which you are attacked by pink & purple unicorns, flowers, and teddy bears,” he said. “Here I am battling Evil Oliver, an elite teddy bear produced by the Happy Company, so that I can get to that loot piñata hanging from the nearby tree. Smiley rainbow clouds look on as my minion splits the last unicorn into flying bits. For my efforts of clearing this eye-bleeding map, I received a dagger that looks like a hamburger. Eight out of 10, would burgle again.”
Every so often it seems as though the One Shots mailbox starts getting dominated with a single game. I’ve had this happen with Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World, to note two examples, but as of late it’s been all about the Final Fantasy XIV. Must be a shotworthy game, hm?
So today we’re going to feature only pictures from that game, starting with reader Nightscar’s captivating header. “I have been playing FFXIV as of late, and recently I took a screenshot that I think looks pretty cool and very cinematic.”
Do you agree? See the full-color version after the jump and judge for yourself!
Whatever happened to bad acronyms as titles for movies and TV shows? Where are our C.H.U.D.s? Our C.H.i.P.s? I guess we have Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so that’s something. Bring back the awkwardness of the ’70s and ’80s, Hollywood!
At least we have readers like Boom here who are all about getting us first-hand pictures of genuine WildStar C.R.E.E.P.S. What does that stand for? I’m guessing “Cryogenic Reanimated Extrasensory Exonauts, Pint-Sized.” Or something. The least that you can do to honor the fact that Boom probably died taking this picture was to look at it in awe for more than 0.2 seconds!