One Shots: A new hope

    
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Welcome back to One Shots, Massively OP’s weekly salute to excellent and interesting player screenshots! It feels good to be in our new home and able to post larger pics.

When we sounded the evacuation alarm from Massively, I forgot to rescue the remainder player screenshots from our One Shots email account. Fortunately, our EIC Bree was of a much more sound mind and grabbed them for me so that we could bring them over to the new site with the continuation of this column.

Our very first screenshot here is from longtime reader Dirty Klingon, who snapped this pic in Final Fantasy XIV: “My bro is a 1337 pro top d4wg, and when I play he runs me through dungeons. During one such dungeon run, I caught a duo-selfie with him, which he absolutely hates.”

o2I am in love this the angle and colors of the following screenshot from Age of Wulin. Sometimes the right angle can take a picture from ordinary to breathtaking.

“Taking a walk in Suzhou with my Kung Fu Queen,” writes reader K05h3lk1n. “This is still a beautiful sandbox with a beautiful world.”

o3Jumping off of high places is a game for the young and fall immune, I find. Since I am neither of these, I will view pictures like this at a distance and thank my lucky stars that I have my feet on the ground.

“I love finding high places to jump off to explore the world from a different angle in Blade & Soul,” reader Ekphrasis writes. “This is one of my Destroyers ‘flying’ through the trees using the Qing Gong gliding/flying ability that is unlocked during the introductory sequence. The environment was superbly detailed and with the speed when ‘air running’ I almost felt as if I was the star in a Wuxia movie.”

o4So right now I have just enough player screenshots and tales for one more week of One Shots, but this column’s very survival past that is up to you! Repopulate my inbox again with magnificent shots and stories from your MMO adventures by emailing justin@massivelyop.com with the subject line of “One Shots.”

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MagmaFist

JohnLogsdon MagmaFist Xephyr  Annoy? Really? I’ve never been annoyed by players flying around the world. In fact, it makes it feel more alive than anything. And immediate gratification? We might as well get rid of waypoints as well, right? But I definitely agree not all MMOs are not made for flying. I only mentioned GW2 because it is so beautiful and it is a shame to only appreciate it from one viewpoint. And that viewpoint can become annoying when you are just trying to explore and not fight.

captainzor
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captainzor

i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will finally start submitting screenshots again

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Yay OneShots is back!
Enjoying the photos from the comments section, great to see all the contributions – hope everyone is sending them in as well.
Even better, i got featured, thank you.
I sent several emails to old Massively on a few games so glad Bree salvaged them (I’d have just forwarded them here regardless).
Now i just need to get to the other games that i haven’t sent in yet… soon.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Sadly, no official news.
Several positions have been advertised at NCSOFT West (specifically titled as being for Blade and Soul) but no actual communication on progress towards a release. we’ll see, looks promising though.
I would guess that WildStar would go down the F2P/B2P path before B&S is released in the west.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

You can play the Chinese version (F2P) with the English patch of you’re keen.
The game is a blast. Love the acrobatic movement – it’s almost exactly what I’d expect from a game with this theme. Plus, you can run vertically up the trees then launch off and fly around.

Cyclone_Jack
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Cyclone_Jack

Everybody loves Carbuncle!
I’m glad to see One Shots back! :)

EBreezy
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EBreezy

skoryy Very nice :) I love your character’s coloring.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Fightmaster 
I hear you! My vision’s pretty good, even without my glasses, but the small picture defaults and often-cramped layouts on the old Massively site really used to get on my teats sometimes! This bigger is definitely better!

JohnLogsdon
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JohnLogsdon

MagmaFist JohnLogsdon Xephyr Flying in an MMO is fine if it’s created with that in mind from the ground up. The issue with regular MMOs is it isn’t. GIving people flying mounts just opens it up to immediate gratification as they fly everywhere, never explore and literally annoy the average player just running around. For a superhero MMO yes, flying is good because it’s part of the game from the start.

JohnLogsdon
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JohnLogsdon

ausj3w3l I love it. I love community art. Would be nice if we saw some of this appear on the site from time to time. Definitely keep it up.