One Shots: Reflections of me

    
24

One fun in-game photography trick is to use reflections, mirrors, and glass to offer a different — and sometimes more artistic — vision of a scene. I have to applaud reader Jake’s use of the water’s reflection in this piece because it makes it beautiful times two!

“I’m leveling a Sylvari Ranger for the upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion, and I found this beautiful little nook off the beaten path in Brisban Wildlands,” Jake wrote. “There is no vista or point of interest in this location; you just have to be nosing about to find it. That’s one of the things I like about this game: The map was designed with exploration in mind. And jumping (sigh).”

Alternatively, you could also experiment with camera angles, especially by aiming the lens up from near the ground. It makes everything far more epic and full of stature, even if they’re creepy kid people.

Reader Roger offers up this Final Fantasy XIV panorama: “Here Momodi watches as I sail off as the Ambassador of Ul’dah.” Good luck with that, Roger!

It’s never fun to watch your character get assaulted by antsy weeds. At least reader Brandon got a good Star Wars: The Old Republic screenshot out of it (and then, by the looks of things, had fun with Photoshop filters).

“The ‘living world’ is awesome, in theory,” he snarked.

Methinks that the new Justice system in Elder Scrolls Online is anything but just, especially if town-wide atrocities such as the following are committable by homicidal players without any obvious recrimination.

Reader Woolydub explains this odd scene: “I was doing some woodworking, after which I walked outside to head to the bank and saw this! These guys got the notion that it would be all fun and games to murder all these NPCs and sing and dance and play music afterwards. You know what? They were right!”

We are all virtual sociopaths.

For my It Came from the Comments Section! pick, I’m going to go with this character shot from The Secret World, mostly because it had a pretty interesting player story to go with it.

“My alter-ego looks far more aggressive and scowlish here than he normally does, but Translyvania does that to everyone, I expect,” reader mysecretid wrote. “If he does look at all omninous here, you can see that his Egyptian Temple Cat, Isis, remains thoroughly unimpressed, as she always does.

“Now, I’m not usually a pet person at all in MMORPGs, but I found myself playing solo a lot, late at night, bleary from my chronic insomnia. In this reduced state, I found that the creepier aspects of the game would often get inside my head under these conditions, and make me jumpy — so I recruited Isis to come along (she drove a hard bargain) so that I wouldn’t feel so completely alone when treading the dark and desecrated corners of the Earth.”

For my screenshot challenge to you this week, I’m going to ask for all manner of camera trickery. Reflections, filters, weird angles, you name it. Get funky and fancy with that camera, and send in the results!

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject “One Shots.” Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
krieglich
Guest
krieglich

BalsBigBrother Just turn of bloom and the world in Witcher looks so much better.

camelotcrusade
Guest
camelotcrusade

I took the title of this column more literally.  Back in my EQ2 days there were a handful of fights where enemies would clone someone in your party, and I always got a kick out of using my coercer to possess a copy of the clone… and then stage funny screenshots afterwards.  For example:

Rozyn
Guest
Rozyn

Koshelkin Rozyn And apparently banished to his own table lol, harsh.

Koshelkin
Guest
Koshelkin

BalsBigBrother It seems you found the right settings for Witcher. Especially that harbour looks gorgeous in the setting sun.

Koshelkin
Guest
Koshelkin

Rozyn The cat on the stool is her husband. Enchanted into a more domiscated form. At least that’s what most women with magic powers would do.

SaloMaya
Guest
SaloMaya

My gaming buddy and I were playing with some angles after we found a certain interesting place in Transylvania on TSW.

Rozyn
Guest
Rozyn

Here’s the ESO shot I got from this week. Couldn’t figure out what on earth this woman and cat were doing, but they’re hanging out at tables in the rain – right after a huge battle took place. Psst, this isn’t a cafe guys, this is a military outpost that recently went through a revolt, but good luck with that cappuccino you ordered from the dying page who ran past.

Rheem Octuris
Guest
Rheem Octuris

Rozyn Rheem Octuris  Yes, all the textures are really fantastic and high-quality, and don’t loop very noticeably. And trees actually look like trees.

The game is still in Alpha, but if you signup on the website (https://na.skysaga.com/) you’ll get in within 24 hours.

Rozyn
Guest
Rozyn

Siphaed Ooo I love that second to last picture, so moody and mysterious!

Siphaed
Guest
Siphaed

Enjoyable screens as always. I was really waiting to see when a town of dead NPC’s from TESO would pop up after that one patch. 

Here are some screens from last Tuesday’s GW2: HoT PvE Beta.  The jungle top area of Verdant Brink doesn’t look too beautiful, but when traveling down the paths it becomes more enjoyable to the eyes.  The second screen is kind of a spoiler with that Mordrem on a mount.  He’s a boss and has some really cool fight mechanics.  The biggest surprise of the fight was what knocked him off the mount ;P.  

Up after the Beta shots are some of Lion’s Arch.  The lighthouse in the moonlight is a nice sight to behold.  I’m surprised so much of it stands after Scarlet’s destruction;  the Ancient Karka did more damage to the original lighthouse than she did.  The eerie fog that rolls over the bay at night makes it look like a scene from a horror movie.  Wish that the ghosts of NPCs that died by Scarlet’s attack would appear at night in the bay, such an opportunity missed.