One Shots: En garde!

It’s hard to deny that one of Final Fantasy XIV’s newest classes marries style and substance, particularly if you’re into a certain swashbuckling aesthetic.

Skoryy took time out of playing Stormblood to share his new Red Mage with us: “More character screenshots this week as Eorzea’s version of Skoryy, Skory’a, reveals himself as a defender of the weak, the innocent, and candy drops! En garde!”

Now, be careful with that sword there! It’s not just a prop to make you look good at historical reenactments; it can stab your way into a felony charge if you’re not careful.

Last week I asked readers to send in pictures of daring adventures in unexplored territory, and Rafael felt he was up to the challenge.

“A daring adventure? Well the following is a screenie of my first trip to Kanda Vihar in Blade and Soul,” he writes. “Beautiful and ominous, somewhere in all that wondrous gloom are two raids culminating in the Black Tower. ‘I got a bad feeling about this.'”

“In Twilight Highland, I found a Dwarf with a lute, a seven-year-old sight that maybe, possibly, probably not but I hope signals that there will be Bard class in World of Warcraft,” said Minimalistway. “Right Blizzard? Next expansion? Pirate expansion?

A WoW Bard class? Now you’re singing my tune!

“I just finished my 6th/7th legendary in Guild Wars 2 after a lucky 350G drop helped me finish off my mystic tribute. Hoping the next legendary they bring out is something I want so I can keep busy until the expansion hits, whenever that is,” shares Xephyr.

Congrats on the pretty! You have officially won the game, so pack it away until the next sequel!

“This is not necessarily ‘unexplored territory,'” said Rees Racer, “but a section of the Forest Colony is rarer than some for a skirmish in MechWarrior Online. The warmer temperature means heat build-up negates some of the power and flexibility of laser boats, and the map is filled with ambush spots and choke-points that make coordinated assaults and long-range weapons a little more difficult to utilise.”

Keep your eyes open this week for any ships, canoes, submarines, rafts, and other water vessels in your MMOs and take a picture of one or two of the best of them to share with us! This, I command!

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!
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Hirku

Wheeeeeeeeee!

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miol

Together with the Order of Whispers, we onced lured some undead Risen and their ships with a false lighthouse signal, wondering how long would they take to get there with those torn, almost useless sails! o.O

I guess, undead aren’t easy to win over for things like efficiency! ;P

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miol

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mysecretid

These are from Guild Wars 2, yes? They’re very beautiful, in an eerie way. They look almost like paintings. Thanks for posting!

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Jon Camp

Red Mage for me as well in shots 1 and 2. Shots 3, 4, 5, and 6 are tank gear from the level 61, 63, and 65 dungeons. Yes, I know… the level 63 set just isn’t really there… Edit. Looks like it change the order on upload, so…..

Shot 1 — the level 65 “Nomad” set
Shot 2 — a closeup of the level 63 “Shisui” set
Shot 3 — the level 61 “Ghost Barque” set
Shot 4 — the level 63 “Shisui” set
Shot 5 — the level 70 class armor for the Red Mage
Shot 6 — the level 65 “Nomad Robe of Casting” for my Red Mage

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mysecretid

Hi Folks,

I’ve got a bunch of game pictures for your dining and dancing pleasure this week, but the chaotic machine spirits which control the Massively website will, doubtless, put the pics in a random order — so be prepared to play a game of “match the description to the pic” :-)

1) Games like Fallout 4 have so many “moving parts” so to speak, that one is bound to see temporary glitches.

Usually, these glitches sort themselves out the next time you change locations — but not always.

– One of the trader NPC’s mutant Brahmin cow pack animals appeared on the roof of my house in Sanctuary Hills — and the the game didn’t kick it back down to the ground for about three real-time days of play. Because the cow was “stuck”, it would just stand up there, mooing REALLY loudly and shuffling around. Very annoying!

– Also in Fallout 4, this caravan guard NPC randomly appeared wearing her armor, but not her clothes! I love how Cricket (the female trader NPC in the hood, standing behind) appears to be looking at her like, “Bitch, please. Put some clothes on. You ain’t impressing anybody with your skank panties!” :-)

2) I’ve also re-upped for World of WarCraft, of all things, and I’m having fun.

Although, I was in at launch, I never played a lot of WoW, but the idea of battling against the Burning Legion appeals to me. My Blood Elf mage recently hit level 70, and I recently got my first flying mount.

I understand now why people love personal flying mounts in fantasy games — beyond anything else, it’s just plain fun, and once you’ve had it, you never want to go back to walking or riding in the old way.

3) Back when I was playing the fun-but-technically-problematic Dishonored 2, I was playing a High Stealth, No Kill game, which meant that I was rendering a lot of NPC people unconscious.

Problem is, you then have to put your sleeping victims somewhere that they can’t be discovered, or else other NPCs will wake them up, and things will go on alert because of the evident shenanigans.

While infiltrating this mansion complex in a warm-weather location, I ended up lugging and teleporting all my sleeping beauties up to the manor roof for safekeeping.

By the mission’s end, it had become quite the slumber party up there! :-)

4) Lastly, I couldn’t resist buying Alien: Isolation again for my PS4, when it was on sale recently.

I’ve already played it, but it’s such a well-made game, in my opinion, and it feels like more of a quality Alien story than any of the movies we’ve gotten since “Aliens”.

For those who don’t know, it’s set some twenty years after the first “Alien”, and you — playing as Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda — receive news that the “black box” flight recorder from your mother’s ill-fated space mission may have been recovered.

Like the first two films, there’s a good story here, with good characters — it’s not just some mindless horror show. I usually don’t like horror/survival games because they’re typically pretty shallow, but this game was worth the frayed nerves, in my opinion. :-)

One of the things which impressed me quite a bit about Alien: Isolation was the degree of design detail.

The devs decided that everything in the game should have that “retro-future-tech” feel of the first”Alien” film — the future, by way of 1979.

What you’re seeing in the screenshot? It’s their retro-tech version of a tablet — an iPad, if you will. There are touches like this throughout the game.

That’s all. Take care of yourselves, please. You’re the only one of you we’ve got, and the only one we’ll ever have.

Cheers,

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Utakata

Saved by a wing and a prayer… o.O

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Toy Clown

These screenies are from BDO, and one of the reasons I enjoy the game is because of the ocean content. The first one is my character on the Epheria sailing ship. It took about 5 months of gathering and building to finish it. Second is releasing a lantern from her fishing boat, and third is crossing the Margoria sea in a lightning storm.

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Kenji Takeda

AHHHH drowning!

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Hirku

Just close your eyes and imagine all the amazing shots I would post here if SWL wasn’t broken for the entire day.

I can’t wait for my incredible imaginary screenshot to be featured next week!

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Toy Clown

They should dedicate a One Shots to Secret World!

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JonBuck

Looks like this comment system won’t accept a YouTube URL. Oh well.

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Xijit

Just get the share link and paste it, then reload the page … It will show up.

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mysecretid

Thanks for enabling this!

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mysecretid

So funny — thank you! — and it probably files under the “it’s funny because its true” category. I guess we’ll have to wait for game-launch to be sure …

Cheers,

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Rees Racer

“Keep your eyes open this week for any ships…”

The American SBD Dauntless dive-bomber was responsible for sinking more enemy ships than any other Allied bomber in the Pacific during WWII. In War Thunder, we see what was soon to be an ex-water vessel. “Ceased to be! Expired and gone! Kicked the bucket…shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!”

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mysecretid

Your pilot should have parrot-head “kill stickers” painted on his fuselage! :-)