One Shots: Bleeding edge graphics


When you step back to think about it, it is amazing that we are living in a day and age in which we can enjoy such vivid, bleeding-edge graphics that are readily available on any 16-bit console! With sprites, parallax scrolling, blast processing, SFX chips, and the almighty Mode 7, we are transported beyond the television screen and into these game worlds like we were there!

We start our tour of this week’s player screenshots — taken on Polaroids — with Hikari Kenzaki’s picture of the last performance of HTR in The Secret World before the game rebooted as Secret World Legends. Look at those vibrant colors! We can now game with all the colors of the wind!

Meanwhile, Borghive put in his Elder Scrolls Online game cartridge to do a little dungeon diving in Wrothgar. “Simply beautiful!” he raves, and we have to agree. It’s practically life-like in its detail and accuracy!

Rafael has all guns out in Blade and Soul with this picture: “The thing I did not see ever, until this week? A Lyn Gunner. Naliee’s guns are huge compared to his body aren’t they? Little guy can’t even see over normal grass growth. But his guns can.”

Stunning pixel art on this one!

Or if you want to play the latest installment of the Final Fantasy franchise (I think it’s Final Fantasy IV or something), you might see what Vincent saw in his recent playthrough. Moogles for life, yo!

“Sea of thieves is just absolutely gorgeous,” wrote Deekay. “It has an unparalleled attention to detail in places you’d never expect to find it, like looking at the map table through your spy glass or looking at the moon or sun directly through the spy glass. There is gorgeous weather and sunsets you’ll want to take a date to the beach to see and canoodle under.”

Psst… want to see the real pictures? Check out the comments in last week’s column, and thanks for putting up with my nonsense today. It’s all I live for.

And since I had my fun, why not you? This week, get into the spirit of wacky filters by taking an MMO screenshot and doing something… interesting to it in your picture program. Show us in the comments below!

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 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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