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 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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Hikari Kenzaki
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Hikari Kenzaki

Oooh!

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Katriana

As a sample of my paltry/quick and dirty photo editing skills I give you:
1) My elf hunter glowing from within as she picks flower while bathed in a celestial glow.
2) An aged picture of the desolate land in the western part of North Downs, the ruins of Fornost in the distance.

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borghive

Good ol Lotro, still beautiful!

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rafael12104

Something more artistic? Ok. How about a mosaic. I call this one.

“At Odds.”

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deekay_plus

d e e p f r i e d

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Bruno Brito

I can’t see jack.

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Vincent Clark

A little something something…

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rafael12104

Ironically, black and white really brings out the texture detail. Looks great.

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Rees Racer

I’m very excited for the launch of BattleTech later this month. I backed the game last year and played the beta (but not TOO much), so will be going in pretty fresh for the Merc campaign and the PvP modes, certainly.

In anticipation, I’ve been stomping about in MWO a bit, a game I still really like. One of my favourite all-round mechs is the Ebon Jaguar. So for this week’s challenge, I tried something modestly creative, and took a photo of this screenshot with the Retro Camera app on my phone.

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rafael12104

Awesome effects. Yes, I like the Ebon Jag as well. Excellent firepower and the iconic look.

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Phubarrh

After weeks in the darkness of Moria, my minstrel’s time in Lothlorien seemed far too short…now she’s traversing the aptly-named Mirkwood. A guard in one of the camps offered this romantic sketch of her…

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Phubarrh

Below!

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rafael12104

I’ll be back later to post mine. Raid starts in 15 mins, so… Lol.

But I wanted to say I am an April Fool. I opened this article and didn’t read it. I just wanted a quick scan of the pics and… I thought I was having issues as the pics wouldn’t fully load. LOL. It was only for a moment but, I almost went full “damn video!”.

Kudos.

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Utakata

Here’s mine with the saturation on full bloom…

*((Nothing))*