One Shots: Larger than life

    
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If there is one thing that MMORPGs are able to do regularly and impressively, it is to give us a sense of massive scale. Whether it be mind-boggling crowds of people, gigantic cities, expansive wildlands, or plus-sized critters, bigger is often seen as better in online games. But is it possible to capture that on camera?

Our readers seem to think so, and Hikari kicks us off with this crazy picture of people running toward something that would give Godzilla nightmares.

Black Desert does a great job of providing a sense of scale, whether it be the monsters or the world itself, everything looks broad and large,” said Hikari.

“Many places in LOTRO give you a sense of vast spaces and truly massive creations,” posted Katriana. “Here is the view out from one of the high points in Galtrev in Dunland, which really gives you the sense of being able to see for miles.”

It’s always impressive when you can look far, far away in a game — and then know that it’s possible to go from here to there.

Evil Blood Elves and their dorky ostrich mounts aside, I’ve always loved World of Warcraft’s Eversong Woods for a striking autumnal beauty that feels fantastical at the same time. Utakata recently went on a “magical mystery tour” through the woods… and she was never the same again. Probably grew another pigtail or something.

“Here’s your sense of scale!” posted François. “The Empire’s mighty, god-like reclaimed tool from a prior age, which it intends to use to subjugate Eorzea, is about to be taken down by a pick-up party. My character is the lance-wielding Dragoon in blue. This is at the end of ARR’s main storyline in FFXIV.”

Perhaps the winner of the unofficial “Make Justin dizzy” award this week is Miol, who turned the camera lens to the sky in Guild Wars 2 for this incredible shot.

“Ever since Labyrinthine Cliffs, Anet’s map artists have kept on proving they have mastered the art of verticality,” Miol gushed. “Always making me stop and be just in awe!

In my own pic for this week, you can see my SWTOR Operative stepping out onto a war-torn Voss for the first moments of the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion. For this week’s screenshot challenge, let’s see your first looks — whether it be at a game, an expansion, or a particular place. Ever been so impressed at the very first glimpse that you took a pic? This is the time to post it!

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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How can something so huge be so damn stealthy ?

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IronSalamander8 .

Oh man does that bring back memories!

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Most of the time the first moments of a new expansion or story instance is filled with scripts and dialogue, you have to keep up with. So here are some shots in a more serene moment of a story instance, somewhere in the Mists of GW2, while trying to meet a goddess.

p.s.: I want to thank The Justin Olivetti Academy for this unofficial “Make Justin dizzy” award! 🍺
Wow, it’s heavier than I thought! ;P

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*are

Zulika Mi-Nam
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This is in the first area in AIR. I had no clue about how the camera works so it is a lovely shot of my toons back. I still cannot figure out how I would take this with her facing the cam, ah well.

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Koshelkin

I think “toon facing cam” screenshots are cheap. <.<

Here's my avatar standing in front of a house, … here's my avatar standing in front of a tree… most of the time they make shots worse instead of improving them. The human brain is wired in a way that it automatically focuses on the faces of other humans when they're in a picture(and we recognize game avatars in a similar way). If you as the "photograph" look at the picture you might focus on what you actually wanted to capture, when someone else looks at it he will first look at that avatar.

Three reasons why we’re drawn to faces in film

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I say that for everyone else actually. I am dead inside. I do not even care about gender lock – I know I am a horrible person.

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Hikari Kenzaki

“Ever been so impressed at the very first glimpse that you took a pic?” This question presupposes that I don’t take pictures of EVERYTHING.

Still, when we were infiltrating the Morninglight in New Dawn, this was really the last sight we were expecting when we finally got to the mansion.

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Hikari Kenzaki

GTA has some rather breathtaking scenery as well that often require a picture. We actually find it amusing that people have been doing so much GTA RP lately since it was the main reason we got the game at launch. The QBL picture is a GTA news shot edited to fit into Secret World RP.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Which throws us back to some firsts in TSW.
It was actually several years before I completed a MEZ raid in TSW. Let’s take a selfie.

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when you were young….

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Utakata

This one from the n00b zone…

…and I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.

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…and thanks for the plug Mr. Justin.

Just to be clear, I am not sure the trees are autumnal in nature, as they might be that color…least that’s the impression I’ve always gotten. o.O

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Vincent Clark

For the first time I’m going to cheat a bit and not post according to this week’s theme. Instead here are shots of my pre-Shadowbringers “world tour”, courtesy of *ahem* a completely accurate digital representation of me in real life :)

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So City of Heroes and me might have a few problems well more than a few if we are being honest but I really do like the character creation aspect of it. So much so I have probably spent more time in that over this past weekend than I have actually levelling a character.

So my last character creation was Sister Dark, who for crimes long lost to the mist of time has to wonder the earth and try to redeem her broken soul. Though some say that as she likes to eat pizza with pineapple and anchovies she has already fallen too far for her to ever find redemption.

(Dark / Dark Sentinel and who knows I may even play through the story with her at some point if I can break the character creation addiction)

I have many more that I could post but I will just stick with this one for now.

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Ok I lied here is another screenshot but its only because I discovered that City of Heroes has a cell shading option. Which to my mind after many hundred of hours play Champions makes CoH look a lot better.

Anyhow let me introduce is Brother Bedew. Brother Bedew is a being comprised of sentient water in a biomechanical battle suit who travelled across space and time to warn earth of an impending threat.

Sadly because the “Universe” has a sick sense of humour Bedew crash landed in the desert and the intense heat boiled his water molecules to the point that he forgot what he was sent to Earth for.

While he retains his skills to pull moisture out of the most atmospheres and can still manipulate time to a degree he is lacking a purpose other than a nagging feeling that he must help Earth in some way.

(Water Blast / Time Manipulation blaster who I am actually levelling. Well at least until I get another idea in my head for another character. At this rate I am never going to see level 50 and you know I really don’t care hehe).

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I’m freaking loving this Brother Bedew character.