When you first walk into the First in Final Fantasy XIV, you’re greeted by the weather of Everlasting Light. While I don’t know it for an absolute fact, I’m relatively sure that meteorologists will inform you that this is not actual weather. Maybe it is in Florida. Regardless, that’s the weather you have to deal with, and it’s one of my favorite examples of the weather that both of the online titles in the franchise have, taking the fantasy setting a step further and giving us outright unrealistic weather effects.
It’s hardly alone. World of Warcraft has some surreal weather in certain zones, like arcane energy storms where appropriate. And sometimes even just normal weather is nice, like the unceasing heat that can beat down upon you in Guild Wars 2 as you roam the desert. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the effects of weather on gameplay. What’s your favorite MMO weather effect, realistic or not?