The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite MMO weather effect?

    
24
Guilty or innocent?

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?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
MassivelyMacD

Weather, seasons and day/night cycle in Ryzom. It is not just plain visual, it has impact on where you find animals and which resources can be harvested. I remember that for one type of resource we needed a clear night in winter in a very dangerous region, the whole guild went there, half of us to harvest and support the harvesters, the rest to defend us from the wildlife. Never experienced something like that again.

Reader
Brown Jenkin

Snow and rain in BDO look straight up amazing.

MilitiaMasterV
Reader
MilitiaMasterV

Usually prefer snow/storm/dark gloomy type weather. But most people gripe about them so they are normally shut off on a lot of servers. :|

Edit : Also enjoy fog. Basically anything that makes you have more of a challenge at surviving.

Reader
NecrococoPlays

The thunderstorms in BDO are incredible (as are most of the weather events). Whenever storms roll through I almost always stop what I’m doing to watch. I like that the skies get dark, the lightning flashes are powerful, the sound is high quality, and the rain effects are so immersive – resulting in everything outside getting wet, including players and mounts.

glish storm.jpg
glish2.jpg
tumblr_on2slvDFVJ1upv3w1o5_1280.jpg
tumblr_on2slvDFVJ1upv3w1o2_1280.jpg
Reader
NecrococoPlays

Bonus: Fog (before the graphics update)

2017-04-13_189839295.PNG
2017-03-14_75292946.JPG
Mordyjuice
Reader
Mordyjuice

Winter effects, and fog; I’ve rarely seen rain done well unless there’s thunder and lightning.

Bereman
Reader
Bereman

So one thing that I enjoy about FFXIV’s approach to weather effects is that certain ones will only appear based on both the weather at the time and the previous weather effect.

So sunny skies just after it’s rained/stormed can lead to the brief appearance of a rainbow in the area (despite knowing this can happen, I’ve managed to only spot one on three different occasions across over 300 days played, lol).

That’s not my favorite effect though. That belongs to the one that appears in Coerthas Western Highlands, an area filled with snow and freezing temperatures (and it’s not the aurora borealis in that zone, which other games have done in similar zones long before, such as LOTRO’s Forochel).

When the weather during the night was a blizzard or snow, and the weather in the morning is fair and sunny skies, there’s this wonderful sparkling effect, like tiny particles of diamonds floating in the sky.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Vunak

Snow in BDO I really enjoyed. Snow in general. Thunderstorms as well. The storms in Sea of Thieves look amazing

Reader
Dane H

Guild wars 2 fog…

Mordyjuice
Reader
Mordyjuice

Especially in the Shiverpeaks with snow.

Reader
3dom

That thing which alternatively-smart people called “just a blue filter” in Anthem is majestic – Cataclysm and effects around it in freeplay (storms, winds, dust, realistic lightning strikes, glowing sky, clouds changing shape in seconds, etc.).

The best part: despite huge amount of visible particles (or whatever it is in the air) it doesn’t drop FPS on my laptop.

Reader
IronSalamander8 .

Storms. Dark, rainy, storms.