One Shots: Familiar and welcome lands

    
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Welcome back home! That feels like the sentiment that WoW Classic gave when it launched recently. Players absolutely swarmed to these servers, many of which returning to see the pre-Cataclysm lands that they remember from Back in the Day.

Even the duller landscapes had a particular charm to them. Minimalistway poured out some love for Westfall as he flew over it: “Plains, green, yellow or snowy, any kind of open fields, even if they are dry lands infested with gangs and hostile roboharvesters.”

“There are a LOT of favorite places in a LOT of games, but right now, it’s hard to beat the beauty (and wackiness) of Il Mheg in FFXIV,” Scott wrote. “The Hills are alive with the sound of … SCREAMING! MUHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!”

So Scott’s gone insane, guys. Anyone want to call social services and have him taken away for his own good? We could use someone on that.

“Currently, my favorite biome is the remote desert planet where I established my Activated Indium mine in No Man’s Sky,” posted CapnLan. “Burning sand storms during the day. Freezing winds at night. Aggressive sentinels. Hostile creatures. Had to build several small outposts just to survive. So why do I love it? Because money.”

Who needs skin and functioning organs when you have money? If DuckTales taught us anything, it’s that we can never be happy unless we’re literally swimming in a 16-story money bin full of gold.

Deekayzero contemplates trying to get drunk in a Star Citizen tavern where you can’t take off your spacesuit helmet. Hope that thing has a straw attachment, dude!

“Fave in-game location? Probably the bar at Grim Hex despite sometimes not having breathable atmosphere (which I find out the hard way). When I’m here, it’s usually because I just finished a fun adventure with a buddy or two and we’re doing a bit of nightcap photo and video shooting to wrap it up.”

If you’re one of the 0.00000001% of people whose brains shut down and then implode upon seeing too much of the color blue, you might want to back the heck out of this column right now. I’ve warned you!

Blade and Soul makes screen caps super easy as the in-game function is very well developed,” said Rafael. “This biome, found in a secret area in Solak, is special because it is hard to quantify. It’s not verdant fields or snowy whiteout mountains. No. Instead, what we have here is a magical biome. Floating rocks, glowing grasslands and magical light sources are its features. It is a great place to relax!”

I think we’ve done this screenshot challenge in the past, but why not do it again? This week, try to take a picture of a magical spell effect or amazing particle effect in action and share it with us!

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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rafael12104

Cool. Thanks for the feature last week. It is a crapload of blue. Lol.

So, for this week magical special effects? Ok. I’m going to simplify things then.

As you guys know special effects are wonderful but also a curse. Too many special effects can ruin a good fight. But I do like my BnS Blademaster’s bread and butter effect. It is simple but when combined with good animation it is wonderful to see.

But it’s not magical? Heh. Turn your sword into five or more firebrands during battle and then tell me it’s not magical!

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Skoryy

A bit late, but boy do I have a screenshot ready. Because someone finally cashed in all his banked gifts and gold and made another legendary! Just in time to learn how to harp for the holidays.

Bonus picture of Mr. and Mrs. Cabbage being fancy plants.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

FFXIV has a large variety of landscapes. As I always do, I will find some overhang and stare at them – at least the not so psychedelic ones.

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JonBuck

Ah, the Churning Mists.

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hurbster

Start of the Wetlands death run.

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Utakata

…I always found the croc spot outside of Menethil Harbor to be the most troublesome in that run. :(

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Hirku

My noob death run at Lvl 6 was hilarious. I died, of course, and then thought, “Cool, now my wisp ghost will fly all the way to Kharanos and rez there.”

Rezzed all the way back in Menethil instead, followed by the shouting of many colorful words.

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hurbster

I always ended up at Menethil as I preferred Darkshore as a levelling area after the Dwarf and Human starter regions.

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Utakata

Girly swat….

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Utakata

“Haven’t you shown those before, Uta?”

Err…yes? But I don’t know when. And I think that’s all I have in of my toons in casting/particle action. Those are harder to capture than you’d think…well, least for me. :(

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Vincent Clark

I think my first one (dark knight) is a repeat as well (oops), but I blame my old age and failing memory :)

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Vincent Clark

First shot, per this week’s challenge: something something darkside…

Second shot: reason #1 why you never bring a princess to a strip club–she always makes everything about her! #centerofattention #diva

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Hirku

Who cares about all the sparkly magic power stuff? That first girl has the wrist strength of a god!

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mysecretid

Even as a hologram in the year 2410, I imagine that Dr. Leonard McCoy can still grouch with the best of them in Star Trek Online.

Here, I expect he’s complaining about the cold, even though he can’t feel it.

“Captain! I’m doctor, not a damn yeti!”

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Koshelkin

I decided to go back to BDO and spent some time on leveling alts. The game welcomed me with this vista. What a beautiful game.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Sometimes, when you’re taking a shot of a new ship or outfit… sacrifices must be made.

And some other random FX shots from STO.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Last two are cutscenes, which I don’t normally like to use, but meh.

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Hirku

“This is it. This is where Frodostal cashed in.”

“A friend of yours?”

“A competitor. He was good. He was very very good.”

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Koshelkin

This is the Old Forest, right? Still my favourite place in the early game.

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Hirku

Yup.

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Michael18

Nice screenshot! It’s a great example why I like the graphics of LOTRO so much. Sometimes screenshots of this game look just like a Caspar David Friedrich painting.

This here is probably my favorite of all the screenshots I’ve ever made in any game:

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Hirku

Nice shot to you, too! Swing the camera over and you’d have a lovely view of undead Fornost.

I followed your link and two of the artist’s works immediately looked familiar, but I couldn’t figure out from where. Turns out they’re the cover art for my ancient school copies of Frankenstein and Dracula:

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rafael12104

Heh. I remember those covers!