Last week’s screenshot challenge to share pictures of older MMOs that still check out (visually, I mean) resulted in a small avalanche of Lord of the Rings Online pics. It seems like there’s still a lot of love for the vistas of this 12-year-old game!
“With LOTRO’s older zones, you sometimes feel as if you can count polys just by looking at a screen shot. But man can this game tell stories with those handfulls of polys,” said Michael 18. “Here I am at the shores of river Anduin after leaving Lothlórien.”
Hirku got a rare bird’s eye view of one zone with this one: “I’m super late posting but I just now got the opportunity to capture a nice shot of LOTRO’s Lake Evendim from the top of this big guy’s head.”
And then there was Katriana, who has this to say: “LOTRO regularly makes me stop and stare at how lovely the view is from some vantage points. The textures may be a bit dated when viewed close up in some cases, but it can still do wide vistas that take the breath away better than many games out there. The view below is of the Falathorn Homesteads in Ered Luin viewed from one of the platforms in Duillond.”
OK, OK, enough of Middle-earth. How about a trip to Blade and Soul, courtesy of Rafael?
“This MMO was released in 2012 and still graphically holds up with the best of them,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean it isn’t due for an engine update if the game is going to continue. It’s not the ‘pretty.’ It is the performance in large groups that needs improvement. The Unreal Engine 4 engine overhaul is in process and I can’t wait to see it live.”
“Here’s a shot from DCUO, when the stars are aligned it can look quite pretty,” Michael18 shared. I agree — although I’m always a sucker for neon and anything that reminds me of the 1980s. Bo staff! Donatello!
And here’s a bonus one from JonBuck, who is getting into the Halloween spirit early in FFXIV.
“Not really part of the challenge, but I wanted to share. Was doing a Praetorium roulette run the other night, and then this happened.”
MMORPGs make a big deal out of creating expansive and massive visual spaces, but for me, I’m all about intimate settings. For this week’s screenshot challenge, share a picture of a “cozy place” in your MMO — or heck, share whatever you like!