The Daily Grind: What older MMO’s graphics still hold up today?

    
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The other night I was playing with some friends in Dungeons and Dragons Online, and the discussion turned to — oddly enough — the game’s graphics. Now, nobody would ever argue that DDO boasts the highest polygon count or realistic visuals, but we all came to the conclusion that it was still good-looking in its own slightly stylized way. And some of the zones and skyboxes definitely drew us into the world!

Some MMOs have aged poorly in the visual department, but others are mature beauties in their own right. Titles like Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, and Ryzom all pop up in my mind when I think about MMOs that had a fantastic art style and still bring the eye candy in 2019.

What do you think? What older MMO’s graphics are still enjoyable today?

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Random MMO fan

None of them. Even FFXIV is starting to look somewhat dated and could definitely use better lighting system and better textures.

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Joey

Lotro is still beautiful. The character models on the other hand are pretty dated.

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starbuck1771

Star Wars Galaxies and lotro

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Castagere Shaikura

If you like an MMO then graphics shouldn’t really matter. I will never care about how Anarchy Online looks because the game is great but under a bad company.

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Random MMO fan

Why would you make such stupid assumption? If it does not matter to you – does not mean it does not matter to other players. I could not tolerate playing ESO for long period of time because the whole world had extremely ugly and depressing desaturated brown + green color palette plus awful character animation. And I am not the only one who did not like it. This also matters to developers because it is much more likely for some player to buy cosmetic item using real life currency if it looks very attractive due to texture resolution, in-game lighting, attractive color palette, high polygon count and character animation (especially when it comes to pets or mounts). And cosmetic items is a much better way to encourage players to spend money than doing extremely questionable things like selling “timesink skip” items.

Please learn to think outside of “what matters to me is the only right way others should view things” before making posts like these.

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Tiago Amaral

For me is Lineage 2!

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kalech

Lotro is the one that springs to mind for me, I didn’t play a lot of older MMOs. The quality of the assets in Lotro isn’t amazing, but I think its carried by a good world design and tiny touches such as flocks of birds leaving the trees or flowers swaying in the wind.
Small details like that can really improve otherwise limited graphics.

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Bruno Brito

I find that “holding up” is a pretty subjective concept, so i’ll say the games i most enjoy the graphics.

EQ2 – It has some beautiful stuff in it, and the game is pleasurable enough that i went back to it ( altho, i refuse to spend a dime on DBG ). I find the graphics charming. IF P99 had EQ2 graphics, i would be playing the shit outta it.

Ragnarok – This game does stand on it’s own. The graphics are beautiful, the game has a uniqueness to it that makes it addictive even after you realize you’re just playing some of the worst grinds to ever exist.

Allods – Cheap graphics but with a beautiful palette of colors, pretty lights, always made me feel in awe for the game. Allods is a game i always feel sad because i love it to death, yet i don’t play because of how ravaged by monetization it was.

WoW, to an extent – I find that if WoW had a similar graphical design to Warhammer AoR ( more details on character, clothing/armor had more than one layer glued to you, etc etc ), the game would have a better fashion. Unfortunately, while i enjoy the cartoonish graphics, and the new models and zones are beautiful to behold, the game still has several fashion design choices that i just can’t tolerate. It’s a similar problem i have with GW2.

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PanagiotisLial1

Allods was an expensive production at its time because most assets were hand made – sure a game that outclassed a lot on this department at its time and could had been more popular but it was handled quite bad and moreover it didnt get expanded as much to keep the existing playerbase(back then) busy.

When you let gpotato handle the game first and then move it my.com go figure

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PanagiotisLial1

Many mmos but nothing on EVE’s graph suggests it is a 2003 game

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KodaiRyu

Ragnarok Online because it has very unique 2.5D art style

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Robert Mann

Enjoyable, yes. Hold up, no.

There’s simply no maintaining a look that is equivalent with more modern efforts on newer hardware. On the other hand, even games from the era of floppy disks can be enjoyable in the graphics department, unless one is really focused on the newest and most shiny graphics.

Regardless, I’ll take something that at least looked decent for whatever time with better gameplay over the graphics “It’s shiny!” game of the same time.