One Shots: Breaking the speed of awesome

    
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Face it: No matter how long you live, you’ll never look as amazing as Utakata here in Blade and Soul. Apparently she’s being shot by a cannon into the camera, but for this brief, non-painful moment, it’s all kinds of epic.

“Get up, (get on up), stay on the scene, (get on up), like a Dragon Pulse machine,” was heard as she zipped by.

Let’s power up to the speed of awesome for this edition of One Shots!

Going from extreme speed to a quiet moment of reflection, we have Josh here in Final Fantasy XIV looking all kinds of amazing as a bunny girl. Are there any other races in the game at this point? It’s just a field of female hares, isn’t it?

With a name like “Lucky Jinx,” you would just assume that getting that perfect screenshot is a matter-of-fact occurrence. Jinx was on a “peaceful world quest tour in Stormsong Valley” when this perfect vista opened up.

Say what you will about World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, but the zone designers are still on top of their visual game.

“Here’s a pic of my Arrow in Star Citizen,” said Life Isn’t Just Dank Memes. “It’s pretty dope, you know, when the game is actually working well and the dudes that have invested thousands of dollars in this game are being logical and reasonable about there being issues in the game they spent thousands on for fake spaceships.”

Continuing along the theme of transportation, Amorey took this while whizzing past Minas Tirith in Lord of the Rings Online.

LOTRO’s form of transport is not as shiny and as fun as in other MMOs,” Amorey said. “A good old trusted horse will take you everywhere in Middle-earth and you’ll learn how to deal with a very sore bottom.”

This is a bit of a strange screenshot challenge, but go with it: This week, see if you can’t snap a picture of where zones in MMOs transition from one biome to another one. Does it look abrupt or natural? It’s always tricky to handle.

Or, as always, post whatever pictures you like!

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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Josh

Not sure I’d be able to adhere to this weeks challenge in 14 so instead here are more pretty pictures

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Natalyia

Does vacuum count as a “biome”? Regardless, MicroTech has a few, and they look great. Here’s some shots of a trip to go see them. (which the forum put in it’s own, unique order. Ah well. :) )

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Bryan Correll

Not remotely related to the challenge, but this tickled me. Is this REALLY a part I want to be using to build a metamorph monster?

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Hikari Kenzaki

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Lucky Jinx

There comes a time when even the toughest adventurer will face the nature’s call— and finds himself powerless.

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Amorey

When you got to go, you got to go ;)

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Minimalistway

I don’t think there is any game like WoW where zones don’t make since when it comes to transition from biome to another.

On screen have a snowy zone and a green zone, the other have 4 different zone in one screenshot.

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Utakata

TERA also has this issue.

Something about open world zones before they allowed flying…and when flight was allowed, we started to get the sense there’s a man behind the curtain in all of this. >.<

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Amorey

Biomes in WoW are not always blending well, but I still like the game a lot :)

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Utakata

I’m not sure where these are going either… o.O

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Utakata

PS: Thanks for the pictorial plug.

The line I used was a reference to James Brown’s, Sex Machine number…in case anyone was wondering. Get on up… <3

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Amorey

I need to try and play Blade&Soul , I love your screenies <3

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Minimalistway

I want to play it again, beautiful world so thanks for all the screens.

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Amorey

One thing that LOTRO does very well is the transition from one biome to another. There are many examples, like the approach to Forochel which is truly beautiful. One of my favorite ‘transition’ zones is on exiting Moria, between Nanduhirion and Nimrodel on the approach to Lothlorien. There is nothing abrupt about the two areas, it just feel natural and beautiful. As I said I can think of countless examples in LOTRO but this is just one of my favorites :)

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Hikari Kenzaki

The location of Star Keep is based largely on the way the area transitions. The area is forested but cold as the trees thin out. It overlooks a partially frozen river that separates it from the frozen cliffs north and the spires of the volcano.

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Hikari Kenzaki

That’s on Conan Exiles, if that wasn’t clear. :)

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Amorey

A game I never played, but it looks so nice :)

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Back to the the Division 2 and back to NYC with the new expansion.

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Amorey

Thanks for sharing, it looks really cool :)

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Vincent Clark

My apologies, none of my snaps go along with this week’s–very interesting– challenge, nonetheless…

Steely determination
Deserved relaxation
Brief contemplation
Rushed annihilation

Next week: Ishgard Restoration and…Diadem (gasp!)

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Bryan Correll

The second one she’s transitioning from the air-biome to the water-biome.

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Vincent Clark

Nice one!

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JonBuck

14 doesn’t really do zone transitions. I suppose “The Last Forest” in The Fringe could count.

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Amorey

Lovely screens as usual, thank you for sharing Vincent.
FF14 is a very beautiful game :)