The Daily Grind: What MMO winter zone makes you feel the coldest?

    
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Not all winter zones are alike, although there are many that exist. Some look downright warm and cozy, an afternoon stroll down the streets of Christmasville with a stop for hot coco at the Peppermint Café. Some are barren wastelands of snow and ice. And some somehow manage to make you feel the biting wind and the soaking chill through sound effects and art alone.

For example, I can’t help but shivering involuntarily whenever I quest for extended periods of time in Lord of the Rings Online’s Forochel. It really nails that look and feel of being an arctic circle zone, what with the water that’ll freeze you to death and the igloos that offer its few inhabitants succor.

What MMO winter zone(s) makes you feel the coldest? How do you think this was accomplished?

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I have to say Everfrost from EverQuest. I started playing EQ as a Barbarian. It really felt like I was at the top of the world in a barren tundra. Haven’t felt that way about a snow zone since then.

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Dean Greenhoe

The only game that I have actually froze to death several times was, Project Gorgon. Not that it felt that wintery, but they convinced me that it was actually very cold in certain zones.

Making me wear the appropriate gear for the climate that I am visiting is a good immersion element.

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Oleg Chebeneev

This is how snow storm looks on Microtech planet (Star Citizen). Game even makes your character tremble in cold and do those freeze to death noises. You’ll also die if exposed to cold for too long.

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Bruno Brito

Two specifically, and it’s on a hate-meter: Frostfang Sea ( EQ2 ) and Farside ( Wildstar ).

FFS is just goddamn boring. It’s a huge winter refugee zone that makes you swim into orc caves, get bashed by aggro mobs through terrible pathing, it feels devoid of life ( which is the point but it doesn’t change me hating it ).

Farside was not a winterzone, it was just you playing on zero gravity on the moon or something. It was also another zone devoid of interest and i wish i could slice the memories out of my brain.

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Sleepy

Actually Hoth in SWTOR deserves a mention for most plastic looking ice zone.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Just in my experience, RIFT’s Iron Pine Peaks. Felt too close to home(town’s winter). SWTOR’s Hoth just makes me sleepy, RIFT’s other Tarken Glacier had me too distracted by harder mobs and cosmic stuff.

But lately exploring Genshin Impact’s (yeah, just SP/MP and not so much MMO) new sub-zone of Dragonspine has me feeling the coldest I have in a while. The cold survival mechanic helps with that. I actually have to turn the heat up to deal with it. But its a lovely area, for what it is.

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Utakata

Icicle works…

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Ironwu

There is a quest area in ESO at the top of a mountain where the cold will literally kill a player. To do the mission, one has to run from place to place, lighting fires to keep warm. Crunching snow, frozen breath, cracking air. Damn, it is cold up there.

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SmiteDoctor

South of Riften I recall.

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Bryan Cole

Forochel in Lotro. You hear the iceburgs cracking and it really adds to the immersion of the zone, and don’t even think about getting in the water.

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SmiteDoctor

Ice Crown and Storm Peaks in WoW, Bleakrock Isle, Wrothgar, and Eastern Skyrim in ESO, Shiverpeak Mountains in GW2.