A week or two ago, the MOP staffers were chatting about a new MMO we were covering – Fioresia Online – and its screenshots turned into a point of discussion for us. Why? The cutesy MMO was displaying siege equipment prominently in those shots, even in an early stage of development.
This immediately improved my first impression of the game, not because I am a particularly huge fan of siege equipment but because the presence of siege gear implies a whole bunch of other systems that would naturally and almost necessarily be included in a game that has sieging – like holdable territory and destructible structures. Without even knowing anything about the game, I wound up with the impression that there would be some sort of intentionality with the game’s PvP, more than half a second of thought, more than “whatever, just go kill each other.” Maybe it won’t turn out that way in the end, but that was the impression those pics created.
Do you judge MMOs by what’s in their screenshots? Do you ever make these kinds of first-impression assumptions about what’s in a game based on the way it initially presents itself?