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The most beautiful world

PWN_FACEPWN_FACE SeoulPosts: 670Member

I like having a game where I don't have to kill all the time. I have Chivalry when I want my pvp  and I want it bloody. I have a lot of games for pvp. But I really want something where I can just relax, do some fishing, gathering, taking in the sites, hunting when I feeling like farming or grinding something. 


WoW was fun for a couple of years. I leveled really slowly and enjoyed doing all the stuff you could do in Azeroth. But I'm done there now. I think Rift's Telara is an attactive world, as well, and I like that they have fishing.  


What is the most beautiful mmorpg world you can actually go out and enjoy without having to fight all the time? Is there fishing, etc?



  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Uncommon

    LOTRO and Age of Conan.



    Smart phone crapped out.  I also like Champions Online as it has a comic book (Borderlands) feel.

  • TheelyTheely Posts: 410Member Uncommon
    I was actually surprised at how well LOTRO looks when you crank everything up. They must have updated the graphics since launch? No way it looked that good on release.
  • django-djangodjango-django ElthamPosts: 115Member
    I would suggest Age of Wushu as it has a pretty amazing setting, with of course gathering, farming and fishing. But of course it is open-world PVP. 
  • corpusccorpusc Chattanooga, TNPosts: 1,332Member Uncommon
    Vanguard and Darkfall

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    i don't expect to like Darkfall, altho i may like it MORE than other MMOs. i know it is gonna have a very frustrating level of grind to it, even if its significantly less than most. waiting for a pure FAST action virtual world. dice rolling & character levels (even "skills") IN COMBAT should have never carried over from pencil & paper to a computer that can reasonably model 3D spaces and objects

  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member

    SWTOR looks absolutely stunning.

    GW2 looks nice but the camera angle really hides the full view; if you have eye-inifinity though it can look awesome.

    Aion is probably still the prettiest although Tera is pretty close.



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  • AldersAlders Jack Burton'sPosts: 2,106Member Uncommon
    Lotro and GW2's worlds are amazing.
  • natpicknatpick stockton/ u.kPosts: 187Member Uncommon
    got to agree on the lotro and aoc both on full graphics are really nice and yes darkfall has its charm and is huge.


  • RoxtarrRoxtarr Freeland, MI, MIPosts: 1,122Member

    My answer assumes a different between a 'world' and a 'zone'.   The zone is the piece of land you currently have access to, while the world is how they all work together in the larger context.

    TERA and GW2 have very nice looking zones, but I'd have to say that Aion has the best overall world.  I understand Atreia and what the world has gone through.  I always felt like I was in the world, regardless of what zone I was in.  Although I haven't played Aion in months, Asmodae still kinda feels like home.  

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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 14,247Member Rare

    As with several of the others here, my picks are LOTRO and Age of Conan.

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  • birkenbirken Fort Covinton, NYPosts: 122Member
    Vanguard is the largest world in mmorpg and has alot of fun relaxing thing to do. Fish,Sail a ship,do diplo, build house just about  anything.
  • AIMonsterAIMonster Apopka, FLPosts: 2,059Member Uncommon

    TSW and GW2 for me.  AoC looked great, but had a lot of low quality textures in certain areas and some dungeons were pretty bland.  Archeage seems like it might be just as good if not better in environmental detail.

    In terms of non-combat stuff to do, I'd agree with others and go with Vanguard here.


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  • csthaocsthao Saint Paul, MNPosts: 1,112Member Uncommon

    Ultima Online image


    Not a 3D world, but its still very beautiful game. Run around the world, see how people design their homes, or just wander the forests, and you'll most likely find a dungeon. Fishing you say? Get a boat go fishing and you'll end up snagging a sea creature. Caught a prized fish? Mount it! Like collecting fishes? Keep em in your awuarium.

    Ultima Online give you the type of freedom you'd expect from any game and more! It's ROLE PLAYING at its best.

  • GravargGravarg Harker Heights, TXPosts: 3,409Member Uncommon

    lotro has the best environment graphics if you turn them all the way up.  The animations and character graphics are horrible though.


    Here comes the flames, but in Pandaria if you run dx11 with everything maxed, WoW looks insanely good.  It's not realistic, but that's not what Blizz is going for anyways.  You can see all the way across a zone easily, I can see a hozen from a mile awhile, it's very nice imho.


    Oops forgot, for realistic it's lotro, for stylized it's WoW in pandaria,  the rest of the world isn't as good as pandaria looks though.

  • Adhesive33Adhesive33 San Francisco, CAPosts: 227Member Uncommon
    For what you want, LOTRO, all the way. So much care and detail went into the environments, and they aren't corridored off like other MMOs. The world is open, realistic, and seamless. I don't play the game regularly anymore, but if you are just looking to chill while fishing, crafting, or  playing music, lotro's got you covered. 
  • hockeyplayrhockeyplayr Middlesex, NJPosts: 604Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Adhesive33
    For what you want, LOTRO, all the way. So much care and detail went into the environments, and they aren't corridored off like other MMOs. The world is open, realistic, and seamless. I don't play the game regularly anymore, but if you are just looking to chill while fishing, crafting, or  playing music, lotro's got you covered. 

    I may add crafting is enjoyable as well.  You actually use a hammer to smith and a pickaxe to mine stuff

  • RohnRohn Saint Peters, MOPosts: 3,729Member Uncommon
    Add my vote to LOTRO.  Beautiful world!

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  • MarirranyaMarirranya Ortario, OHPosts: 154Member
    wow for me :3

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  • AeolynAeolyn Langley, BCPosts: 340Member Uncommon

    If you want scenery and crafting then LoTRO is pretty nice though you quickly hit that ceiling on being able to make good armour for yourself, but if you want to actually make a living from fishing, then I'd have to say WoW with it's random treasure chests and ability to use some types of fish for alchemy with the rest for cooking and there's usually a decent market for both.  The fishing in LoTRO leaves a lot to be desired imo(a few titles and a copper or two each, no useful loot drops ever and no one ever buys them from the ah plus there's only a couple or so types of fish that you can even cook with). 


    The reasons I don't choose Vanguard is mainly unless they've improved their engine a lot, I found it very clunky and everytime I tried to do any fishing I found myself getting attacked by random mobs and the crafting... hmm all I remember from that was a lot of running back and forth for supplies. 


    I love GW2's graphics but yea I'm not in love with the camera and so far the crafting has been frustrating for me to the point that although I'm still trying to level my cook, mostly to be able to make my own dyes since they nerfed the drop rate on those, at least for me, I've given up on anything else as once again you need mats from areas that are often too difficult to get while you need them.

  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,505Member Uncommon

    Entropia universe looks stunning now its running on Cryengine.. Probally one of the best looking worlds out there when it comes to MMORPGs. Tho this game is not for everyone because of how you pay for the game.. but its worth a download to just check out how stunning the world looks..

    Also TSW and AOC are really good.. but are mainly combat games..



    Also if you can put up with a game in a different language, take a look at archeage..

  • ThillianThillian BratislavaPosts: 3,153Member Uncommon

    1. Vanguard

    2. Vanguard with low far clipping plane

    3. Vanguard without high distant textures

    4. Vanguard without graphics

    5. LOTRO


  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser ParisPosts: 1,873Member
    AOC and EQ2 for me.

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  • ScalplessScalpless SnowballvillePosts: 1,426Member Uncommon

    GW2 is my personal favorite because of how diverse and detailed its locations are. Most of its locations have relatively low mob density, so you can run around and explore without fighting endless waves of mobs. It also has very organic mob placements, so you'll rarely run into a bunch of bandits walking on a grass patch with some bears and tigers between them. In fact, mobs fight each other properly, so you'll often see tigers hunting smaller animals, bandits fighting centaurs, etc. No fishing, but lots of underwater exploration and combat.

    The engine used in TSW and AoC is better technically, but AoC isn't detailed enough for me. TSW is beautiful in its own way, but it's not as good in motion and has too many mobs. It definitely gets my "best light shafts ever" reward.

    WoW is pretty good, too, but you know what it looks like.

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member Common
    I'm thinking eve.

    Don't agree with gw2 it has nice character models and great animations but the terrain is low poly and the ground textures are very low rez, lower rez than wow even.

    In terms of art, but not high fidelity graphics both wow and war are strong. But i wouldn't call either great environments, just they make the best use of the art with the low graphics engines they have.

    While my vote goes to eve. Aoc, tsw, lotr & tera should be the ones in the runing from more conventional mmos.

    Planetside 2 and vanguard deserve a mention because of the scale, though ps2 suffers from nearly as bad ground textures as gw2 and vanguard suffers from a lot of repeating textures / weird pattern effect.
  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member Uncommon

    Going from the question of aesthetics, I'd have said GW2.  It's simply the most gorgeous MMO I've played yet, though Aion was pretty nice.

    However, you also said you want a world where you don't have to fight things all the time, which tosses many MMO's right out the window right there.  GW2 has several good spots where the events or heart quests are kind of relaxing, even amusing, but once you get to the higher levels, you'll be in constant combat. 

    For that reason, I disagree with the above poster who mentioned PS2 lol

  • PWN_FACEPWN_FACE SeoulPosts: 670Member

    To be more focused, what I'm looking for is a game world where you can fish in peace -- or with a slight risk. For example, I used to go fish in old Azshara on a pvp server back during BC. It was pretty dead there, but there was always the chance of getting ganked, which did happen once (and the guy kept camping me...he just wouldn't let me fish). There are also some nice places to fish in Telara (Rift). 


    Some people mentioned Darkfall. I would agree that Agon is my favorite place to explore of all time, but the Agon of DF1 is gone. There wasn't fishing, but you could build a raft and go explore islands and farm remote spawns, gather rare ores or find cool treasure chests. Of course, there was a lot of risk, but it could also be relaxing if you found a relatively safe spot. That was part of the challenge -- finding those out of the way places and easter eggs.


    TSW doesn't have fishing or gathering. It's a great game and I have a lot of fun playing it, but most of what I do is combat related. It's not really a "beautiful" or relaxing world to me. But it does have a kickass ambiance and that's what I love about it. It's just for a different mood.  GW2 doesn't have fishing either, but I do find gathering and killing stuff as I level slowly very relaxing. My main toon is about 48 and I've been playing since launch, so you know how slow it goes for me. I'm very casual when I jump in to GW2. 


    Seems like a lot of people have recommended LoTR and Vanguard. Those might be worth looking at again. Someone said Aion, but I don't think there's fishing. Maybe gathering can be fun and relaxing with occasional ganking threats, right? I haven't played Aion for a long time and I might have to start all over. My highest toon was in the 20s.


    I guess I'm looking for a beautiful virtual world because for my job I'm living in a crowded and harsh urban environment for a while and I just like to see something relaxing and pleasant. Kind of tired of all the blood and gore and just want to do some other stuff. But not ready for Sims 3 or A Tale in the Desert, yet, so ... :D

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