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  • Cod_EyeCod_Eye jarrowPosts: 1,016Member
    LotRo hands down, FFXIV has some great scenery to.  GW2 as much as I dislike the game the world is pretty impressive.
  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member
    Originally posted by PsyMike3d
    Originally posted by corpusc
     Darkfall

    lol

    Why is that funny? Aside from Vanguard, Darkfall is the only MMO out there with a massive seamless hand crafted world.

  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Scorchien
    Originally posted by MMOGamer71
    Originally posted by DavisFlight
    Originally posted by bigsmiff
    Originally posted by MMOGamer71

    LOTRO and Age of Conan.

     

    These are my picks as well

    Except its all fake in those two games. They're FILLED with invisible walls and EXTREMELY exploration unfriendly.

     

    Most beautiful explorable world goes to Vanguard, without a fucking doubt.

    Wasn't the OP's question see title:

    "The most beautiful world".

     

    you should probaly read his post again , he aksed for several features that he could relax and spend time doing said activities in a beautiful world....   From his description i think Vanguard actually best fits his wants.

    You should probably read the title of thread..............thanks for playing the game.

  • NikopolNikopol The ZonePosts: 626Member Uncommon

    OP, I look for similar things in an MMO. To me, combat should be just another feature instead of being the feature (meaning, 70+ % of the game). Number one priority is just enjoying the world and immersion for me. I also love fishing and similar non-combat systems. With that, here's how I see things (that is, purely in terms of what you're looking for):

     

    1) Vanguard

    the good: World is impressing, plenty of non-combat stuff to do. Has some fun fishing. Has ship building and housing as well. Has flight. Has good crafting and Diplomacy which is like another game on its own. Not only is the world huge, but you can see huge stretches of distances as well, which makes it much easier to feel you're in a world instead of an all-too-conveniently built zone. Also, just beautiful sky and foliage (I don't know, I pay attention to this sort of thing!); along with the weather system, the world feels in motion. Though on a related note: it has much less mob density than modern MMOs, which might turn some players off, but is often good for an explorer - in games like TSW you get jumped on every second, which tends to get annoying.

    the bad: Not many players at all. Still glitchy. The character models and animations look really bad, and the world textures are somewhat underwhelming. No open world PVP so lacking that "element of surprise".

    2) LOTRO

    the good: World is beautiful, looks really good and has plenty of atmosphere (scores higher on all this than Vanguard, in my opinion). Also not small or boxed-in, either. Add yet another plus if you're a Middle Earth fan. :) Has housing. Solid crafting system. Very good fishing (among the best) with some deeds tied to it. On a related note, as an explorer, chasing deeds becomes a good way of passing the time. LOTRO also has one of my favorite MMO systems: The music system. It's just a blast seeing (or even better, participating in) a jam in the middle of nowhere. :)

    the bad: again, really bad character models and animations. The main game feels a bit too linear. To me, combat itself feels much too derivative and lacking oomph. Again, no open world PVP.

    3) Rift

    the good: Now, I haven't tried fishing much in this game, but from what I've seen, it looks good. Very good looking world. Dynamic events like rifts and invasions, which some explorers may enjoy, because it makes the world feel a bit more alive. Has a new housing system called Dimensions, which might be the most intreresting implementation of instanced housing system from what I've seen.

    the bad - though, mind, this is before the expansion: The world felt much too small (they say it's much bigger now). Cities were also too small. Everything looked a bit too generic, with no strong feel of lore or story to it. The zone invasions might be an annoyance to some explorers.

    4) Age of Wushu

    (I won't do goods and bads here, because I haven't tried it enough.)

    The world in AOW looks beautiful, and the setting is at least something different. It has a lot of out-of-the-box stuff like player kidnapping and jail time. It does have fishing, though I didn't dive deep enough into it to give meaningful feedback. Plus, the combat system also is a bit different and once you get the hang of it, fun. Really feels more like a living world than many MMOs out there.

     

    P.S.: I know it's a whole different style of game, but as enjoying the "universe" goes, EVE Online should be up there with any game - if you're at all into space, that is. You can play it strictly non-combat, and mining has that soothing effect which is not dissimilar to fishing. :) Plus, it has killer economy. And plusplus, it has a history and stories of its own, forged by its community.

  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser ParisPosts: 1,873Member

    I forgot to add LOTRO ..so for me in no particular order.

    AOC

    LOTRO

    EQ2

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  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member

    I can't recommend Vanguard to anyone, no matter how massive the underused world is. It is a beautiful place they have created, but there is nothing in it.

    I will say Rift has been very beautiful since the beginning, and the new expansion tripled the size of the world. On near max settings this game is amazing.

    EQ2 is very pretty as well, but unless you have a a really good machine it lags, poorly optimized maybe?

     

    I'm sure there are others out there I can't think of right now.

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  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser ParisPosts: 1,873Member
    Originally posted by Aeonblades

    I can't recommend Vanguard to anyone, no matter how massive the underused world is. It is a beautiful place they have created, but there is nothing in it.

    I will say Rift has been very beautiful since the beginning, and the new expansion tripled the size of the world. On near max settings this game is amazing.

    EQ2 is very pretty as well, but unless you have a a really good machine it lags, poorly optimized maybe?

     

    I'm sure there are others out there I can't think of right now.

    Yes EQ has always been very taxing on systems. However, still ti is one of the msot beautiful and varied world in MMOS. it is huge and has some great visuals and vistas. I am actually surprised more people didn't mention EQ2. it is gem of a game with a very expansive and immersive game world.  And has some of the best music to go with it.

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  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member
    Originally posted by DavisFlight
    Originally posted by PsyMike3d
    Originally posted by corpusc
     Darkfall

    lol

    Why is that funny? Aside from Vanguard, Darkfall is the only MMO out there with a massive seamless hand crafted world.

    I get seamless... but other games have massive worlds.  And what does hand crafted mean?  Do other games use world generators?  I'm confused by the buzzwords.

  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 16,912Member Uncommon
    Age of Wushu, I've played the game at least 10 hours now and I've only fought a handful of times, if not that Vanguard, both have beautiful worlds, that offer more than combat to entertain yourself with, there's also The Saga of Ryzom, LOTRO (can go by a lake and play an instrument (using keyboard keys for notes, you actually play the music) and things like that.

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  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common

    One reason why LOTRO shines is its views.  Riding through southern Bree and seeing Weathertop in the distance is stunning.  

  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member
    Originally posted by Aeonblades

    I can't recommend Vanguard to anyone, no matter how massive the underused world is. It is a beautiful place they have created, but there is nothing in it.

    Vanguard has more content in it than the vast majority of AAA MMORPGs on the market. There's TONS of stuff in the world, both subtle and obvious.

     

  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member
    Originally posted by Eir_S
    Originally posted by DavisFlight
    Originally posted by PsyMike3d
    Originally posted by corpusc
     Darkfall

    lol

    Why is that funny? Aside from Vanguard, Darkfall is the only MMO out there with a massive seamless hand crafted world.

    I get seamless... but other games have massive worlds.  And what does hand crafted mean?  Do other games use world generators?  I'm confused by the buzzwords.

    There are few MMOs bigger than Darkfall's world. And yes, many MMOs use generation tools. Not to mention the Darkfall world feels more real because of how liberal the physics are in the game, allowing you to really carve your own path rather than follow a linear one.

  • ScaryMonkScaryMonk LondonPosts: 97Member

    GW1.  Pre looked amazing, and there were certain vista's you stumbled upon (without having them rammed down your throat) which were incredible.  

    AoC looks fantastic.  

    But the winner has got to be Skyrim (not an mmo I know).  

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by PWN_FACE

    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?

    The real world.

    No computer simulation is as good as the real thing ... like fishing. The reason i play WOW is because i cannot be a blood elf mage killing stuff with fireball in the real life.

    But i *can* stare at scenary and fish in the real world, right?

  • ScaryMonkScaryMonk LondonPosts: 97Member
    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Originally posted by PWN_FACE

    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?

    The real world.

    No computer simulation is as good as the real thing ... like fishing. The reason i play WOW is because i cannot be a blood elf mage killing stuff with fireball in the real life.

    But i *can* stare at scenary and fish in the real world, right?

    I think you took a wrong turn on the way to the Ramblers Association site.  

  • ibn_Cartwellibn_Cartwell Northwest, MTPosts: 47Member
    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Originally posted by PWN_FACE

    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?

    The real world.

    No computer simulation is as good as the real thing ... like fishing. The reason i play WOW is because i cannot be a blood elf mage killing stuff with fireball in the real life.

    But i *can* stare at scenary and fish in the real world, right?

    OP states hes in a harsh urban enviroment as is seeking something on the computer to distract, way to be a douche

     

    Edit: and I find EVE is relaxing

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by ibn_Cartwell
    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Originally posted by PWN_FACE

    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?

    The real world.

    No computer simulation is as good as the real thing ... like fishing. The reason i play WOW is because i cannot be a blood elf mage killing stuff with fireball in the real life.

    But i *can* stare at scenary and fish in the real world, right?

    OP states hes in a harsh urban enviroment as is seeking something on the computer to distract, way to be a douche

     

    Edit: and I find EVE is relaxing

    May be he should look up something called "camping trips". Try it sometime, it is not as rare as one might think.

  • ScaryMonkScaryMonk LondonPosts: 97Member
    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Originally posted by ibn_Cartwell
    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Originally posted by PWN_FACE

    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?

    The real world.

    No computer simulation is as good as the real thing ... like fishing. The reason i play WOW is because i cannot be a blood elf mage killing stuff with fireball in the real life.

    But i *can* stare at scenary and fish in the real world, right?

    OP states hes in a harsh urban enviroment as is seeking something on the computer to distract, way to be a douche

     

    Edit: and I find EVE is relaxing

    May be he should look up something called "camping trips". Try it sometime, it is not as rare as one might think.

    He doesn't want to, he wants to play a game.  Maybe he should try wearing his shoes on the wrong feet- that would be about as relevent to this discussion as your suggestion.  

  • VikingGamerVikingGamer Nowhere, TXPosts: 1,347Member Uncommon

    Aion and Tera definitly have great visual and are worth exploring but they don't have fishing or similar. Aion does have housing though.

    For an older game Vanguard still has pretty good looking environments. The character models and animations are more what make it look dated.

    I did see some of the Age of Wushu beta and it also looks really good. not sure about the crafting type activities.

    For the future be watching out for ArchAge. Being more a sandbox game I imagine it will have fishing and much much more. The world looks incredible. It should come to the west some time this year. Their website was just updated so go check it out.

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  • darkkblackdarkkblack Lowell, NCPosts: 38Member
    Originally posted by PWN_FACE

    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?

    Not to toot my own horn here but wow if u have not checked out eve then u don't know about fishing! Naw it is very action packed and u can get a fight very easily if u want to travel to the numerous pvp systems. There is tons of actual scenery systems in eve. If I recall correctly there is a capital ship graveyard. 

    Fishing I would have to say would be going to nullsec and hunting for officer spawns that can spit out loot that land u around 1 billion isk. Load up an easy to fly stealth bomber and go to town. Any ship for that matter. Awesome graphics, plenty of bros to crack jokes on, we love our teamspeak channels, and most important of all your character levels up even when u are offline.

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  • ezpz77ezpz77 Beale, CAPosts: 227Member

    I vote for FFXI, but the graphics are so out of date that I doubt many would agree with me. The world is immense and the varitey of zones is really amazing. Every zone in that game has a very distinct atmosphere and feel to it. SE has some of the most talented artists in the industry IMO.

     

  • HatefullHatefull Posts: 774Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by jpnz

    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.

     

     

    SWTOR - really?  Very bland world, combat, etc.  Great stories and cut scenes however.  I don't disagree with anything else you said, and of course your opinion is all your's to have, but I really disagree with your assessment of SWTORS graphics.

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  • PWN_FACEPWN_FACE SeoulPosts: 670Member
    Originally posted by nariusseldon
    Originally posted by PWN_FACE

    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?

    The real world.

    No computer simulation is as good as the real thing ... like fishing. The reason i play WOW is because i cannot be a blood elf mage killing stuff with fireball in the real life.

    But i *can* stare at scenary and fish in the real world, right?

    Yes, I certainly agree. But at present, I'm living in the middle of one of the largest metro areas in the world -- about 30 million people according to wikipedia.  So good fishing spots are not easy to get to for me right now.

     

  • TalonsinTalonsin Posts: 1,470Member Uncommon
    I just got back into Fallen Earth.  You can XP up by just walking around picking up resources ans they added farming.  I have spent the last week just riding around scavenging, crafting and selling on the AH.  Gonna try the farming next.
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