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Toss up between GW2, Tera, and LotRO for me. LotRO's pre-expansion areas are especially beautiful, and quite a bit of attention to detail was given to them. For example, you can climb weathertop and find the stone Gandalf left for Aragorn, Frodo, and the others to find (forget what date was on it).
Things like that make the world feel very alive.
Originally posted by Hatefull 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.
SWTOR has some really amazing scenery.
Originally posted by Nikopol 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". I'm okay without pvp in this title. I've always pvp'ed and I'm just looking for a world to explore and "do stuff" in other than fighthing. I enjoyed my time in VG a lot last night and I'm looking forward to going back in again later today. I got used to the models and animations enough. They aren't that bad and to me they are worth what I'm getting in "a world" so far. 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. Originally, I didn't like this game because of the combat. But my priorities have changed somewhat since I last tried it. I've always tried to be a dwarf and found the combat lame. But might give it another go. Just got busy with VG for the moment. 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. The world really is much bigger since the expansion. And it is beautiful. You can find some nice spots on the shore in various places for fishing. The graphics and art style of Storm Legion are really well done, in my opinion. Mob density is very high, but you can find some spots. Only checked out a couple of the new areas, though. 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. Logged into this game last night, too. It does look amazing and very complicated. I actually felt a bit overwhelmed trying to understand what I need to do. I'm having some issues with the tutorial, the translation, and just the complexity. Plus, I'm not a genius and it was late at night, so I will come back to it with a fresh mind when I'm ready to take on the challenge of what looks like learning a very different type of game. It looks like it could be well worth the effort, however. Stunning world from what I could see in the starter city and from its vistas. 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. Yes, like what I said about Wushu (Wulin), EVE is a very substantial game that will require me to focus on learning some different systems. It will be hard to learn both EVE and AoW at the same time. But that's a great problem to have. I will definitely keep this on my list of games to look forward to trying.
Thanks for the thoughtful answer!
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I've been playing MMORPG since UO and EQ1... this 2 games have a really nice world but a bit outdated. EQ1 have big zones, dangerous zones, good ambiance.
But i prefer Vanguard... Is a Big Good Looking world and you can stay there just doing some diplomacy (card game), tradeskill (that requieres some interaction, is not just click and do) or adventure.
I think is a good game for exploration.
Age of Conan is the most beautiful world hands down.
If you ramp up the graphics to max and activate god-rays, wind effects in trees etc. it is simply breathtaking.
I think the associated point about not having to fight mobs is a free-rider here. Never played an MMO where I didn't have to fight at least somewhat to move around.
... such a pity FC messed AoC up in other ways, because it is top-notch in appearance, feel and ambience, and the music is blood-surgingly good too.
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.
Originally posted by ezpz77 Originally posted by Hatefull 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.
Hmm for going fishing, hanging out solo or with friends, or talking a long walk through the countryside, it would have to be The Shire or Shire Homesteads (housing) in LOTRO.
For attractive world, fishing, private or public housing and the ability to work on your house (dimension), it would have to be Rift.
Originally posted by nariusseldon Originally posted by ibn_Cartwell 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
OK, it's official; you really are arguing just for the sake of arguing.
PWN_FACE gave a classic example as to why a lot of people want a virtual world. Like many people on this planet, he lives in a place where there is no wilderness, yet somehow this still isn't enough for you to acknowledge why it is important for him to have a virtual world. You keep repeating over and over and over on these forums how it's normal for people to have different preferences, yet you make posts like this. You are a very inconsistent individual to say the least.
My advice would be to avoid threads like this and stop trying to constantly derail them. When it comes to virtual worlds, clearly you do not get it.
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Originally posted by PsyMike3d Originally posted by corpusc Darkfall
yeah, funny how i was spot on in my answer to the OP.
read his reply post where he said Agon (Darkfall) was actually his favorite world, but he was already aware of it and looking for something else that was similar.
The End---------------------------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
GW2 easily has the most beautiful world for me...it's not just about the polygons and to me the aesthetics of the game are a step above the rest
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I would have to say TERA has the best looking world. Some of the places you go to in that game look amazing. Lineage 2 gets my next vote.
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Originally posted by Thorkune Originally posted by MMOGamer71 LOTRO and Age of Conan.
These are my picks as well
yep, but nothing beats Age of Conan in DX10 and max settings and max view distance. But LOTRO is pretty nice as well. Those two still rule in world size and world building quality. Would also add TSW, in an eerie/beautiful way..
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Originally posted by Theely 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.
your trolling right, game looks at this moment like it looked on low setting at launch.
I've been playing LOTRO and Vanguard recently and really enjoying these worlds for the different things they offer.
A lot of people have mentioned AoC. I only saw the world before the Rise of the Godslayer expansion. It was a nice world then, but it didn't seem that big with the instancing between zones. Maybe I just don't remember it well. Maybe the expansion zones were bigger?
How did Rise of the Godslayer add to the world of AoC? Is it more beautiful and expansive than the world at launch?
EDIT: I just checked out some screenshots of Kitai and they look pretty amazing.
Originally posted by PWN_FACE A lot of people have mentioned AoC. I only saw the world before the Rise of the Godslayer expansion. It was a nice world then, but it didn't seem that big with the instancing between zones. Maybe I just don't remember it well. Maybe the expansion zones were bigger? How did Rise of the Godslayer add to the world of AoC? Is it more beautiful and expansive than the world at launch? EDIT: I just checked out some screenshots of Kitai and they look pretty amazing.
here are some of my screenshots from the launch regions, just uploaded a bunch of pics I took on my new character. The ones with the asian looking buildings are from Kithai expansion. Haven´t hit the new Savage Coast of Turan and Dragon Spine content yet, but looking from the trailers they cranked up the details again