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LFG, exploration, seamless world, beautiful vista's

gamefreak727gamefreak727 Oak View, CAPosts: 7Member

Is there a game that doesn't discourage exploration by having an open and seamless world with no where you are not allowed to go with beautiful vista's and scenery?

 

Must have's:

good graphics, nothing too cartoony

seamless and open world, preferably large. meaning no load screens going between zones unless teleporting, but teleporting is not a necessity. some textures and effects can be bad, but if anything stands out too much then no ty.

beautiful scenery and vista's, up-to-date built in graphical effects would be great

 

the must have nots are simply anything that doesnt have one of the above.

Any sort of pvp is fine, preferably with some open world pvp, but not a must have.

Death penalties are cool, slow xp rates are fine too.

 

I remember exploring world of warcraft back in the day with some guildee's and finding the smiley face under karazhan, or the whole undeveloped zone that was in kalimdor west of redridge mountains or the floating islands and waterfalls in nagrand especially.

 

Idea's? give up hope? go for a hike up a mountain?

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  • Chile267Chile267 Huntington Beach, CAPosts: 140Member

    GW2-Beautiful vistas, exploration, very large zones, teleports, good graphics not cartoony, World PVE, optional PvP.

    If you like exploration you will like GW2 as they give rewards to for discovery.

  • doodphacedoodphace Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,815Member
    Originally posted by Chile267

    GW2-Beautiful vistas, exploration, very large zones, teleports, good graphics not cartoony, World PVE, optional PvP.

    If you like exploration you will like GW2 as they give rewards to for discovery.

    Is seems like the OPs biggest requirement is seamless world with no load screens everywhere....GW2 is one of the farthest things you can get to a seamless world...every single thing in the game, including every single zone, has a loading screen.

  • gamefreak727gamefreak727 Oak View, CAPosts: 7Member
    Ya I have tried GW2 and didnt get past lvl 30, the graphics are decent, but not seamless enough. no open world pvp is a bummer too
  • feena750feena750 Federal Way, WAPosts: 331Member Uncommon

    Its not out yet, but Elder scrolls online fits what you want pretty well, but it also has loading screens between areas.  However its areas are going to be quite large.

     

    Vanguard has lots of exploration, no loading screens, and nice vistas, but no pvp and its pretty old.  Its F2P so you can try it out.

  • gamefreak727gamefreak727 Oak View, CAPosts: 7Member
    Ya I really enjoyed oblivion and to a lesser extent skyrim in how the world was seamless and huge. was oblivion bigger than skyrim?
  • sethman75sethman75 the gongPosts: 212Member Uncommon

    Lord of the Rings Online ticks all boxes

    I currently have 365 screenshots of that game.

    Character models are a little bleh but the environments are the best in the business when cranked up details

     

  • LobotomistLobotomist ZagrebPosts: 5,053Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by sethman75

    Lord of the Rings Online ticks all boxes

    I currently have 365 screenshots of that game.

    Character models are a little bleh but the environments are the best in the business when cranked up details

     

    LOTRO no doubt about it, best looking vistas in any game. Couple this with great lore and storytelling, and you have a winner.

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  • ThillianThillian BratislavaPosts: 3,143Member Uncommon

    This isn't happening. People are actually seriously recommending Guild Wars 2 and Lotro when asked for a beautiful seamless world without loading screen and world open pvp.

    The fact is there isn't one. Vanguard is closest, the world is beautiful, large, seamless (no loading screens even when entering dungons), however, there is no PvP. Fallen Earth has some form of open world PvP, but the world isnt all that beautiful. Darkfall is currently burdened by financial situation of the developer based on the recent leaked information. It's hard to recommend to anything from this category.

     

    REALITY CHECK

  • Tgiordano92Tgiordano92 Knoxville, TNPosts: 118Member Uncommon
    GTA Online? Lol. really wish they would make MMOS like that. <<<---
  • skeaserskeaser Wichita Falls, TXPosts: 3,847Member Uncommon
    Have to throw in my vote for LoTRO as well. The zones are massive and very well done, lots of neat stuff and even deeds (achievements with rewards) for exploration.
  • sethman75sethman75 the gongPosts: 212Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Thillian

    This isn't happening. People are actually seriously recommending Guild Wars 2 and Lotro when asked for a beautiful seamless world without loading screen and world open pvp.

    The fact is there isn't one. Vanguard is closest, the world is beautiful, large, seamless (no loading screens even when entering dungons), however, there is no PvP. Fallen Earth has some form of open world PvP, but the world isnt all that beautiful. Darkfall is currently burdened by financial situation of the developer based on the recent leaked information. It's hard to recommend to anything from this category.

     

    Where did the OP mention open world pvp?

    He asked for seamless open world and great vista's....both of which LOTRO has in spades

  • ThillianThillian BratislavaPosts: 3,143Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by sethman75
    Originally posted by Thillian

    This isn't happening. People are actually seriously recommending Guild Wars 2 and Lotro when asked for a beautiful seamless world without loading screen and world open pvp.

    The fact is there isn't one. Vanguard is closest, the world is beautiful, large, seamless (no loading screens even when entering dungons), however, there is no PvP. Fallen Earth has some form of open world PvP, but the world isnt all that beautiful. Darkfall is currently burdened by financial situation of the developer based on the recent leaked information. It's hard to recommend to anything from this category.

     

    Where did the OP mention open world pvp?

    He asked for seamless open world and great vista's....both of which LOTRO has in spades

    "Any sort of pvp is fine, preferably with some open world pvp" This is from the original post.

    Lotro has no open world PvP (all pvp is limited to one instanced zone), the world isnt seamless -- NOT EVEN CLOSE -- the world of Lotro is made of loading screens, some areas are glued together, but everytime you enter a house or dungeon or sometimes even a different area (Mirkwood), there is a loading screen, plus all zones are somewhat connected with straigth corridor-like lines, it's not open in all directions, the world of Lotro is made of connecting corridors, with somewhat open but small areas. Definetly not seamless.

    REALITY CHECK

  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYPosts: 1,714Member Uncommon

    i'm surprised at myself for saying this but Vanguard has everything you need other than the PVP.

     

    the landscape art in VG is museum quality (the mob and character models.... not so much)

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  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by itchmon

    i'm surprised at myself for saying this but Vanguard has everything you need other than the PVP.

     

    the landscape art in VG is museum quality (the mob and character models.... not so much)

    Vanguard hands down is the only fully open world mmorpg with terrific vistas and scenery.

     

    remember to enter the cmd in your chat box: /setfog 999999

     

    that will clear all fog away so you can see for miles.

     

    i would add that for a zoned world LotRO does have some pretty incredible scenery. when you're standing under a tree on a sunny day, look down and watch the shadows of the leaves above you move in the breeze.

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  • gamefreak727gamefreak727 Oak View, CAPosts: 7Member

    Thanks for the tips, im going to try out both lotro and vanguard.

     

    Ya pvp isnt needed, but just would be nice. My favorite moments in mmo's were in world of warcraft during the end of the wotlk xpac when I was leading and main assisting multi raid world pvp groups that was start at like Splintertree Post in Ashenvale travel south through the barrens into duskwallow marsh take the keep from the alliance and attempt to kill Jaina but just get teleported out to sea and end up taking the boat to Menethil Harbor in Wetlands then north to arathi highlands across the bridge where you could tempt people near the edge to knock them off or take potshots at the townsmen and players afk'ing in that alliance town and into tarren mill.... Ya that was a long day.

  • skeaserskeaser Wichita Falls, TXPosts: 3,847Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by aspekx
    Originally posted by itchmon

    i'm surprised at myself for saying this but Vanguard has everything you need other than the PVP.

     

    the landscape art in VG is museum quality (the mob and character models.... not so much)

    Vanguard hands down is the only fully open world mmorpg with terrific vistas and scenery.

     

    remember to enter the cmd in your chat box: /setfog 999999

     

    that will clear all fog away so you can see for miles.

     

    i would add that for a zoned world LotRO does have some pretty incredible scenery. when you're standing under a tree on a sunny day, look down and watch the shadows of the leaves above you move in the breeze.

    Except VG still has to load zones or "chunks", just instead of a load screen your client hiccups for a bit even on a high end machine with an SSD you'll have to deal with a few seconds of loading every time you cross a grid on the map. This is especially annoying when you are looking for something near a line and have to cross more than once.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,455Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by skeaser
    Originally posted by aspekx
    Originally posted by itchmon

    i'm surprised at myself for saying this but Vanguard has everything you need other than the PVP.

     

    the landscape art in VG is museum quality (the mob and character models.... not so much)

    Vanguard hands down is the only fully open world mmorpg with terrific vistas and scenery.

     

    remember to enter the cmd in your chat box: /setfog 999999

     

    that will clear all fog away so you can see for miles.

     

    i would add that for a zoned world LotRO does have some pretty incredible scenery. when you're standing under a tree on a sunny day, look down and watch the shadows of the leaves above you move in the breeze.

    Except VG still has to load zones or "chunks", just instead of a load screen your client hiccups for a bit even on a high end machine with an SSD you'll have to deal with a few seconds of loading every time you cross a grid on the map. This is especially annoying when you are looking for something near a line and have to cross more than once.

    They recently made a post where they address that issue. I think in the next big update they will release a patch that should help with that.

    About time.

    Here's the link, see what you can make of it:

    https://forums.station.sony.com/vg/index.php?threads/september-vanguard-roadmap.70532/

  • CIB3CIB3 new york, NYPosts: 47Member Uncommon

    Fallen Earth

    Really huge world with realistic design with not screen loads. You need a horse or better a motorcycle to travel. Lots of hiden places and exploration.

  • DocBrodyDocBrody EldridgePosts: 1,820Member

    your game is Age of Conan

    it has everything you look for and more

  • ForgrimmForgrimm Somewhere, NJPosts: 654Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DocBrody

    your game is Age of Conan

    it has everything you look for and more

    OP said he wanted a seamless world with no loading screens. Unless the game has changed drastically since I last played, Age of Conan has plenty of loading screens when moving between zones.

  • paulrgodpaulrgod sheffieldPosts: 238Member

    It sounds like you're pretty much after the same as me!

    Have you ever tried Lineage 2?

    It's the closest i've ever found to the perfect MMO imo.  It has a massive, seamless and beautifully made world.  Totally open world PVP, loads to do etc...

    Here's the World Map (i'm not sure this is complete even, but was the best one i could find) Link

    Here's a Video of some Exploration with commentary Link

    It's changed a lot recently with the Goddess of Destruction update - but i'm pretty sure it will still satisfy what you're after.

    And finally a few trailers :)

    Enjoy!

    Goddess of Destruction Evolution Trailer

    Latest Update Lindvior Trailer

    Lindvior Raid

    Edit - i just thought it was fair to mention that the game is unfortunately rife with corruption and botters etc, but that really shouldn't affect you until high level - if you ever choose to persue it.  It is also running an aging engine which unfortunately doesn't play nice with newer GPU's - it's still playable but you may experience some poor performance occasionally.

     

  • spengosspengos High wycombe, FLPosts: 9Member

    OP,

    I started a similar thread a while ago with almost exactly the same requirements, although I'm not fussed about PvP. The simple fact there isn't really anything. There's a lot of average MMOs out there, lots of bad ones, but very, very few great ones. They have one or two of the things you're looking for, but they fall down in at lest one of them and quite often have some kind of gamebreaker that will put you right off.

    Some of the games you might be interested in based on your requirements:

    Aion : Similar to WoW in terms of large seamless zones to travel. Open world PvP on the relevant servers. Beautiful world and some great views. Graphical style is not for everyone though and the leveling is quite linear.

    Rift : Again, fairly large seamless zones. But the reason I mention Rift is there's loads of reasons to explore. Collectables and also the puzzles and secret stuff hidden in the world. Stashes hidden at the bottom of lakes, top of mountains etc. Other than that it's a fairly dull game imo. The game could have been great if the world was a bit more interesting instead of being just a giant stomping ground for Rifts. There's no charm to it. No NPCs doing anything. No villages or settlements of interest.

    GW2 : Beautiful graphics imo, lots to explore and discover. Not really a seamless world due to portals etc. PvP and WvW is fun for a while.

    Allods Online : Basically an almost exact WoW clone. Lovely graphic style and beautiful large world. If you played and liked WoW and just want more of the same but in a different world try this. Only problem is the customer service and the way the game is supported is the worst I've seen of any game. Truely shocking.

    Personally I'm taking a break from MMOs until the next batch come along next year. Playing some single player RPGs instead. Elder Scrolls Online, Wildstar and EQ Next all looking really good.

  • CamShirayukiCamShirayuki Phoenix, AZPosts: 15Member
    An MMO I think you would like, at least in the exploration aspect, is Uncharted Waters Online. It's pretty cool if you can get pass the long travel times between places.
  • zevni78zevni78 grimsbyPosts: 1,133Member Uncommon
    The Secret World seems seamless enough. So it TERA but the gameplay is weak.
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