Regardless of how a lot we love mechanics, even our most cerebral writers and readers nonetheless admit to being graphics snobs. It’s human: We like eyecandy. And it’s one of many causes older MMOs fall out of trend. I imply, they actually fall out of trend and begin trying outdated and dated. Wouldn’t it’s nice if all our ugly ducklings bought a glow-up… like Wurm Online’s?
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That’s this week’s Massively Overthinking subject. Let’s speak graphics – and which MMOs actually deserve a recent coat of paint to get them the eye they deserve.
Andy McAdams: I feel from that screenshot, armor fashions in Wurm On-line may really be higher than armor fashions in WoW. I in all probability sound like a damaged file, however I feel Anarchy On-line would actually do wonders for the sport. Fight is dated, for positive however the recreation itself remains to be enjoyable. I feel a bit a part of the explanation that extra individuals don’t play it’s as a result of it appears to be like it’s age – even with the graphical updates. It blows my thoughts to consider how the sport would look with character fashions like Guild Wars 2 or Elder Scrolls On-line has. How a lot cooler a leet would look or what any of the cities would appear to be if the bottom was a collection of large, flat planes. The fight would nonetheless really feel actually gradual to some individuals, however I’ve but to discover a recreation that matches AO’s depth of play. Less complicated sufficient to get began and invested, deep sufficient to supply 1,000,000 choices within the mid and elder recreation.
- Ultima On-line – So extremely underrated in its present kind. Most people who do bear in mind it don’t have any data of it previous 1999 or so, so individuals nonetheless consider it as its outdated self. It’s positively not. If Jagex owned it and never EA, it’d be larger than RuneScape due to the completely wild quantity of content material it’s bought, years and years of all of it stacked up behind that janky shopper. As an alternative, its successive however messy graphics refreshes (it’s had at the least three large ones by my rely) have gotten it nowhere. Correctly upgraded graphics, Steam, and a cellular port would mainly flip this right into a star once more.
- Lord of the Rings On-line – LOTRO’s characters look and transfer like butt. Which is a disgrace, as a result of its different graphics have stood the take a look at of time. I’d dearly like to see a number of the clunk repaired on this outdated magnificence in order that she is correct there all spiffed up as soon as the Amazon present trickles out.
All that stated, my most important MMOs are fairly outdated, and I discover that mechanics nonetheless prime graphics for me by a complete lot. So actually I’m wishing for further eyecandy to make the video games extra widespread than they’re.
Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’m greater than only a graphics snob; I’m a full on aesthetics snob. The graphics may be good, but when animations suck with it, then it’s simply that rather more troublesome for me to love.
Say what you’ll concerning the state of Guild Wars 2, the one factor that’s all the time been dangerous in GW2 is the way it handles animations. Why the heck have they got to make use of the identical animation for holding a sword, axe, dagger, or some other single-handed weapon? I outright refuse to run two swords for that reason. Whereas holding two swords appears to be like cool in GW2, the act of utilizing these swords look awkward. The suitable hand swings wildly whereas the second hand is simply sort of hanging there. It’s bizarre! With that being stated, give me a Guild Wars 2 animation replace! Listed below are my particular requests:
- Redo The Revenant’s sword autoattack.
- Distinctive auto assault animation when holding two weapons.
- The participant character doesn’t robotically put his weapons away.
- The selection of an alternate, extra relaxed “weapons-out” stance (Like how characters in FFXIV has two poses when their weapons are drawn)
- The offhand holds totally different weapons in another way. All of them use the generic stance; the feminine human additionally bends her off hand wrist at an ungainly angle too.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I might find it irresistible if Secret World had animations that didn’t characteristic individuals who have been mightily preventing by means of dwelling rigor mortis. Severely, each fight animation is picket, the spell results are lackluster, and even the sound design falls flat for me. Even the act of firing weapons feels prefer it lacks weight and affect; I’m not wielding a shotgun, I’m firing an outsized confetti popper. Did these pistols hit? I suppose so as a result of injury numbers confirmed up.
Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): I play Outdated Faculty RuneScape; I’m not a graphics snob. That stated, though I’d a lot slightly have good core gameplay than fairly graphics, I do typically decide a recreation by its graphics. If the crew hasn’t put a lot effort into the visuals, it probably hasn’t put a lot effort into the sport as a complete. That’s not universally true, however it’s most of the time. However I’m keen to forgive a recreation for trying prefer it got here out in 2005 if it really got here out in 2005.
As for video games that want a remaster, possibly it’s as a result of I’ve been taking a look at side-by-side comparisons of GW1 and GW2 Far Shiverpeaks maps since Icebrood Saga began, however the very first thing that springs to thoughts is the unique Guild Wars. I see a number of gamers saying they might return, even rebuy the sport, if they simply redid the graphics in a contemporary type, and possibly mounted up the controls somewhat. There actually isn’t a complete lot like Guild Wars (Guild Wars 2 included), and I feel it might do properly alongside all the on-line motion RPGs which have been popping up currently.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): If there’s one recreation that might actually use a full graphical overhaul – like, significantly, rebuild a completely new graphical engine and slap it within the present recreation – it’s Metropolis of Heroes. Look, I really like that recreation, however it has not aged properly, and its flat faces and mitten fingers are nonetheless sort of a difficulty relating to convincing somebody that it’s really a extremely good recreation.
But when we’re sticking to reside video games, Star Trek On-line may profit from one, though the sport is… properly, nonetheless actually fairly! It’s simply the sport I like that almost all clearly suffers from having been assembled in a slapdash hurry, throughout what I can solely assume have been coding classes whereby everybody was consistently muttering “oh no oh no oh no” in a race to get it out the door on a good timetable.
As many individuals have seen, after all, that is the benefit to having a sure coherent graphical type. Ultimate Fantasy XI nonetheless appears to be like actually good regardless of its age – positive, it suffers a bit because of that age, and I’d find it irresistible to get enhancements, however for a recreation that’s nearly sufficiently old to vote it nonetheless appears to be like actually stable and never horribly clunky.
Truly, possibly I ought to nominate The Elder Scrolls On-line right here. Positive, it doesn’t precisely have outdated graphics, however boy they aren’t what I’d name good for characters. Then once more, everybody trying like somebody was improperly buried is sort of a Bethesda factor, I suppose…
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m truthfully not as hung up on graphics as some of us are; gameplay all the time trumps visuals, in my guide. Plus, a robust visible type can compensate for fewer polygons (Dungeons and Dragons On-line and RuneScape are nice examples of this).
However I’m not in opposition to giving older video games a little bit of a graphical overhaul. It’s in all probability wiser in bits and spurts slightly than one large venture: See what EVE On-line has been doing for upgrading its graphics versus Anarchy On-line’s much-vaunted (and considerably underwhelming) visible facelift. I’ve appreciated that Lord of the Rings On-line has been updating a few of its avatars and areas, though a full-fledged recreation facelift can be as impractical as it might be costly.
If I had my druthers… Neverwinter and Cryptic want significantly better hair fashions for his or her characters. I actually hate SWTOR’s character fashions and animations, however I feel that must be scrapped and rebuild from scratch to satisfy my requirements.
Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): Each EverQuest video games deserve a graphical touch-up. I feel the dated graphics and poor animations of the unique recreation are a barrier to entry, and EQ2 simply wants an across-the-board facelift. Animations are significantly essential in case your fight is gradual. If it’s going to be very gradual, it might at the least be entertaining to look at.
What I might not need to see is any “reimagining” of present zones. I might need them to maintain about the identical structure and simply achieve some polygons and better decision textures. Some EQ1 zones did get a graphical overhaul at one level, however additionally they modified the zones in additional elementary ways in which made me (and others) very sad. Freeport was my authentic hometown, they usually did horrible, horrible, very dangerous issues to it.
MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I suppose I’m an outlier, as a result of though I can actually like or dislike a recreation ‘s graphics, it isn’t a couple of particular style or being too dated. I don’t care to have it’s the most effective shiny and new. The artwork type is a core options to me. The video games individuals appear to complain about probably the most as needing an overhaul I feel want to remain simply how they’re! I like LOTRO’s visuals and I actually are not looking for the allure of that to be tousled. And EQII really had fairly an overhaul in all of the newer content material, and even had older stuff spruced up fairly a bit. Folks nonetheless complain concerning the character fashions, however I like them. They match the world and match the type and I just like the type. It resonates with me. What I can’t stand are the visuals of WoW and WildStar. However additionally it is a bundle deal: You could possibly change the visuals of these video games and I nonetheless wouldn’t like them due to quite a lot of different parts I don’t like.
Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I’ve to confess to being a kind of graphics snobs too. Between my Guild Wars 2 and SWTOR recreation instances, I put in and performed a second of LOTRO, and that second was fleeting. I don’t suppose I bought by means of the tutorial earlier than logging off completely. The graphics have been simply too jarring for me. I do know there may be a number of love on the market for LOTRO, however I simply couldn’t get previous it. I don’t suppose only a recent coat of paint might reserve it although. Possibly LOTRO might get the FFVII remake therapy! Now we’re taking.