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Screenshots 9: Needs More Spiky Bits



  • Kevin CristKevin Crist I make the devil hit his knees and say the 'our father'Registered User regular
    Finally found the hat I wanted for my Priest for cheap (50g, usually 200-300g on the AH)


    See if I can get a loot reaver pug together to get the golden wing shoulders.

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  • naengwennaengwen Registered User regular
    Hey look, it's I forgot to hit the special key to turn off the interface time!


    "Hello, little interface box. What's a Hero panel?"

    To my credit, I did start playing like 5 minutes before the stress test ended. Two minutes after taking that shot, I found out my graphics settings got reset, too. Hooray defaults!

  • CadeCade Eppur si muove.Registered User regular
    DDO looks pretty good for it's age.

    Every time I see a WoW screen shot all I can think of how out dated it does look.

  • GlalGlal AiredaleRegistered User regular
    Lack of composition is partially to blame. WoW can look really nice if you put in the effort to find a nice background and pose and so on, but when you're just taking a snap from the char select... eh.

  • NeliNeli Registered User regular
    edited August 2012
    It usually looks better in motion as well. They got some pretty great animation and effects still

    Neli on
    I have stared into Satan's asshole, and it fucking winked at me.
  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Also, the majority of pictures feature five-to-seven-year-old player models. Everything except goblins, worgen, and panderan look pretty bad.

  • SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    My gnome is made from some 8 polygons and some chewing gum.

  • BigbootsBigboots Registered User regular
    Man, I have at least two mog sets for each of my 85s, but I've been to lazy to upload them all...

  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    So in an effort to do Vanguard's graphics justice (on request of @Glal) I edited the game's fog settings and went to an open area in one of the original starter areas. I must say there was more interesting stuff to gawk at this time around and it also made it clear to me why I think the graphics of this game are disappointing.

    First off: player animations are just stiff, I would have been more forgiving to the graphics if there was some fluidity to it, but there isn't.

    But to limit this to still images, let's start with the first vista you are treated with:



    There's also some gorgeous skies:


    There is also a lot of detail going into some props:


    But that's why I am bothered by the graphics, there's so much detail in *some* objects and there's this huge draw distance, but most of the things contain of clunky textures stretched out over surfaces with no lighting to mask anything

    and characters suffer from this as well.

    The sad thing is that there are some spots where they get it right and you just want to explore ahead. Like this long corridor:

    But if so much of the game looks ugly and out-dated, it's not enough to do right in some spots. If they had bothered to make all objects and textures as detailed as the little pillows and bothered to put some lights in more places they'd have gotten away with most of this stuff. As it is it looks like a typical SOE game: all over the place and with no sense of style behind it.

    I have the same problem with LOTRO, by the by: no matter how pretty your ponds are, you lose too many points by make characters clunky and stiff and not making other places as gorgeous as those ponds.

  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    Cade wrote: »
    DDO looks pretty good for it's age.

    Every time I see a WoW screen shot all I can think of how out dated it does look.

    I always thought Orcs Must Die is what WoW would kind of look like if they rejigged it's graphics.

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  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Vanguard is a nice lesson in how far style can take a game. Shit looks ugly even compared to WoW.

    Regina Fong
  • GlalGlal AiredaleRegistered User regular
    It has its ups and downs. You can tell the game's team was forced to change a lot, as quality varies from area to area. Generally, a lot of the architecture is meh (similar problem to EQ2), but for the most part I like the actual world; having both a huge world and being able to force the engine to extend the draw distance can make it feel huge, too. I think pushing the fog as far back in WoW as you can in VG would more or less let you see the entire Barrens if you sat at the ex Crossroads.


  • reVersereVerse Attack and Dethrone God Registered User regular
    That is the creepiest fucking horse.

  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    it knows your secrets

  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular

    Don't remember how to set it to take bigger screens.

    ...and when you are done with that; take a folding
    chair to Creation and then suplex the Void.
  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Screens from what is probably the final stress test before launch.

    I shoot stuff at things.

    This shark spawned after we did an event. It ate a lot of Asuras, but not enough.

    Sharp, pointy teeth.

    I managed to get to the top of one vista in the WvW map. Didn't have a much a view since it was in the back, but pretty up there.

    Goodbye until launch!

  • CorehealerCorehealer The Apothecary The softer edge of the universe.Registered User regular

  • MyCoCoMyCoCo Registered User regular
    Managed to get high enough and scrape together enough money for the 1st tier Sylvari Cultural armour ( thanks @Fantasyrogue )

    I had no idea this stuff glowed along with you when you put in on, 3 hours was too short to feel so fabulous.


    Saturday can't come quick enough :[

  • FantasyrogueFantasyrogue Registered User regular
    @MyCoCo you are, again, most welcome. It was worth it to get a look at that fabulous armor. But you just had to post the screenshot with me in the middle of my fantastic dance routines, didn't you? :P

  • initiatefailureinitiatefailure Registered User regular
    Damn it now I live with someone obsessed with this game. On top of the cool screens here I saw it in action the other day. I'll probably have to buy it now.

  • CadeCade Eppur si muove.Registered User regular
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    Screens from what is probably the final stress test before launch.

    Sharp, pointy teeth.

    That is so the video game equivalent of the Dat Ass meme.

  • lizbotlizbot Registered User regular
    Cade wrote: »
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    Screens from what is probably the final stress test before launch.

    Sharp, pointy teeth.

    That is so the video game equivalent of the Dat Ass meme.

    They told me I could be anything I wanted...

  • naengwennaengwen Registered User regular
    I think everyone's too busy playing the game right now to post screenshots, so I'll post a couple of mine while I'm on break.

    First off, vistas are brilliant.


    Second off, all my guys are in heritage gear.


  • TolerantZeroTolerantZero Registered User regular
    Really glad I found Amber dye, it goes well with Jalepeno.


    Metrica Province is really something else. Giant, jungle area with a fair amount of asuran labs.


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  • naengwennaengwen Registered User regular
    And... yup, Hoelbrak is huge.


    Also, charr look better in plate. Especially plate with SPIKY BITS


  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    WoW is so painfully awful to look at after playing GW2 at 1080p with Super-Sampling on all day. I can never, ever, ever go back.

    I'll grab some screen-shots tomorrow.

  • vamenvamen Registered User regular
    My ridiculously crappy Comcast connection has a habit of dropping my connection for 10-15 seconds, every 30 seconds or so. It's very frustrating, but today it did cause me to get locked in a funny pose, which I have added the appropriate caption to:


  • Mx. QuillMx. Quill I now prefer "Myr. Quill", actually... {They/Them}Registered User regular
    Mesmers are fabulous.


    Outside of a really fun and tricky dungeon-like place.


    And, of course, dance party.


    God this game is excellent.

  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod

    I recently bought this cooking set. It actually comes with a bunch of abilities like summoning a Charr sous chef.

    Continue to deal with it.

    The reason why modern foods tend to stay out of MMOs.

    You cannot trust the Charr. I was always checking my back while getting pictures of their shitty rust city.

    I do my best Link impression and SLASH THE THING.

    Here is me trying to fight a pig.

    My personal quest in which I
    fight my alternate future self, who has taken over the world.

    A Skritt city, but I understand if you initially confused it with a Charr settlement.


    Keep those guild colors flying!

    After I helped an NPC get some embers for his golem, I followed him and it turns out he was competing in a tournament. His opponent brought a water-type golem and won easily.

    A matter of size.

    Norn dudes are even bigger. Sexism!

    This is part of a platforming puzzle. It's elevated high in the clouds.

    More of the puzzle. While appearing to be instanced, this IS a part of the persistent world. I fell once and, instead of a loading screen back to the start, I plummeted all the way to hard earth below. To add insult to injury, I had to run all the back.

    Running to action!

    Lion's Arch has a diving board with a LONG drop.

    I am having second thoughts about this!

    Under the sea.

    You can turn into animals.

    My favorite screen of my character so far.

  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited August 2012
    Oh, you thought I was done? Vistas are things in the game that you can find. Once found, a short cinematic plays that is basically the camera panning around the vista. It provides some decent screenshots of the game's very pretty zones. Also, the lack of a first-person camera means this is one of the few ways I can get sans-characters screens without using the cower emote.












    Sterica on
  • AvynteAvynte Registered User regular
    My ranger got a fabulous hat from the first dungeon.


  • SurikoSuriko AustraliaRegistered User regular
  • AvynteAvynte Registered User regular
    Suriko wrote: »
    Holy shit, I need that hat. I love that style of hat. What's the name of the dungeon?

    Ascalon Catacombs, level 30.

    Each armor class gets it's own style hat at the end and that one is for all the medium armor wearers.

  • lizbotlizbot Registered User regular
    Let me show you the dance of my people


  • lizbotlizbot Registered User regular
    edited August 2012

    lizbot on
  • SurikoSuriko AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Avynte wrote: »
    Suriko wrote: »
    Holy shit, I need that hat. I love that style of hat. What's the name of the dungeon?

    Ascalon Catacombs, level 30.

    Each armor class gets it's own style hat at the end and that one is for all the medium armor wearers.

    Thanks. I mainly run medium armour classes anyway, so all the better.

  • FreiFrei A French Prometheus Unbound DeadwoodRegistered User regular
    lizbot wrote: »
    Let me show you the dance of my people


    dem's some nice clothes

    Are you the magic man?
  • ArthilArthil Registered User regular
    I wish so much that the Warrior banners had the guild emblem on them, but I guess visually it helps people know what you're using in PvP.

    Winter is com- wait it's here already.

    PSN: Honishimo Steam UPlay: Arthil
  • TolerantZeroTolerantZero Registered User regular
    I am still a firm believer that the norn dance is the absolute best dance. Seeing one do the Carlton Shuffle always puts a smile on my face.




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  • initiatefailureinitiatefailure Registered User regular
    What's the norm lady dance? It looked familiar but sped up of whatever it is.

    I really just have vista screens right now. Does the game have a force high quality screenshots function? If I'm playing on my laptop it's not worth it to take shots at everything low/off

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