Aug 22, 2011

Xenoblade: MMO Devs should copy this game.

As of late, my gaming has been between two games, Final Fantasy XIV and the supremely wonderful and amazing Xenoblade Chronicles; or three games if you count Jet ‘n Guns, but that’s horrid and way too hard, hate it…

Xenoblade is a singleplayer JRPG on the Wii, graphically it’s probably one of the best games on the system, which isn’t saying much in today’s world of 1080p HD whizzbangery, but with those graphics, they’ve created a supremely interesting world to explore, seriously, it’s set on 2 absolutely-bloody-ginormous robots that had a battle years ago.  From that bit alone, it’s more imaginative than every MMO ever.  I play MMOs to explore, I want to see new things, and if the game developers want me to go exploring, they’d best populate the world with reasons to explore.  Currently, this is not the case.

EQ2 is full of fields, even when they added the expansions with floating islands in the sky, they were just fields, in the sky!  Rift, for all it’s awesomeness, is just fields, forests and deserts.  Warhammer Online, fields, full of corpses, which is a bit morbid, but yep, fields! Final Fantasy XIV… yep, fields… nice looking fields, but still fields.

Below is a video of Xenoblade’s environments.  If you get past the lower resolution textures, I think you’ll find a rather interesting landscape indeed.  The game actually rewards your exploration with valuable EXP, but it simply isn’t needed.

MMO Designers have the power to sculpt truly amazing locales for us to run around in, but they seem to prefer the mundane, I don’t know if it’s because “The “New” scares shareholders! Make it “normal”!”, “People like realistic and gritty, look at Call of Duty!” or maybe just for practical concerns, I imagine a world like Xenoblades would be full of people getting annoyed at falling off things, but I really want to say “Wow!” when get round a mountain, or pass through a cave.

Can you MMO Designers please make the worlds we escape to in MMOs, more of an escape from the real world please?

10 Comments

  • I've been playing a fair bit of Xenoblade these days, it truly is a fantastic JRPG.

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