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    Gorgeous game

    I have to say,for a game that's almost 13 years old, it's beautiful. I actually spent a few minutes walking around the forest just South of Bree looking at the shadows moving over everything.

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    Agreed. When I took my first venture out of the darkness of Moria into the splendour of Lothlorien - wow. I already thought the game was lovely before then, but that really was just a wow moment.

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    I have to say . . . I cannot disagree with you. When it comes to world building, detail, landscape look and feel, LOTRO is top notch. Turbine were very good at it, and SSG have taken it beyond that, to great.
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    Open worlds,scenery etc was always the strong point of LOTRO.After the game release and for some time you had to reach LVL 35 first to have access to mounts and stable masters didnt have so many locations to travel like they have today so we were walking till 35-40 lvl and manage to get the money for the horse but didnt even care cause the sights was and still are very beautiful,One of the reasons that keeps me in LOTRO.The other reason is my champion even that he is "bleeding"and never got so much attention and deep fixes like other classes.
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    I love these threads... everyone has a wow moment... it is that kind of game

    Whereas I remember coming out of Moria into Nanduhirion and it being more of a breath of fresh air than a wow moment but personally:

    As someone above said, it used to be a very much slower paced game and it wasn't unheard of (if you were the type who enjoyed the quest narratives) for it to take quite some months to get a character up to the required l35 for horses and then you would be playing the AH like mad to get the money together for you first mount.

    But, I remember that first time i was running High Moor and ran quite not by accident but by some of my kin mates who had joined me in fellowship under the guise to shepherd me up and along to Rivendell.... When I came out over the top of Rivendell and just stopped... my settings were on high (my pc then couldn't take any more) and I just went silent.
    My kinnies thought I had been disconnected for a brief instant because I couldn't speak... "no i can see movement.... are you still here?" ....

    After reading about this place for so many years and at times in sometimes difficult places in my own personal life, I would dream about retreating to Rivendell and Elrond taking me in as his own and giving me the safety he could give.... and so,

    For me just having that moment was more than just, how amazing the world builders did in creating the space (and they did) but it was putting me for a brief second, into my dreams and hopes.

    Bravo to all who were involved and continue to be involved in this game.
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    Today lotro is an old outdated game in any way except in term of lore. His only strong advantage (Thanks JRR Tolkien) and that why we still the love and are addict to the game.

    - graphically even if with lotro with hd texturing and 4k other game are better.

    Crysis 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMHgBplll8Q
    Black desert online on mobile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhtQeaxO1ew
    the witcher 1 graphic mod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ovjSoOG-s
    the witcher 3 4K ray tracing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DpF6WSaLac
    Skyrim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWs98pXJDRo

    - story telling is really too bad

    witcher / death stranding / any telltate game / life is strange / diablo 2 / the war is mine / bastion/ all Quantic Dream's game and more ip i forgot are superior and better.

    - Gameplay

    Slow old school gameplay and it has its charm but today game are more dynamic with an in deep build maker and combo. On lotro in deep build making is equal to switch weapon and class item not more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokor View Post
    Today lotro is an old outdated game in any way except in term of lore. His only strong advantage (Thanks JRR Tolkien) and that why we still the love and are addict to the game.

    - graphically even if with lotro with hd texturing and 4k other game are better.

    Crysis 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMHgBplll8Q
    Black desert online on mobile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhtQeaxO1ew
    the witcher 1 graphic mod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ovjSoOG-s
    the witcher 3 4K ray tracing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DpF6WSaLac
    Skyrim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWs98pXJDRo

    - story telling is really too bad

    witcher / death stranding / any telltate game / life is strange / diablo 2 / the war is mine / bastion/ all Quantic Dream's game and more ip i forgot are superior and better.

    - Gameplay

    Slow old school gameplay and it has its charm but today game are more dynamic with an in deep build maker and combo. On lotro in deep build making is equal to switch weapon and class item not more.

    Those games are new so ofc they have much better and more realistic graphics.Myself i cannot even put lotro to high settings (even tho my pc is 2 years old and above the average pc),cause of the lag that causing the weapon swapping for my champ,
    So i am forced to play ultra low at raids and medium at landscape questing.So even that lotro have not so good graphics like those new games i cannot even put them on high quality.Can live with that tho but to have to deal with those lag issues and been under power also even that you try so hard makes you feel unjust.
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    As for scenery and making custom screenshots I can't help pointing to Pontin and Joego who does a wonderful job in my album:

    https://www.shots.lotrokin.me/index.php?/category/joego

    https://www.shots.lotrokin.me/index....y/middle-earth

    Wonderful efforts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marancil View Post
    As for scenery and making custom screenshots I can't help pointing to Pontin and Joego who does a wonderful job in my album:

    https://www.shots.lotrokin.me/index.php?/category/joego

    https://www.shots.lotrokin.me/index....y/middle-earth

    Wonderful efforts.

    Amazing photos
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    Yeah the world building is very well done, the best part of the game, and as posted above i took a lot of screenshots throughout the game, and I always like Joego work too, amazing job.
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    Yeah, you're a great in-game photographer, Pontin. I have some of your shots in my screensaver slideshow .
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    It has very beautiful areas with nice touches. Frankly, I'm getting tired of stumbling around areas that are perpetually dark trying to shuffle my way up a hill until I get to some point where I can actually make progress toward that Quest Ring on the top.

    I can still remember swimming from Parth Galen through Nan Hithol under the Argonath and looking up. A site to behold, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marancil View Post
    As for scenery and making custom screenshots I can't help pointing to Pontin and Joego who does a wonderful job in my album:

    https://www.shots.lotrokin.me/index.php?/category/joego

    https://www.shots.lotrokin.me/index....y/middle-earth

    Wonderful efforts.
    Dang, those are nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnenna View Post
    I have to say . . . I cannot disagree with you. When it comes to world building, detail, landscape look and feel, LOTRO is top notch. Turbine were very good at it, and SSG have taken it beyond that, to great.
    Like to read something like that from you. <3

    And I agree. The atmosphere and landscape is great in LOTRO.

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    True, it is gorgeous. Some of early memories are seeing Party Tree for the first time, running on foot to Rivendell because I just couldn't wait... I really loved all so far.

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    Talking about graphics, I think the new regions have worse lightning and textures compared to older regions. Also, the clipping textures in the distance is really annoying and ugly. I also noticed that a lot of mountains in newer regions doesn't have the dx10 lightning effect, making them look very low res. Also, it has been years since we saw new assets in the game... Minas Morgul was just copy/paste from Mordor.

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    Wink Quality

    I totally agree. I haven't been playing very long & I kick myself, wondering how I could have missed the boat on this game. Very joyful that it is still available to experience now.

    It has shown it's quality to me

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    I'll never forget seeing the Argonath for the first time. I just stood there for a long time looking at it.

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    I remember taking my first character out of Archet and traveling all the way to Thorin's Gate just to see the world (and get some ore). This was when fog of war prevented you from seeing unexplored areas on the map. That was topped by trying to find Rivendell while avoiding all the purple creatures along the way (especially the invisible ones). The sight of Rivendell was worth the effort though.

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    Agreed, why the people creating the storyline have gotten worse and worse, the landscape has always remained top notch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by groucho42 View Post
    Agreed, why the people creating the storyline have gotten worse and worse, the landscape has always remained top notch.
    This rather harsh isn't it?

    I feel that there is a clear reason why the main storytellers in this game have remained here for the duration and not been tempted away by other offers and that is simply that they absolutely have a passion for Tolkiens work.
    Imagine to be a part, (however small that may be in the grand scheme of things) of creating an alternate point of view from which the narrative can be perceived.

    Lord of the Rings was written mostly from the viewpoint of the Hobbits and was Frodo' tale to tell but in this game we have had the joy of fleshing out that side story in the viewpoint of our own characters whilst always being very close to Frodo story.

    Yes, Shadows of Angmar is a standalone masterpiece that stands up highly against any subsequent storytelling since the Tolkiens themselves finished their tales.
    Also, Moria through Mirkwood has solid storytelling and then beyond even through the lean and soul-less Gondor region the narrative is what you make it.

    Any of these stories comes down to you being able to suspend your belief and somehow for that moment in time whilst you are playing, actually become the character in the story you are creating as you pass through the world.

    As to discussion on world building... then my first mouth open moments were Bag end and Party tree, Prancing Pony, Rivendell and then when we first entered Moria.

    Moria was a funny one for me because when you enter after the Walls of Moria instance it is like wow this is massive, as you look up the stairs. Then when you enter Moria proper there is like a dozen of those wow moments and then you really do get the feeling of being trapped underground for a long time... and taking that breath of fresh air when you eventually emerge beyond the first hall.
    That my friends is truly remarkable world building, when you physically take the breath of fresh air along with your character as you come out is brilliant.

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    LotRO definitely gives me moments of "Wow, I can't believe what I'm looking at right now!" I go through a lot of feelings - good and bad - in a split second. This should not be here. It's like... the work of magic. I think they are setting our expectations low with statements like "We don't have the resources to do a crafting update." Everyone always remembers this, and then you're suddenly in a place where the player is supposed to barely spend any time in and it's like hundreds of work hours must have gone into creating it. The dichotomy is too great for me to wrap my mind around.

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    This thread has some nice screen shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sapienze View Post
    This thread has some nice screen shots.

    https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthr...me-is-gorgeous
    Wow, there are some nice shots in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeebPlayer View Post
    I complain a lot, but I only complain where there is hope for change. What's the point of comparing the game to a brand new one and noting that its graphics is outdated? Nothing to do there. They do what they can, which is pretty good. I would also say the game has better graphics than 90% of the games coming out on Steam today.
    Not only that, there are a lot of older games out there with lower pixel counts that look really good with art direction, and that's where I think LOTRO shines. There's Morrowind, Fallout 3 that look good. Heck, Warcraft 2 from the mid 90s has good art direction.

    You don't need bleeding edge graphics in a game to look good.

 

 
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