Defiants spend their first twentyish levels (once they go back in time) in Freemarch. It is a fairly large area, very pretty and interesting, but it’s not gorgeous. Or maybe it was gorgeous when I first saw it in beta, but in the headstart I’ve not paid much attention to the environment. At least until I made my way into Stonefield.

Actually, looking at it now I don’t think the screenshot does it justice. The motion of the clouds and rain and the sense of space are both missing and were a big part of the sense of awe I had when I first come upon this view.

  1. That’s the problem with screenshots…you take them to capture the moment, but the moment is usually made up of so much more than what you see in front of you. It’s sounds, movements, your own feeling of exhilaration… Stonefield really is beautiful, but none of my shots ever do it justice. It just looks dreary all the time, which is not indicative of the place at all! Doesn’t help that it seems to be raining all the time and it shows up on my screenies.

    • It’s very similar to what I’ve found with taking photos on backpacking trips. There’s just no way for a 4×6 or 8×10 photo to compare with the view while actually standing on a mountain top. Panoramic photos is about as close as I’ve come, but I’m not sure I’d be able to do that very well in a game since the viewpoint is different.

      Video might work though, and I may try taking small 15 or 30 second vista movies.

  2. I have that problem with LoTRO screenshots a quite a bit. One of the best things about the graphics is how grass and flowers ripple in the breeze, a screenshot doesn’t capture that at all. Still, that’s a pretty shot 🙂

    • Rift is the first world to give LotRO a run for it’s money, in my opinion, and I really love Turbine’s environments so that should be taken as high praise for Trion.

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  4. I agree with mmogamerchick. the screen shot will only capture the 2d of it but the context is deleted.

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