One Shots: A quiet romance

There's something to be said for the quiet of a Sunday -- and for the lovely architecture and fashion of days gone by. That's why we couldn't resist this picturesque Sword of the New World screenshot sent in to us by FragmentaryHorcrux of the Fontaineblanc family on the Bristia server. The other thing that makes this excellent is the thought put into the note that came in along with it. After all, One Shots is just as much about what players are doing -- and love -- in their favorite MMOs. As such, since he sent in a great big note we're going to turn the rest of today's post over to him.

Remember if you'd like to join the fun and tell us why your favorite game is your favorite game, email your screenshots to us here at oneshots AT massively DOT com along with your name, the name of the game, and a descripion. We'll post it out here and give you the credit. For now, on with FragmentaryHorcrux's letter -- just be sure to check out the rest of it behind the break!

This shot shows one of the many romantic vistas of the Port of Coimbra in the game; a Scout, Fighter and Elementalist at the Lookout Point with the Eastern part of the town and the ocean in the background.
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I have to say that what really drew me to this game wasn't the multi-character-control or the great graphics; wonderful soundtrack; fantastic character design; or intriguing storyline -- although all of these have kept me devoting my time to it! [It is] the setting of the game: a mystical 'Baroque' period (incorporating elements from the 17th-19th centuries) that has grown to encompass an Underworld, lost Dinosaur areas, a forgotten Aztec-esque civilization and so much more with the recent expansions.

It's interesting that so many MMO's are set in a more 'high-fantasy' world like Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, and Aion, or set in sci-fi futures like Star Trek and Star Wars (I know I'm being very basic here. I feel that Sword of the New World is so much more interesting because it applies the mystical fantasy to a romantic, "New World" that is being explored, colonized and just beginning to approach an Industrial Revolution. It is a world of political intrigue, unique monsters, lost civilzations, eerie ruins, romantic vistas and lots of action and adventure!

SotNW blends some 'high fantasy' elements like magic and demonic monsters with Europe and America's own pasts. Add inspiration from all over the world and -- in my opinion -- [one] comes up with one of the most interesting, albeit rather under-appreciated, MMOs out there!

This article was originally published on Massively.