One Shots: Paging the burn ward

One Shots Great balls o' fire!

It's a little amazing, when you think about it, that all of these magic-users who prance around in extremely flammable robes don't suffer from third-degree burns more than we see. Or maybe the game is hiding the awful, scarred truth from us. In any case, our opening screenshot this week should have resulted in a quick trip to the ER for both parties.

"This is a simple yet fun battle in Vindictus' early levels," reader Carolina says. "I love the detail of the damaged shoe on my spellcaster character."

Forget the human element; now the shoes are the ones suffering for our casual disregard of fiery magic! If you can get past the misery of the moment, we've got plenty of other great one shots this week for you to admire.

One Shots Great balls o' fire!

Reader Andrew has a poster-worthy screenshot for us today: "Feeling just fabulous in Asheron's Call 2! Yup, those are the graphics on max. I do have a few more old screenshots, but this is the only one 'set up' with all the graphics on max and with no UI."

Go for it! You're the best around and nobody's ever gonna get you down! I am the man who would fight for your honor! Let's fly into the danger zone!

One Shots Great balls o' fire!

Any MMO that manages to make me laugh is already well on its way to endearing itself to me. I think reader Joe agrees with me, which is why he sent in the following quirky NPC monologue.

"Humor without breaking immersion is always a great thing in a game and was just another great thing about Tabula Rasa," he said.

One Shots Great balls o' fire!

Reader John sent us in this gorgeous screenshot from Guild Wars, saying, "I still love that game." Even after its sequel has been released, I agree that the original holds up in its art design and beauty.

One Shots Paging the burn ward

It's a short but oh-so-sweet column today. Remember that you will be visited by all manner of scary ceiling-crawling ghosts this week if you don't forward this column to five of your friends and submit a favorite screenshot of your own. Seriously, you don't want ghost drool plopping down on your face at 3:30 a.m. It's just gross.

Want to be featured in a future edition of One Shots? Send your favorite MMO screenshots to, and don't forget to include your name, the name of the game, and a description of the scene. Large, colorful, UI-free shots that tell a story and really show off the game make for the best images. Look ma, we brought back One Shots!