MMO Rant - a modder's texture woes

Yeah, this is a little rant about MMOs - from a modders view of corse XD

 

I have "worked" with meshes and textures from a lot of MMOs/Games in general and what you see is not always what you get. Some of the meshwork is just lazy (the FF13 triology anyone? Mesh recycling ftw!), others still use bland, detail-less mesh shapes which only work with alpha maps/transparency (seriously? Its 2015, not 2000!) and some (and I hate those the most) can't seem to get the balance between nice meshes and nice textures right.

 

The worst example? Here you go.

 

Believe it or not: Black Desert.

I have several Black Desert models on my computer but couldn't be arsed to port a single one yet. Why? Because the game uses ridiculously high poly meshes (seriously, I tried to port a Black Desert hair but gave up because of the ridiculous polycount), while all the textures are utter crap.

Don't get me wrong - I salute Myst42 for his beautiful BD Ranger mod, excellent work! The fact remains that the Black Desert armor textures in general are totally sub-par for todays standards. I totally get that the game had to make a cut somewhere in order to be playable for more people (and not just the freaks with high end gaming rigs) and that most of the work to make the game look shiny is done by shaders, but come on.

 

Another great example is TERA.

The texture quality in TERA varies so much its (and I tend to say that a lot I know) ridiculous. While most of the High elf/Human/Castanic armor textures are nice and shiny, some Elin armor textures are 512x512 pixels?! What the hell TERA? The Sims2 used that pixel resolution, but we have 2015. 1024x1024 px is standard and the least you can do. I had to literally hand (or rather mouse-) paint over the textures of the blue Elin armor because they were so blurry after scaling them up.

 

Bless Online does this too.

Although with this game, it seems to relate to the weapons more than the armors. Bless has some of the best armor designs around, hands down. And the textures are (aside from a few duds) pretty.

But the weapons?! What were they thinking? There are a few weapons which look nice, like the staffs, but look at all those swords... the moment you zoom in they just look like crap. WHYYYYY.

 

At the moment I am working on an outfit from the game Asker for Nelke - and its so great! The mesh parts are smooth, not too high poly, they fit together nicely - and the textures are fantastic! Ok, 8mb .dds files are a bot excessive, but by GOD they are so pretty! Look at the outfit I am working on!

 

This may be the most beautiful MMO outfit I have ever worked on. I am totally in love. The Asker character models are similar to TERA polygone-wise, but the mesh quality of the armors is so much better without being Black Desert-over the top.  That's how it's done!

 

HEARTS IN MY EYES.

 

 

 

 

 

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