Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Electric Feel

Hello again ESO followers, it’s time to conjure up another screenshot for us to break down together. Each week I channel my ESO media spirit guide in order to divine the best single screenshot to share with the Tamriel Foundry community from that week. This time around, it’s an Ogrim who is charging menacingly towards the player. What makes this interesting is the beast seems to have developed a peculiar case of….electrification?

Electric Ogrim

Now before anyone jumps to the conclusion that Molag Bal is mating Ogrim with Storm Atronach to build an electrically charged army (which would be a good plan for world domination, I think), I believe that I can explain what is going on in this image. I believe the player shown here dual wielding a light hammer and a war axe is a Sorcerer, and we are witnessing the precursor to one of the signature Storm Calling skills, Mages’ Fury. As the baseline spell in the Storm Calling tree, Mages’ Fury allows the sorcerer to unleash an electric charge, which slams down on it’s target a second or two later. I think this screenshot shows the beginnings of that effect building up around the Ogrim, if my experience using the Mages’ Fury skill at PAX was any indication, this daedra is about to be in for a world of hurt. It’s to see how the light-sourcing in the environment changes as this spell builds up, and I think the lightning particles themselves look fantastic.

Mechanically, the skill is fairly interesting, not only is there the slight delay between when it is cast and the bolt of lightning which eventually hammers your target, but it also deals increased damage to nearby foes if your target is already low on health. I think this is a good example of how there are multiple layers to each skill in ESO. In many MMOs a typical caster class would have a generic instant-cast single target nuke, but in ESO since skill slots on your hotbar are so limited, ZeniMax is trying to create a lot of versatility in the usefulness of their abilities. While Mages’ Fury is the bread and butter nuke of the Sorcerer class, it also can serve as a great AoE tool for clearing lots of trash. In group PvE encounters, a skilled sorcerer will have tactical awareness of the health of all nearby enemies, so he can cherry-pick the low health foes and trigger cascading AoE damage when Mages’ Fury strikes them. Also, let’s not forget about the potential morphs of the skill, which will let the player add an additional layer to it’s effects, either further focusing it’s usage, or perhaps making it even more versatile.

Regarding the screenshot itself, I also think it’s interesting to note the marketing approach being used by ZeniMax lately. They have been showcasing a lot of first-person footage, which I think can mostly be explained by the fact that it’s a newer feature that they are currently polishing the textures and animations for. I wonder, however, if they might not benefit from a more even-handed approach. It seems like popular opinion tends to fluctuate wildly between thinking that ESO will be an MMO that butchers the Elder Scrolls franchise and that it will be an online single-player game that has no appeal to MMO fans. Clearly both reactions are wrong, but I hope that at the upcoming PAX Prime we’ll see some more finesse in the way they market the game as a genre-blending experience.

As far as immersion goes, one thing is missing in this screenshot, and that’s the intense red silhouette denoting targeted enemies that we saw from the QuakeCon gameplay. While I’m sure it’s a useful gameplay tool to keep track of who you are targeting in an action-MMO style context, I certainly feel like the world (and the creatures in it) are much more beautiful without a neon halo. I was relieved to hear from their official weekly “Ask Us Anything” column that this can be disabled at the player’s discretion, although I hope there is an “intensity” slider rather than a simple on/off toggle.

Will there be an option to turn off the glow around enemies? – By Nate Collins

Yes, you will be able to turn it off. I will say that the glow is much more apparent when you’re watching than it is when you’re playing. It’s very effective at helping with target selection, and you may find it useful in some situations, but it’s up to you whether to enable it.

Anyways, let us know what you think about this screenshot, the potential for versatile skills like Mages’ Fury, the marketing approach being used by ZeniMax in recent media releases, or anything else that springs to your mind. Drop your thoughts in the comments section below!

49 responses to “Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Electric Feel”

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    Hwrath

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    Shocking image!

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    that monster looks like a stubby ogre. But the lightning looks so well done and sharp as well as everything in this screen shot! I’m so excited for this game I can hardly contain it. I wonder if in first person if you can see your guy’s legs this time hahahaha.

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    Denathor

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    I can’t wait to sink my blade into that foul beast!

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    I already saw 4 gameplay videos, 2 players made from the closed beta, and the others bethesda showed, im not a great fan of ES lore but i have to accept its a very good lore, but the online game ESO is not so good like i tougth it ill be, expect im wrong, but the graphics, skins etc, are very good, but the gameplay and a lot of other things what really matters, arent good enough, i really think it ill be another guildwars2.

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    Galahad

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    Wow! That is a beautiful image. And the news about being able to turn off those colorful outlines on enemies and corpses, really great news. Thank you for posting this!

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    Grimalkin said on August 15, 2013 :

    Shocking image!

    Get out … LOL!

     

     

     

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    NordJitsu

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    I totally agree about wanting an intensity slider. Hopefully UI mods will allow for additional changes, such as turning the indicator into a circle around the feet instead.

    To be honest though, the red glow didn’t bother me nearly as much the second time I watched the video. You get used to it. I think it was just jarring at first.

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    The place that the player and the ogrime are, looks like those old forts that we saw on Oblivion

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    nice image, the effect on the wall behind the ogrim is awesome. i agree that they are focusing on the first person shots a bit much but it is nice that it made it into the game.

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    Micanis

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    What is the player holding in their left hand? It looks like a hammer, but as far as I know hammers are only two handed and maces are the one handed blunt equivalent.

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    Moar61

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    Great image, I’ve already gained a loathing for Ogrims, big dumb looking creatures that I can’t wait to kill. +1 on an intensity slider, I wouldn’t mind a faint red glow that’s just enough to aid me.

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    playerdestroyer said on August 15, 2013 :

    The place that the player and the ogrime are, looks like those old forts that we saw on Oblivion

    That’s what I first noticed when I saw the screenshot.

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    Nattngale said on August 15, 2013 :

    I already saw 4 gameplay videos, 2 players made from the closed beta, and the others bethesda showed, im not a great fan of ES lore but i have to accept its a very good lore, but the online game ESO is not so good like i tougth it ill be, expect im wrong, but the graphics, skins etc, are very good, but the gameplay and a lot of other things what really matters, arent good enough, i really think it ill be another guildwars2.

    It’s better lore than Dragon Age, Guild Wars, or WoW.

    The gameplay is better than Guild Wars 2, by far. Have you been paying any attention on the forum? This is a hybrid TES game/MMORPG. It’ll be exciting, and skeptics like you should read more into the game to see what it is all about rather than just adding a comment like this to a discussion that likely won’t care one bit about your opinions. You are ONE PLAYER, I don’t think Zenimax cares if they lose you or not.

    On to the screenshot – I like it, very good observations, sir Atropos. I’m also glad that there is an option for that glow, but an intensity slider like you suggested would be most welcome.

     

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    I can’t wait to play this game.

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    Micanis said on August 15, 2013 :

    What is the player holding in their left hand? It looks like a hammer, but as far as I know hammers are only two handed and maces are the one handed blunt equivalent.

    Sweet, seems that the one-handed, hammer-like maces are in.

    Moar61 said on August 15, 2013 :

    Great image, I’ve already gained a loathing for Ogrims, big dumb looking creatures that I can’t wait to kill. +1 on an intensity slider, I wouldn’t mind a faint red glow that’s just enough to aid me.

    HeavyHittingNord said on August 15, 2013 :

    Definitely agree, anything which interferes which the amazing aesthetics of the game is a big no no, but would be great if there was an intensity slider incase it proves too difficult when turned off completely!

    I totally agree on the slider.

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    Cool image but I still think the ogrim looks to cartoony.

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    This thing could put us in a shocking situation ;)

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    Switchb1ade5 said on August 15, 2013 :

    Wow! That is a beautiful image. And the news about being able to turn off those colorful outlines on enemies and corpses, really great news. Thank you for posting this!

    I have to agree, glad those can be disabled too.

    Awesome screenshot too, can’t wait to see that in effect in game. Sorcerers going to be going Raiden on that ass it seems!

     

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    Nice dissection, I definitely look forward to implementing Mages’ Fury in my arsenal of skills as a dual elemental destruction & restoration mage. The detailing is quite flashy and I really hope that this ability takes on a chain lightning effect in later power ups. It would also be great to see additions of violet and purple rays extend from the current blue hues that radiate from the initial thunderbolt. These additional color rays could serve as an indicator of a stronger, more amplified adaption to the previous Mages’ Fury ability. Different lightning attacks could take on traditional yellow and white gold color effects. Overall, I enjoy the environmental reaction to this lightning effect as it blends nicely. The red silhouette that is casted around enemies should definitely carry an intensity slider and maybe  an option to change the color altogether. I personally find the red to be too frenzied and rage-provoking lol. I enjoy to take on my foes in a calm and collected manner. I think cool, highlighter colors would suit me best in combat.

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    Definitely agree, anything which interferes which the amazing aesthetics of the game is a big no no, but would be great if there was an intensity slider incase it proves too difficult when turned off completely!

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