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RPGDot 2003 Awards: Best Graphics in an MMORPG
MMORPGDot Team, 2004-01-08


The last couple of weeks you could vote for the best RPGs and MMORPGs that have been released in 2003. Not us but you the player decide who receives the RPGDot 2003 Awards in the various categories. We thank all those who entered their votes and helped us in making it possible to select the best games of 2003.

Best Graphics in an MMORPG

Graphics, some need the best looking game out there and some couldn't care less. But this is not about how good the game is, this is about how great it looks and how stunning it is at times.

The winner: Star Wars Galaxies - An Empire Divided
One thing that very few players have complained about in SWG was its graphics. Certainly one of the best looking MMORPGs so far, it lives up to the Star Wars legacy in letting players travel in distant but familiar landscapes. From the rolling sand dunes of Tatooine, to the lush grass plains of Naboo, down to the forests of Endor, the game displayed a vast array of colourful and highly varied environments. SWG's characters also showed off the game's highly versatile graphics engine by allowing players to create truly unique avatars. No two players have the same exact look in SWG's world, and that's saying a lot!


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Runner Up: Final Fantasy XI
Star Wars Galaxies looked better. No doubt about that. But the graphics in FFXI are solid, convincing images. Considering the game is almost two years old at this point, the visuals have aged remarkably well. Character animations, Mob designs, and spell graphics all combine to make FFXI a shiny, shiny game.

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Second Runner Up: Dark Age of Camelot - Trials of Atlantis
In addition to the stellar content additions of Tales of Atlantis, the graphical improvements this expansion added onto the already laudible Dark Age of Camlot made it a worthwhile purchase. Improvements such as the SpeedTree visualization system, reflective water, and improved terrain texturing made DAoC a must-have expansion for players.

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The Numbers
To make it complete we now give you the top 10 as voted by our visitors:

1 Star Wars: Galaxies - An Empire Divided
16,8 %
2 Final Fantasy XI
14,0 %
3 Dark Age of Camelot: Trials of Atlantis
5,8 %
4 Anarchy Online: Shadowlands
4,2 %
5 Eve Online: The Second Genesis
3,5 %
6 Shadowbane
1,2 %
7 EverQuest - Lost Dungeons of Norrath
1,1 %
8 A Tale in the Desert
0,9 %
9 Ultima Online - Age of Shadows
0,9 %
10 EverQuest - Online Adventures: Frontiers Faldon
0,3 %

And 50,9 % of those who participated were unable to select one of the games.

We, the RPGDot team also voted to create our own top3:

Star Wars: Galaxies - An Empire Divided 71,4 %
Eve Online: The Second Genesis 17,1 %
Anarchy Online: Shadowlands 8,6 %
Final Fantasy XI
2,9 %

There are only 4 entries in the team list as no other votes were cast for another game. Besides the number one the other 3 are very different from what our visitors voted.

Note that percentages are rounded to the nearest number.

Overview of all awards on MMORPGDot
 Best Sound
 Best Graphics
 Best Atmosphere
 Biggest Surprise
 Biggest Disappointment
 Most Anticipated
 Best Expansion

Overview of all awards on RPGDot
 Best Sound
 Best Graphics
 Best Atmosphere
 Biggest Surprise
 Biggest Disappointment
 Most Anticipated
 Dream Game
 Best RPG/RPG-Strategy Expansion
 Best Non-RPG
 Best RPG-Strategy
 Best RPG

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