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Posted: Sep 17th 2011 8:08AM (Unverified) said

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i mean this is the best possible way, wasn't this a questions in the Daily Grind before? or was that what zone scares you?

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 8:28AM BigAndShiny said

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Pretty much every question has been asked before to be honest.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2011 8:44AM Rhodanum said

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Post-searing Ascalon from Guild Wars, hands down. I've played through a myriad of wasteland areas, but none managed to make my hair stand on end like that place. It was just a combination of music, area design and the knowledge of how that place used to look before the Searing that got to me.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 8:49AM xBludx said

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I find the music in Icecrown (WoW Northrend) depressing and turn it off if I'm going to be there for a while.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 8:53AM Dumac said

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GW's Realm of Torment. I believe i've said that already. The lack of a real map and constant darkness populated with tough enemies gives a feeling of insecurity, and some lit areas show through bright colors which is a nice contrast and adds to the creepy. Same with Echovald Forest.

WoW's Zangarmarsh. While you know that the zone isn't going to be destroyed, if someone in real life tried to do what the naga have been doing (spoiler: slowly draining the waters) you wouldn't notice it until it was too late, which made me feel uneasy about it. Also darkness contrasted by bright colors again and unusual creatures.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 9:01AM Arkanaloth said

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GuildWars, Domain of Anguish.

When you go there you have zero rez shrines. The area is just...not....right looking, barren with earth that seems like it was dyed with blood and citadel walls made of obsidian so black it shines. Then you hit the CTRL key to see what enemies are up ahead and you're greeted by a sea of red names.

All of the Realm of Torment is unsettling in some way or form, but DOA has some tough fights, even in normal mode. Let's hear it for mesmer armor ignoring damage!!!!

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 9:09AM smartstep said

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Nothing creep me out, I have preety big tolerance for creepy things especially when they are on a computer screen.

Maybe sometimes especially creepy big bugs can make me bit uneasy , but still I don't never would like those to be removed from game - I find that it is actually good thing if there is some especially evil , brutal or / and creepy areas in a game (if it fits lore and setting ofc).

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 9:29AM Jade Effect said

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The hobbit newbie zone in Lord of the Ring Online. It's just mind-boggling how those hobbits can be so carefree, eating and dancing all day. When there's a bandit out for blood, all they could think of is to write a firm letter to tell him to knock it off. It must be all that weed they're constantly smoking.

Oh, and I hate the mailbag delivery and pie-running quests. I was raring to kill something after spending all that time doing those quests.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 9:30AM BigAndShiny said

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To be honest it's rare games are properly creepy, Dead Space really freaks you out, but apart from that not much.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 9:54AM bobfish said

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Kithicor Forest at night in the original Everquest (before all the UI mods n stuff)....

Nothing comes close to it.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 12:34PM Nucleon said

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@bobfish Winner. That was my thought soon as I read the topic. Ahh those were the days... back when death mattered. Not watching your step set you back 3 - 4 hours of gameplay.

Environment + Meaningful Death + Dangerous Zone = Creepy.

Ah, the good ol' days. Ah, we're getting old =(. /get-off-my-creepy-lawn.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2011 2:47PM Seffrid said

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@bobfish

That was my thought too, as soon as I read the title.

Corpse-finding in Kithicor Forest, I still have nightmares...
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Posted: Sep 18th 2011 5:58AM Obext said

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@bobfish

Thats what I was going to say. I remember hugging the walls praying untill I reached the next zone lol
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Posted: Sep 18th 2011 8:58PM Haldurson said

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@bobfish
I haven't played EQ in ages, but Kithicor at night still brings back nightmares. I remember as a newbie getting lost in there as the sun was setting... It still gives me chills.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2011 2:58AM bobfish said

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Glad I'm not the only one who remembers it :)

It wasn't that well designed, it wasn't really that dangerous, but not having a map and having harsh death penalties added immensely to the fear that the zone generated.

I'm sure if you took away the convenience systems of a modern MMO you'd have some pretty scary zones in them too, but as long as you never get lost or never fear dying, they will never be up there with the original Kithicor experience.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2011 10:01AM Silverangel said

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I'm creeped out by guys with burly neck hair. If the hair on the back of your neck is standing on end, consider visiting the barber NPC.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 10:08AM Carolina said

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Angmar (Lotro) and the "music", ambient sounds there.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 5:31PM Lenn said

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@Carolina Exactly. The sighs, moans, screeches and thumps scare the bejesus out of me every time I take a character through that zone.
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Posted: Sep 18th 2011 3:26PM pancho72 said

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@Carolina

Angmar is very creepy sometimes.

The Old Forest felt creepy the first time I went there, because of the contrast to the jolly, easy-going style of the low level areas until that point. And it's one of the few MMO areas were people can actually get lost for real.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2011 10:11AM Tom in VA said

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I always found Silithus in WoW to be pretty creepy, not only because of the bugs there but because it was always so deserted of other players.

My vote for creepiest zone in LotRO would be Angmar. It's a very depressing zone to work through.

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