Dont get me wrong I have loved melee classes since I started playing MMOs back in 1997 with UO and my dex fencer but they always seem to have the most visually lackluster abilities in pretty much every single MMO when compared to caster/mage types. I know I havent played all of them so maybe there is something out there with flashy melee classes. I know there really isnt much you can do to jazz up how a sword or axe swings but even in newer games like GW2 only casters have all the flashy abilities. Sure Guardians in GW2 have some decent visual affects but only if using Staff or Scepter which pretty much makes you a caster cause you are now a ranged class focused on healing and support rather than DPS.
Is this ever going to change? The closest game to have melee classes with decent and flashy animations is SWToR and that was only cause they had light sabers. So is that what games have to do to make melee classes look less dull and boring? Just give them all glow sticks for weapons? Its obvious games have the ability to make weapons look cool, even games 12 years old like Everquest and DAoC as both had weapons with particle or glow affects. So why cant they make their attacks look cool and flashy as well? Like I said even in newer games melee classes still look meh compared to casters.
Even if you dont like the game watch any youtube video for GW2 for Dagger/Dagger Elementalist, Dagger/Dagger Necros, or Sword/Sword Mesmers as they have to stay at or near melee range for their full damage potential. Some of the animations and effects are sick looking. So why cant they make normal melee classes look cool and flashy like that?