No longer a temporary fantasy, Guild Wars 2 is here. I am not sure even where to begin. I am almost level 20, and I am having a blast. There are so many topics to cover. I feel so much depth to Guild Wars 2, and I know I’ve barely scratched the surface.
Ardwulf has been hitting on these with his posts. Bottom line: they suck. The game has had a great start, but it has not been the best. Right now guilds are working somewhat, but they seemed to not allow invites over 200 people. The Trading Post has also been down for a while, which really sucks for crafting. Once it goes up, expect an unstable economy as massive quantities of stocked up items go up for sale. I would expect for players looking to stock up, there will be a good buyer’s market right after the Trading Post comes back.
Community manager Rubi has stated that the engineers and developers working on the server issues have been working practically non-stop. Some stayed at work all weekend only taking naps at the office. They are working on it.
In Comparison To…
Rock Paper Shotgun discussed the “serious MMO flaw” in Guild Wars 2. Alec Meer said that due to the overflow shards he couldn’t play with his friends. First off, players can play with each other in overflow servers. Right click on their portrait (or lack thereof) in the party area, and choose the option to join that person in that area. This may or may not be in the manual, and apparently it’s a little bugged. I did this plenty last night and I was able to easily sync up overflow servers between party members. Second, what’s more important than playing with friends? How about just getting to play!
People are using Trion’s Rift as the gold bar for launches. Right now, ArenaNet appears to be having more “fixable” issues than Trion did. Yet, I can log on to Guild Wars 2 and play. In Rift, I was left staring at a queue for an hour or more. I personally would rather play in a slightly flawed setup than not at all.
Guild Wars 2 is so easy to play. It’s just so smooth in gameplay, especially following content, that it’s not amazing. It’s just comfortable. I am not worrying about quest log. I am not worrying about other players running to a resource node. I am not worrying what my friends are doing. I just play.
Last night one of my friends was happily lagging behind in the leveling curve. My other buddy and I left the green sylvari lands, and headed over his way. It was fun. I received some decent loot. Checked off some daily achievements, and we had a blast. I did not feel like I was hurting myself in objective terms (XP, gold/hr, etc.) by having subjective fun (playing with friends).
Best Daily Quest Around
Each day I’ve made sure to finish the daily achievements. Press “H” and check them out in the achievements tab. The daily achievements are pretty simple, but it does require about an hour of constant PvE playing. Once each achievement tier is filled up, players get a huge prize. I’m talking a great daily prize. Do not pass this up.
Calm and Quiet Gem Store
The gem store is so unobtrusive. I realize that ArenaNet has already received their payment that many free-to-play games will never see. 100% of Guild Wars 2 players have paid money for the game. Yet, between transmutation stones (I have 6-9 in my bank), boosts, and what not, I am finding that those are received in game at a nice pace (especially if players do daily quests). I have already bought $20 worth of gems to get another character slot and sit on some gems.
I do wish it was a little different. First off, I don’t like the concept of town clothes. I don’t want to be in town. I am not sure how often if ever I would just mill about town. Guild Wars required it for trading. Guild Wars 2 does not (eventually). Perhaps a town community will eventually surface as people start beating the game, but I’d rather play than mill about.
Second, the Black Lion Chests are dismissible, for me. I am fine spending money to open things like that, as Valve knows full well with regard to Team Fortress 2. Yet, there is not much I like about the Black Lion Chests. I get a random buff, a random tool, and a random stack of tonics. What they need is something collectible in them. I don’t feel a draw for random consumables, especially since I am getting some in the daily quests and I can craft some with cooking. If they added something collectible to the Black Lion Chests, I bet sales would skyrocket. It’s like, I want to be interested in them, but don’t feel the need to peek inside.
I am happy. That is the most important thing about Guild Wars 2. It might not be perfection, but it is gaming glee. I have so much to write about, and thankfully Zubon is writing a lot too. I know I am going to be with this game for the long haul.