Guild Wars 2 is two. Two years. I don’t even need to really look at my /age, and honestly I don’t really care. ArenaNet has made a pretty good thing. Not the perfect thing, but Guild Wars 2 is starting to get pretty comfortable. We’re at the point in this relationship where things are a nice burn instead of all hot and firecracker’y, intense and sometimes caustic.
I feel like the sophomore year of the game ended very well. I am very much enjoying Season 2. The story is good. The story delivery is good. The instances are good, and the boss battle at the end of Episode 4 was fantastic. I especially liked creating back piece (except for the Fractals part) because it took me through some out of the way places in Tyria that I had only ever been to once or twice for map completion.
You know what I like best about Guild Wars 2, and why I have continued to play? It’s nice to me. I can go play Assassin’s Creed, work on Conjecture Games, have fun with the family in Windborne, or binge on War of Omens, and that’s okay. I don’t need to log in every day. It’s probably a large part of why I keep coming back.
It’s better in Season 2 now. I just finished the achievements for all of Episode 1, and am slowly working on Episode 2 achievements. I like that there are two more episodes worth waiting for me, when I want. I can play the market when I want. Work on long term projects when I want. Even joining a Fractal is a very easy endeavor with the LFG tool. I apologize in advance for bringing my necro.
As great as Guild Wars 2 is, sometimes I worry. I guess that’s natural. Things will change. People I believed to be ingrained in ArenaNet leave (fair winds, my Germanic friend). Focuses will shift (dungeons are better in other MMOs where it is the game). And then China alone will probably fund the game for a couple more years.
Still, Guild Wars 2 is comfortable, and with two years below it’s belt, it is starting to feel reassuringly lasting. I guess that’s why I am not that upset with the next feature pack being… okay. Things feel like they are straightening out for the better with each update, and with China hopefully in the swing of things now, things moving forward will keep getting, err.. more better.