What a fantastic weekend, guild wars 2 is going to do really well, anyone who has played it for a few hours or more should be able to see this easily
When i think back to all the "major wow clones" i have played in my time, i realize they all have one thing in common, 1 "gimmick" that makes it different from wow, and when that gimmick stops being exciting, or isnt as good as what you thought it was, thats when the game ceases to be fun for me
When i think back to warhammer online, like many of the people probably reading these forums, i loved that game to bits, but with my example, when that games gimmick, of open world pvp failed (due to the developers sadly) how different was it from wow, it was just wow with no content, its a real shame that pvp died out, because untill last weekend, that was the most fun i have ever had in an mmo
I also tried out Aion, which apart from its "flying combat" how different was it from wow, the short answer, a lot more grindy, gimmick failed, game is now a shitty f2p title
Moving onto Rift, its main "gimmick" its namesake, the rift system, which was great at first, untill everybody leveled up past the zones and the rifts just owned everything, or ended up being camped at the level 50 zones, i will give the rift devs credit, they pump out a lot of content for that game, but how different is it from wow now
SWTOR, this is probably the best wow style mmo out at the moment in my opinion, the fact that the entire leveling experience was told via cutscenes and story was brilliant, and removed the grind out of it, however, now we are all level 50, how different is the game from wow, any level 50 dungeons or raids which involve cut scenes are skipped anyway, due to rage from the rest of the raid
Which brings me to Guild wars 2, whats the gimmick of that?
Is it the dynamic events, dynamic events are interesting, they seem a bit dull at first, i remember i took part in one on the way to running into a heart quest, some ogres had taken over a watch tower which had a waypoint in it, me and my friend who was over fought these off for like 15 minutes, and pushed them back to there town thing, and before we could get there town captured they counter attacked, by this point more people had joined, and an epic battle ensued, eventually we won, despite dying several times and having some clutch ressing going on, and we pushed them back again, and took over there base, forcing out there ogre champion who we downed in an epic fashion and captured there town, and that event which i originally thought was dull and generic turned into a really epic hour of my life, you just get swept into these events as they are happening and lose track of everything else, i cant remember if i ever completed that heart quest i originally set out to do
Is the gimmick the Open world v world v world pvp, its obviously inspired by warhammer and DAOC (apparently), and it does it so much better, the scale of the battles was absolutely amazing, classic warhammer keep seiges, it was so easy to fall back into habit, like focusing the oil, this is where the meat of the game is going to happen i think, i think what made me laugh the most though, was last night, ashvar actually, was going on about how epic world v world was, just like how i am, and after praising the scale and size of the map, and how it was the biggest pvp map he had ever seen, somebody pointed out the map he was talking about was only like 1/4 of the size of the world v world area...
Both the dynamic events both tied in really well with the new games combat system, if you havent played around with it, i suggest you pre order GW2 and do it, it makes wow style mmos just like 2d and boring, i dont know how i ever stood around pressing 2,2,2,3 before, when i could be running around, dodging out of attacks, its so much fun, as well as going as far as to reward you extra exp for taking out a mob quickly, or without taking any damage, the mobs are brutal as well, which makes the combat system really matter, you know you need to improve when you get your ass kicked over and over again when you are level 6
The world in which the game is set i think is vitally important, the amount of experience and rewards you get for simply exploring it is massive compared to other mmos, im talking about like 5% of a level from exploring a section of a map unlock, as well as things like points of interest, which usually have nothing to do with any quest, there just something cool to look at, and you get experience for going there, any time you also load into a zone it tells you a list of things you can still explore and complete in said zone, such as Heart Quests, Waypoints, Skill challanges and points of interest, im a bit of a completionist, so i went mad for this, and to my delight, when i fully completed the char starting zone, Plains of Ashford, it send me a mail with a couple of randomised green level items (green is better than blue in this game), if i had to talk about the highlight of my weekend though, surprisingly it would be a jumping puzzle i found, not an amazing scripted event, a keep seige, or an epic fight involving dodging and clever use of skills, i went swimming in this lake, and found a hidden cave behind some reeds, to which i entered and surfaced into a jumping puzzle, now, thing would have taken me here via a quest, or Point of interest, i just went exploring, and i found it, the puzzle was fairly hard, involving some leet timing to dodge spike traps and falling boulders, and when i reached the end it spawned a champion mob which i had to work really hard to finish off, the mob dropped some green item and an acheivement for killing it, but it was nothing compared to how rewarding it felt to just happen upon this, guild wars 2 should be renamed to Tyria, because thats what the game is about, every feature comes together to make one of the most complete games i have ever played
I could list cool features all day but im sort of getting off topic, the point being, as i list more and more gimmicks, they start to sound less and less like gimmicks, and more like a fantastic experience, im willing to bet a lot of developers from other mmos pre purchased this game to check out the competition, and i bet they are shitting themselves right now
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