Guild Wars 2
So, there doesn't seem to be much activity on the old Geek about this release.
How many of you are looking forward to the anticipated sequel to one of the better no-subscription-model games ever released? And how many of you participated in the beta event last weekend?
I have already established my guild for this game, currently comprised of remnants from both my RIFT and SW:TOR guild.
SW:TOR was horrendously underwhelming and player numbers are declining rapidly.
I'm making this thread as a discussion point for this game, and to highlight the fact that there will be a UK-based guild for casual players for those of you who have real-lives (like myself) and instead play for fun. Of course that doesn't mean you can't be completely hardcore too.
Shameless plug - Ebonhawke Falcons | A Guild Wars 2 Guild. Roster looks bleak but it's up to members to upload their own characters, and many are still undecided given that they've only had one chance to play.
I'm really looking forward to this, played the beta weekend last weekend and once it actually started working reliably it was pretty good. I really hope its not like other recent MMOs where my group migrates back to WoW and cancels their subscription.
Some of the lets play videos on youtube looked good. I would only play for the large scale pvp battles involving forts and castles, they looked the most appealing. I also like the ideo of events rather than quests where things happen as you are walking along.
Wasted too much money buying TOR for £50 and paying for three months worth of subscription only to be very bored very quickly and that was my first MMO in 5 years. Not sure I want to waste they money again though.
Remember Guild Wars 2 doesn't have a subscription model, it's free to play after purchase.
The random events were fun and reminded me a lot of RIFT (same principle, a number of players in an area would randomly trigger an event and they have to work together to conquer the challenge).
The random events I did involved saving a farm from raiding bandits, escorting guards/caravans/mules, defeating a particular boss (Wasp Queens, Ettins etc). From what I played it was mostly "Kill this" or "Defend that". I didn't venture far out of the starting area (only reached level 8) but I'm sure more challenging and exciting things await.
The PvP was great, by the way. I didn't get chance to do the World vs World but my guildies were raving about it.
I wrote a lengthy "review" on my guild's forum which I could post here but it could be a case of TL : DR. It's quite a wall of text.
I had the original Guild Wars, it was my first dabble in the world of MMOs. I gave up not too long after, mainly as I had no clue about what an MMO was and what I was meant to be doing in game, plus I knew no-one who played so spent most time playing with the AI companions and getting slaughtered. Gave up in the end, but now have dabbled in many more MMO's since then, and this is free to play, I'll be very tempted to get involved. :)
I tried the beta for a little over the weekend but I was a bit underwhelmed tbh after playing Tera.
Played the beta at the weekend - and even though there were login issues and quite bad fps I still absolutely loved it!! Cant wait for release :D
Even gone as far as buying GW1 today to try for the Hall of Monuments rewards for GW2 lol :D
I was very impressed with the GW2 beta weekend just because they are trying to do something different with the genre. SWtOR failed because it didn't innovate with the MMO aspects of it, much the same could be said of Rift although i still love the talent system. Tera has a chance too after playing the beta, the combat system is very innovative but the questing and grinding is from a 10 year old game.
I was certain before playing the beta i was going to play an Elementalist but after trying every class i really have no idea now, they all seem good fun....
I'm very tempted to make this my first MMO after seeing it in action at Eurogamer Expo last year and the 'letsplay' videos since then, together with it not having a monthly fee.
It will mainly depend on who else I know if going to be playing, I know at least one person who will likely get it.
I played all the classes except for Thief and Mesmer...
I think my favourites were the Elementalist and Ranger
The biggest thing for me was the environments and the cities... OMG to how beautiful and big and lively they are.... and not dead lifeless mazes like SWTOR!
Exploring in GW2 will be fun!!
I played Elementalist. I tend to be stubborn and stick to one class, usually a ranged magic class.
All I can say is that, overall, I enjoyed it. The way that your skillset changes based on your weapon type was refreshing.
Seems like we do have some interest here. I just thought I'd throw it out there in case people are planning on buying it and would be worried about playing solo. I have, in the past, had the great @ZeroHour in my RIFT guild (Invictus).
We promote a relaxed feel, and the website linked in the OP will become more lively with future beta events and the road to release. If you're thinking about getting GW2, be sure to consider the Ebonhawke Falcons! Everything you should need to know is on the website.
I'm looking forward to the next beta weekend.
I only managed to play for a few hours at the weekend but I loved every minute of it.
Lets hope we can play asura and sylvari on the next beta weekend :)
Well anyone thinking of trying GW1 to get the HoM rewards for GW2....
Don't! lol :D
I thought GW1 might be similar to GW2 in game play / movement etc and just have rubbish graphics....
Sadly it is showing its age a great deal - and if you are used to more modern MMO (wow,swtor, gw2 etc) then you will probably find it rather clunky :D
NOW WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO PLAY WHILE WAITING FOR GW2!!!! :D :D :D :D
I payed GW1 as my first MMO game and really enjoyed it, a few years later I played WOW but that only lasted about 4months before decided against it taking up too much time and the monthly fee were too much in the end. Looking forward to GW2 something different from shooting or racing on my xbox and I'm yet to find an RTS I really like in recent years beside RUSE
Stress Test coming on Monday May 14th from 6pm to 1am GMT for those of you who pre-ordered.
If you played in the previous Beta, your characters will not have been wiped.
Source: Mike O’Brien on the Guild Wars 2 Beta – ArenaNet Blog
Remember the OP and if you want to join me and my guild, we're more than happy to accommodate you!