To celebrate the fact that Guild Wars 2 (GW2) is back on sale, ArenaNet has released a video to welcome new players to the world of Tyria. Unfortunately, the only world that this video has welcomed me to is a dystopia.
Remember how I said that a copy of Guild Wars 2 (GW2) could be yours for $59.99? Actually, I kinda fibbed. You could only play ArenaNet’s MMO if you had pre-purchased a copy or had bought one shortly after its launch. A mere two days later, ArenaNet closed the gates of their digital domain. Now once again Tyria has re-opened its gates.
If you want a jaw-droppingly gorgeous MMO, look no further than Guild Wars 2 (GW2), ArenaNet’s newest creation. The beauty of the world of Tyria is even apparent during combat, where effects include illusions that dissolve into a swirl of butterflies and a field effect that resembles opaque circles of puzzle pieces. Emerging from a lake beads your monitor with droplets of water. The capital cities of the five playable races are visual tour-de-force, especially the human Divinity’s Reach, which makes Minas Tirith look like a hill fort. And the landscapes, oh the landscapes. GW2 is simply lovely to look at.
So here I am in Guild Wars 2 (GW2), playing a Sylvari engineer, when I encountered a woman who needed help planting seeds. Just a typical quest, right? Then I learned the plants had offensive abilities. And then we were attacked by the undead. That’s right, people. I was playing Plants vs. Zombies as a mini-game.
ArenaNet is working hard to keep Guild Wars 2 (GW2) a polite, respectable place to kill your enemies and humiliate your opponents’ entire server. Since its August 25th pre-launch, ArenaNet has given players three-day suspensions for offensive names and chat. To clarify their reasons for suspension, ArenaNet has set up a Reddit thread to discuss their policies. And in a move that I can only describe as hilarious, the company has been calling out banned players for their offenses.
Guild Wars 2 (GW2) started off with a bang, with more than one million gamers playing over the three-day Headstart, and over 400,000 of us online at once. That’s quite a success. Almost too much of one. Gamers found themselves in the overflow server, rather than the servers of their choice–and the choice of their buddies. This left many believing that they would have to game on their own, as the overflow server would prevent them from being able to slay fiends with friends.
Even before Guild Wars 2 officially launched on August 28, one player, Surfeuze, reached level 80, the maximum level. You would think he walks through the valley of the shadow of Tyria and fears no evil because he is the meanest SOB in the valley. But rather than slaying enemies left and right, he power-leveled with the adrenaline-deficient task of crafting. Crafting gives your character experience, as well as some nifty toys and upgrades. But for some–and check out the commenters on MMO Champion to see what I mean–leveling through means of exploiting game mechanics is unsexy.
World of Warcraft (WoW) players are sick to death of reading reviews that ask, “Is this game a WoW-killer?” WoW player Marco Lemos doesn’t want any game to kill WoW, his go-to MMO for the past six years. But Lemos said, “I wants a game to challenge WoW, because competition is healthy and will make Blizzard innovate. I love WoW, but it’s been very complacent for the last nine months.” I asked him to play Guild Wars 2 (GW2) during the Headstart Weekend with me, to see what he thinks of the newest entry into the MMO genre.
Guild Wars 2 (GW2), ArenaNet’s upcoming MMO, is a game that promises fun, pretty, and most of all, exciting gameplay without a single panda to be found. And it will be launching August 25, 2012, a few hours from now, for those who have pre-purchased the game, while other players can jump in on August 28.