Guild Wars 2 is a fantasy MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) which attempts to immerse the player in its world (intentional wording). One of the most appealing aspects of the game was the fact that players could pay once and then get access to the full core game, without the usual subscription fees that come with most popular MMOs. As of August 2015, the game became free to play.
Here is some playthrough of GW2.
The game’s greatest strength is its breathtaking visuals. GW2’s style is that of watercolors, and the actual characters and environment are beautiful and more realistically rendered than other MMOs. The sheer scope of it all is astounding.
Players, upon selecting their race and character storyline (these overlap; basically the race is the main story tree and then there are branches within each race) are dropped into the world and get to set out and explore. My first character was a sylvari, so I entered the world and saw the lush, colorful forests and characters (literally – sylvari are basically rainbow plant elves).
Interacting with other players is an integral part of the game when it comes to strong enemies. Your movement is not restricted by experience, so you can venture into higher-level territory if you dare and see what happens. Any armor you find there may not be wearable by your character though. Conversely, once you reach higher levels, you are “leveled-down” when you return to easier zones, though you retain your badass skillset and equipment.
Having devoted an unhealthy amount of time to this game, I am very affectionate towards it. However, it was not my first MMO. I played a Worgen in World of Warcraft up to the level 20 cap – and to this day, miss my character and storyline. Were GW2 suddenly to stop working and I unable access it ever again, I’m not sure the feeling would be quite the same.
I’m a little Guild Wars’d out.
To be fair, I have a level 80 main and a level 40-something(?) secondary character (with some help from level-boosters but not that much for my main). Perhaps I would also get tired of WoW if I’d devoted the same amount of time on it.
I truly want to continue playing the game. Not only because I bought it before it was free to play (lol) but because of the aforementioned positive things. And tbh, one of my big motivators while I was super-into the game was getting access to better and cooler armour. The other was the fact that I would try and play as my character would. She is a guardian, and I decided that she tries her best not to kill animals if she can help it. So when she is trekking through dangerous territory and a velociraptor-type creature starts clawing at her, she has to run away until she escapes its zone. Kinda lame I guess lol but creating and maintaining a character really helped me stay in the game, especially when it came to making decisions in the main story.
WoW is the most popular MMO for a reason. Players may be attracted to a game by the graphics, but they stay for the story. Story-wise, Guild Wars 2 is lacking, even painfully generic at times. You basically wander the world in search of quests. Some of these quests are more interesting than others, but they’re all a bit formulaic.
This is a well-explored problem with GW2. People have talked about it in many different places.
Another thing that I should keep in mind, although I don’t think this should be a necessary part of retaining interest, is a little embarrassing.
…I have yet to join a guild.
I could say I was waiting for the right one to come along, or that I was collecting invites so that I could compare them later, but the bigger truth is that I’m scared.
I haven’t really played a lot of games with people, and I don’t consider myself to be a particularly proficient player either. I understand it’s a big aspect of the game, and I’m sorry that I can’t properly review it for y’all.
Of what I have experienced, I can say that there is definitely a community. It’s kind of a vague, disorganized, occasionally hostile one, but I feel like that’s common in gaming. I have often responded to or put out calls for assistance in a battle, and other people come to help. When someone is dying or has died in battle, you can see them in your immediate map and come heal them. This saves the healed money and time, and gives the healer some experience points.
As with many groups, the digital network is most evident in forums, like the official one or ones on reddit. Here, people can posit queries from specific story puzzles to issues “getting into” the game.
Guild Wars 2 is, overall, a really cool game that deserves a chance if you like character-building, fantasy, and beautiful graphics.