50 Minutes of Pure Guild Wars 2 Gameplay

#1 Posted by jakob187 (21675 posts) -

Right now, this is probably one of the best pieces of footage for Guild Wars 2 on the internet.  I didn't see it posted up anywhere else, and it really needs to be seen.  This shows off the Human Ranger and Charr Elementalist classes.  The video is captured directly from a demo computer with no commentary to ruin the experience.  This is what it will be like when you are playing.  The sound is incredible, but moreover, the gameplay looks absolutely solid!  SO PSYCHED for this game!  What do you guys think? 
 
  

#2 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

Fuck-fuck-fuck-fuck-yes!!!

#3 Edited by EpicSteve (6487 posts) -

 It looks fucking fantastic!

#4 Edited by jakob187 (21675 posts) -
@EpicSteve said:

" I'm assuming it's free like the original game? It looks fucking fantastic! "

Yes.  No subscription fee.  Though this video was shot back in December, there are some other details that came out.  Whether they've also been mentioned or not anywhere on the site, I'm not sure. 
  • No subscription fee - just buy the game and play until your heart is content.
  • World is open and persistent, but there will still be some instanced areas.  Areas can include dungeons and events, as well as story-related missions for your personal character story and some towns.
  • Flight capabilities are not planned for the game at this moment, which would mean no flying mounts or flying skills for players.
  • No main healing class, as all classes have support mechanics to offer healing capabilities.
  • Characters will have ten skill slots, and there will be fewer abilities than the previous game.  Five of the skill slots will be based on your weapon and can only be changed when you change your weapon (and weapons can be race and profession specific, giving gear a far more important purpose in Guild Wars 2 than other games).  The other five skill slots are based on profession, and two of the slots will always be reserved for one healing skill and one elite skill.
  • Underwater areas will be in the game, assumingly much like Vash'jir in WoW: Cataclysm
  • Crafting will be in the game, although it's unknown how it'll work.
  • There will be a day/night cycle.
  • If you have weapons or items obtained through the Hall of Monuments in Guild Wars: Eye of the North, they will carry over into Guild Wars 2.  Along with that, character names in Guild Wars 1 will be reserved for you in Guild Wars 2, but it is not known if you need Eye of the North for that to happen.
 
There's a ton of other shit, but the one thing they haven't talked about still is PvP, which is arguably the best thing about the first Guild Wars.  I'm super curious about that, and moreover, I'm curious to see if they will still have the "once you have a max level character, you can make another max level that's only good for PvP" setup.
#5 Posted by SpaceDandie (256 posts) -

Really enjoyed the first Guild Wars, definitely going to pick this up!

#6 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

I hope it comes out this year!

#7 Posted by jakob187 (21675 posts) -
@zyn said:
" I hope it comes out this year! "
We can only pray.
#8 Posted by Killroycantkill (1406 posts) -

Considering I put over 1000 hours into the first game this is an obvious buy for me. But man, the gameplay looks so fun, and if the story quests are as fun as the rock hands tornado thing then I'm all up for it.

#9 Posted by Lotus (208 posts) -

¡No puedo esperar mas amigos!, awesome demo; i still play Prophecies, cant wait for this.

#10 Edited by FritzDude (2263 posts) -

Reminds me of Divinity 2. An underrated singleplayer ARPG. Cannot wait for this game to get released. Guild Wars is amazing.
#11 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

I should totally get Eye of the North so I can transfer over all my bull shit from my original, expansionless character. 
 

ALSO I WANT TO BE A FUCKING CHARR. COME OUT NOW PLEASE.

#12 Posted by supermike6 (3564 posts) -

Wow. You guys seem super excited. Personally, I have absolutely no interest and found the video way too boring to watch. I hope you guys have fun though!

#13 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -

I don't think it's coming out this year....anyone got any info on the release?

#14 Posted by Demyx (3237 posts) -

Never played the first. Only recently got into MMO's, but I am way excited for this. THANK you for posting this.

#15 Posted by No0b0rAmA (1490 posts) -

Best game of 2011.

#16 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -

Damn I think I am actually going to sit and watch this whole thing, everything I've seen/read about the game has only made me more excited about it. Wish I had been able to make it to NYCC when they were showing it. 

#17 Posted by Karkarov (3109 posts) -

uh the footage sort of sucks what with it being camcorder stuff.  Also I find the idea that the chick is a ranger (animal companion, warden of the woods, loves nature) yet due to background choices is a noble who lived a life of luxury who has never been out of the city much less been trained in any real fighting just plain funny.
 
I would be surprised if it doesn't come out in 2011.  The iron is getting colder by the day with Cataclysm, soon to be released DCU Online, RIFT in march, and SW:ToR being somewhere in the first quarter.  I never was interested in GW 1 but this one does seem vastly improved though.  We will see.

#18 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2712 posts) -

I put 4000 hours into the original GW, I don't want to do that again -.- 
I might actually pass.
#19 Posted by SmallCaveGames (37 posts) -

Looks amazing.   I kind of wish there was commentary though.   The world/environments almost look TOO huge - I was getting lost. 

#20 Posted by jakob187 (21675 posts) -
@TheMustacheHero said:
" I don't think it's coming out this year....anyone got any info on the release? "
Last I remember hearing, they were saying that they were aiming for June...but I'll almost guarantee that they'll push it back into 2012.  That's fine by me, so long as they are making the most of that time. 
 
@Karkarov: Camcorder stuff?  The video was directly captured from the computer as far as I remember.  Maybe I need to watch it again.  Also, a noblewoman could absolutely be a hunter, but it would be hunting out of sport rather than necessity.  A major conflict like what is happening in Guild Wars 2 could easily turn the tides of that from sport to necessity.  As for the first GW1, it was heavily instanced (meaning the world itself was an instance that only your party would be in).  However, the PvP was goddamn amazing and put all other PvP in MMOs to shame.  I've heard a lot of talk about Rift, and my friend has been in the betas for a while on it.  From the way he has spoke highly about the customer support team as well as how quick their turnaround on patches and bug fixes is, I wouldn't be surprised if that could build up enough steam to be a strong contender in the MMO space.  Old Republic, on the other hand...I think that game has lost a massive amount of steam.  Between the failures of Warhammer Online, as well as the general lack of gameplay demo footage being shown at major outlets, it's something that seems like it'll be a "flavor of the month" like Star Trek Online or Champions Online and nothing more.
 
@FritzDude: Never played Divinity II, but I also never heard good things about it.  Might need to check it out whenever that retooled version comes out. 
#21 Edited by Karkarov (3109 posts) -
@jakob187: 
SW:ToR has nothing to do with Warhammer Online besides the fact that some of the Warhammer team are helping make the pvp content of the game.  It is also easily the most expensive video game ever made (no really) and I do not see EA or Bioware releasing a game they have no faith in.  This isn't Mythic in charge this time, it is the company that redefined what a "WRPG" was, created the game most outlets consider the 2010 Game of the Year, and hasn't made a bad game in so long that I either forgot what it was or they have just never made a bad game to begin with.  There also have been demo machines for this game more than capable of showing equal length and content to what your linked video shows for GW2, Bioware just won't let you film it or post it on the internet.  Call me crazy but I am willing to give Bioware the benefit of the doubt on this one their track record speaks for itself.  Mythic's track record consisted of one game that was only notable for it's end game pvp.
 
Meanwhile that is definite camcorder footage.  I have spent a large part of the last year and a half of my life doing video captures and editing, once you get experienced with it you can spot the the differences very easily.  For example check the text or any time something that is very bright is placed beside something dark.  The edges will get blurry and take on a slight "glow" effect.  Dead give away that it was a camcorder.  Well either that or the capture card they used REALLY sucked.  Of course the guys hand going in front of the vid at point is a pretty strong giveaway too though ;p.
#22 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

I'm really excited about the game, I loved the original game and the lore backstory is just amazing. 
GW2 seems to be an improvement in every single way and I'm happy they haven't just tried to make it a clone of WoW and are instead trying to fix a lot of the problems that plague most MMO's. 
 
Looks really fantastic.. but I'll be surprised if it makes it this year.

#23 Posted by Meowshi (2911 posts) -

Star Trek was never flavor on the month.  It hopped out the gate a steaming pile of eventual failure.   
And you're crazy if you don't think that a game made by Bioware won't do amazing numbers.  Crazy.

#24 Posted by Riddell (342 posts) -

Easily my most anticipated game like...ever. 
 
We'll need to get a GB guild set up pronto.

#25 Posted by TheHT (11299 posts) -

Having played about 2 hours of the original and not liking the feel or look of it, for some reason I want this game SO BAD.

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#26 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -
@jakob187: Honestly, I hope it gets pushed back another year, it would make the game better and not compete with other MMOs that I plan to play like Rift and maybe even SWTOR (but that game looks like crap right now)
#27 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -
@TheMustacheHero: Well, it's going to be late 2011 at the absolute earliest.  SWTOR is meant to be coming out around September-ish and we have far more information on that, plus it's reportedly in a closed beta state.  We have no idea how far GW2 is along in development other than the fact these demo's they've had on display are apparently far from complete.  No word on a beta, half of the professions haven't been revealed and we still know very little about the gameplay mechanics, beyond the basics. 
 
And while I agree that TOR is looking very unimpressive.. I think they'll want to avoid releasing along side it.
#28 Posted by Bollard (5560 posts) -

Yay, hooray for the cat on the shop stand :D

#29 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Man, that animation during the conversations felt really awkward. They kept moving like they were still speaking even after they became silent.

#30 Posted by TermlessHalo (87 posts) -

THANK YOU!

#31 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@jakob187: I don't see how Warhammer, and the game not having much demo footage means anything really. Especially Warhammer. The only thing in relation to Warhammer is a few people who worked on Warhammer are working on the PVP. Not much footage means nothing. The game isn't even in beta yet. (What they are doing isn't a beta, they are giving very small portions of the game to very few people).
#32 Posted by 1upmuffin (32 posts) -

I don't have time to watch 50 minutes of footage at the moment, but just skimming through it, wow, looks amazing. Definitely buying this one. 

#33 Posted by jakob187 (21675 posts) -
@Karkarov: I don't agree.  We'll leave it at that without dragging this out.  = D 
 
@Meowshi: I am not doubting the sales.  I'm doubting the longevity. 
 
@TheMustacheHero said:
" @jakob187: Honestly, I hope it gets pushed back another year, it would make the game better and not compete with other MMOs that I plan to play like Rift and maybe even SWTOR (but that game looks like crap right now) "
...and there is my doubting of the longevity proven in the same thread...
 
@WinterSnowblind said:
"And while I agree that TOR is looking very unimpressive.. I think they'll want to avoid releasing along side it. "
...and there's another... 
 
@CL60 said:
"The game isn't even in beta yet. (What they are doing isn't a beta, they are giving very small portions of the game to very few people). "
Funny.  Rift has been calling that same process a beta for a while now.
#34 Posted by zityz (2360 posts) -

wow! thanks for the upload jacob! I'm hyped for this game. I'm sure its coming out this year. 

#35 Posted by jakob187 (21675 posts) -
@zityz: I didn't upload it.  I found it.  Nonetheless, enjoy!  = D
#36 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@jakob187 said:
" @Karkarov: I don't agree.  We'll leave it at that without dragging this out.  = D 
 
@Meowshi: I am not doubting the sales.  I'm doubting the longevity. 
 
@TheMustacheHero said:
" @jakob187: Honestly, I hope it gets pushed back another year, it would make the game better and not compete with other MMOs that I plan to play like Rift and maybe even SWTOR (but that game looks like crap right now) "
...and there is my doubting of the longevity proven in the same thread...
 
@WinterSnowblind said:
"And while I agree that TOR is looking very unimpressive.. I think they'll want to avoid releasing along side it. "
...and there's another... 
 
@CL60 said:
"The game isn't even in beta yet. (What they are doing isn't a beta, they are giving very small portions of the game to very few people). "
Funny.  Rift has been calling that same process a beta for a while now. "
How are people agreeing with you proving anything? I simply don't see how Guild Wars 2 looks any better than ToR. Nor do I see how ToR looks bad. It looks like a solid MMO.
#37 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

I guess I can't see the difference between something like this and Aeon, and why one kinda floundered into obscurity but this is gonna stick it to WoW? I don't think Im equipped to enter this discussion, I just wonder what sets this game apart.

#38 Posted by Gellrock (381 posts) -

This is gonna be killer on my pc... :p

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