Have you tried Guild Wars 2? - opinions Pre-Launch

#1 Posted by Funkydupe (3321 posts) -

My last MMO adventure hit a brick wall with incredible speed, shattering my MMO resolve and shaking my online mojo.

Star Wars: The Old Republic looked really nice, but... moving on. I kept reading good pre-views almost everywhere. It seems many of those pre/reviewers have moved over to Guild Wars 2. Talking this game up as the next big thing.

  • Do you from your impressions playing/following the game think GW2 will do well from Day 1?

Is this going to be a keeper, a game we'll play years from now or something we'll forget the month after it is launched. I have no idea. I haven't tried the game. If someone has tried it I'd really appreciate your thoughts. Maybe I should just skip this 'generation' of MMOs, hoping for something else entirely around the next corner.

MMOs seem especially tough to develop. They're created on the basis of character development over a long period of time, and they're required to stay interesting and engaging for considerably longer than most non-MMOs.

#2 Posted by Maystack (902 posts) -

With ANet's track record with the original Guild Wars, they've shown that they can still support the game years from release. It's been about 6 years since it released, and they still bring out new quest lines every few months or so. I haven't played the second yet, but I'm highly optimistic that the second will be awesome.

#3 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

@Maystack said:

With ANet's track record with the original Guild Wars, they've shown that they can still support the game years from release. It's been about 6 years since it released, and they still bring out new quest lines every few months or so. I haven't played the second yet, but I'm highly optimistic that the second will be awesome.

The Guild Wars: Beyond content (quests and "story" that bridge between Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2) aren't that great. I hope Guild Wars 2 has enough interesting content to last at least 6 months.

#4 Posted by Maystack (902 posts) -

@zyn: I think they're pretty amazing. Gives background to the old and new characters, makes most of the mobs more challenging, and fleshes out the lore a bit more.

#5 Edited by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

Don't think it will be a WoW killer, since people playing WoW are just going to keep paying for that while playing the game anyway since it's free. But it definitely looks like the best MMO since vanilla WoW. Gonna preorder the Collector's Edition as soon as it's available.

And concerning the part about MMOs being hard to develop, Arenanet REALLY know what they're doing on that point. Every time you read a dev blog from them there's a huge amount of insight into what makes an MMO good.

#6 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

@Maystack said:

@zyn: I think they're pretty amazing. Gives background to the old and new characters, makes most of the mobs more challenging, and fleshes out the lore a bit more.

If you're into the lore, that's great. But for someone who isn't, like me, it's not that great.

#7 Posted by Rattle618 (1456 posts) -

I´d tell you, but I would have to kill you.

#8 Posted by Funkydupe (3321 posts) -

@Rattle618 said:

I´d tell you, but I would have to kill you.

Can I have someone attempt to revive me after? General impressions of how you think it'll do based on your high quality insight might enlighten the world depending on how well you can dodge legalities.

#9 Posted by Codeacious (960 posts) -

@Maystack said:

With ANet's track record with the original Guild Wars, they've shown that they can still support the game years from release. It's been about 6 years since it released, and they still bring out new quest lines every few months or so.

Hell, they're just now removing Windows 98/ME/2000 support in June. As of right now it's still possible to play GW1 on a Windows 98 machine.

I have no fears about the longevity of support from ANet for GW2.

#10 Posted by Brodehouse (10140 posts) -

I just don't get this idea that a video game has to stay relevant 6 months later. No gameplay stays rewarding 200 hours later, except for Asteroids.

I'm gonna play Guild Wars 2 for 45 days and then quit. And then when they make a patch or an expansion, I'll probably play for a couple weeks and then quit until the next one.

I played SWTOR for 2 months and quit. Super fun time. That time is over. There's other things worth doing.

#11 Posted by duggshammer (158 posts) -

@Brodehouse: good point. A lot of people seem to only care about the 'best', comments can be summed up into: Why should I play Guild Wars 2 if it's not the best mmo there ever was? Is it going to stay the best mmo for the next 5 years? If not, it's not a wow-killer and not really worth playing.

#12 Posted by Bankrotas (46 posts) -

Honestly, I'm not preordering, since I want to try out, before I buy it. I'm not gonna play it competitively and couldn't care less about stuff they offer on pre-purchase. I'd rather know whether I'd enjoy the game instead of thinking, that I would. As much as appealing Guild Wars 2 look, I cannot evaluate is it worth the money.

#13 Posted by dagas (2930 posts) -

I''m going to wait and see how good it really is but it looks interesting. The personal story and choices with real consequences sounds awesome.

#14 Posted by Karkarov (3293 posts) -

@duggshammer said:

@Brodehouse: good point. A lot of people seem to only care about the 'best', comments can be summed up into: Why should I play Guild Wars 2 if it's not the best mmo there ever was? Is it going to stay the best mmo for the next 5 years? If not, it's not a wow-killer and not really worth playing.

Uh people don't understand why others play MMO's in reality. WoW is shit. Why do I play it? Because there are these 9 other dudes who need me to show up to help them do stuff. Nobody is playing WoW for 6 years running because the game is good, cause it isn't. They do it because their friends play and they want to have fun hanging out with them and or have a sentimental attachment to the character they play.

You can take the most devout WoW nerd on the planet and if you convince his 20 some odd buddies to quit WoW and play something else instead I promise you he will follow them.

#15 Posted by Brodehouse (10140 posts) -
@Karkarov Why don't the ten of you switch it up and play something you find fun? Being forced to play WoW because no one has any better ideas is like being forced to go bowling. Bowling fucking sucks. Bowling was invented in case every other activity on the planet had been done.
#16 Posted by katanalauncher (215 posts) -

You are getting nothing out of me, I ain't a snitch.

#17 Posted by Jack_Lafayette (3481 posts) -

If I can still enjoy GW1 after all these years then I'm confident GW2, especially with all of its progression of the "standard MMO" formula I could never really get into, will in fact be a keeper.

#18 Posted by Adamsons (873 posts) -

@zyn said:

I hope Guild Wars 2 has enough interesting content to last at least 6 months.

Me too, PvP should last a while, but the longevity of the PvE content is a concern. Disregarding obnoxious title grinds.

#19 Posted by duggshammer (158 posts) -

@Karkarov said:

@duggshammer said:

@Brodehouse: good point. A lot of people seem to only care about the 'best', comments can be summed up into: Why should I play Guild Wars 2 if it's not the best mmo there ever was? Is it going to stay the best mmo for the next 5 years? If not, it's not a wow-killer and not really worth playing.

Uh people don't understand why others play MMO's in reality. WoW is shit. Why do I play it? Because there are these 9 other dudes who need me to show up to help them do stuff. Nobody is playing WoW for 6 years running because the game is good, cause it isn't. They do it because their friends play and they want to have fun hanging out with them and or have a sentimental attachment to the character they play.

You can take the most devout WoW nerd on the planet and if you convince his 20 some odd buddies to quit WoW and play something else instead I promise you he will follow them.

I don't see how that's a counter-example to my opinion. You're saying that people only play mmo's for the social aspect whether the game sucks or not? That's a whole different topic, but it's also not true. I started playing WoW when all my friends irl were done playing the game. I played it to experience the game itself, not because other people were on that I wanted to 'hang out' with. You do have a point, if you're going to play a game for 6 years, there's got to be a social aspect to it. But, in my comment, I'm talking about people that are willing to venture out into new games and try them out, but are saying they don't even want to play it if it's not the 'best' and has years worth of stuff to do. Some people seem to treat mmo's much differently than other games, they have to play the game for at least a couple years if they are going to start it; like it has to be a huge commitment in their lives.

#20 Posted by Nonused (222 posts) -

I like bowling.

#21 Posted by Tearhead (2219 posts) -

I had really bad framerate and crashing issues when I played the weekend beta. That really bummed me out, and I didn't get to enjoy the game.

#22 Posted by Karkarov (3293 posts) -

@Brodehouse: You misunderstand. Like 4-5 of those 9 guys still like WoW mostly because of the reasons I said couple with other things. Like one dude has a crap pc that can't run most new mmo's, another dude absolutely hates Star Wars and any game without pvp, etc etc. But the truth is without the other 9 dudes none of us individually would still be playing. Also I do play other games, even mmo's, and will probably be trying out both Secret World (yeah I know funcom) and Guild Wars 2. I probably just wont play them for more than a month or two. Currently I still have a SWtOR sub since the day it released and frankly play it far more than WoW. I don't do end game stuff but playing out each class story is a fun way to kill a couple hours sometimes.

PS: Bowling is a social sport, it sucks alone. Much like a grindy mmo like WoW that has no real story you can take seriously.

@duggshammer: Fair enough, so I will rephrase. There is no such thing as the "best" mmo. I dare say most of them are the exact same game. Example: Korean MMO's. Almost all of them play the same, control the same, have the same classes, alot of them even have similar design and character look, you get the idea. What makes the difference between a mmo you play for a month or two just to have fun and experiment and a mmo you play for 1+ years is the people you play with. Not the game itself. Trust me.

#23 Posted by Jack_Lafayette (3481 posts) -

@Nonused said:

I like bowling.

I do too, man. I do too.

#24 Posted by project343 (2838 posts) -

@Jack268: Well, it'll be a WoW-killer insofar as it'll remind people that the MMORPG genre doesn't have to be stuck in a rigid, formulaic, dated design. It won't decapitate the MMORPG giant, but it'll certainly cause a little internal bleeding.

#25 Posted by UssjTrunks (533 posts) -
@project343 said:

@Jack268: Well, it'll be a WoW-killer insofar as it'll remind people that the MMORPG genre doesn't have to be stuck in a rigid, formulaic, dated design. It won't decapitate the MMORPG giant, but it'll certainly cause a little internal bleeding.

And it won't have subscription fees!
#26 Posted by L4Dplaya19103 (39 posts) -

@Dark_Lord_Spam: I kinda feel like starting a pro-bowling thread, we are clearly underrepresented on Giant Bomb

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