I have broadcasting rights for the beta, what do you want to see?

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#1 Edited by EnchantedEcho (738 posts) -

I run a small gaming website and have had good relations with ArenaNet and managed to get into this beta weekend. I have yet to be told what I can and cannot show but, post your suggestions here for videos and I will update the thread with them on Monday.

I did a similar thing on reddit and a few of them wanted particular skill videos for the Guardian and Thief, someone here might have some use out of them. PvP videos and then my written preview/impressions are the next things on the list.

Guardian - Tome of Wrath Elite Skills Video

Thief - Stealth Weapon Skills Video

Warrior - 1v1 vs Thief

#2 Edited by Beaudacious (926 posts) -

Nothing really, id rather experience it on my own.

#3 Edited by UssjTrunks (534 posts) -

PvP footage of each profession. There was hardly any after the first beta.

#4 Posted by jacksmedulla (278 posts) -

EVERYTHING!!!!!

#5 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3151 posts) -

If you can manage it, I'd love to see some gameplay of a dungeon's explorable mode. Besides that, any available sylvari and/or asura content.

#6 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

Mesmer footage would be totally sweet.

#7 Posted by MrMazz (912 posts) -

Charr Warrior / Warrior in general or Guardian still trying to figure out how exactly the Guardian functions.

#8 Posted by Gonmog (580 posts) -

Ummm...that email says you cant do any of that...even says you cant say you are in the beta... :o

#9 Posted by Milkman (16514 posts) -

Uh, that e-mail says you can't even mention that you're in the Guild Wars 2 beta. So, I think you have fucked up here...

#10 Posted by EnchantedEcho (738 posts) -
#11 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7613 posts) -

The cash shop, if possible. It'd be nice to know exactly what kind of items are available and how they affect the game.. being able to buy guild influence inparticular seems like it could cause problems. But I'm guessing that will be off limits.

Sylvari and asura character creation would be good to see too.

#12 Posted by JustKamToo (660 posts) -

As above Asaura character creation and cash shop, I'm interested in see both.

#13 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

SHOW ME THE MONEY!

#14 Posted by Benny (1947 posts) -

Asura, Sylvari character creation if it's in this build.

Cash shop if it's in this build.

Structured PvP and WvW

#15 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1230 posts) -

Warrior gameplay and events!

#16 Posted by Mustachio (242 posts) -

My understanding is that press are allowed to cover the beta, but that they are under embargo until Monday, just a heads up. Personally I'd like to see someone trying to use a support/healer Guardian. If you need a reference for what I mean, I made something along those lines with the build calculator.

#17 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Maybe show off some of the underwater combat.

#18 Posted by PenguinDust (12450 posts) -

Non-combat stuff like trade, inventory, the auction house, maps, character creation and leveling, crafting, etc...

#19 Posted by RobbieMac (534 posts) -
@PenguinDust: Yeah these are the things I want to see.
#20 Posted by project343 (2812 posts) -

Asura/Sylvari content. Engineer's kits and how those work in practice.

#21 Posted by Bestostero (2758 posts) -

Character customization!!! dances! oh and everything! :)

#22 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4620 posts) -

I want to see that email in my inbox :'(

#23 Posted by Subjugation (4718 posts) -

Asura/Sylvari content for sure. I am also interested in the auction house (trading post?) and how that functions, although I have to wonder if that is one of the things that they won't let people cover since they didn't allow discussion of it from the last press beta. I have to second the interest in non-combat stuff just because we haven't seen much of it yet.

#24 Posted by dagas (2745 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

Maybe show off some of the underwater combat.

I first read that as underwear combat. Please show off some underwear combat ^^

I'd like to see how the dynamic events work and how the personal story work. Will it be something worth caring about or just another MMO where I stop reading the quest dialoge after the first couple of generic quests.

#25 Posted by Shadz (198 posts) -

PvP plz

#26 Posted by selbie (1841 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

Non-combat stuff like trade, inventory, the auction house, maps, character creation and leveling, crafting, etc...

This.

#27 Posted by Stepside (508 posts) -

@Ertard: your avatar cracks me up, just wanted to say :)

#28 Posted by MentalDisruption (1618 posts) -

Asura/Sylvari creation and whatever else. Also an in depth look at the guardian class.

#29 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@EnchantedEcho:

So is this Weekend Beta presently happening? If so, when will the embargo be lifted?

#30 Edited by Adamsons (877 posts) -

Can you look into specifically how the gems for gold systems actually work, because there is a ton of confusion regarding this.. Like an economy overview.

Another minor thing is that I've heard minipets are much bigger than GW1, please confirm. There's already a ton of gameplay and character creation etc, try and get something that other people wont.

Edit - Im not trying to be a hipster or anything, my text is screwed up for some reason.

#31 Posted by RobbieMac (534 posts) -
@Seppli: Yeah is currently happening.  Also that is a good question but I am assuming Monday.
#32 Edited by Dark_Lord_Spam (3151 posts) -
@Seppli said:

@EnchantedEcho:

So is this Weekend Beta presently happening? If so, when will the embargo be lifted?

The beta's happening now, yeah. It's probably safe to assume the press embargo will be lifted on Monday morning like last time.
 
EDIT: By inches!
#33 Posted by EnchantedEcho (738 posts) -

@Seppli: @RobbieMac: @Dark_Lord_Spam: 6AM Pacific Time, Monday. I've been recording a lot of footage, and that is all I can say. I'll post my preview/impressions as a blog/forum post here then.

#34 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3151 posts) -
@EnchantedEcho: Great to hear. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
#35 Posted by damswedon (3174 posts) -

@EnchantedEcho: Take off all your character's clothes and the type /dance.

#36 Posted by JustKamToo (660 posts) -

Could you also show if how editable the UI is?

#37 Posted by NordicGamer (14 posts) -

I want to see the pandas!

#38 Posted by EnchantedEcho (738 posts) -

@damswedon: I can speak now! Dude, there is no /dance in the game it doesn't give an error but yeah nothing happens. I talked to a developer and she/he said that they are still working on them.

Also there was no Asura or Slyvari in the game which sucked, ask me anything else you want to know about the beta.

#39 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@EnchantedEcho:

Personal Impressions and Opinions. Did you like it? Why did you like/dislike it? And so forth.

At this point I'm kinda no longer interested in seeing content of the game, because I've seen enough to know it comes together nicely. I want to keep it fresh.

Opinions though, I can never get enough of.

#40 Posted by shinboy630 (1133 posts) -

@EnchantedEcho: I know they weren't playable, but where there any Sylvari NPCs in the parts of the game that you saw? Just wondering how they actually look in-game.

#41 Posted by Doctorchimp (4069 posts) -

@EnchantedEcho: The amount of class you have shown is heartwarming. Others would have shoved a hyperlink down my throat and been told I need to follow them on twitter.

You? A simple, hey who wants to know what? Bravo dude.

What about the Norn? Do the transformations happen all the time? Or is it like the werewolf transformation in Skyrim where it's a cool little diversion?

#42 Posted by EnchantedEcho (738 posts) -

@Seppli: I liked everything except for the WvW, as there was just not enough people playing it and it felt really empty, hopefully they will show it off a bit better next time around. The game is definately in a beta state, and as polished as it looks from the outside, I was having really bad performance issues (I was mostly sitting at around 20fps regardless of what settings and resolution and I was definitely not alone). The dungeons are quite different from the norm and I like how they are so much more than a cave full of mobs and a boss at the end, they are also really hard. The game also has a really good feel, each city has it's own flavour and the surrounding countryside is really beautiful to explore. I have so much more to say, so I'm going to get back to writing my preview / video editing.

#43 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@EnchantedEcho:

Yeah - apparently the press converaged all on the same server (it's a small world apparently for gaming press), so the other two competing servers were all but empty. I guess I'll be in the next preview weekend happening next month, thanks to the pre-purchase program. Likely there's going to be houndreds of thousands playing the game then, so WvW will come together then (or not at all). Looking forward to trying it out.

#44 Posted by EnchantedEcho (738 posts) -

@shinboy630: Yes, as you get out of the initial tutorial area, you start to see a lot of other races mixing into other's homeland. I played as a Norn Ranger for the majority of the time I spent in the PvE aspect of the game, and as I ventured further north I started completing some dynamic events with the Lionguard, which featured a few Sylvari fellows. They are extremely colourful and their colours really pop against the snow as you would expect. As you venture into higher level areas you start to see them abandoning their leafy garments and start wearing normal plate/leather armour like the rest of the races but, with their own colourful flare added to it. I'm still planning to use the Sylvari race for my first character. The next beta event date rumour is set for the 20th of April and I would be very surprised if they do not add the last two races in that release, as I played around as a high-level Sylvari at gamescom 2011 (August).

@Doctorchimp: No problem, I've been waiting for this game since it was announced all of those years ago and am happy to help fans of the game out. I played a large chunk of a Norn Ranger, in PvE there would be specific 'heart quests' that either involve protecting an altar to a animal spirit or helping out those particular animals in the area. I only found one quest where I actually transformed into Snow Leopard but, I would return to my normal form if I left the specified area. Bear, Snow Leopard, Raven and Wolf forms are all elite skills that are in the game, and you pick your spirit that guides you in the character creation, so I'm guessing that you will either have the chance to become all of them at will or at least the one you picked at the character creator screen. All forms were unlocked for PvP but, I could not equip them to my bar for some reason.

I've recorded most of the available Norn personal story, and will probably be releasing them over the next few weeks as I finish editing them.

#45 Posted by EnchantedEcho (738 posts) -

@Seppli: Yeah it was a bit of a mess-up with ArenaNet, they told the people who had just been invited as testers that it was starting at 9AM pacific or something and sent an email out to press saying that the servers would be open 3 hours early to get all of the press on one server into the ArenaNet guild. A few of the testers obviously decided to just try and log on early, and then word spread and everyone just jumped onto the Anvil Rock server and yeah. Looking forward to playing the game with more people for sure.

#46 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3151 posts) -
@EnchantedEcho said:

Bear, Snow Leopard, Raven and Wolf forms are all elite skills that are in the game, and you pick your spirit that guides you in the character creation, so I'm guessing that you will either have the chance to become all of them at will or at least the one you picked at the character creator screen. All forms were unlocked for PvP but, I could not equip them to my bar for some reason.

Yeah, you can unlock all of those elites for use with any norn character. The reason you couldn't use them in Structured PvP was because racials are locked there to maintain balance.
#47 Posted by RobbieMac (534 posts) -
@Dark_Lord_Spam: So even if you pick the bear in your character creation you can take the form of the raven?  That seems kind of weird.
#48 Posted by UssjTrunks (534 posts) -

@RobbieMac said:

@Dark_Lord_Spam: So even if you pick the bear in your character creation you can take the form of the raven? That seems kind of weird.

That seemed to have been the case in the beta.

My main concern with the racial elites was how ridiculously OP some of them seemed. That giant tree and the rocket launcher are better than most class elites (just look at what the guardian has for elites, lol). However, Anet said earlier than racial skills would be weaker than class skills so I imagine they'll tone things down before launch.

#49 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3151 posts) -
@RobbieMac said:
@Dark_Lord_Spam: So even if you pick the bear in your character creation you can take the form of the raven?  That seems kind of weird.
They can't really limit access to the racial skills, since not all races have skills associated with their biography questions.
 
@UssjTrunks said:

My main concern with the racial elites was how ridiculously OP some of them seemed. That giant tree and the rocket launcher are better than most class elites (just look at what the guardian has for elites, lol). However, Anet said earlier than racial skills would be weaker than class skills so I imagine they'll tone things down before launch.

From what I've gathered, it seems as though the racial "transformations" can be great in very specific situations, whereas your weapon skills will always be more flexible and suited for general gameplay. Mostly the racials will just be for flavor and everyone who wants to turn into a bear - so basically everyone.
#50 Posted by RobbieMac (534 posts) -
@Dark_Lord_Spam: Makes sense to some extent but that still kind of confuses me on the purpose of the question in the character creation.  For the Humans it appeared you only got the elite skill of the God you chose in character creation, so still doesn't make much sense to me.

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