Guild Wars 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Guild Wars 2 feels great! Guild Wars 2 is the continuation of the last Guild Wars expansion, Eye of the North, but everyone is saying Guild Wars 2 isn’t the same game as the original Guild Wars. According to Wikipedia, Guild Wars 2 has better graphic and simpler Magic-style skill system than the original Guild Wars. For me, I had played original Guild Wars a long long time ago, and I forgot everything about it. Now, I don’t even remember how the story of the original Guild Wars, not the expansions, was unfolded. Although I can’t really rely on my memory to compare the original Guild Wars with Guild Wars 2, I have to say Guild Wars 2 is rather fresh. It’s unlike many other MMORPG games I have played and remembered.
How Guild Wars 2 is better than other MMORPG games? First, it’s brand new! Yes, new means fresh, therefore it’s better as you get to play something new, right? Second, you don’t pay monthly fee (i.e., just buy the game) for playing Guild Wars 2, but this isn’t the case with many other MMORPG games. Third, the game play of Guild Wars 2 is unique, allowing MMORPG gamers to not feel as if it’s just another World of Warcraft. How unique? It’s unique from the start, from the time you create your character. As you create your character, you get to choose how your character preset-beginning gets to be by answering couple multiple choices, sort of fill in the blank questions. Entering Guild Wars 2 world, you don’t quest like how you play other MMORPG games, instead of questing you can just play out your character’s story line (as if you’re playing RPG and not MMORPG games). Somewhat familiar and yet not to other MMORPG games, besides story line game mode, you can join PVP or World vs World battles. Although you can progress through the game with one of those three activities, the whole game does feel connected. You don’t feel like you are playing a totally different game when you move from character’s story line game mode to PVP and so on. Fourth, Guild Wars 2 is really fun!
It seems that Guild Wars 2 allows you to play level 80, highest cap level for a character, right away in PVP and World vs World. I think you can just join PvP or World vs World right after the tutorial (i.e., right after the creation of a fresh character), and so this means you can just create new character and join PvP or World vs World without needing to level up your fresh character. When join PvP or World vs World, you get to use preset skills and attributes and so on of a level 80 character, but you can change the preset to your liking, I think. Anyhow, World vs World is rather interesting as each World vs World map may support up to 500 players in total that split across three worlds. Basically, according to Guild Wars 2 wiki, World vs World game play is an alternative to PvP (i.e., player vs player), because you don’t have to be pressured into contribute much as you just join and help the world out whenever you can. In World vs World, you don’t even need to know who you are fighting with, because you join a massive battle that starts without your presence from the beginning. Once you join a World vs World battle, all you have to do is to help the World that you are part of to capture objectives. According to Guild Wars 2 wiki, World vs World battle usually lasts about 2 weeks. Once again, I don’t see this kind of awesome PvP with PvE mix-in type of game play from any MMORPG I had ever played. Great job Guild Wars 2!
Besides World vs World type of PvP, Guild Wars 2 allows you to play structured PvP. I guess you can imagine structured PvP as usual PvP game play that you get to experience with other MMORPG games. Anyhow, the rewards that you earn in structured PvP won’t count toward your PvE game play, therefore structured PvP is sort of doing something else entirely. For your information, rewards such as experience you earn in World vs World do count toward PvE game play.
According to Guild Wars 2 wiki, you get to play five different races in Guild Wars 2. These races are asura, charr, human, norn and sylvari. Each race gets to choose whatever profession, because all professions are available to all races. Each race can only choose one profession, and once a profession was chosen, it cannot be changed. A profession would dictate the personality and the ability of your character. For an example, I play a human ranger, and ranger is the profession of my human character (i.e., race). I can’t speak for other races yet since I don’t yet play those races other than human. Anyhow, human ranger gets to accompany by three pets (drake, bear, and stalker), but only one pet at a time can be used in battle. You might be accompanied by different pets if you play a ranger with different races. Anyhow, so far my ranger is pretty fun as I equip her with awesome long bow. At level 7, my ranger got the ability to switch sets of weapons. This way, I can allow my ranger to switch to sword and off hand weapon in a close combat situation and then switch back to long bow when she fights an enemy from afar. For your information, a ranger gets to wear medium armor. Other than ranger, you can also choose professions of guardian, warrior, engineer, thief, elementalist, mesmer, or necromancer. Each is uniquely played.
I can’t talk about crafting yet since I have yet to know much about crafting in Guild Wars 2. I’ve only played the game for a day as Guild Wars 2 had only released couple days ago. Actually, Guild Wars 2 was released on August 28 of 2012.
So far, buying gears in Guild Wars 2 isn’t that different from most MMORPG games, but Guild Wars 2 does allow you to pick up various objects in the environment to use as weapons. Once done with such objects, you can just do away with such objects by dropping it onto the ground. In PvP, you can talk to PvP vendors to browse and buy PvP gears. In World vs World, you can talk to World vs World vendors to browse and buy some gears. I’m not sure World vs World gears are unique, because I did purchase a regular PvE weapon in World vs World map.
In conclusion, I think Guild Wars 2 is rather fresh and fun. I didn’t get bore after three hours of playing when I first started explore the game. Not that many games such as Guild Wars 2 could actually make me felt good after logging off. I guess, I got tired of MMORPG games that mimic World of Warcraft game play and structure. Thanks to Guild Wars 2, I think MMORPG is now interesting again. Guild Wars 2 brings fresh game play and structure and its unique World vs World PvP environment to allow us gamers to enjoy something different than just another MMORPG which mimics World of Warcraft. I like it!!! (You may want to check back this blog post as I may go about posting a Guild Wars 2 game play video.)
Update: OK, I got one Guild Wars 2 game play video up. You can check it out with this link here.