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Guild Wars 2 – love on second sight?

ArenaNet celebrated the first birthday of Guild Wars 2 past weekend. Around this time last year, I also started my first character in the game, leveled him like a madman to level 63, and then vanished from Tyria. Now, a year later, my new character is level 64, and I’m not leaving yet. Might Guild Wars 2 be my new MMO home?

I won’t dare saying that just yet, but I’m amazed how the game keeps me captivated. The Living World updates are interesting, the gameplay doesn’t feel grindy or all that repetitive, and I find myself enjoying PvP in this game! Could this be a case of love on second sight?

I don’t know.  I just hope my Tyrian bliss lasts longer and that I can really get settled in this fantastic world. Maybe I should start looking for a guild…

 

Enjoying Tyria – a few tips for the Guild Wars 2 Trial Weekend

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“Guild Wars 2 – Celebration” by PapayouFR

It’s always good to have plans for the weekend, especially if it includes playing a great game like Guild Wars 2 totally for free. I mean, that’s what everyone will do coming weekend, right? Right?

Anyway, in case you have your priorities straight and will venture into Tyria without paying a single dime, let me help you out with a few pointers. See it as a “from one newb to another newb” kind of help!

  • Go and venture forth. GW2 does not have a questlog or other tool that tracks your tasks. The closest thing to a checklist in this game are the daily, monthly and various other achievements. Next to those, you’ll find adventure and action no matter into which direction you travel. No matter if you decide to complete renown hearts, conquer Skill Challenges or wait for that one special Event to be triggered, you will have something to experience no matter where you go and where you are. GW2 is meant to be played like an expedition: point at a place on your map, but have the journey to that spot be the actual adventure.
  • Help others. In GW2, there’s no such thing as mob tagging or “stealing” resource nodes. If you see someone’s fighting a big pull of mobs, go out and help them a hand. Both of you will receive XP, and you might even make a friend in the process. Also, just go out and mine that vein or pluck that herb. You won’t steal it from anyone, since all resource nodes can be farmed by multiple people.
  • Everything grants XP. Killing monsters? Of course, that earns you XP. Exploring the map? That’s also a source of XP. Resurrecting NPC’s and other players? Yes, that will also net you XP! Turning your gathered resources into crafted items? Indeed, you’ll also get a chunk of XP from that. No matter which way you prefer to play, GW2 will somehow reward you with XP for it. Let me tell you, it feels kinda awesome when resurrecting a bunch of fellow players during an epic Champion encounter is what makes you ding. It’s rewarding, and in the spirit of the cooperative gameplay GW2 is going for.
  • Help your lowbie friends. Since GW2 uses level scaling, you’ll never outlevel a zone. You can just join up with your friends who are late to the party and help them out. You’ll get XP and loot appropriate for your actual level, all while doing what you want to do in an MMORPG: playing together with friends.
  • And finally…have fun. No seriously. Just have fun, okay?

If you decide to drop by on the European Piken Square server coming weekend, keep an eye out for the Charr Elementalist Akinja. He’d be more than willing to show you the ropes.

In any case, enjoy your time in Tyria!

When should or shouldn’t you play Guild Wars 2?

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Just give him a few more levels and he’ll be a lean, mean, killing machine

After lamenting about not finding a new MMO home earlier this week, I decided to give Guild Wars 2 another try. What followed was a quick and awesome ride on my new Charr Elementalist, before I killed my gaming rig during a harmless RAM replacement procedure. Guees it was just my mainboard’s time to go to hardware Valhalla, but fortunately I had some savings in my piggybank to get me a nice little upgrade out of it. So yeah, now I can enjoy Tyria in its (almost) full visual glory!

After a few more hours in-game, I started to analyze my gaming experience. That’s nothing special, it’s what we gaming bloggers do. Naturally, I’ve come up with a few things I like about GW2, and a few I don’t. However, instead of just telling you what’s good and what’s bad, I’d rather tell you what kind of gamer you should be if you want to give GW2 a try, and when you should save your cash and spend it on something else. Like, for example, chocolate. I heard that many people enjoy that!

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Love the people, not the game

“The Guild” by Irrel

A week ago, I wrote about my return to Azeroth. Currently, my brave little panda is having some aquatic adventures, and as I kill sea monsters and gather crab meat, I wonder what called me back to World of Warcraft. Many things have changed, but the two expansions that I’ve skipped didn’t add anything entirely new to the game. Also, there are several other MMO’s out there that are just as fun (and more up-to-date) than WoW (like my beloved The Secret World). So what makes me put so much time in this old love of mine? Well, it’s the people.

MMORPG’s are a social experience (or at least they should be). In fact, every game is a social experience. You can’t play Monopoly all by yourself, and neither can you have much fun playing football without two teams. While one half of the joy we experience during game comes from the quality of it, the other half comes from the people we play it with. The greatest MMORPG in the world could hit shelves tomorrow, but I wouldn’t linger long in it if I had no one to share my excitement with.

One reason I left Azeroth behind me after the Cataclysm was because of boredom, but that boredom was born from a lack of fellow players. My guild, in which I had experienced two expansions, had started to fall apart, and we all followed our own paths. Some of us had left WoW, others were busy leveling new characters, and the rest had moved on to other guilds. The social unit that I had called “home” was no more, and so there was no guild chat in which we could tell lame jokes and no Ventrilo on which we could annoy each other with our bad taste in music. Most of these people were more than pixels to me; I knew them in real life. I knew what they looked like, and I recognised the timbre of their voices. This knowledge made their characters come to life, and thus, I travelled across Azeroth with real, organic beings, with whom I shared victory and defeat. In a way, we were a digital band of brothers.

Now, I have a new group of people who are exactly that. The people who dragged me back into a world I had almost forgotten are also the people I would have a beer or go to the movies with. Sometimes they’re silly, sometimes they’re childish, but they are always there with me in the game. It’s a feature no game has, but that you add yourself: friends and buddies, journeying with you into new adventures.

So, be thankful for all the gaming buddies you have. Next time you rage about their low damage output or their annoying habits, be grateful for the fact that they add something to your gaming experience. Because no matter how awesome a game can be, nothing is as demotivating as a silent, lonely guild chat.

I’m the Chindividual, and I salute all gaming friends out there!