First off, I would like to say happy new year to every one! It’s time for us to come up with a yearly resolution and never follow through with it after the first week. Mine is to write more. Hopefully that lasts longer than a week. But on to business. Recently I have started playing a Guild Wars 2, the new MMO by ArenaNet. Originally Guild Wars 2 was not on my radar at all. I really did not have any plans to play it. During the holidays it went on sale, and a friend decided to gift it to me after he had already talked about it quite some time and me just brushing it off. But now after playing it, I am glad he did. Here are a few reasons why MMO fans, and other gamers alike should give Guild Wars 2 a shot.
1. Fantastic character customization
Character customization is practically required in RPGs now. I could not imagine a new MMO without it. (I don’t think it would do very well.) That being said, character customization is hard to perfect. It says a lot of a game’s character creator when the players I have talked to say they have taken a good chunk of time to create their perfect warrior, and had a blast doing it. I feel like a good character creator is a good way to hook a player. It gives them a little bit more to be invested in, and Guild Wars 2 does it well.
2. Questing is simple
But not too simple. I like questing in Guild Wars 2 more than in World of Warcraft and in many other MMO’s. The main reason is that is simple and stream lined. You don’t have to search for quest hubs. You don’t rack up a huge list of quests that take up half your screen. You walk into a new area on the map, and instantly the quests pop up and you can go do it. Each area quest will have multiple tasks that you can accomplish to your leisure. When you accomplish enough in an area it gives you points to spend on gear and you are off to the next spot. To mix things up a little more, area events will pop up that everyone close by can help to accomplish. Don’t want to help in an event? You don’t have to. If you do participate, once it is finished, you are scored from bronze to gold for how much you helped out in the event. Not to mention a generous amount of XP.
3. Level scaling
This is probably one of my favorite aspects of Guild Wars 2. In other MMOs once you out level an area, you never really see it ever again. So unless you create a new character to regrind through all of the old areas, there is really no point in going back. Guild Wars solves this problem by not only giving you fun group events and champions and such. It scales you down to the area’s level. So a level 34 can go back to a level 10 area and not dominate everything in their path. It’s really nice when you have a friend who is just starting out and you want to go and help them level. It evens the playing field for those who don’t play for 15 hours a day and still allow them to play with their friends.
4. It’s free to play! Well sort of.
Guild Wars does what I (in my opinion) think all (most) MMOs should do. At least the AAA ones. Guild Wars released the game at the normal retail price and allows its players to play with out a subscription fee! How crazy of an idea is that? I mean in today’s day and age you are either fully free to play, or you charge fifteen dollars a month and run yourself into the ground and inevitably become free to play! (WoW excluded.) Who would have that that an MMO could sell itself like any other game and just let the people who bought it PLAY?! It’s absurd!
Choice is something that has become a mainstay in video games this day in age. Since older MMO’s (WoW) give you a little choice, Guild Wars choices actually have a weight on how you play. Your character has a personality that is shaped through out their choices. (My warrior wanted to become a carny, and later did.) Weapon choices, quest choices, personality choices, look choices, oh so many choices to make to shape the game the way you want it to be. Choice is good.
So those are my reasons for jumping into the wonderful world of Guild Wars 2. Take my opinions however you please. Guild War’s has a big beautiful world, with fun and diverse game play, and it is one of the more unique experiences in MMO’s out there.