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I feel compelled to chime in against what would appear to be the norm around these mmorpg/GW2 forums and drop my two cents on the state of the game. The reason I feel driven to do such is because reading all of the driveling pessimism for this game that seems to dominate the general forum seems, to me, to be incredibly misleading to someone who may not have yet tried the game for themselves.
To those who have earnestly played the game and don’t like it: That’s cool… I hate pickles, my brother loves them… I don’t troll the Vlasic forums with my dislike of their product. Please go be productive on the forums for a game you do like. You are adding nothing constructive to this area.
To those who have not tried the game and are attempting to evaluate it by reading the general comments on these forums: RUN AWAY! As fast as you can… these forums will do nothing but give you a deeply skewed idea of what the game is, how fun it is, etc. It is overrun with either haters or fanboys… those with a reasonable opinion are quickly drowned out in the static.
Considering the purchase? Wondering if it’s worth your money? It’s 60 bucks… no monthly fee… will offer you no less than 60 hours of gameplay even at its worse. That’s a dollar an hour for entertainment that will be more satisfying than at least half of the movies you’ve ever paid 10 bucks to see in a theater. It is ABSOLUTELY worth the purchase price, and if you DO like it (like me) you’ll get much more mileage out of the game than just 60 hours. I’m at about 150+ and for me, it’s getting even MORE exciting than less as I’m now playing at end-game caliber and the dungeons and WvW are all the much more exciting when you’ve unlocked all of your skills/traits and can really start playing with builds.
MY OPINION ON THE GAME: Best MMO I’ve ever played. Hands down. Best PvE. Best PvP. Best art style. Best sense of solo/community play. WvW (once you start playing strategically) is a full-fledged AAA title in and of itself. Gain XP by doing basically anything. The closest I’ve seen to actual PvP balance in an MMO EVER (it’s not perfect, but it’s worlds better than the competition). Best events. Best holidays. Best Auction House. Best score.
I personally cannot say enough good things about the game. I played GW1 for about a week before it bored me to tears… so I am far from a fanboy (other than that AFTER playing the game extensively… I am indeed a fan)… this is not GW1. Yes, there is a LOT of room for improvement… but hell, the Halloween event was amazing and the November update looks to be akin to what other MMOs may call an expansion… and we’re only a couple of months in past launch. Couple this with the fact that the developer seems incredibly responsive to feedback and I honestly can’t fathom how people can bash this game without having some weird, overinflated sense of entitlement to an imaginary level of perfection.
Ok, rant over… just had to say a few good words about the game.
"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." - Louis Hector Berlioz