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Pre-purchased the game a few days ago and got to play in stress test for just a bit before head start. Now I've played head start and gotten to level 17. Putting aside the bugs, which in my opinion, for a launch/prelaunch whatever you wanna call it, it has a low amount, low enough that I'll randomly come across one, like a few certain DE's I've come across that aren't working, but either way they seem like very easy fixes and since there is SO much content I can just skip past them for now anyways.(Sorry if that sentenced didn't make much sense haha)
Anyhow, very satisfied with this game so far. First off the world just looks awesome, and considering my labtop isn't a gaming labtop and i can run most settings on high and still maintain good fps amazes me. I can't lie I have been waiting for this game for like four years. However, over the past year or so I began doubting it, due to alot of other mmo's recently coming up claiming to change the industry but falling short in my opinion. Not to bash any in particular but SWTOR and Rift, they aren't horrible games by any means, just not, well for me, what this game seems to be.
Guild Wars 2 is what I have been waiting for. I didn't really know exactly what that was, just that I didn't want the same old npc's just standing around. Anet promised a living "breathing" world, which I think they came through on that promise. NPC's running around, talking to eachother, this and that, in order to make the world seem more "alive."
The combat...it's pretty fun. It's not necessarily innovative, but honestly theres not much more you can do with a keyboard, unless yall have some ideas. Putting that aside. Combat: Dodging, Healing, and Damaging. That's how it works. I hear people on here complaining about no communication during fights. YOU wanna know why? Because we're freaking dodging around, casting friendly heals, taking turns tanking(naturally everyone does for the most part), and having fun. Personally I think its awesome that everything just kinda flows. Ofcourse there are going to be times when communicating and having strategies is extremely important...but come on, early in the game people just want to play lol. We're getting new gear every five minutes who cares. Save the fun strategizing for when the reward is better/harder to come by i.e:(loot/achievement/whatever), then it'll make that whole dungeoning experience great.
Music...ehh i mean, it's good but since I made a sylvari I feel like I've heard the sylvari theme five hundred times already. They definitely need to change the music up. Not saying that it's bad, I just feel like I haven't heard much other than my races theme, maybe it's cause I'm in there land, but idk cause I went to Lion's Arch, Divinity's Reach, and the Charr's home city(can't remember name) and the music was still sylvari theme lol, felt kinda weird...wanted to hear the badass charr theme when i went there but didn't ;(.
Haven't pvp'ed other than in stress test, which it was very very fun there. I'm not gonna do much on pvp other than to say I love it but reallllly realllllllly hope they put in some kind of ranking thing or something, like national points or something so the competetive people can see themselves high on scoreboards. Also WHERE THE FRUIT is the Guild vs. Guild??? I know theres no guild halls yet but they better bring that in. That stuff was my shizz. And now I've written more on pvp than I intended, oh well.
MY FINAL SCORE: Yeah not gonna give it a final score because I won't know for a while. What I am going to give it is a I'M ADDICTED TO AN MMO AGAIN FINALLY GEEZ THAT TOOK FOREVER score...because I (Personally me not any of you) finallllly have the mmo I wanted. Fun right now/will probably dull down/but is still doable PVE, INSANE pvp that I can't wait to get to 80 to do, cause yeah I wanna be one of the first 5% to 80 and kick some apples outta some younglings/undergeared'ers in WvWvW. But yes so after being disappointed for years with mmo releases I think GW2 has my vote. PLUS NO SUBSCRIPTION
EDIT: Forgot to mention, there is so much content it is ridiculous, every place flows together realisitcally, huge underground rat city here, swamp there, forest there, city built into a stone cliff there. Yeah. SO much content. You can tell anet seriously put crazy endless hours into making this game. OH and i came up with my theory...NCSOFT/ARENANET both came up with a bunch of previous titles, some good, some bad, some fair, either way...they collected funds from all those in order to put years into making GW2, which is exactly what an MMO needs to be great. Years of development with tons of $$$ and the right developers. I am no guild wars fan boy, but i am converting.