My pro/con list for the weekend events:
- Captured the epic scale of the struggle and warfare against a newly discovered, badass enemy. The storytelling and MMO experience was strong.
- The way the challenge of the Karka was presented was realistic: nearly indestructible new foe > research ways to harm them > implement the research > counter attack and invade. Then they were appropriately hard to take down in practice.
- Brought players together, server felt alive, active chat
- Rewards were solid, finally have a progression incentive which generates motivation
- Fractals of the Mists. (This has its own pro/con list for me, but is overall a resounding success in my books.)
- Laggy when massive amounts of players were involved; game still suffers from technical limitations when too many units are on screen at once
- Zergy nature of largest scale events decreases gameplay fun factor
- Tankiness of new mobs, while immersive from a story perspective, could become frustrating or annoying from a gameplay perspective.
- Players may feel obligated to log on during times when they may otherwise not want/be able to. Players who couldn't log on during the weekend or during specific times, missed out forever. Missed out on chance for good rewards.
My final verdict?
These events are a welcome addition to my MMO experience. They enhance the sense that Tyria posesses that coveted immersive quality: that it truly is a living breathing world. Tyria has changed in an important way each month so far. With those changes have come memorable moments and stories that will only be told by those who were there to experience the world at that time. These events embody the massive global experience I hope for in an MMO. While there remains plenty of room to improve the actual gameplay experience of many portions of the events, these one-time-only monthly content events are far more than I had hoped for with GW2. Most importantly of all, they make me feel a part of a massive, evolving world more than perhaps any MMO ever has for me in the past.
I will edit as I or others come up with more pros/cons.