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First, My play log :
Mostly, I played a Necromancer to level 54 at release. Came back a few days ago and have a Warrior to level 10.
One of the better aspects of the game is that it has a lot of replay value, with each race having its own unique starting and leveling zones. Each race has its own theme and can't really be compared to the others. Game play however will be exactly the same and your experience will be equal, but in a good way. I have not found any area boring or less attention given.
Many say that GW2 is like a solo game with others around you. I HAVE TO AGREE, I'm back with the understanding that this is not an mmo but a good video game with players doing the same thing as me. The content is easy, too easy. Dieing is not too often and only comes if your being lazy or a little too cocky.
Follow the popcorn trail - I really hate this in an mmo. Like all games you have a starter zone, then you naturally progress to the next quest hub, all seamless and well blended in. But a popcorn trail never the less. 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 and so on. You would find that you better spend some time in each area to progress at a comfortable level. However I found that I could play about five levels higher than my class. And it does depend on your class.
Now it seems like I'm starting to contradict myself here with my easy comments. So I'll try to explain....If you can play a few levels higher, it seems as if you hit a max wall. It's like a feel thing, that you can't go beyond and can't push. Playing higher could be aggravating BECAUSE YOUR OFTEN PLAYING BY YOURSELF. Yes you can use the community, and jump in on public events, but for the most part they are not your friends, they are people playing along side you. None are looking to chat or group. After the event they are usually up over the hill and gone.
Classes. I had played around with several and to be honest, I'm not too impressed with any of them. My Necromancer turned boring around the same time the game did at level 54. I did enjoy the Elamentalest in Bata, The Thief seemed to have a lot of un necessary movements and abilities for PvE as with the Mesmerrior. Both classes reminded me of my old Shaman days in World of Warcraft where you had to set totems on the ground before you even begin to fight ( A lot of the un necessary ). My Warrior seems so much more powerful and straight forward but somewhat boring. I never played around with an Engineer from rummer that they are underpowered and like the Thief, and the Messmerrior only to feel weaker.
The world is beautiful, detailed and lush. A lot going on, and I forgot to mention that you have a nice little story quest line that you can follow in a private instanced setting.
This game is a lot of fun for a few weeks. But because of the boring classes, NO COMMUNITY, and popcorn trail questing it seems to become boring anyway. It's fun to figure out the complexities, but once you do the fun seems to stop. All of a sudden everything seems like it's the same old over and over. I hit this wall at 54 and knew for sure that I had nothing to look forward too.
This time around I'm not even bothering with crafting. Last time I was aggravated in finding ridiculous amount of materials to craft things that were so abundant in the game....This may be a personal preference, because I was never a crafter.
Sorry I did not cover PvP or Dungeons, it's getting to long as it is.
Should you play GW2 ?..........I would say yes !....But understand it's not a true mmo.....If your like me, and it seems like the word on the street has much the same opinion, you will hit a wall where it's not fun anymore. But you get to keep this game on your computer for free and can return some day like me