Excerpt: Now, more than any other time in the past, gamers have a staggering number of choices available when looking into diving into an MMORPG. Old dogs like World of Warcraft and EVE Online are keeping with the times by learning tricks (and refining old ones), while an army of newcomers ( TERA , Rift , The Secret World , etc) are settling into their own relevant niches and coaxing players to check out their unique take on the genre.
Excerpt: Let it be known that I was a huge fan of the first Guild Wars. Getting it as a birthday present when I was 13 and running it off of a dial up modem because my family lived off the beaten path brings back memories. It's been a long time since the first Guild Wars, but after multiple delays and teasers we finally have our hands on the finished product, so was it worth the wait? Yes, it was. Guild Wars 2 picks up 250 years after the first Guild Wars.
Excerpt: Respect. At the core of Guild Wars 2 is this simple concept. Respect for the player's intelligence, respect for the player's time, respect for the player's investment, and respect, even reverence, for the genre. Guild Wars 2 is an MMO, but by tossing away the old models and traditions ArenaNet have managed to do what the aging World of Warcraft did years ago on release: bring a fresh perspective and attitude to a stagnant genre.
Conclusion: If you have been playing online role-playing games for several years, then Guild Wars 2 will feel like a refreshing trip to a different world. Gone are the tedious bits of grinding, cookie-cutter quests, lackluster world-building and generic high-fantasy concepts that have plagued so many other game’s in this genre.
Conclusion: In reality, Guild Wars 2 will likely only get better in the coming weeks and months whilst players settle in, features mature and the long-term content plans reveal themselves. It’s not often you can say that about any MMO in this day and age, and even if this is one of the final death rattles for the template we’ve come to know and love over the past decade or more, what a hell of a way it would be to say goodbye.
Excerpt: One of my most common reactions while playing Guild Wars 2 is, “Well, heck, why didn’t games do it like this before?” There are all sorts of answers to that question, including the fact that some games did do it like this before (the MMO aficionado might recognize elements of Dark Age of Camelot, Rift, Eve Online, and Guild Wars 1).
Excerpt: It isn't easy to make a successful MMO these days. Just ask BioWare. They had a seemingly infallible formula, but it just showed that you can't rush an MMO that didn't offer content for the hardcore players who rush through leveling, not to mention that a subscription fee just isn't an option in the age of Free-2-Play.