5 Reasons Not To Play Guild Wars 2April 1, 2011 at 3:03 am | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 55 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
I try to be as fair and open minded as I can on this blog. Lately I’ve soured on Guild Wars 2 quite a bit. There are things that bother me. We’ve seen a lot of demo videos now, interviews, trailers, and there is nothing new any more. There is plenty not to like about what’s coming out of Arenanet and I hope there is time left in the development to fix some of the problems I’m seeing.
With that, here’s a few reasons to avoid Guild Wars 2.
Player Versus Player
- From what I’ve seen, the PvP is absolutely terrible. All that rolling around, and dodging. Where is my auto-targeting Arenanet? There are a lot of things I expect from a PvP game and not being able to hit someone isn’t one of them. And what is with all the crazy skill animations and fancy effects? This isn’t a fireworks display, I’m just trying to kill people with magic. All the flashy effects just let people know what skills I’m using and then they get to counter it! Dumb.
- I don’t want to get into any conspiracy theories here, but to me the jumping in Guild Wars 2 looks fake. If you look closely you can see hints that there is no Z-axis and we’re stuck with an animation that makes it look like you’re jumping when really you’re not. It’s more of an emoticon than anything else. I’ll bet you can’t even jump over rocks. The last thing I want is for terrain elevation to be my biggest enemy like it was in Guild Wars.
- I don’t know much about the crafting system, in fact I’ve only read 2 paragraphs about it that someone left in my comments, but it looks tacked on. I mean come on Arenanet. Why can’t MMO companies design crafting first, and then the action and combat that everyone plays your games for. Stop being so blind and look at highly successful and profitable games that have crafting as the focus. I can give you tons of blockbuster examples. Star Wars Galaxies, A Tale In The Desert, A Tale In The Desert 2, A Tale In The Desert 3, A Tale In The Desert 4, A Tale In The Desert 5 and Minecraft. Minecraft’s system in particular is so obviously better.
The subscription fee is outrageous. Where do Arenanet get off? I’m just trying to play a game with friends. Is it so much to ask that I don’t get gouged in my wallet, month in and month out? I suspect if other people have some of the same problems I have, they’ll just end up paying $50 for a 1 month trial period. Good luck with that business model Arenanet.
People Are Excited About It
It’s a surefire sign that if people like what they see in a game, or get hyped up for it, the game sucks. One of the most telling signs of a games quality is the amount of time put into marketing a game. There is a direct correlation between publicity and the amount of fun. The more fun a game is, the less likely you are to hear about it. Games like Darkfall therefore are just about the most fun games you will ever play. Games like World Of Warcraft are absolute polished turds. I personally don’t know anyone who has ever had fun in WoW. Getting back to the excitement for GW2 though, people are way too excited. Not only will they drown in a river of their own tears of disappointment, they will likely never play video games again. How could anyone so consumed by despair return to their hobby of choice, knowing their one true hope for gaming ecstasy was in truth nothing more than a thin gossamer thread that unraveled as they touched it.
For me these are an overwhelming stack of reasons to avoid Guild Wars 2, but there is more I didn’t get into. I could compare Guild Wars 2 to other games like WoW and note that it’s obviously just a clone. Do we really want a WoW clone set in the Guild Wars universe? I’ve played WoW before, I don’t want to play it again. Rift is another game worth noting. I think it’s pretty obvious Guild Wars 2 is trying to rip off Rift. The rifts and the dynamic events have too much in common to be pure coincidence. Finally, I jut have this sneaking suspicion that Arenanet is shady. Their marketing is too slick, and I don’t trust them. They do not give off a trustworthy vibe. It’s like they’re out to make money off of what they’re doing, and I can’t be associated with that. Good luck with Guild Wars 2 Anet but you’re not fooling me.
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