Notes on the Stress TestAugust 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 20 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Yesterday Arenanet announced a stress test, and while that was short notice I was able to show up. The servers? Not so much. But that’s fine, that’s what stress tests are for.
Unfortunately that did mean that it took around 45 minutes before I could get to playing the game and that added up to only about 3 hours of playtime. Long story short, I forgot to get screenshots of that Lion’s Arch puzzle.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t start noticing things that had changed immediately.
For one, skilltips now show each skill in a skill chain. This clutters up my screen a bit but I’m happy about the change. Having to stare at the skilltip during combat isn’t exactly convenient. I’m still waiting on Arenanets UI mavens to make their “small” interface size a bit smaller.
Another UI change is the range indicators. You can now immediately tell whether a target is out of range by a red line underneath the skill, or a red circle at the bottom for Area of Effect skills. Personally I’m hoping you’ll be able to turn this off as once you become familiar with your skills you’ll have a good enough feel that you won’t need the extra information.
Continuing with the skillbar there is now a tooltip to tell you how to change a skill to your autoattack. Control and right click on the skill if I’m not mistaken.
Funnily enough I don’t have a lot to say about anything other than the UI.
The only other thing that really seemed to be noteworthy were the graphics problems. I was constantly losing textures, the ground disappearing from beneath me, mountainsides disappearing. It was the only problem I had once I was actually able to log in and it never prevented me from playing, but it was a significant distraction. I wonder if it had anything to do with the stress test or if it was a more significant bug.
Reddit has a string of small changes in this thread.
Guild Wars 2 Guru has a list of trait, achievement, and crafting changes.
“We will be conducting a Stress Test on Friday, August 10 from 4:00 PM PACIFIC Time to 8:00 PM PACIFIC Time.”
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