It Ain’t All GoldenAugust 17, 2012 at 1:51 am | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 30 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
You don’t come out of launch smelling like roses. How many MMOs can we name that have been perfect from day one? Guild Wars 2 will not go unscathed and there are basically three things that I’ve taken note of that I’m a little disappointed about going into August 25th.
No, I’m not talking about lag or glitches or bugs. That’s what stress tests and beta weekends are for. I also don’t really want to talk about balance or petty nonsense like clipping issues.
I’m talking about features I’m looking forward to.
Arenanet have said that guesting won’t be available at launch.
In time, we’ll also introduce free “guesting,” which will allow players to visit other worlds as guests as long as they have friends on those worlds.
This is mitigated somewhat by transfers being unlimited and free during the period just after launch. But just how long will transfers be available while guesting isn’t? There is no time frame presented. Guesting could come in the moment transfers start costing gems, or it could be months later.
I was really looking forward to this feature but there is another discrepancy. As long as they have friends on those worlds. Why limit it to worlds I have friends on? What’s the point of that? I can’t scout other servers to see what the community is like? Seems like a pointless obstruction. Is this why they’re holding up guesting? To add unnecessary restraints?
Anyway, this hardly ruins the game for me but I’m also concerned about activities.
They said there would be several activities per city. So far we’ve seen Keg Brawl. I love Keg Brawl. Keg Brawl is a really fun activity.
Where is the Bar Brawl? Shooting Gallery? Snowball fight? Smash Em Ups?
I guess I was expecting more mini-games. Arenanet seems to consider the Mystic Forge, the diving board, and Uzolan’s Ochestra to be activities. Fine, it’s all open to interpretation, but I was sold on actual mini-games like Keg Brawl.
And finally what’s up with the HoM? I put a whole lot of work into getting 50 out of 50 in my HoM. This was not a couple of weekends spent grinding. This was at least a thousand hours work after I already knew I had 36 points.
There is very little sign of it. I’ll probably end up eating my words when Arenanet posts about it the day after tomorrow but I’m a little apprehensive at it’s absence. The HoM rewards are the sort of things you want from day one in my opinion.
No word on it. 8 days to go.
So those are the things I’m slightly unhappy with going into launch. Otherwise I don’t have anything worth griping over. Are there bugs? Sure. Will there be lag? Probably. Am I happy? Hell yes.
But it ain’t all golden.
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