We will be covering basics of weapon selection, combat movement, combat awareness, and numerical advantage.Read more & comment >>
Author Archive - Alaris
Character editor… which profession to pick? I went for ranger, because I do love my pets. I also got access to some extra summons.Read more & comment >>
As we look back, Guild Wars 2 isn’t just a sequel to Guild Wars 1, itself a successful franchise. It is a sequel to the whole MMORPG genre.
You heard me right. Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to every single MMORPG out here. All of them combined.
Although providing more of the same is a fairly safe way of making money, innovating games will always stand out. Here I review some of the ways Guild Wars 2 innovated over the genre. But the full list is much longer…
Gamers will debate of course, that’s what they do. They will debate what consists of a “sufficient change” to count as truly innovative. But they won’t debate that Guild Wars 2 is the next evolutionary step in the genre.Read more & comment >>
For example, as a human, you choose which one of three classes you were raised in, one of three biggest regrets, and later, one of three orders you can later join. This means you could play a given race three times, and have much of the personal story not being repeated. I took advantage of this during the betas by playing storylines I would not later play at release.Read more & comment >>
The 4 main content types reviewed below are, in order of personal preference (i.e. subjective): (4) World vs World, (3) structured PvP, (2) instanced PvE areas, and (1) persistent PvE areas.Read more & comment >>
Every race has its own storylines, and while I don’t plan on playing multiple times through, I just have to at least play once per race. And my favorite race gets two playthroughs. Well, at least until they release new professions…Read more & comment >>
Quick math, that means I won’t play 2 professions. Spoiler: it’s the thief and warrior. Why not? Well, I’ve never been that into the rogue/assassin gameplay, and I can do my warrioring on other professions already. I tried thief and warrior, they are fun. Maybe once I finish up with my first 6 choices. So without delay…Read more & comment >>
Although I think the addition of dodging was also a big change, I will dodge that discussion for now. But keep in mind that in Guild Wars 2, you can dodge.Read more & comment >>
Guild Wars 2 changes the MMORPG genre so much, a lot of people are just confused about it. Itâ€™s even a big change compared to Guild Wars 1. This guide is written to clarify what Guild Wars 2 is, what it isnâ€™t, and what frame of mind to approach it to get maximum enjoyment. It’s also there to help people not have unrealistic expectations that will spoil what could instead have been a really good experience. I have also taken off my fanboy hat, and really tried to be as objective as possible.
My prediction is that the Guild Wars 2 community will continue to grow over time, as people learn to understand what Guild Wars 2 is about, and learn to appreciate it in all its complexity and simplicity. Guild Wars 2 introduces a lot of new concepts, it changes how we think about MMORPGs. No wonder then that is seems alien to many. Although the game is crafted to ease people in, there’s still a lot of re-learning and adapting to be done. I think a lot of those changes needed to be done for the MMORPG genre to grow out of the stale clonish state it was in. History shows that good changes in isolation is not enough.
I believe that a lot of what initially makes Guild Wars 2 good or bad depends on how open-minded you are to these new concepts. Sure, no game is ever made to please everyone. But Guild Wars 2 has a lot to offer for those who know where to look.Read more & comment >>
I will focus on guardian skills that have a direct effect on allies such as virtues, shouts, symbols, and healing spells, as well as those that provide protective barriers. Even focusing on this single aspect, the list is very long, and I may have missed some. This means that the party guardian will have a lot of flexibility on how to make his build, and play a support role.Read more & comment >>
- WvW now has an underground dungeon area.
- WvW has more PvE-like events and skill challenges.
- Mystic Forge lets you donate items and get random stuff in return
- A new level 25-35 area was added near Lion’s Arch.
- Catacombs dungeon is open to visitors.
- UI and combat has been improved.
Read all the details here.Read more & comment >>