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#1 Kuskah

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:14 PM

Although I am aware that the main developer in GW2 is ANet, not NC Soft, and it's trying to stay away from korean-styled MMOs I have to say this - both Aion and L2 had beautiful armor and weapon designs. Some may have been a little over the top but the end-game gear looks were worth all the work put into getting them.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same about GW2. Apart from a couple of weapon designs, the armors & weapons are generally too normal, in my opinion (please, don't mention legendaries and half-legendaries). Maybe ANet is trying to stay a bit realistic with the designs but I simply find them very lacking compared to some other MMOs.

In the future, I'm hoping to see some beautiful ascended armor sets, that would fit all the races and make an actual visual difference between a lvl 80 and lvl 20 player.

What's your take on this, guys? Do you think GW2 is lacking in armor & weapon designs or do you find the current "end-game" gear looks good enough?

#2 Beta Sprite

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:17 PM

I'd rather avoid the standard, over-the-top style of most Korean MMOs.  GW2's armor is pretty good, although I'd like some more variety.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:21 PM

View PostKuskah, on 19 April 2013 - 05:14 PM, said:

Although I am aware that the main developer in GW2 is ANet, not NC Soft, and it's trying to stay away from korean-styled MMOs I have to say this - both Aion and L2 had beautiful armor and weapon designs. Some may have been a little over the top but the end-game gear looks were worth all the work put into getting them.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same about GW2. Apart from a couple of weapon designs, the armors & weapons are generally too normal, in my opinion (please, don't mention legendaries and half-legendaries). Maybe ANet is trying to stay a bit realistic with the designs but I simply find them very lacking compared to some other MMOs.

In the future, I'm hoping to see some beautiful ascended armor sets, that would fit all the races and make an actual visual difference between a lvl 80 and lvl 20 player.

What's your take on this, guys? Do you think GW2 is lacking in armor & weapon designs or do you find the current "end-game" gear looks good enough?

Here is where I think we should take into account how long GW2 has been out. There were very few "elite" armor skins that I liked from Prophecies. As more expansions were released, we saw lots of new "elite" armor introduced with a wide variety of skins and styles.

I am positive we will see more and that we do have a good variety of armor skins at the moment - much more than we had at the beginning of Prophecies.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:20 PM

I'm a little let down on the *quantity* of available armors, not the quality of them. I wish there were more choices, particularly in the medium sets. I do love the cultural armors for most of the races but the fact that your exotics are just repeats of the same design is a bit of a let down. I am hoping that over time and with the introduction of ascended armors we'll start to see more choices, particularly in the lower levels where it feels like you're wearing the same thing for faaaaar too long.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:52 PM

I too feel that the GW2 armor is very unwhelming and lacking.  Overall several of the armors seem dull or mundane, and many suffer from a severe lack of diversity - too many trenchcoats, giant skirts, buttcapes, etc.

Looking back at GW1, I spent a lot of time working toward multiple sets of fantastic-looking elite armor that I wanted.  Thus far in GW2, there have only been a couple of armor pieces (one from an order, one from the TP) that I've even bothered to track down.  None of the dungeon armors, cultural armors or crafted armors offer anything that I find appealing enough to bother obtaining.

During the beta I was concerned about this lack of armor diversity, but I kept hoping that they were only showing us the simplest and least interesting armors, holding back the cool stuff for release.  Sadly, it turned out that those mundane armors are all the game has to offer.  This is a significant problem that needs to be addressed.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:02 PM

I generally like more "realistic" armor and weapons myself. The comic bookish, anime style weapons are a big turn off to me. There is also a tremendous amount of repetition and lack of creativity in the designs. How many greatsworrds and other weapons are there where the blade looks like it is held together with leather straps, metal bands or chains? That theme has been done to death. How many asymetrical armor pieces where the left doesn't equal the right are there? Again, done to death. My favorite greatsword in the game is the Ebonblade, because it looks like a real sword. I would love to have a realistic samurai katana.

http://wiki.guildwar.../wiki/Ebonblade

I would love to see armors that are close to those of human history, like lacquered samurai armor or something like a Greek hoplite or Roman legionary. Even the stereotypical uniforms of the English Civil War or Thirty Years War look pretty interesting for medium armors:

http://www.military-...h_civil_war.htm

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:09 PM

I wish they would let you customize the armor a bit more. As in just be able to take a certain piece off that you don't like. Make it just go invisible on the armor actually. Would allow for more uniqueness among people and new combinations of armor. For example the the warrior nightmare pants have the giant wavy cape thing on the side. Let us have the option to remove that or something.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:44 PM

I'll add my vote to more styles of medium armor. One or three trench coats? Fine. All armor choices save one or two? Now we're getting carried away.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 11:30 PM

View PostRedhawk2007, on 19 April 2013 - 09:02 PM, said:

I generally like more "realistic" armor and weapons myself. The comic bookish, anime style weapons are a big turn off to me. There is also a tremendous amount of repetition and lack of creativity in the designs. How many greatsworrds and other weapons are there where the blade looks like it is held together with leather straps, metal bands or chains? That theme has been done to death. How many asymetrical armor pieces where the left doesn't equal the right are there? Again, done to death. My favorite greatsword in the game is the Ebonblade, because it looks like a real sword. I would love to have a realistic samurai katana.

http://wiki.guildwar.../wiki/Ebonblade

I would love to see armors that are close to those of human history, like lacquered samurai armor or something like a Greek hoplite or Roman legionary. Even the stereotypical uniforms of the English Civil War or Thirty Years War look pretty interesting for medium armors:

http://www.military-...h_civil_war.htm

Agree with the ebonblade part, also would like some more realistic armor without all the craziness on it.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 06:48 AM

i like the "normal" looking armor.

i consider "normal" to be practical.  i like practical armor sets rooted in real world designs and functionality.

come on people!  i know i am NOT alone in this!

GOOD RIDDANCE to the days of WoW esque cartoony over the top large shoulders and flashy lights!  be gone!!  ya trick ya!

seriously, i want real world looking gear with subtle fantasy elements.  i dont want to look like voltron!  come people!

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:28 AM

Yeah I'd just like some more armor in general, both realistic and over the top and hopefully they'll be mix-and-match friendly. Making armor takes lots of time though as they need to tailor it to every model type in the game and make different variations for Asura and Charr which is why we've only seen new weapons so far. Oh yeah and hoodies in the gem store lol.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:33 AM

think about some of the most popular sets of armor:

armor like human T3 heavy - i see so many people with this armor because it looks soooo good

Medium named armor - REALLY popular amoungst medium wearers

i mean, these practical designs are what make GW2 so aesthetically pleasing to people, PLEASE dont take that away

#13 Sandpit

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:15 AM

I don;t like the over the top non-practical designs, but I have to say, I don't like most of the top armours in gw2. When I put karma armour on my ele, the first thing I did was rush to my account storage to get the transmute stones and then to the TP to get some basic armour that I could live with the sight of. Some are really bad, it was always a mystery to me how a team that does such a beautiful game can als excel (and revel) in fugly (DoA, Orr etc). Please ANet, less of the fugly!.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

Its 9 months old game and OP compare it to 3-5-8 years old games. DOnt worry Anet gonna add more armor sets. ANd Korean MMO armors are not my thing. Ye there is some nice sets but most of them look too much . I prefer realistic armor with good quality design. GW2 offer good armor sets especially for heavy and light armor professions. YE may be medium armor suffer at variety.




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