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#1 Baron von Scrufflebutt

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:08 AM

As much as it pains me to say, the Living Story isn't all bad! ;)
All kidding aside, what were your favourite and least favourite Living Story additions? If you would like, you can even split the category into content additions and new features.





My absolutely least favourite addition had to be the periscopes. I honestly think I could pinpoint my absolute dislike of the LS to their existence: they are among the most annoying things I have ever seen in any game.

As for my favourite LS moment: it absolutely has to be the Lord Faren Southsun dialogue about a certain crowd at a feline contest turning ugly. It was such a throwaway line, but it just reminds me of the best moments from GW1: Nehdukah and the kids in the Bog Beast of Bokku quest. It's definitely up there along with the Owl Incident as one of my favourite pieces of GW2 lore.



So, what did you enjoy the most and the least about the LS?

#2 Lady Rhonwyn

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:58 AM

Least favourite: Southsun.  I still have no clue what happened down there.

Most favourite: Flame & Frost.  I liked how it was extended so you didn't feel you had to do it now or miss it...

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:11 AM

Most favourite: Zephyr - but just because of the art style and because there wasa no pinatas/fireworks to farm.... O_o
Least favourite: Dragon bash - pinatas, firewords, zhaitaffy... It gave me nightmares...

#4 AsgarZigel

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:28 AM

I disliked the most:

Dragon Bash Pinata clicking Bonanza
Lame minigames like Crab Toss and Belcher's Bluff (this one is really horrible imo) and the huge focus on minigames in general
the pretty lame stories(seems to get better though)

What I liked most:

Zephyr Sanctum and new Jumping Puzzles in general
The ZS minigames were actually quite fun apart from Belcher's Bluff
Liked the first Southsun update with huge events going on, MF buffs on demand and Lord Faren coming back. Also unique skins you could get through the achievements.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:46 AM

I didn't really like the aetherblade stuff, but I absolutely loved Zephyr Sanctum

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 12:00 PM

I wasn't there in time to enjoy all the content of the Zephyr Sanctum, but the fact that you could be rewarded easily, it looking quite astonishing was a big plus to me! Plus, I didn't feel as if there were 'tasks' to do, unlike in Dragon Bash...

So yea, favourite: Zephyr Sanctum... Gorgeous, and quite simple... but not the bad kind of simple...

Least favourite, or even hated: Dragon Bash... RNG, tasks, and freaking obnoxious backpacks which really don't help when you are trying to do a jumping puzzle or something like that...

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:49 PM

I really can't think of one I really liked most were meh. Flame and frost was probably the "least meh" since it seemed to have more story involved and was extended so I really had a chance to do it. Southsun stuff was probably the worst as someone else said I have no idea what happened....of course I can say that for a lot of the story additions. It seems like they have no idea how to really tell a story.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:51 PM

What I hated:

-Repetitive clicking.

What I loved:

-ZS
-Mini-games like southsun survival and aspect arena, very fun.
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#9 Nabuko Darayon

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:16 PM

Most favourite: Zephirites definitely!

Least favourite: F&F! It frikin took us 4 months to complete that shit! Lore wise it was good but darn that Story was a long one. I think even Sleeping Beauty woke up before that Story finished.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:19 AM

The most recent two are probably the best so far.  The mini games need to all go.  Just give me new jumping puzzles and boss fights/challenges.

The Xmas one was really pointless.

But mainly I think the root of the problem is the short time frames for new content.  The short time frames cover up how shallow and little new each one has to offer.  I'd rather have one new dungeon (even a temp one) every 30-45 days than this type of content every couple of weeks.  How about making a dungeon that scales to how many you have in your group.  In it, have a series of challenges based on the number in your group all the way down to a solo run.

Their art teams are top notch.  I'm liking the new skins and world design for the most part.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 12:37 PM

I like the Zephyrites and the Queen's Jubilee. Honestly, before that the living story did not exist for me since they were so utterly boring. So I don't even remember the names of them to say "That one is my least favourite." They were all incredibly bland.

#12 Featherman

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:00 PM

Least favorite: Too many to choose from

Favorite: Zephyr's sanctum, because of the scenery. Didn't care too much for the platforming because the engine made it awkward and the camera turned challenge to frustration.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:55 PM

Most favorite: Queen's Jubilee"
Least liked: all the others
Most hated: Mini games....I can play "Angry birds" if I want a mini game I log into GW to battle things

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:06 PM

Favored: Southsun Instigator Zerg and Crown Pavilion. I'm a sucker for loot and zergs, what can I say. I like the aetherblade blimps that land near the balloon sites, looks neat. Like the world is actually changing.  And Labyrinthine Cliffs, in design and the movement gimmick was fun.

Disliked: Minigames and JPs. Although I liked Dragon Ball and Southsun Survival, I never get into them for more than a few hours.

Overall the LS is getting better and better. And now that they are about a year out and their rotational events are all setup, I think we are going to see more content than usual.

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 07:15 PM

I think ANET is getting into a good rhythm w/ their LS editions. *knocks on wood*

Zephyr Sanctum was the most liked IMO. I did all the content in it. "Crowd" Pavillion I did not like as much. Spawning same mobs again and again for mindless zerging is really a stupid boring idea. I am yet to try the gauntlets. Maybe it will be a lot of fun.

I hated almost all the other LS editions. I want them to bring back Fort Aspenwood and Jade Quarry type mini-games and make them permanent.

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:46 PM

Mine was Dragon Bash but I'll only be impressed when I see real content added to the game. Lately all we've seen are celebrations so much so it's turning my stomach. :eek:

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 01:21 AM

Most Favorite: Zehpyr Sanctum and Sky Pirates because of Aetherblade Retreat.  

Least Favorite: Devs unaware that they are encouraging players to go Zerker with every LS content they release. (i.e. AR, Trials, Gauntlet.)

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:58 PM

Favourite was probably Bazaar. Great area, and the Sanctum was stunning. Good minigames.

Least favourite was Dragon Bash, easily. I appreciate the idea, but the execution left me wanting. Dragon Ball needed more noise and feelings of impact to actions, the Dragon Jade weapons were hella cool but way too difficult to get.

My big gripe with the LS atm are the Aetherblades, really. They have their grubby paws in too many cakes. How big is their organization from them to do all this. Their airships must be pretty sturdy for them to breach the perimeter of the KRYTAN CAPITAL and stay inside for a good 15 minutes.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:05 AM

My favourite was Super Adventure Box. My least favourite so far was probably Flame and Frost, but only because of the way it was dragged out.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:14 AM

I really enjoyed last 2 living storys and Queen´s Jubile is also great (except the fact the pavillion is always lagging (can manage to get only 15 fps inside all setting minimum).

I actually didn´t like flame and frost (haven´t played much on that time), but since last few months living story is better and better, and I hope Anet keeps the good work.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:41 PM

I'm not a fan of any of it, but I suppose on a scale of least annoying to most annoying...

The Zephyr stuff seemed the least obtrusive.  Flame & Frost could have been a good story with better pacing.  I think the worst thing was Southsun for its story and the Jubilee for its shitty PvE implementation.
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#22 Calypso589

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:19 PM

Dragon bash had to be the most retarded thing on the planet.

A giant celebratory morale boost against the dragons. Ok, I kind of get that.

But....

Everyone was dressing like dragons....
Dragon candy.....
Dragon weapons.....
A giant f***ing "shrine" to the Shatterer in the middle of the pavilion....

Pretty sure that all fits the criteria of a people that celebrate dragons rather than condemns them.

Dumbest update by far.

Best?

Halloween. Fantastic, rage inducing JP (that I never finished). Creative explorable area filled with events and loot (can you imagine going down there and farming champ candy corn elementals and skeletons now?), enjoyable mini dungeon at the end, weapon skins that served as mini legendaries but weren't RNG based and encourage returning next year for the materials you missed, awesome weapon skins in general (they've dialed back on the RNG to acquire skins in general so next year should be much better), candy corn dynamic events that were added, costume brawl, the challenging yet creative scavenger hunt, and homage paid to Gw1 vets in the form of Thorn's corny jokes at the very end. Also LA looked badass. Can't wait for this Halloween given the improvements they've made in distributing content.

A very close second is super adventure box for obvious reasons.

As far as the living story is concerned the zephyr sanctum is my favorite. Not just in the content that was provided but in its story. It possesses lore that ties back to Gw1 and Glint and produced all kinds of fan theories. We need more of that.

In relation to that, Southsun Cove and anything that happened there was borderline mental. No interest whatsoever in that island whatsoever. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care.

My hope for a future update?

The Wizard's tower.

That just screams "NEW DUNGEON!"

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:05 PM

Least favourite thing by far was the annoying as hell F spamming sign fixing etc "content". Followed closely by the previous method of delivering weapon skins.

Best is a toss-up between the aetherblade retreat, the gauntlet or the crystal hunting at labyrinthine.

If we include none LS updates then the super adventure box wins hands down.

Edited by Kurosov, 20 August 2013 - 03:10 PM.


#24 Nilerax

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:14 PM

Till this day I still have no real 'favorite' LS chapter...

But to accept the challenge and -think- about it... I would say I liked the Jubilee and somewhat the Sanctum Zephyr.
All the others were to... not so interesting to say the least.

And the one standing out to the point where I cringe everytime I think about it is definately Flame & Frost.

But then again I do have to admit that Anet is getting better at delivering us some interesting stuff. It is still not amazing or overwhelming, but they do introduce us with more interesting stories and even some hints towards Gw1. So I just wait and hope they will eventually come up with an update I really love...

#25 Moharis Frostreign

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:30 PM

The introduction to Southsun didn't sit well with me. Not so much because of the content itself, but more so because of the constant lag and disconnects. I had an awful lot of friends unable to load in to the finale (and the initial event, for that matter), and that just made it not really fun.

Zephyr Sanctum, to this point, has probably been my favorite living story content. It felt very different than anything I've encountered in game, a great breath of fresh air.




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