I was on the fence for a long time about the naked clockwork woman in heels - torn between "is this T&A to keep the game visually appealing to a male audience" and "is this art?". Maybe it's both. In the end I have to admit that while I don't like the sexual overtones, the steampunkish appeal and the scale of it is beautiful and impressive.
The game play for the event is easy to understand and that makes it easier to organize people. I have been through a lot of fails, but also a few wins spread across the main server and overflows equally. My favorite part of it though is that we are rewarded for our hard work even if we fail. It never feels like I wasted my time.
I can't possibly name everything I love about this game without it turning in to a wall of text so I will just put down what stands out most to me when I think about what keeps me coming back.
The art is unquestionably lovely and it flows through in to the jumping puzzles and dungeons. Even if I don't like the dungeon mechanics I can still just be blown away by the scale, color and composition of what I am looking at.
I may not always like their armor design choices (I mean, it would be nice to see more revealing armor for men tbqh), but I can't deny that the game presents a large number of ways to combine the armor and color it to make a unique look for yourself. My friend calls the game Fashion Wars 2 - and a lot of our enjoyment comes from trying to get a look or combination no one has seen before.
Guild Wars 2 while not perfect, does seem to be blazing a trail in the mmorpg genre in it's attempt to be LGBTA friendly as well as more welcoming to gamers who would like to see some representation on the equality front. The story boasts a cast of mostly leading women and even gay and lesbian characters. I know some of you might be rolling your eyes at all that but for someone who has felt largely unwelcome due to lack of representation in the things I enjoyed, this has been refreshing and it makes me stay.
Don't get me wrong, there are definitely aspects of the game that disappoint me, that I think could be better, things which frustrated me bad enough that I stepped away for a short time. The truth is I haven't been able to find any multiplayer game that was comparable when it came to the things I do love about Guild Wars 2.