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In Topic: I’ve been playing GW2 wrong, and loving it.

Yesterday, 02:44 PM

View PostArkham Creed, on 26 January 2015 - 06:36 AM, said:

That’s the issue; when you play the game wrong (IE; as intended by the developers) its one of the best on the market these days. But the meta killed GW2.

The intent of the developers was to have an RPG combat system that makes healing and tanking optional at best. We could debate whether or not they foresaw the consequences of that, but I think it's obvious that if you can successfully complete dungeons with no healer, no tank, and no defensive stats, the variable you have left is how fast you can do it. While handicapping yourself can sometimes be fun to introduce a new challenge, you can't blame the players for generally wanting to take the easiest available route to their goals.

I think you're also ignoring the possibility that build optimization is a huge part of the enjoyment of this genre for a large number of people. Despite playing in a casual guild similar to yours where I could probably get away with running anything I want, I still usually choose direct DPS, and I still want to min/max it.

In Topic: The new allies. In the new expansion

Yesterday, 02:11 PM

View PostAsgarZigel, on 25 January 2015 - 05:35 PM, said:

They are really only enemies to the humans. And even then, a "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" kinda deal is very much possible, given that they are quite close to Mordy.

I don't feel like I have to suspend my disbelief much, honestly. It's not like the Mursaat vs. the player was ever a clear good vs. evil relationship in the first place. In GW1, the things they did were often vaguely understandable attempts to ensure their own survival. And how did we, the good heroes, defeat them? We unleashed demons on them.

We know from GW2 that the Mursaat fought (or at least fled) from the elder dragons previously. I think it's clear that the dragons are the greater enemy, and that the Mursaat may see that.

View Postraspberry jam, on 26 January 2015 - 10:18 AM, said:

I actually think it's mursaat too except that why would mursaat be all glowy and transparent?

In my opinion these are clearly Mursaat. Comparing the helmets from both games, I think they're unmistakable.

I think we're seeing a degree of artistic license, though. Maybe there will be a lore reason, but since so much in GW2 is already a "GW2 take" on stuff from GW1, I'm not terribly surprised that they aren't just a simple graphics update of the old Mursaat.

In Topic: Graphics Debate: GW1 Vs GW2

Yesterday, 01:55 PM

Arenanet has the creative talent to hide technically simplistic graphics behind some very impressive art direction, but for me the seams have always shown. Both GW1 and GW2 released at times when their graphics were outdated and outclassed by many of their contemporaries. After 7+ years of GW1, my eyes are trained to instantly spot 2D scenery a mile away.

Despite having some very impressive artistic talent, the seams have always shown for me.

GW2's graphics aren't better because of the post-processing filters available, but because of the texture quality, more complex geometry, the animation quality, the "liveliness" of the character models, the environment sizes, etc. And let's not forget that GW1 had a bloom filter available as well.

In Topic: I Struggle To Choose Other Races But Human

24 January 2015 - 09:45 PM

At the end of the day, if you need a "gateway drug" to generate interest in playing other races than human, maybe you're just happy playing humans. Why force it? For my part, I have trouble creating characters that aren't female norn. The lore of the races is the lore of the game, you don't have to play them to know their stories.

That said, it's probably worth playing each race up to 30 just to see the "racial" sections of the personal story. You get achievements for completing them the first time anyway. And maybe that experience will show you something new that interests you.

In Topic: Account suspended for an account issue?

24 January 2015 - 01:32 AM

In my opinion, the jury is out on just how legit a place G2A actually is. You are already taking a chance just by virtue of them being an unauthorized reseller. I have seen plenty of people claim they've had positive experiences, but also many claiming they received invalid, foreign, or stolen codes with little or no support from G2A.