Thing's have changed, yeah. But I wouldn't say anything major. If you're looking for new skills and professions there's nothing, and there's only one new map to explore. The LS2 is much bettter, but if you're not interested in the story then it isn't worth doing as the rewards are very bad.
I noticed GW2 is on 50% sale and I was like "maybe it's a good time to convince some friends to get it". That was moslty a hypothetical thought, since my friends who're into MMOs are already deeply invested into their respective games and it would be nigh impossible to lure them into GW2. Nontheless, the idea got me pondering on what I would actually say.
After two years of GW2, I feel like I take the good in this game for granted and it has me seeing the problems probably greater than they actually are, or at least would be to a newcomer. To sum the game right now in a few words, I'd probably say "It's good, but...". It's handling typical MMO questing with creativity, but once the initial awe leaves you, you realize it's not such a breakthrough. It's got pretty cool personal story questline, but it could've been handled much better in certain aspects. The journey to max level is fun, but once you've been max level for a few weeks/months, you'll find there's not much more there for you to do. It adds new content every two weeks, but that might turn out to be the only thing keeping you from uninstalling the game. Any class can be anything, but every class ends up being DPS, because that's the most effective way of doing things.
I'd probably conclude the talk with "It's a great game for the price you pay, but it won't replace your main MMO unless you're extremely short on time you can spend on gaming."
So, my question to you guys - if your friend asked you for your honest opinion on whether he/she should get GW2, what would you say?
I wouldn't pay a sub, but I REALLY wish the game was built on the expansion-model: that way you throw those 50 bucks at A.Net every year or two and everyone gets something out of it (A.Net would actually get some money from me and I'd get some decent content).
Those specs are below the recommended requirements. The game might "run", but very, very poorly. Unless you can get some better hardware, I wouldn't suggest you spend the money on the game.
There's no easy upgrade to those components that would help either. You basically need a whole new computer.
1) What's up with the six human gods now?
2) What became of the realm of torment after Kormir's ascension?
3) What's going on in Cantha?
4) Whatever became of Razah?
5) What's the story with Livia and the Scepter of Orr?
6) What caused the dragons to wake up? What caused them to sleep in the first place?
7) Why didn't Zaitan raise the sunken temple of Abbadon like he rose the others? Was that intentional for some reason?
8) How are the dwarves faring against primordius? Will any of them survive the transformation, as they seem to have have previously?
9) What's the story with other Sylvari trees? Allegedly the place that the Pale Tree's seed came from stored many other such seeds...
10) In what way, if any, are the other Dragons affected by the demise of Zhaitan?
Pretty much the stuff that was not addressed in GW1. This includes:
Who or what was the "mysterious enemy" above the Giant's Basin?
Where are the gargoyles and what is their true purpose?
Who built Rata Sum?
Where are the remaining Mursaat and White Mantle?
Who was Bahltek?
Who is the wizard of the Wizard's Tower?
I can't remember the others. I believe there was a strange veil of darkness above the Ullen River as well.
Now I'm not saying that instanced was better than persistent but, you know, it was.
Actually, the only point where persistent holds the advantage over instanced is immersion. Funnily enough, I found striving alone through the crystal desert to be way more immersive than seeing hopping blingblings with giant swords and fiery shoulders everywhere.
The dailies are only one thing where persistent world lacks options to implement them right. And it's one of the less important things. Imho, the dailies in GW2 has way to much emphasis on them. Even implemented right, dailies are just a tedious way of simulating content by asking the player to repeat content they have actually done before for a little reward. In GW2 they even include tasks you wouldn't do even one time (like Baron mentioned). To me, this is horrible game design and just made for a time sink to keep people busy/guided.
I don't really see the GW2 skins having any prestige to them. They are time sinks and not really a showing of anything other than that. GW1 skins didn't really have prestige, though they did allow players to show investment in a specific profession in PvP. Thinking of monks here mostly as we were typically the most showy/invested the most time in a single profession. Front liners and mid liners often had a few professions while we monks pretty much just had the one. FoW, Tormented, Voltaic, headscarves etc weren't really prestigious in of themselves. But when you plop them on a character in PvP, you were able to show that this was your character, you were willing to spend hundreds of game hours to invest in this specific character so it meant something and could be seen as a sign of "this is what I do, hear me roar." It wasn't a show of skill per se, I could just be a PvE player hopping in on my main for the first time but an experienced PvP monk in full kitted out weapon sets and armor did have a sense of gravitas about them. Other professions could do the same sure, but monks really did it the most. I think that says something about the ego of the typical monk.
This doesn't really exist in GW2. Your skins don't really mean anything. Especially since you unlock account wide. It doesn't actually show character investment, just time in game. An impressive dye job on an armor set, or a really unique and pleasing mix of skins shows a sort of "care" for a specific character, but the nature of the system reduces the actual prestige. TSW has this same system where the skins don't show anything truly impressive but you can put together varied outfits or stand out with older cash shop or beta items. I wear my beta T-shirt for example. Sure it doesn't actually mean anything, but it has more of a meaning than most other items.
TSW's story is better. What makes it better is really the extreme level of focus though. GW2 is fractured with tons of NPC factions and war fronts all over the place while TSW just has this one single looming influence that has fingers in everything. There is just one story (three) and every side quest develops that. That, combined with a world that is easier to immerse in (real world) creates a more gripping story environment.
I have recently started up a site - www.todyeforguildwars2.com - where players can post up pictures of their characters with dye combinations. The submission of dyes is done through a simple form - with no sign up necessary. You can also view and filter the submissions by dye color, armor type,race, gender and profession - this is visible after you click on View Dye Combos.
I started out the site as primarily for viewing dye combinations as there were already great sites detailing armor fashion but not for specifically viewing certain dye types. However after feedback from Reddit - I decided to incorporate other filterable/searchable elements. I will need to update the submissions submitted prior to the change which I will do sometime this week.
I'd also love feedback / suggestions for the site.
I have a links section too - so if you'd like to link your GW2 Fashion or General GW2 site, let me know.
Then again I thought that the old system was horrible, as well as the one before that, as well as the idea of daily quests at all.
GW1 Zaishen quests were fairly well done, sometimes.
In my opinion, GW1 ZQuests felt better because they were about forcing players to do content, whereas a number of GW2 dailies is about forcing players to do non-content: you end up having to do content that the game otherwise doesn't care if you are doing, or even worse, doesn't even want you to be doing (ambient creatures being the perfect example: there is a reason why they have no HP and give no rewards upon death).
But to implement such a system, one first needs to have content that one can tie them to and that's exactly what GW2 lacks.
Yeah, cus your way of playing the game is more valid then my way? Because...? It's your way? Right. Makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up. Great logic mate, your way is the only right way and everyone else should get shit for their efforts.
Today I spent 4.5 hours in game. I did a lvl 49 fractals, did the fire elemental as well as the golem mark II, and a ori/ancient node run on my main.
After all that I'm 3/5 and now I have to go finish 2 more daily's because the game has decided I didn't do what is the "proper" things to be doing.