Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Last Guild Wars Post?
The first time I really got a chance to play Guild Wars 2 was that first Beta Weekend Event, back in April. I was of course aware of the game, had seen some screenies and a little bit of footage, but by far and large had been postponing really digging into it. It was that weekend event that caught me, hook line and sinker, on the game. And after the weekend was over, I decided I would boot up Guild Wars 1 again, and renew my effort to get at least a few points in my Hall of Monuments. I think at the time I had like three - the ones you get for owning all of the expansions.
But I gotta tell you.. it was hard! I had already become so used to so many of the features in Guild Wars 2, coming back was.. well to be honest it really did feel a bit like stepping back in time. Being unable to jump (again), the loneliness of the instanced explorable areas, the auto-attacking & movement, the arcane armor crafting mechanics, the complete lack of modern ameneties like mail and auction houses - all of it bespeaks of a game designed seven years ago.
Guild Wars is a game with a lot of warts, and they are the kinds of things that hit you front and center, when you first enter the game - especially compared to today's modern day built-for-accessibility fare.
So over the course of time I got to know Guild Wars - warts and all. And the more I got to know the game, the more I was able to appreciate the game for what it was - not what I thought it should be. And the more I grew to love it.
Right now I'm completely and wholely infatuated with Guild Wars 2. I've played the game already for easily as much as I play many new MMO's when they launch, and so far I still want more. But only time will tell if the infatuation will grow, over time, to the kind strong relationship I have with the three games I have stuck with, over the years - Guild Wars, City of Heroes, and World of Warcraft.
I suspect it will, but even if it does, it doesn't mean their isn't room for the old game. The games are truly different, and once the shininess wears off a bit for Guild Wars 2, I may indeed remember that I have unfinished business in Guild Wars.
But I can say this with certainty. When I post here again, the screenshots that litter the page will be from a land changed over the course of 250 years from the screens you see here.
See you this weekend!