The Escapist Presents: Guild Wars 2 Video Head Start

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Nice video. It's good to see the sort of community experience that GW2 is creating, with people making videos and guides to help each other out. Now if only the forums would stop being so zealous. XD

James Bowe:
I never thought I'd say this about an MMO or indeed about any RPG:

I really love the escort quests in Guild Wars 2.

A message will pop up informing you that merchant A is going to settlement B and an icon pops up on the mini-map and then you and 20 other people swarm in and provide a rolling cover for the wagon (which follows a pretty sensible route). It takes 2-5 minutes and if you're new to the map area then you usually wind up getting a new settlement marked on the map when you get there. Plus the XP and cash reward. This is how escort quests were meant to be.

I know, right? I played a couple of escort quests and found myself actually enjoying them. And I'm the sort of person who usually gets frustrated and/or quits if I run into that sort of thing. But in several cases I totally forgot I was even doing one.

A good example of this is when I was helping rescue a little girl by guiding her out of a massive fissure filled with Destroyers. At one point, when the quest was almost complete, I realized "....holy shit, that was an escort mission. Why didn't I throw my keyboard across the room?". And the answer was "because it was an escort quest done WELL". The little girl has no health bar to speak of so you don't have to worry about protection detail, but every time she is abandoned she'll flee back to her hiding spot (forcing you to start over if you don't catch her).

There's others where the target has health and can be killed, but the missions are surprisingly enjoyable even then. When a game can make escort missions (which are just about the worst type of gaming there is) feel fun enough that you immediately join up with them when you see them, that's a really positive sign about the game.

Cyfu:
Oh wow, really? That's like my problem with EVERY mmo I've ever tried. Around 20 I just stop playing. Now I really want to get this game.

If it helps, I've already got a character at Lvl 33 and I still haven't finished clearing all of the starting areas yet (one to go). The leveling curve is very generous in that you gain XP for virtually everything you do. There's exploration (points of interest, vistas, and waypoints), killing enemies (either in a quest or outside of it), quest completion (and there's a variety of quests to choose from), crafting, World vs World (PvP), and so on. I figured by this point I would start feeling some kind of drag because I have with every MMO I've played, but I honestly never have. With so many ways to gain experience, you don't tend to feel like you need to grind very hard for anything. Which is good because there's lots of stuff in this game which would be VERY grind-y if it weren't done so well.

You know, I would love to play this game, like, a lot, but I've been kinda busy, and 60 dollars for a game I'm not sure I will like when I only have (had) 100 dollars, I almost feel like waiting.

So then I got Xenoblade Chronicles from gamestop instead for like, 44 dollars, and the Wii won't even read the bitch. -_-

So now, I gotta return it and hope I get even just 20 dollars back. Oh, well! It's a good thing I kept the receipt, I guess.

Is GW2 really worth it right now? I mean, I've been playing Minecraft and other stuff, and RaiderZ has just finished it's CBT phase and is, honestly, one of the most promising looking and sounding F2P MMORPGs I've seen this year, even though there's bound to be some big flaw.

scw55:

The only thing I still don't fully understand are the servers. As far as I understand it, they only limit what WvW team you can join (your own).
So you'll be able to play with friends on a different server, but can you join guilds and represent them, even if they're created on another server?
Also I assume the gem exchange rate is the same on all servers?

Yes, while you can only represent your Home Server in WvWvW, you can have friends and be part of guilds from any server.

In regards to the gem exchange rate, yes it is the same on all servers because the economy for the game is global rather than split by servers. This means that you can sell gems, gold and items to the WHOLE game community rather than just your server.

fundayz:

scw55:

The only thing I still don't fully understand are the servers. As far as I understand it, they only limit what WvW team you can join (your own).
So you'll be able to play with friends on a different server, but can you join guilds and represent them, even if they're created on another server?
Also I assume the gem exchange rate is the same on all servers?

Yes, while you can only represent your Home Server in WvWvW, you can have friends and be part of guilds from any server.

In regards to the gem exchange rate, yes it is the same on all servers because the economy for the game is global rather than split by servers. This means that you can sell gems, gold and items to the WHOLE game community rather than just your server.

I never said that. No idea who you're quoting.

Tismo:

2xDouble:

antipunt:
I am getting increasingly intrigued the more i hear about this game.

I wonder...will I finally cross the MMO line O_O

one of us... one of us...

heh.

Is your avatar the Mesmer gs skill Phantasm Berzerk by any chance?

OT: I love the game, but due to outside problems I haven't been able to play a whole lot.

It is indeed. Phantasmal Berserker, aka "spinny greatsword ghost".

James Bowe:
I never thought I'd say this about an MMO or indeed about any RPG:

I really love the escort quests in Guild Wars 2.

A message will pop up informing you that merchant A is going to settlement B and an icon pops up on the mini-map and then you and 20 other people swarm in and provide a rolling cover for the wagon (which follows a pretty sensible route). It takes 2-5 minutes and if you're new to the map area then you usually wind up getting a new settlement marked on the map when you get there. Plus the XP and cash reward. This is how escort quests were meant to be.

Also, generally speaking, if the escortee dies you have a window of time where you can res them.

I don't recall any other MMO being so much fun to simply explore. I mean, I could be on the way to a waypoint, then find a bit of iron ore so I go to mine it. I mine it and see a cave nearbye, so I wander inside to see what's in it. I fight my way through some veteran and champion enemies (stronger than usual opponents) with a few random people who happened to be in the area to find a chest at the back of a cave and I still haven't gotten the waypoint I was origionally heading for!

and then there are the jumping puzzles I stumble upon with a pleasant reward for sticking with them.

I've got my warrior focused on maximising the benefit of my regen healing signet allong with stacking precition for masses of might. I can mix in with the toughest enemies for a while then roll out to pelt them with a rifle or a longbow to recover my health before jumping in again. It's incredible!

I'm having a blast with this game!

Evil Raccoon:
Bad luck Evilwasbeer.
Wants to buy the game.
Digital copies sold out.

How is that possible?

Evil Smurf:

Evil Raccoon:
Bad luck Evilwasbeer.
Wants to buy the game.
Digital copies sold out.

How is that possible?

They aren't sold out. Arenanet stopped selling copies on their website temporarily so they can fix the current problems with the game easier. You can still buy the game from third party sites/retailers.

cough race determines elite skills to :p ie norn turn into animals etc

banksy122:

Evil Smurf:

Evil Raccoon:
Bad luck Evilwasbeer.
Wants to buy the game.
Digital copies sold out.

How is that possible?

They aren't sold out. Arenanet stopped selling copies on their website temporarily so they can fix the current problems with the game easier. You can still buy the game from third party sites/retailers.

If I remember well they did this a few weeks ago. Any idea how long it took for then to start selling again? Days? Weeks?

Valok:

banksy122:

Evil Smurf:

How is that possible?

They aren't sold out. Arenanet stopped selling copies on their website temporarily so they can fix the current problems with the game easier. You can still buy the game from third party sites/retailers.

If I remember well they did this a few weeks ago. Any idea how long it took for then to start selling again? Days? Weeks?

They did it a few days after launch, which was less then a week ago. They will probably start selling on their site in the next free weeks, but you can buy it from Amazon digitally I think.

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