Reviews by DeVries
Best MMO in Years!DeVries | May 10, 2012 | Review of Guild Wars 2: Digital Deluxe Edition (NA) PRE
I was a big fan of Guild Wars 1 and have tried just about every free and pay to play mmo that has released with the exception of a few to date. There have been mmo's I have liked better than the original GW, but until GW2 was released there has not been a mmo since World of Warcraft and GW1 that kept me interested long after hitting max level, and even enough to roll 3-4 characters to max level.
This game with the way they have changed so many of the things that made traditional mmo's tedious and boring. Yet added and enhanced the things that made other mmo's good.
Having scaling, ongoing, and perpetual dynamic events occurring all over the place all the time that were much more story based than anything in Warhammer Online or Rift.
The PvP, especially the WvWvW is so addicting I don't know when I will have time for regular questing, crafting, or personal story quests. Once you jump into PvP you don't want to leave. From the simple tasks like bringing resources to your outposts and guarding resource carts so they arrive safely at your barracks and castles. To jumping into the large groups that are defending or attacking certain points on the map, no matter what your playstyle is, even if you typically only like to play PvE, you can still assist by helping assemble siege weapons, build defences at outposts, repair walls and doors, etc. There is something for everyone!
The combat system in the game is probably one of the most fast paced and 3rd person RPG combat system ever in a mmo, Age of Conan had a fairly unique combat system but it was more of a sequential combo system, where the combat in GW2 flows very smoothly and seamlessly. You can dodge out of an enemies attack radius at anytime, you do not have to wait for your skill to finish proc'ing, most abilities flow with each other unlike other mmos where it feels very clunky going from a melee attack to a ranged and vice versa.
The story in GW1 was amazing, so I expect nothing less in GW2, but during my beta weekend I spent more time in PvP and just running around the amazingly rendered zones to have gone through much of the story. But the parts I did go through were very enthralling!
Lastly the fact that the game is Buy to Play with no subsequent necessary monthly fees, it doesn't make you feel obligated to play because you paid for X amount of time.
All in all, great game, 2 thumbs up, and if you were a fan of GW1 or any past mmo, you definitely should check it out!