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Tuesday, 2 October, 2012

Guild Wars

Filed under: Guild Wars 2 — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:49 am

I’m still playing, cialis 40mg and still enjoying myself.
I’m suffering from severe alt-itis.. I keep rolling new characters to see what the gameplay is like, pharmacy and I’ve had a taster of several different starting areas.

The one that I prefer is the Asura area.. there are so many things in it that make me laugh, sanitary particularly in the background NPC conversations.

I love the fact that the Asuran’s are a bunch of snide gits. Trying to get them to do anything together would be like herding cats! They’re truly useless!

Cut scenes deserve a special mention, I’ve read that they’re immersion breaking, but I haven’t found that in my story lines, though, to be fair, I do often have the sound off. I do read the text though, I think this is the only other game apart from Mass Effect 2 where I’ve actually wanted to read the stuff out of curiousity, it’s quite readable!

I love the humour, very prevalent in the Asuran areas, but also elsewhere in the game, the conversations aren’t boilerplate rolling out of the same old phrases, there’s wordplay!

There’s a bit of dialog in the story fragment “Here, There, Everywhere” that goes…

Me: Then we have ample reason to interrupt them. We’re replete with reasons to keick Teyo down a flight of stairs.

Pol: Two excellent ideas… but so hard to choose. I know, let’s do ’em both!

Me: Yeah! It’ll be like having our cake and kicking it too! Look out, Inquest! It’s payback time!

I really appreciate the mangling of the old adage, and I can see that it wasn’t just a simple wordplay, the early use of the word “replete” lets me know that the writers took at least a little care over this dialog.

And… just like Warcraft, GW2 isn’t afraid of contemporary references, I saw a story titled “Can’t Stop the Signal” (a Serenity/Firefly reference).

Guild Wars seems to be full of this kind of stuff.  SWTOR take note, I was always worried about how humourless you seemed, coming back to an entertaining MMO just makes your game look poorer for it’s lack, sorry.

Leveling

I think my main is level 36 now, I’m not sure because I don’t feel trapped in the leveling game.

I tootle around doing whatever takes my fancy, crafting, fighting, gathering, collecting viewpoints and my level goes up — gone is the whole “only 8 more quests to ding” mentality, and I don’t miss it. I do sometimes try to get achievements, in fact I do these more than questing, it all ends up contributing to my experince points, and is a damn sight more fun than sticking to just one activity.

I’m going to post some screenies later.  I’ve taken a few where my “main” is in disguise for the fun of it. I would actually consider spending some real world cash for some of the disguises!

On which point, it looks like the gems -> Pound rate is considerably worse than the Gems->Dollars->Pounds rate. Silly old Arena net, I’m hoping I can buy gems in dollars.

And sticking with money, I saw what looked suspiciously like a bunch of gold farmers yesterday, 4 players, same class, same pet, all running together, all killing the same mob. Makes me suspect that ArenaNet may need to stabilise the Gold<->Gems<->real-world-money loop. You can already do a gold to dollars conversion see http://www.gw2spidy.com it’s about 30 silver to 100 gem. And 1 gem is about 1 pence (I think). So £3 will buy you 1g approximately.

If you embiggen the chart on gw2spidy it will actually give you the dollars to gold exchange rate!

 

 

Monday, 13 August, 2012

Guild Wars 2

Filed under: Guild Wars 2 — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:14 pm

In my perpetual hunt for the next game that will suck me in and spit out a drained husk I’ve pre-purchased Guild Wars 2.

I was pretty certain to buy it anyway, cost so buying it for a few days early access seemed like a good idea. But, order fail time, I’m actually on holiday during the 3 day early access period. I’m not particularly bothered because, as I said, I’m a dead cert for buting it anyway.

What I have got out of it was the chance to play for an entire hour during a “stress test” yesterday. Sure, it was only an hour, but I’ve learn’t a couple of things.

In short. I’m more taken with this game in the first hour than I was in SW:TOR in the first hour.

The starting area runs pretty well on my 2.5 year old laptop – 25fps fullscreen at the next preset above bottom. True, not all glowy/sparkly, but definitely good enough to play.
Fair play, it was an expensive laptop, but there’s always the worry that the next fun MMO won’t run well enough. (Laptop Spec: original Dual core i5 2.3Mhz, Nvidia GT330m here).

It looks pretty nice, a bit like the later Warcraft, so not photo realistic, but then it’s a fantasy world – what is photorealistic? At below “middle” settings I didn’t feel like there was something missing.

There are rift-like “invasion” events .. I took part in 2 of these during my one hour of playtime .. I liked these in rift, and I like them in GW2. I hope they help build some community.

I should have taken a screenie… But I was so busy having fun that I clean forgot!
One of the nice little tweaks in the game is that you can take screenshots at a better quality setting than you play at. Which I think is super cool, iIf you’re going to freeze the game for half a second while you save a frame that renders in 1/30th of a second, you might as well render the frame over a comparatively much longer time and get a screenie that looks as good as that sad git over there with a 3000 pound computer 😮

From reading some of the design philosophy I think they may have some good ideas.. not too many buttons, and a design that makes griefing harder. They want ot make it so that if you see another player running towards you, you’ll think “a potential friend”.

I’m sure I will be posting about this game again. And I’m hoping there will be some of my old Munqui friends around when I get playing.

And finally, whatever happened to Final Fantasy XIV? I never quite made it. If I tire of GW2 I will probably give the “reborn” version another try.

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