Thoughts on BWE2 for GW2
My first thought is: This game needs to be out already. I’m now in full on withdrawal and no other game compares. I get bored after about 5 minutes. I find myself wanting so desperately to click on the GW2 icon and just hope they somehow forgot to turn the servers off.
2.) I don’t like the Hearts in Diessa Plateau. I don’t want to spend 5 hours consecutively beating feeding chickens in the head with a shovel, throwing water on stinky cows, or putting meat on a fire pit. I just don’t. I don’t mind flavor events…they’re actually quite fun. I just mind when I get a ton of them consecutively. It then loses it’s ‘flavor’ and becomes tedious. For pretty much every other Heart in the game, you usually get options of either gathering something, killing something, or interacting with the environment. Which is great because it allows you to do whatever you want and never really get bored. But this shit? Seriously, the zone needs more variety or I’ll never touch it again.
3.) Protip: Dodging makes you invulnerable for around 3 seconds, regardless of you actually ‘dodging’ the attack. I mention this due largely to the Giant event in Diessa who has a rather large AOE stomp ability that will kill you if hit twice consecutively. It really doesn’t matter if you get ‘out’ of the blast wave. Just use your dodge and you won’t take any damage from it. I promise this will change the way you play the game.
4.) Speaking of the Giant fight, it’s a lot of fun, but those types of fights need to drop better loot (or just SOME loot). There’s a better example in Norn lands of a zone event with a huge boss that drops absolutely nothing. Nothing at all. I was still stoked to do the event and REALLY enjoyed the fight, it was just disappointing to not get anything while helping a random giant remove trolls from his cave yields a huge treasure chest.
5.) WTB “Deposit All Collectibles” button.
6.) I’m really not sure what to think of Crafting. On one hand it’s a lot of fun to ‘discover’ new items instead of them just being handed to you. On the other hand having to return to the vendor every 30 seconds to buy more thread was beyond obnoxious. Crafting also involves A LOT of clicks. My hand hurt pretty badly after doing around 20 minutes of it.
7.) The performance in this game is absolutely absurd. My system specs:
Pentium 2 duo
And I was regularly above 50FPS with skype running. Skype caused my frames to drop considerably (around 50 or so) compared to non skype playtime. This game is STILL being optimized and is STILL cpu dependant. SLI, to my knowledge, still isn’t enabled. What all that basically means is the graphic performance is only going to get better as they continue to polish and optimize. You DO NOT need a super computer for this game to look beautiful. I’m not familiar with my exact settings, but it looked as good if not better than pretty much everything I’ve played.
8.) Taking defensive talents as a melee is damn near required. This seems obvious, doesn’t it? But compare this to every other game…ever and you understand why it can be confusing, or why the forums can be full of ‘MELEE NEEDS BUFFED’. Even my Skyrim character has zero points spent in it’s armor tree. Zero. Games like WoW and LOTRO condition melee characters to think they can ignore defense if they are a damage dealer; Not in GW2. There was a considerable difference between all points in offensive traits and some points in defensive traits as well. I found myself actually being able to stand and do some auto attacking, which I could not do prior to having those traits.
9.) Did I mention how good this game is? Seriously it’s wrecked my gaming life. Once this games officially ‘out’, my life is over (that would somewhat imply I already had a life, which I do not).
10.) Rangers have incredibly cool skillsets, but their pets kinda suck. My pet spent most of it’s time dead and doing absolutely nothing. What’s the point of even having the thing if it can’t survive a short fight against a random mob? It was better by the time I captured a bear, but you shouldn’t have to play to level 5 before you get something worth a shit.
I was battling illness the entire weekend but still probably logged close to 30 hours total. The game is amazing. UH-MAZE-ING. If you haven’t tried a beta event, I strong encourage you to keep an eye out for key giveaways before the next one. It truly is worth the effort, especially if you’ve grown tired of fantasy rpgs.