Is it worth it to at least own Heart of Thorns? Of course; there are useful things in it that you won’t have access to otherwise. You’ll lack the Revenant class, access to Gliding, and a set of Elite Specializations (one per class). Path of Fire comes with its own set of Elite Specs, so you’ll have two to choose from per class if you have both expansions. They’re basically full classes that operate on a Heroic Mastery system instead of raw exp, but if those don’t appeal to you, and you don’t want to go through all the story (and purchase all the old content you missed out on), you are under no compunction to. However, I do feel like it’s pertinent to note that there aren’t tons of Heroic Mastery points in the Crystal Desert. You can always go back to the old content in Heart of Thorns and Vanilla if you missed them. Like in Path of Fire, each event like this you complete gives 10 points, which is so much faster than the 1 point from the … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Review
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I’ve, on occasion, marked my own disdain for map specific currencies. They clog up bags and make for a set of ever-increasing magical tokens that I have to track, but they also keep me coming back to maps like Ember Bay. Seasonal and ma specific currencies, as well as the associated gathering skills, are a surprisingly effective way to keep these less relevant areas full of players. Farming for chests or boss runs aside, the better the rewards for map currency the more likely I find myself going back to get some of the gear on local vendors. Coupled with the mega server tech that instances these zones, check out the blog post to find out more about how mega servers work, it is possible for these zones to continue being a vibrant and active part of the world. From Dry Top to Jahai Bluffs, there is no reason that we should find any of these zones empty. … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2: Playing Together or Getting Further Apart?
They’ve asked that we not go too into detail on exactly what goes on with these battles, but I will say this: As hard as I’ve been on previous updates, with the tedium of their storylines and lackluster zones, War Eternal does a much better job of things. The story battles, along with what happens after the conflict, are climactic and enthralling without seeming tediously overwrought, and the new zone is exactly what I’ve been wanting from the game for years, ever since Heart of Thorns launched. … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Offers Epic End To The Season In War Eternal
Really, the way in which the frame rate and load times succumbed to the removal of any discrete GPU support tells its own tale. Guild Wars 2 might be known in the community as a processor intensive game but past a certain point, we saw little difference with even the shadow desktop slowing off. If your processor is not maxed out then there are a ton of other limitations that are going to cause slowness. Slow load times are subject to a number of components and low frame rates also seem to be impacted summarily, but yet pound for pound the most efficient change that impacted multiple areas of performance was switching on a mid-tier graphics card. Like I said earlier, MMOs are complex beasts and taming their performance is hard, and we have even talked about networking yet. … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Is Slow…. Is It Time for a New PC?
The cash shop has also been updated with new items including the Shimmering Skyscale skin. You can check that out below along with the official Key of Ahdashim trailer. Apart from that, ArenaNet has also rolled out a number of bug fixes and other quality of life improvements. Head over to the Guild Wars 2 official forums for the full patch notes. … [Read more...] about Check Out The New ‘Key Of Ahdashim’ Raid In Guild Wars 2