I am not expert enough to talk on all the decisions at ArenaNet, but now we have a game type that is a ton of fun and largely left to the community to shout about. ArenaNet can allow automated tournaments, much like WvW match ups, continue to roll on in the background but the scene won’t ever recapture the hearts of the wider community this way. Personalities, drama, hype, and hope are generated in a number of ways. Not through the quiet death spiral that is in place. However, it seems like, maybe, after PvP popped up on stream we might find ArenaNet looking again at PvP. I am hopeful that things might be looking up now. What do you think? Does PvP suffer from a visibility problem or is it better left to the community to look after itself? … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 PvP – Automated Atrophy?
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Elisabeth Cardy: When we first started brainstorming around this campaign, it was based on stories we’d heard of people who had met their significant other in game, but we really wanted to recognize that it’s not just romantic relationships that can have a deep impact on our lives. To that end, we were looking for a title that encompassed relationships of all sorts. Especially in English, the word “relationship” can have some hefty connotations of romance, so it didn’t feel right on its own. “Shipping” is a fandom term that has to do with primarily romantic relationships (“ships”), so when we were taking some early notes, we started using “Friend/Ships” as a shorthand to kind of indicate both platonic and romantic relationships, and the whole team liked it so much that when it came time to think of the final title for the campaign, we all decided that we wanted to keep this one around. … [Read more...] about Arenanet Talks: Guild Wars 2 Friend/Ship Campaign
Guardian – specialize in defensive and protective magic. They are able to equip a variety of weapons and also benefit from the protection of heavy armor. Warrior – rely on strength, speed, and heavy armor to survive. They are versatile combatants with a good balance between offensive and defensive abilities. Thief – deadly masters of the art of stealth and one-on-one combat. They use surprise and shadow to their advantage. Ranger – proficient with the bow and can strike enemies safely from a distance. They can summon pets to keep enemies at bay while they line up for the kill. Elementalist – mastered the art of harnessing Tyria’s natural forces. They use the power of the elements to rain destruction down on their foes. Mesmer – masters of illusion. They use mental magic to confound and control their enemies. They can also shatter their illusions to deal more damage. Necromancer – masters of the dark arts. They summon the dead, channel … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Game Review
So, what’s our big goal here? It’s to do battle with Balthazar, the God of War! Makes sense, right? He’s out in the Crystal Desert somewhere, and we’re going to go hunt him and his minions down, dole out some justice, and save Tyria. So far there are three acts, where you and your guild of NPCs undergo mission after mission. Now, you can complete the entire story in a weekend (or less if you really rush). I did not though because I’ve really found myself exploring the world, trying to get as many Heroic Points, etc. My character was a fresh 80, so I wanted to do it for myself and for my character. The gameplay’s the same though; you help out communities, explore, delve deep into this story, and watch as your team grows and evolves as personalities. That’s one thing that Guild Wars 2 will never lack: Character development. You have a crew of helpful heroes with you to tackle this problem, and they’re all different, unique characters. … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Review
Glyph of the Tailor: Gain a 33% chance to receive bonus cloth scraps. Glyph of the Leatherworker: Gain a 33% chance to receive bonus leather scraps. Glyph of Industry: Gathering completes 50% faster. Glyph of Flight: Increases movement speed for 5 seconds after gathering completes. The game is offering all players (Non F2P) a free glyph from the in-game store to use, but assuming you have more than one unlimited tool, you’ll need to get the rest. So where do they drop from? … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2: Do Players Really Need Stats On Their Harvesting Tools?