Looking forward to GW2, and after reading up on it they are saying it is a totaly new game compared to GW1. So with me being a GW noob.....should I even try GW1 since it is going to be different than GW2?
Only if you want to experience the GW world before playing GW2. It's like playing Warcraft before WoW...it's nostalgic, there's lore, even though they are very different games.
If you want to get into the Guildwars-World (Lore), yes.
If you try to get used to the Gameplay of Guildwars 2, hell no.
I just started two weeks ago and I like it, but it's totally different from any MMORPG I've seen before (since it's more a CO-RPG) and it is totally different to what Guildwars 2 will be.
Get the trial if you can't decide.
While it's indeed very different from what GW2 will be, there are still some similarities (Lore, set number of skills, the world) and I feel it's a game that's more than worth the box cost.
That said, if you don't like gw, which is totally reasonable since it's a very different genre than what most people are used to, don't think that you won't like GW2.
You also get some rewards in GW2 for completing gw1 stuff if you have the Eye of the north expansion. All of these rewards are optional though and cosmetic.
Monk, I need a monk!!!
The PvP in GW1 is quite extraordinary I would say. Even if you do nothing else that part alone is worth the money imho. First MMO I have played where PvP looks like something developers had in mind when working on the game ... not just an afterthought. Also the lore/storytelling is suprisingly well done and it is concentrated neatly in the missions you can replay, beat bonus objectives in them and do them on hard mode. Also the missions are much better designed than dungeons in standard EQ MMOs.
What's the worst that can happen to you ...