You could look at it that way. Or you could say that in the "other game" you can just do X, Y and Z - same as in GW2 - and if you want to do A there's that too. No one is holding a gun to your head and making you do it, it's just another facet of the game.Oh really? *Launches other game* There! Oh wait, but in said other game you have to do X, Y, and Z before you can even think about doing A, which is what you want to do
I want to do A, but I need to be level 80. Guess I have to do X so I can get to do A. Where's Y and Z? They don't exist, meaning less choice.
I'm all for choice, don't get me wrong, but GW2 is not completely 'jump in and do what you want.' because you still have to do a fair amount of work and grinding to get what you want. Whether that grinding is reaching level 80, whether it's running dungeons for set pieces, whether it's farming gold and playing the trading post, etc.
It is not simply a 'do what you want' game. It still has progression, it just has less progression. Like I said, you still have to do X to get to A - sure you don't have to do Y and Z, but what if you like Y and Z and they aren't even in the game?
"Do you know what it's like to fall on the floor, cry your guts out til you got no more? Hey man, now you're really livin'" - Mark Everett
Crucilus Bloodbane - Level 80 Charr Necromancer - Zebra lord of the bank alts
Esaari - Level 80 Asura Elementalist
That's what boggles me. Ever since beta there's been this, "There's more to do because there's less to do." thing thrown around and it really does confuse the heck out of me.Where's Y and Z? They don't exist, meaning less choice.
Now granted, that seemingly conflicting phrase can be true in games with a strong sandbox element. But GW2 doesn't have that. It's just in this weird place between a Theme Park and a Sandbox where they left out the best elements of both.
Sure, that opens the question, "but in X game I don't like the leveling part, why is that a required part of GW2?!" But, again, different games are different. In other MMOs I hate seeing other players in the world, because it means my life gets harder, not more fun...and not harder in a fun manner, but in a tedious manner, while in GW2 I love seeing other players, it's never a bad thing, the only time it's even slightly annoying is if I'm going out of my way to try to do something challenging on purpose, which gets trivialized by other players...but if I'm doing that I tend to range far off the beaten path, making that unlikely to happen. Similarly, in other MMOs world content is trivial and boring, which, IMO, isn't the case in GW2. Different game designs, which everyone will approach and appreciate differently.
It's easy to see (and many have reached this point already) running out of PvE content. It's feasible to complete the map, your personal story, get exactly the armor you want, max 2 crafts, and clear all the dungeons... at that point, your gear chase becomes purely cosmetic, which may be deemed not worth the effort by some players. Still, I think there's a respectable amount of gameplay available, given the age of the game.
Benevolence is a luxury for the strong - Wrathion
Plox. I got your plox right fucking here. - Animalhouse
there is a lot to do now. However the rep grind is killing me slowly. ive stopped doing klaxxi and goldenlotus now. Just doing tillers and fishing dailies.
Gonna start up again when the new rep fix is released. the faster rep after revered thingie
Benevolence is a luxury for the strong - Wrathion
Plox. I got your plox right fucking here. - Animalhouse
I enjoy it as I see PvE Orr as doing huge outdoor raids with friends. There's a lot of choice as to where to go and it's easy to jump into. This of course presuming the events aren't all bugged. If Anet perma fixes the bugged events and ups the rewards for the full scale events people might be more inclined to run them instead of only farming dungeons. I'm not sure if it's the server population gone down or lack of interest in events but most of them don't seem to be run by anyone until some guildies make a group
Dungeons are fun but possibly too unclear. They can seem incredibly hard but once you find out how to deal with mechanics and get a group that's not traited as glass cannons they can get quite easy. And yeah you'll be downed but that's part of it - ressing your teammates and the consequences of not doing so. Thats part of the fun of the design, however it's not as accessible to everyone like WoW's dungeons and that can be a double edged knife for Anet.
But I do love the game, for all it's flaws it is quite brilliant and the value for money is amazing tbh.
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I'm ready for a new zone or new dynamic events in Orr. I'd like to see a new mega event take place after all temples have been captured. I find the leveling process more exciting than the end game. I'm currently saving up gold for a legendary and finishing explorer on my "main". Luckily I started working 40 hours a week again, or i'd probably be bored in the coming weeks. At 500 hours played I definitely got my moneys worth.
I just got my Guardian to level 80 on the weekend, my first character at 80. Can't afford exotics yet, I have been focusing on world completion - have about 5 zones completed so far. It'll keep me busy for a while so I don't just think of it in terms of grinding gold for exotics. I am enjoying it so far. One complaint is that the events in the lower level areas give shitty rewards which means I'm barely making gold on completing the zones after paying for the waypoints.
POIs and vistas can get on my nuts when I have to spend 10 minutes running around and looking for the entrance to one. "Is this a jumping puzzle? Is there somewhere obvious I haven't looked? Maybe it's over here... nope"
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GW2, fun game but for me not enough game to keep me interested for a long time. I like WvWvW ofc, and the PVP in this game is more fun than in any other MMO I have played to date. Only problem is, for me; There is no such thing as raids. Guild interfaces suck. Too few dungeons. The game is basically, on the PVE side, just heart events and random events + some exploring. And most of this just turn into some huge zerg fest that is not challenging or fun.
Classes are fun and I love the attunement swithcing on the elementalist, but in dungeons, I would really love to be able to spec healer and heal a tank or be a DPS that could do a little CC while beating enrage timers. The holy trinity works, I have never seen the big reason to remove it. And the way it is in GW2 it isn't really removed, just not working as it should.
My tip to Anet; tweak the classes and make us into DPS, heals or tanks on the PVE side of the game (optional spec ofc) and start making some more dungeons and some raids. This way you will get so many players playing your game regularly instead of once every three weeks.
My only real dislike is that there's not much depth to the combat in pve, in my opinion. There are very few situations where there are any real tactics involved, most of the time it's just "avoid the bad thing, or use an ability to recover from not avoiding the bad thing". If someone asked me to describe the gameplay of a particular dungeon/path, the thing that stands out the most for me are the platforming/puzzle sections and hardly ever the combat itself.
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Funny story about that - I recently resubscribed to WoW (after extensive research which showed Blizzard didn't go as over-the-top as I expected them to, and my ol' guild needed more capable raiders), and the second evening I was doing some questing with the guild leader while talking via Mumble. At one point he exclaimed "oh, this quest is great, are you here yet?" I replied "nah, I'm still on this quest, mate." He said, "but that's ages past, why are you still on that?" He was silent for about two seconds, then commented "you do know you don't get credit for killing tagged mobs, right?" I had entirely forgotten that.
...I still forget to mount up.
Tank and healing classes being to level on their own and thus capable of limited dps, infinite and cheap respecs, introduction of a support sub-role (in some MMORPGs), talents which allow hybrid performance etc.
It's more a matter of mindset by which people were trained to develop a controlled OCD for roles. Tank players feel compelled to tank, healer players feel compelled to heal and pure DPS players - they probably have the least problem with the model in GW2 if there wouldn't be that need to heal and cure conditions but that's what good DPS players already did in games which have the holy trinity.
Lastly you never know what works until you try it. Even if you try it and fail the appropriate response would not be giving up but see what you can do to make it work. That's how gaming developed actually otherwise we'd still be playing Pong.
That's not a tip that's a demand for re-engineering the game. I am having the feeling that ANet is fully aware that their game does not cater to all kinds of players and the times where the number of converted WoW players would be a dictating factor for the making or breaking of a MMORPG are slowly fading. Which is good because it finally allows the diversity it needed without having to deprive eachother of their playerbases in order to sustain oneself. All genres except MMORPGs had no problem with it. For some reason this king of the hill mentality made MMORPGs exempt from the concept of coexistence. Not anymore. So people who prefer holy trinity-based and classical raid-based games do have a great variety of choices. There is no need to bend every spoon and make it comply to WoW rules. Because what may work for one game may not work for another. That's a lesson which this genre had to learn, a lesson taught by Blizzard themselves by saying 'Stop copying us and you will do great and much better!'.My tip to Anet; tweak the classes and make us into DPS, heals or tanks on the PVE side of the game (optional spec ofc) and start making some more dungeons and some raids. This way you will get so many players playing your game regularly instead of once every three weeks.
I've never been too fond of leveling - But did not dislike it on gw2..
Haven't gotten to the endgame yet - since I'm stuck at hearts of the mists every day since I hit 25 . Been loving the PvP too much!
I started off loving the game but when i hit 80 i managed to craft full exotics,farmed ful cof gear all in a couple of weeks. I then went onto to helping my friends out where i could but this soon came to a stop as they didnt want to log no more. So onto the next part WvW,joined a WvW guild and found it to be just a zerg fest with no real structure so was dissapointed with this aspect of the game aswell.
All in all it just seemed that the majority of ppl wanted to either run cof or Zerg WvW dont get wrong i love the other dungeons but not many ppl seemed to want them as much as CoF. So now at this point im playing on my own and got bored quite fast decided to try MoP after swearing i wouldnt be buying it and so far im enjoying WoW once more.
I also like Gw2 alot but end game for me personally just isnt where it needs to be atm i hope it will get there within time and time is what it needs imo.