To all you Guild Wars 2 fans, if you haven't seen this trailer for gamescom yet, crank up your speakers and start buffering this video! For those who aren't into MMOs or haven't heard of Guild Wars 2, please check it out! This game is going to shake the foundations of the MMO platform and raise the bar for the genre.
Best of all, there are no monthly fees. So honestly, why wouldn't you give this game a shot? At least take a look at this video and the manifesto.
I really like how ArenaNet starts the video off with a gorgeous display of the style of their game -- the stylist look -- and really match it up to the beautiful music, which we haven't heard before. One thing I did see and recognize was that they were using the new model for Caithe (sylvari), and it worked extremely well. The graphics on the model were smooth, and solid and didn't stick out as something that is brand new. It meshed well and was well implemented.
I'm not going to lie though, those weird things with the colored coral (?) freak me out a little. I'm going to make the assumption those will be one of the main enemies in underwater combat. Speaking of underwater combat, I appreciate how they're slowly releasing media and information on it, especially since the take they have on it is relatively brand new.
Speeding things up with some more epic music that we've never heard before is what I can only assume to be one of the dragonspawn making its appearance. This next part shows off that this game is all about the action and what its in-game graphics engine can do while at the same time keeping up that "stylist" aesthetic they have been shooting for.
However, there are two things that bother me a little bit. The first thing being that the human faces look... flat. I don't know how else to describe it, but the quality clearly doesn't really match up with the rest of the character models. The rest of the body is fine, but the face looks like it was just glued on instead of being part of the character model, as it looks with the rest of the races. I suspect the models were just recycled from the original Guild Wars. Probably something they won't work on improving, but also consider that is me nitpicking to the extreme.
Second, getting even pickier with my criticisms, I think it was cheesy in the video when the ice wurm sprayed ice onto your computer screen. This is purely a stylistic thing, but I've never liked it in other games either.
However, when compared with no monthly fees, persistent game play, stunning graphics, and beautiful music, the pros greatly outweigh the cons. Stay tuned for more news, and don't forget Guild Wars 2 is scheduled to be released before the end of 2011, though there's been no exact date given yet.
|6:30 PM on 05.13.2013|
ArenaNet is working on a Guild Wars 2 expansion (Update)
[Update: Clarifying the comments made during the NCSoft earnings call, a representative reached out to confirm that ArenaNet is still "taking a wait-and-see stance" with regards to a possible Guild Wars 2 expansion. It is, as...more
|10:30 PM on 04.19.2013|
Guild Wars 2 April Fools' Day gag becomes a real game
For April Fools' Day, ArenaNet devised Guild Wars 2's Super Adventure Box update that went into the actual game as content folks could play. Part of the joke involved a commercial which briefly featured a kid p...more
|12:00 PM on 04.10.2013|
A 'Looking for Group' tool is coming to Guild Wars 2
If you were put off by having to manually locate a band of fellow adventurers in Guild Wars 2 without a third party add-on, it appears as if a late 2013 target has been set for an official "looking for group" tool. "As we&rsq...more
|4:45 PM on 04.01.2013|
Guild Wars 2 goes old-school with Super Adventure Box
There are some companies who can make coming up with great April Fools' Day jokes look effortless and ArenaNet has secured itself on my personal list with Super Adventure Box, an update for Guild Wars 2. Watch the commercial...more
|2:30 PM on 03.05.2013|
There are no Guild Wars 2 expansions in the works
Speaking to IGN, Guild Wars 2 director Colin Johanson stated that there are no expansions planned for the game at the current moment. While they haven't completely ruled any out, don't expect any soon. Johanson states, "expan...more
|11:00 PM on 02.25.2013|
Guild Wars 2 removing paid tournaments
With the recent introduction of a ranked matching system, ArenaNet has decided to drop the current system in Guild Wars 2 of paying to participate in high-level player-versus-player matches. The earlier system -- ch...more
|11:45 AM on 02.25.2013|
ArenaNet's sale for Guild Wars 2 ends today
If you've been on the fence in regards to checking out Guild Wars 2, now is a good time to take the plunge, as the digital and collector's editions are on sale for $39.99 and $54.99 respectively. Buying the game will grant yo...more
|8:00 PM on 02.22.2013|
Chicken races? Guild Wars 2 gets guild missions next week
ArenaNet has shared a look at a new aspect of Guild Wars 2 called guild missions. "Our team’s primary goal was to create a solid foundation to support PvE guild play," writes content designer Leah Rivera. "We wanted t...more
|10:00 AM on 02.18.2013|
Guild Wars 2 introduces the Spirit Watch PVP map
ArenaNet has a new video out showcasing their new Norn-themed PVP map for Guild Wars 2, Spirit Watch. It promises huge idyllic vistas, crystal clear waters, and of course, deadly combat. The map will combine conquest g...more
|8:30 PM on 02.04.2013|
Guild Wars 2 adjusting how dynamic levels work
Guild Wars 2 has a system in place that allows higher-level characters to revisit low-level zones. The player's level is scaled down to match the zone, so they can still get the same challenge. This means they don't...more
|4:00 PM on 05.18.2013|
Multiplayer comic-adventure The Yahwg draws near
One of the problems with most narrative-focused games is that after you've played through them once, most of the surprises are over. The Yawhg, the next game from Damian Sommer (Friendship in 4 Colors), looks to circumve...more
|4:30 PM on 05.17.2013|
Dust: An Elysian Tail arrives on Steam next Friday
Dust: An Elysian Tail designer Dean Dodrill has slapped a May 24th release date on the Steam version of his acclaimed, previously-Xbox-exclusive 2D action game. This is only coming to Windows for the time being, but Dodrill h...more
|8:00 PM on 05.16.2013|
Diablo III uses the PlayStation 4 touchpad for inventory
In this video, Blizzard describes the work that's been gone into tweaking Diablo III for console gamers. In a strange turn of events, I feel as if every new detail we hear about the reworked title for PlayStation 3 and PS4 s...more