Courtesy of Outhouse correspondent and known girl TerriG, it's an advance look at Guild Wars 2!
TerriG writes for The Outhouse:
Guild Wars 2 is the newest ArenaNet game that brings players back to the grand world of Tyria after five years in development. It's an exciting MMO title that promises to give players countless hours of quests, exploration and PvP combat.
I was lucky enough to have partaken in the close beta test up to this weekend's final beta weekend event and am happy to bring you a twenty minute preview in the video above. For those of you who want to skip my humble attempt at a game "vlog," I'll give you a brief run down.
First of all, GW2 is amazing for it's artwork. The art team that ArenaNet (whose parent company is NCSoft if you were wondering) brought in is top notch, as you can see from some of the screen shots here. A mix of watercolor screen transitions and great in-game graphics offers a distinct sense of immersion and an understanding that this title is trying to stand out from the crowd by doing something creatively different.
It does, however, follow a rather tried-and-true MMO format. You level up with quests and exploration, and you can partake in crafting along the way which will enhance your character's abilities and gear if you so choose. There is a dynamic event system that is supposed to make you feel that your leveling experience is different than other games in that certain instances happen randomly and involve your fellow players in PvE. These events carry weight and change your in-game experience by either granting you boons or access to areas you didn't have access to before if you win. If you like this kind of game style then Guild Wars 2 stands to offer a slightly different twist on your previous experiences.
There are beautiful towns and hidden nooks and crannies to explore which I find to be very engaging and time-consuming. I can go for hours just looking around to see new things, but most of the time I end up doing one of my favorite things -- player vs. player.
Generally, PvP consists of capture the flag battlegrounds and tournaments, as well as a unique World PvP mode that involves pitting server against server for bragging rights and more boons for the winning side. Since this is still a beta weekend, classes are consistently being tweaked and balanced, as ArenaNet is hoping to turn the tournament based PvP into another e-sport.
Overall, I'd give Guild Wars 2 a thumbs up as it is a solid contribution to the MMO world without being too derivative, yet it feels very familiar for those of us who have spent enough time playing this genre of game. Let me know what you think, Outhousers, and be sure to pick up the game when it is released on August 28th!