So I Played Guild Wars 2…August 26, 2012
So this weekend I played Guild Wars 2 as part of the 3 day headstart I got when I pre-ordered my game and all I have to say is…wow.
This game made me feel so dumb for the first few hours honestly. This was my fault as I will admit I did no research for it other than Friday when I realized I needed to pick out my profession (this term means class in other MMOs) and my race. So Friday at midnight I started my journey and in all honesty, I hated it.
This is not the games fault, and I need to keep saying this, this post is not about how bad the game is, it’s about how bad I was at the game itself without research, lol. I also need to state that I have never played Guild Wars, ever, at all, however I have played other MMOs and have picked them up fast without many issues. This was not the case with me and Guild Wars 2 and I think that this is because this game is not like other MMOs, which is a good thing. After taking all weekend to finally find the profession and race I have the most fun with I think I am ready to fully start playing this game! It sounds bad but it’s true! Most of the professions aren’t typical ones found in other MMOs, however some are. Coming from a healing perspective it was hard to find what I wanted to do since there are no healers in this game.
I went through at least 3-4 professions and changed races numerous times. Doing this seems bad but it helped myself learn the user innerface and get comfortable with the way the game played. I have to say once again Guild Wars 2 is very different for me than other MMOs and I have to say I enjoyed it greatly. Here are a few tips from me to people who have NEVER played Guild Wars and didn’t participate in the beta for this game. If you have experience with the game this will be old news to you, but maybe it will help others out there.
1.) Use as many weapons as you can as possible. This is because as you use new weapons you unlock new abilities. Think of your abilities as you start out in the game as a chain reaction. The more you use one, you unlock the next, etc… So far it seems you can unlock at least 5 abilities per weapon. My suggestion would be that if you can equip it do it and use it to unlock everything you can. It seems that you can’t train with a trainer starting out till level 11 so from 1-11 I would touch as many weapons as possible and unlock it all.
2.) The map is your friend. It can show you many things including world events that you can team up with others to do. I believe you can do them numerous times as the tank and I did one at least 3 times as lower levels to get good experience points. Hearts on your map show you places to go and assist with what they need. The map will also show you were you have been recently so when you get lost in a cave you can see how to get out easily. The little red triangles on your map show you a small cinematic of the area and give you experience points as well so be sure to find and visit these locations.
3.) Pay attention to what you are attacking. One of my main frustrations was that I couldn’t tell right away the level of something I was attacking and accidentally killed myself numerous times. Take the time to look at your surroundings, including the innerface. It’s been a while since I leveled…without heirlooms, I’ll be honest, and I am not over powered and need to remember that.
4.) Team up with others for dynamic events for more experience points. This doesn’t mean you need to join a party and blah blah blah, no you can just all participate in killing something or whatever the event is and then move on with your regular game play. If you are a low level and get involved in one of these with lots of higher levels you can get some good experience points.
5.) Learn to dodge. If you double tap your moving buttons (“A” and “D”) you can dodge attacks, now it seems they are based on stamina however they are good to remember to do to help mitigate damage. This game is not a point and click MMO, it is a full moving and reaction based game. Everyone can dodge and everyone can heal…so use it! This has been the hardest transition for me honestly, trying to remember to dodge, heal and attack at the same time when before I just healed and tossed some attacks when I could or needed to, if that makes sense.
6.) Pay attention to your stats. Stats and their terms are different in this game than other MMOs. Power increases attack. Precision increases critical and hit chance, toughness increases defense and vitality increases maximum health. Use this to determine the best gear and weapons for you.
7.) The mail is instant. Yes I said that correct, instant! The trading feature is down right now and I think there are some other issues within the game but the developers are working on correcting the issues. I would recommend following them on Twitter for the most up to date information, they are wonderful about staying in contact with the community and fixing issues!
Now I am only level 5 at this time on my main (Mesmer yay!) and I haven’t even encountered crafting yet which also seems very different as well. I hope to keep going in the game and maybe I’ll have some more helpful hints for those that have never experienced this super fun game! For more information on the game or to purchase it please visit their site at www.guildwars2.com.