been nearly seven years since the original Guild Wars first launched,
introducing players to the land of Tyria. Back then, the MMO stood apart from
its competitors with no monthly fee and gorgeous visuals that still look great
today. But as good as Guild Wars still is, Guild Wars 2 feels better in just
about every way. We recently got a chance to spend some quality time with the
upcoming sequel. So read on for impressions from our early game experiences –
and find out why Guild Wars 2’s event system will change the way you think
about questing forever.
Even during the character creation department, Guild Wars 2 goes above and beyond.
While offering you the ability to tweak the usual cosmetic features for your
upcoming adventurer, like character height, body type, various face types, and
haircuts, Guild Wars 2 offers many more selections to choose from for each of
these. The amounts of sliders to play with for the face alone are overwhelming.
While creating our first Charr, we spent a lot of time customizing everything
from our warrior’s brow height and iris size to the length of the bridge on his
snout. We even adjusted how much ear fat he had, opting for some opulent lobes
for our furry fighter.
But the coolest thing about the character creation process is that your choices
will also have an impact on your character’s individual storyline. You’ll be
asked to provide answers to questions relating to how you deal with conflicts,
the father who sired you, which legion you hail from, and more. While your answers
won’t completely change your experience, they will have a significant impact on
your character’s story, adding some welcomed and personalized flavor to your
Above: Here we see a group of Engineers posing
for battle. On a related note, Flamethrowers are awesome. The Norn on the far
left is equipped with a Flamethrower kit
Above: Have a look at the character creation
mode for our Charr Warrior, Pawesome
opening scene for new Charr players doesn’t waste any time, dropping you off in
the middle of a large battle as you find yourself fighting with your allies to
hold off an assault from an army of ghost warriors. As we press towards the
frontlines of battle, Charr fight tooth and nail against the invading army with
NPCs calling out commands. The flow of battle naturally leads you to the gates
of a crypt, where an assault against Duke Barridan is about to begin. This is
our first event, which is Guild Wars 2’s answer to the traditional MMO quest
system. With events, there are no traditional quest givers standing proudly
with an exclamation mark over their heads waiting for someone to activate them.
Instead, events are usually triggered when you come close to an area of
conflict. Instead of clicking on a quest giver and reading through a quest log,
we look and listen. We can see that the battle’s up ahead. We can hear Charr
calling for help, and so we naturally end up at the crypt gates where the event
Once we’ve defended the gates, we move on to join a troop of NPC warriors
preparing their attack on Barridan below. As we battle, hacking and slashing
through defenders, the event updates, telling us to defeat four waves of
fighters before the giant statue of Barridan springs to life. It’s our first
boss fight of sorts and the giant stone statue manages to hit us hard.