There’s been a ton of Guild Wars 2 hype around of late (I blame Justin Olivetti*) and it really piqued my my interest to the point I decided to try Guild Wars 1 (which has a free trial, which helps).
Ooo I don’t know. I can’t put my finger on it but I just don’t get the same buzz from GW that I don from LOTRO (and did from the first moment I started in the Blackwold jail with Strider). The game just seems to lack something… it seems flat and disjointed, hard to get into and feels unintuitive.
Now I do think some of this is that MMOs are not my natural gaming style – I’m a soloer at heart. Also fantasy novels have never been my thing, I’m a Tolkien fan but that’s about it. So poor old GW was on a sticky wicket from the start – the story of this world just hasn’t grabbed me and I’m not enthused by the strangely limited social aspects that don’t seem as well developed as LOTRO.
Then there is the world. You can’t jump. I have no idea why, but the last game I played I couldn’t jump in was Doom in ’94. And there are these weird barriers to stop you dropping over the edges of cliffs that are all over the bloody place so you can’t even walk down a small incline, very annoying!
And then there is the social interaction. You can only chat with the rest of the world in certain locations, the rest of the world being instanced just for you. In these ‘public’ areas there is a cacophony of people bellowing about all manner of shite. There is no obvious channel to ask the kind of dumb newb questions that you don’t want to shout out to all and sundry and that leads me to keep schtum and log out.
I dunno… I’ve got past the Searing part and into the story proper, but it still isn’t grabbing me. Maybe Guild Wars 2 will be different… maybe.
* I heard Justin over on Casual Stroll To Mordor’s podcast, began to read his excellent BioBreak blog and from there followed him to Massively at just the time he was taking over from Shaun as the podcast host with Rubi. It was there I began to hear so much good stuff from Rubi about Guild Wars 2 that I went and bought Guild Wars 1. See, it’s all Justin’s fault.