This Guild Wars 2 beta weekend event I swore to myself I wouldn’t do PvE on any race or play any part of the Asura because that is what I want to do at launch. I created a Sylvari and explored the capital city, went out and did a few quests, and then moved right into the battleground pvp.
The Sylvari capital is gorgeous. In fact, the whole Sylvari starting area is aesthetically pleasing. The vertical space is used well to create that sense of being surrounded by an enchanted fantasy forest. Even the very first boss from the tutorial is awesome looking. He bursts out of the ground having been there the whole time as a tree. The Bulbasaur on crack is the best looking tutorial boss I’ve seen yet. I was also easily impressed by the little pod-elevators in the capital city. I think I’m a sucker for fantasy forests.
I want to comment on something important: Graev’s computer performance. GW2 runs remarkably well on his 5+ year old computer. He has it on medium settings and after playing for 20 min he was like, “I don’t care about anything in this game. The performance alone makes it good enough.” He’s been struggling with The Secret World’s awful performance enough to not want to continue playing.
As far as PvP goes, I haven’t done any WvW. I’ve mostly been fiddling with specs and toying around in the battlegrounds. I find this style of PvP to be so diametrically opposed to WvW. The styles, strategies, specs, and mindsets are entirely different. I guess that’s a great thing that the game can offer such diversity. ArenaNet seems to be handling the separate but equal design well. Playing one doesn’t make you stronger in the other.
One last detail I want to mention is tournament play. I grouped with some guildies and we entered in a couple of tournaments. We made it to the second round on one of them, but mostly got stomped. Regardless, we had fun and earned some neat looking cosmetic rewards.