I’ve learned a lot, but these are some of the major points I came away with from today’s testing.
No Trading – Mail For Everything
This is by far one of the weirdest and most nontraditional aspects of Guild Wars 2. You can not trade with anyone. You have to mail everything. Instead of right clicking on someone’s portrait and opening a trade, you can open a mail window and send items over. You can mail from anywhere, and it’s instant. At first my jaw hit the floor in pure shock at the mere thought, then I just started laughing nervously, and not I’m stuck somewhere between wondering if I actually like it. You have to take into consideration the Auction House system.
Auction House from Anywhere – Buy and Sell Orders
So you can’t trade, but you can put up buy orders. The Auction House becomes a trade window of sorts. I can put out a buy order saying I want to buy an item and anyone, on ANY server, can fill that order for me. I can put up an item for trade for another item, or put an item up for sale for gold or gems (Cash shop currency). This AH can be accessed ANYWHERE. I was accessing it while questing. I was extremely baffled by the auctioneers standing around in town, though.
Hearts are WoW Quests in Disguise
I thought the hearts on the minimap were events, but they’re just WoW quests in disguise. You go up to them and work individually to complete them. Once completed, they’re done. They are far more organic feeling than WoW quests since you’re roaming the zones to complete them and they fit the theme of the area. I absolutely prefer this over the traditional quest hub system since that felt entirely immersion breaking and this system at least disguises it better. Still, the heart quests are traditional feeling by “kill x” etc.
Events are the Orange Circles -> They’re better than Hearts
I realized the events are the orange things that pop up sometimes on top of the hearts, and even sometimes coordinate with the heart areas (or do they always?) to provide an augmented experience. I was doing some quest right at the beginning of the Norn area to transform into a leopard and kill rabbits, then suddenly an event starts and has me utilize that same leopord transformation to kill other bad guys that appear out of the ground. The orange events are more rewarding since they give karma (currency), and seem more difficult and interesting. I assume these can be repeated.
Videos and Classes
I have plenty of footage to process into videos for posting tomorrow. I’ve been able to try several of the classes and I’m already figuring out which ones I enjoy and which ones I hate.
Running Commentary of My Overall Impressions = The Important Stuff
There is still a long way for GW2 to go before they’re ready to launch. I’m actually questioning if it was a good idea to adopt so early. I’m having fun, and certainly learning a ton every hour that makes things more enjoyable, but I end my day of play with the gut feeling that this game needs a lot more time in beta to polish. Heck, for all I know the plan is is to wait several more months before launching.
I don’t regret my purchase, but I am grateful there isn’t a subscription fee. If you asked me right now if you should pre-purchase, I would say I’m on the fence and want to play more before I can recommend it.