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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Gracerath » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:04 pm

Beta invites going out for pre purchase folks. They are going out in waves. Check your emails. The link to get started in your email may not work since the site is getting a prison pounding.

Also a neat community event, http://www.guildwars2guru.com/forum/no- ... 36890.html

People can hop on their teamspeak, ask questions, group up for content, etc.

Yay!
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Eltiana » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:20 am

Gracerath wrote:Beta invites going out for pre purchase folks. They are going out in waves. Check your emails. The link to get started in your email may not work since the site is getting a prison pounding.

Also a neat community event, http://www.guildwars2guru.com/forum/no- ... 36890.html

People can hop on their teamspeak, ask questions, group up for content, etc.

Yay!

Downloading the client as we speak. List of server names is up also for those that want to pick a server for their guild or something:

http://www.arena.net/blog/choosing-and- ... ild-wars-2
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby ryan4nayr » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:58 pm

I laughed when I saw this bit of news at http://www.guildwarsinsider.com/digital ... -sold-out/

Guild Wars 2 is sold-out!

Looks like those beta servers are gonna be filled to the brim.
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Gracerath » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:11 pm

I can definitely see the reasoning behind it but the implementation is kind of poor. Seems to me they'd be better off just removing the tidbit about "every pre purchase gets a beta invite" or putting some kind of date on them. Anyone who buys after X date will only be able to participate in the next beta event or something. Seems silly to cut off their own sales when people obviously still want to buy the game (even if they are just buying it for beta access).
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Era » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:19 pm

Having some naaasty rubber-banding in the GW2 beta.. :(
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Eltiana » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:33 pm

I have a rather low end laptop, and I haven't really been having any issues...except ones that reasonably come with having a low end laptop. Otherwise, been having a blast in beta so far. Norn Guardian on Sea of Sorrows server.

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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Gracerath » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:22 am

I had a tiny bit of occasional lag when I first started and a few random disconnects but otherwise fairly smooth. I turned off shadows and water reflections for some performance improvement. Everything else was gorgeous. I also made a norn guardian.

You know that feeling you get when you first play a brand new MMO and visit some place awesome and iconic for the first time? Such as a brand new player in vanilla WoW walking through the gates of Stormwind for the very first time? I got that 3 different times tonight going through Divinity's Reach, Lion's Arch and Hoelbrak. I'd say I spent about half of my total playtime today just exploring those 3 cities.

The dynamic events I ran across were all a lot of fun and pretty well scripted. I doubt I ever go back to traditional MMO questing again. Especially when dealing with escorts. I remember in WoW showing up to an escort NPC quest and someone else was doing it so you had to sit and wait for them to finish. GW2, you get to the "quest giver" and he says the escort is out and about, go find it! So you do. You can help out mid escort. And get credit. Sadly though, all the lower level "boss" fights at the end of some of the chains turn into a giant zerg. No one seems to take damage, the bosses go down smoothly but take a while. However, its low level pve content so I can't really expect a great challenge just yet.

Combat is fun. A bit difficult to get used to though. I'm probably better off than most since I've been playing a lot of action combat MMO's lately but even then it is still a challenge. There were several times where I and the few people I was with sucked and died. One part I couldn't quite figure out why I had died so quickly. It was because I was level 6 trying to fight a level 11 and I did not dodge very well. Splat.

I haven't had a chance to try the pvp yet. My server was getting crushed when I checked though. As a matter of fact, one of the servers was dominating the other two pretty handily. It was like 30k points to 10k to 9k(my server). I'm not sure if that is just due to participation or population or suck.
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Era » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:32 am

Era on Aurora Glade, although I haven't played much. My laptop is pretty good (Alienware), and my internet connection is badass - so I have no idea why the lag was so horrible. I set the graphics to minimum and turned off every other web application, but still it was rubberbanding like nothing I've ever seen.

Maybe it'll be better today.

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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Gracerath » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:24 am

One thing to note is that currently game performance is more based around the power of your processor rather than your video card. They haven't got things quite optimized just yet so changing various video settings may not change performance a whole lot. There are several threads on GW2Guru talking about it. That could be your reason for poor performance. I have a middle of the road processor that is probably 4 years old at this point and I run things mostly ok. Lag can be highly dependent on the server you are on and the area. Friends I was playing with were also reporting some pretty bad lag but in the less populated "overflow" areas or inside a personal story instance, they said it ran way better.
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Era » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:33 am

Game runs just fine today, beefed the graphics back up as well. I have a quad core processor, maybe the game isn't optimized for that - I never thought about it. Anyway, it runs fine now, no lag except random waves of global lag (that hits everyone at once).

I'm still not sure what I think about the game - it's certainly not bad, I'm just not sure if it's great or just good. :roll:
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Gracerath » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:58 am

Haha I had a similar conversation with a friend about our initial thoughts about how good the game was. We came to the consensus that while it is probably the best MMO we've played to date, it does not live up to the hype we had created in our minds, which we went in fully expecting. Dynamic events are certainly awesome but not as exciting as we thought as far as affecting the world around us. Of course we're only in low level content so we can't really make an accurate judgment.
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Fridmarr » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:07 am

And it's beta.

To be honest, I don't really need something revolutionary from the actual game play perspective, few of the games I've played have disappointed in that regard. I'm just hoping for something that is able to hold my interest with my very limited play time. Admittedly that's extremely difficult (though hopefully not impossible) to achieve while also being compelling for folks who can play for hours a day.

I've got a few hours left on the download, then I should have a little bit of time to get my feet wet and size things up a bit.
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Eltiana » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:12 am

Fridmarr wrote:And it's beta.

To be honest, I don't really need something revolutionary from the actual game play perspective, few of the games I've played have disappointed in that regard. I'm just hoping for something that is able to hold my interest with my very limited play time. Admittedly that's extremely difficult (though hopefully not impossible) to achieve while also being compelling for folks who can play for hours a day.

I've got a few hours left on the download, then I should have a little bit of time to get my feet wet and size things up a bit.

Come back and tell us what you think. Another opinion never hurts. Personally the game matches my expectations, but I did a fairly good job of keeping up with news and tempering my expectations with the reality of how things would probably work.
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Era » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:22 pm

Combat feels a LITTLE sluggish imo, not as sharp and reactive as I'd prefer - but it's really just a minor irritation; and I've only gotten time to properly test one class (Elementalist) yet, so other classes might be better.

I'm still gonna play Ele though! ^^
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Re: Guild Wars 2

Postby Era » Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:13 pm

Got white dye! Really nice. ^^

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