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April 27, 2012 1:29:40 PM

So guys what are you most looking forward to in the Guild wars 2 beta this weekend and the full game?

I am excited about the WvW.
April 27, 2012 5:00:36 PM

I'm excited about picking a new game in general (haven't played anything new since skyrim)

so because of that

- awesome graphics and visuals
- exploring the environments
- learning the new game mechanics, skills, items, quests, maps, etc, etc
- story line (since Arena.net claims there to be one)
- objective pvp (I guess this makes it WvW by definition, but I'm also looking into epic missions or raids or similar whatever it is called in GW)

Yeah, pretty much looking forward to everything, except maybe assholes as we all know there will be some in any online community
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April 27, 2012 5:51:03 PM

You know last weekend I didn't feel like playing any of the games I had. That was the first time I felt like that in a really long time. Hopefully Guild Wars 2 will be able to fill that void. Yeah same. I do like pvp, but I am more of a pve guy so I hope Gw2 still has stuff for guys like me.
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April 27, 2012 6:55:34 PM

only 5 mins to go!!!
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April 27, 2012 7:11:12 PM

and about 3 hours untill the server's are not jammed up and i can join :( 
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April 27, 2012 9:07:01 PM

hopefully it's ok by the time I get home from work :) 

if anyone surfaces for air, post first impressions!
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April 27, 2012 9:43:50 PM

i got about 20mins and it was great but i went afk and now i can't log back on, i think it is getting busier as people come home from work etc. i hope that it will calm down in a few hours.
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April 28, 2012 1:22:09 AM

Played about an hour and a half... level 5. Fun stuff. :)  Will be back on later.
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April 28, 2012 1:46:54 AM

Shame beta access only comes with a pre-purchase. Would like an opportunity to try the game without commitment.
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April 28, 2012 3:27:08 AM

I believe they had a sign up for beta earlier for those who didn't wish to prepurchase in order to get access, but that sing up is now long closed.
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April 28, 2012 6:36:39 AM

im waiting for a review before purchase, but ill post here to read your initial thoughts.
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April 29, 2012 6:31:23 PM

how are people finding it so far, imo it is one of the best games i have ever played, i have being playing a charr ranger so far got him to lvl 13, next beta i think im going to try a norn warrior or a human thief. i hope its not fully released until my college year is over i already have enough distractions haha.
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April 30, 2012 1:29:12 PM

Well, so far I've enjoyed the PvE quite a lot. The "main" quest line is pretty well made with nice cinematic dialogues between your char and the quest important NPCs (I don't really dig the voice choices for females, but maybe they'll fix it up later). Also, the fact that majority of the dialogue is voiced and is presented as a cut scene makes it easier to follow the plot of the quest, instead of just clicking Next button a few times, because you're not feeling like reading all the text that comes before the quest objectives. Beyond that you can roam the land and help out in different areas as there's various conditional quests that pop up every several minutes (these quests make the leveling between the main story quests easier since you don't have to just go and grind mobs, instead you go do a local quest which involves killing something).

Another thing is that they are emphasizing the "I" and "my" as in player's story to the point of being cheesy and over-the-top. I do get that they want to make the story about your actions as a player, but your character pointing it out for your in dialogues and cutscenes is just too much.

What else, the graphics are really nice, maxed out on sub-1080p the game looks very nice, would even rival some of the single player games I'd say. The engine is a little funny though, as if you decrease the resolution you're playing at, for some reason it drops the texture resolutions too. At 1080p you get very nice textures. In-game you can enable FXAA, not sure about how well forcing AA through GPU works, didn't bother with trying. Another cool thing there was an option to enable stereoscopic rendering, but it didn't seem to do anything, unless I'm mistaken and that implies something else besides 3D-display mode. But if I'm not mistaken then they are planning to make the game playable in 3D mode, which is pretty neat.

In general I find the game quite enjoyable since there's a lot of things to do besides main questing. There's elaborate crafting system. There are bonuses you get for exploring the maps (mainly you get some exp for it but occasionally you stumble on some quest that gives nice rewards). There's also PvP and WvW, now for this beta you could tell it's still WIP, since NPCs were there, but had very little description to them. WvW is fun, I've tried it for a little bit, but then got tired of running around for 5 minutes before you get to any action and your ability to die to a simple pack of wolves. All in all I'd recommend that before you go into WvW at least to open up all the skills for the possible weapons that you will be using, because doing it inside WvW will take you forever. That said, I did see quite a number of people on the WvW map that I jumped to, so I'm guessing there's quite a fan base for that game mode. No comment on PvP as I didn't try it, the only neat thing about it is if you wish to see what a certain class would look like at level 80 with some skills, go into PvP training grounds, you'll be given all the skills and all the weapons so you'll be able to try all of them and see if you like the class or not.

Alright, that's all my impressions for now. I only got to play about 6-8 hrs total as most of it was in the evenings of the 3 days that the beta ran, while there were people claiming in chat that they've played for over 24 hrs straight...
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April 30, 2012 4:02:22 PM

Best answer selected by sgtpepper500.
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April 30, 2012 4:06:40 PM

AntiZig summed it up very well. I really miss my guild wars though that game was an absolute blast for me!
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June 13, 2012 8:07:27 PM

Any new thoughts after the second beta weekend, guys?
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June 13, 2012 8:24:45 PM

i didn't really play it that much, i tried to make a human character but was disappointed with how they look, so i made another charr and the first quest was bugged so know one could complete it, also i have a *** ton of college work that needs to be in for next week.
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