That other game would be World of Warcraft of course.
Ever since I started playing Guild Wars 2, the fun is back in my casual evening gaming. And it’s mainly because GW2 takes a different approach to the MMO genre.
1. People tend to be less of an asshole
A pretty important factor.
You see, when ever I encounter a random someone in GW2, I’m NOT annoyed by their presence. They are not hindering my game play, they can’t really steal your questmobs because everything spawns so fast. They can’t steal your resource nodes because everyone has their own nodes.
In fact, having another person around you means one thing, events (quests) get done faster, and the chances of defeating a champion mob (group events) are better because of the extra manpower.
Loot is not an issue since everyone has their own loot from kills …
And the most cool thing ever, everyone can revive other people. See someone go down? You can help him/her out.
All these things, and probably more i’m forgetting, make you act less of an asshole. Even if it is unintended, the asshole-factor is diminished because of the system in place.
2. No traditional roles (tank – healer – dps)
This was (and still is) a tricky thing to get used to. The main thing to pay attention to is … yourself. If you die during a group event, or in a dungeon, it is because you’re not paying attention to something and got your ass handed to you.
This alone makes me love GW2. Personal responsibility.
3. Everything you do makes you level your character.
Whether it’s doing events, crafting, exploring … it’s all possible while playing the game naturally.
4. Level scaling makes all content a ‘challenge’
Visiting a low level zone scales your level down to that zone, so you don’t feel like a god walking the earth. No insta-gibbing mobs.
I wasn’t convinced at first (What the point mammy!!???) but in the end, this turns out to be interesting. The loot you get is scaled to your actual level, but everything stays interesting.
5. World of Warcraft is doing it wrong, intentionally
Funny story, the other day me and my gaming buddy Tally were standing in front of the first dungeon of the game, and we wanted to do it for the first time.
Now in GW2 there is no dungeon finder, so you actually have to go old school and ask in the map chat channel to find other party members.
Anyway, we get to the dungeon entrance and there a bunch of people standing there, only no chat in /say or /map. No one was talking.
So I just go /m LF3M AC story mode
And immediately I get 3 private messages from people wanting to join our group. Upon inviting them I asked why they weren’t advertising a search in the chat, seeing how they were standing here in front of the dungeon entrance before us.
And all of them answered something like ‘I’ve never done a dungeon before in this game and just want to keep a low profile. Don’t want to get yelled at for doing something wrong.’
To which I said : ‘I’m guessing you’ve all played WOW before right?’
And all of them did …
After that we zoned into the dungeon, got our arses kicked several times (think 4 times), and had a shit load of fun in the process. And the cool part? No one left the group, no one complained, no one insulted. The extra cool part? We actually talked in party chat about the dungeon.
Dungeon finder tool? I will pass tyvm …