Posts Tagged ‘Arenanet’

Escape To New York: The Secret World’s First Raid

I’ve seen the things that are to come in The Secret World, at least some of them, and even though the present is turbulent the future seems bright, or at least as bright as global conflict, the destruction of a metropolis and the spilling over of supernatural horror onto city streets could possibly be. It’s a flame-bright future with a great deal of ash, boiling blood and smoke blotted across it. As well as witnessing the power of plotting, I’ve been dipping into Guild Wars 2 for the first time, so along with a tour taking in elements of The Secret World’s first raid, I’ve been wondering whether I have room for two MMORPGs in my life.

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Wot I Think: Guild Wars 2

I am Guild Wars 2, and I am here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to feel awesome from Level 1? No, says the man in the accounting office, that belongs to those who subscribe! No, says the man in the dungeon, that belongs to the hardcore! No, says the man in the beard, that belongs to the guilds! I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... fighting a dragon in the goddamn tutorial!

You’ve probably never heard of Guild Wars 2 – a plucky little MMO that’s so far failed to draw much attention around the net. You might want to give it a look though. Maybe. They say it does a couple of moderately cool things. And it looks quite nice, if you’re into that.

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ArenaNot: Guild Wars 2 Permabans, Direct Sales Halted

ArenaNet has permanently banned 3000 players for exploiting a weapon-reselling bug. Seems a bit harsh for just messing with virtual economics? ArenaNet say it’s a statement of intent. Speaking on reddit, lead producer Chris Whiteside said: “We take our community and the integrity of the game very seriously, and want to be clear that intentionally exploiting the game is unacceptable… The players we banned were certainly intentionally and repeatedly exploiting a bug in the game. We intended to send a very clear message that exploiting the game in this way will not be tolerated, and we believe this message now has been well understood.” UPDATE: These bans can now be appealed via the game’s support process.

Blimey. And these are some bold moves from the company: ArenaNet have even stopped selling the game directly from their site until they have things sorted for existing players. This does not stop you from buying it via other outlets, however.
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Guild Wars 2: MMO Vs. Story, Round 7

I get knocked down! But I get up again! Because permadeath isn't part of our world!

Guild Wars 2 isn’t the first MMO that’s tried to tell a single-player story. For that specific element, it’s not even the highest profile one in recent months – both The Old Republic and The Secret World going all out to make narrative matter. The stories it tells, while definitely fun, aren’t as interesting or memorable, or even as notable a presence during most of my travels.

So why do I feel much more involved with my Elementalist’s personal journey through the world than with either of the games that set out to make narrative their main selling point?

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Guild Wars 2: Pride Of The Black Lion Trading Company

But not one after the other. Even a banker could tell you that's a bad idea for your balance.

It’s Guild Wars 2 Day, and may all the gods combined have mercy on ArenaNet’s servers. I’m working on the WIT at the moment, and you can check out Alec’s early impressions of the game here, but while we battle both foul monsters and bloody overflow server bugs, we’re going to take a look at a couple of specific things of interest. Up first, the Black Lion Trading Company – the Guild Wars 2 item store that’s a little more hooked into the economy than most.

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ArenaNet On Guild Wars 2… As A Platformer

Guild Wars 2 is quite well-liked in our fabulously attractive (have you seen our brand new sexy, sexy hotbar?) corner of the Internet. Richard alone has written 427 trillion words on the subject of ArenaNet’s fantastic-looking fantasy sequel, and he’ll soon be embarking on a hot air balloon journey to see how many times they can wrap around the surface of the Earth. So when I went to a recent Guild Wars 2 showcase in my neck of the woods, I wasn’t too terribly surprised when I got an eye-full of content we’d already covered. So I did what any sensible person would in my situation: grilled game designer Mike Zadorojny about jumping puzzles in a swords ‘n’ sorcery MMORPG.

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Guild Wars 2: Every Crowd Has A Sylvari Line-Up

Never mind evil dragons. The Sylvari's real horror came when they discovered a race of giant humanoid woodpeckers. It was a knotty problem when they realised their bark was worse than their bite, so the whole forest just packed up their trunks and left.

This weekend sees the final Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend, with the big addition of its two remaining races – the ingenious gnome-like Asura, and the flowery Sylvari. You’ll be able to play as either… or indeed both, if you like… but what can you expect from the trip? ArenaNet gave me early access to the Sylvari starting area to check out Levels 1-15 in detail.

Will there be awful botanical puns? I suspect we may be facing arborgeddon.

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Guilds Will War Once More On August 28th

So, Guild Wars 2 is out on August 28th and that’s about all there is to say about that, except possibly ‘finally’ and ‘hurrah’. I could try to construct a tortured metaphor about bowler hats, butlers and afternoon tea but you’d probably rather just see official confirmation in the form of a video which uses a series of increasingly rapid cuts to build excitement. Good thing I have one of those somewhere around here.

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Guild Wars 2: All Quest On The Western Front

Goddamnit! I can't believe we ALL forgot our front door keys!

While most of the attention on Guild Wars 2 has been on its main world, where quests and stories await your heroism, there’s a whole second way to play – the eternal PvP war that is World vs. World vs. World, where both players and monsters are ready to get in your face. But can you really climb the levels in it? For this beta weekend, I decided to give it a shot…

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The Guild Pre-Wars Continue

Look at that purple staff. Snicker

There’s to be another beta weekend for Guild Wars 2, the MMO that resolutely refuses to launch. Which means, once again, I won’t be able to play the thing due to weekend plans. Specifically in this case, camping in Sherwood Forest and listening to indie bands. Can’t we have a beta weekday evening or two instead, please?

If you are around for the 8th to 10th of June, you should be able to hop onto a GW2 beta server presuming you’ve either pre-ordered or already managed to snag a beta account from somewhere. The good news of previous beta-barons is that characters from the first weekend haven’t been wiped, so this might be your chance to have a nose at some of the higher-level contentydoodledoo.
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Weekend Wars: Guild Wars 2 Beta Event Starts April 27

What that is: I'm not quite sure. What it's not: an effective combat tactic.

Did you pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 in frothy mouthed anticipation of a pre-release weekend getaway in Tyria while pre-heating an oven and pre-procuring a preponderance of preserves because you must get a head start on all aspects of life? Well then, good news: your foresight’s paid off in the form of an upcoming beta weekend event, which will run from April 27 to 29. There’ll be more in the future as well, but they’ll be announced at a later date. Unfortunately, good old-fashioned sign-ups are now closed, so it’s pre-order or bust. But hey, at least you can still read about the beta, thanks to the wonderful Richard Cobbett. And really, who cares about actually playing a game when you can live the experience vicariously with phrases like “pooping defiance“?

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10 Thoughts And Cool Things About Guild Wars 2

Whoops! Sorry! Fired backwards again!
You’ve already read Richard’s experiences with the recent Guild Wars 2 beta. There’s much more to say about it though, so here are ten specific things that caught his eye while playing – some big, some small, but all slightly different from the MMO norm.
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Hands On: A Long Weekend With Guild Wars 2

Yer a wizard, 'arry? Bah! It's like she didn't do any research at all!

Guild Wars 2 isn’t just the next big MMO on the horizon. It’s the one everyone seems to be pinning their hopes on to reinvent the genre and finally kick World of Warcraft off its high perch. But is it really the RPG you’re looking for? We sent Richard to Tyria to find out.

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