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  grimmliberty

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Joined: 9/24/11
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5/28/12 10:15:29 PM#41

Ok, I was experimenting with this last BWE and I found it inconsistant and reported it as a bug. 

IF I rolled away before the red circle showed up and I was IN it at all when the effect went off, I got hurt every time, one time damage. 

 

IF I rolled as soon as I saw a red circle, sometimes I got hurt, sometimes I did not, mostly it seemed reletive to how far away from the center of the circle I was when I started, but I could not confirm that. BUT when I did take damage it was as if I stood there, DoT ticks.

I also noted that I took more damage the closer I was to the center, which is not the way I was told it works... so I reported that as well. 

 

IF I rolled INTO a red circle before it appeared, I took damage most of the time, but not every time, one time, no DoT ticks.

This damage WAS greater when I was closer to the center of the effect. Again, not what I was told should happen. 

I reported that as well. 

 

IF I rolled INTO a red circle after it appeared I took no damage until the roll animation stopped. Every time. I took DoT ticks as soon as the animation stopped until the red circle went away. However, it was the same amount every time, no matter where I moved to in the circle... 

 

 

There is some mechanic here that they are not telling us I suspect. 

Sincerely,
Grimm Liberty

  terrant

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Joined: 3/16/07
Posts: 1685

5/28/12 10:51:05 PM#42
Originally posted by MMOExposed

 

You are pretty much exposing the issue here. Why play Melee if ranged is better? Some people like to play Melee because that interest them more than ranged classes in rpg. But when ranged exceed Melee in terms of quality, there is nothing left for Melee to do other than switch over.

Melee fighters tend to die in Melee range near hard hitting creatures, which makes it harder to Rez them compared to ranged fighters. A skilled ranged fighter is greater asset than a skill Melee fighter.

And my parry idea does make sense. Have a party bar similar to Dodge bar. Each time you get hit in Melee range, the bar goes down till empty. Parrying prevents attack from doing more than 33% of your max HP in damage. Once it depletes, it will slowly start to recharge so it can be used again. Basically this is a passive mechanic to prevent npc from doing too much damage to Melee fighters. Ranged doesn't need this, since they aren't in Melee range to begin with.

Hit and run may work well for ranged, but Melee still has animation locks. Movement can interrupt these skills. Don't forget many heals can't be casted while moving. This is another pro ranged argument here.

Ranged is not better. It's easier and safer, perhaps, but does less damage, has less utility, and from a pve perspective, is less likely to get a mobs attention. Which means you can hang back all you want in pve, and while you're keeping your distance your teammates might be getting murdered.  In pvp, ranged classes will find the substantial number of shutdowns and controls melees have to keep them in their place.

 

Melee fighters die in melee range of a creature you say? ASTOUNDING. Brilliant observations aside, have whoever picks the mob up after that person kite the mob away from the corpse, and rez him. rinse and repeat. Use some tactics. A skilled ranged fighter and a skilled melee fighter are equally valuable, although often in different situations.

 

Your parry bar idea is useless. Keep in mind all of the active blocks/evades/etc melee already have. Animation issues aside, I found once I got used to the timing of an enemy and knew how to play I got hit very seldomly. And died even less. As a mesmer. A clothie with a sword. My only concession will be that mobs need to give better warning to melee players that a big hit is about to come through. It's hard or impossible to see sometimes.

 

All melee skills with animation locks have them for good reason. Take blurred  frenzy or whatever the heck it's called, the Mesmer sword #2. Does a butt ton of damage. I remember being annoyed when I first tried it, because I was locked in the animation, and moving would break me out of the attack. So I had to sit there. Then I stopped and read how the ability worked, and realized I was invulnerable when it was animating. So what did I so? Learned to time using that ability with enemy alpha strikes, soaking their big shots while doing a ton of damage. Are they about to do another? I can use my 5 (pistol) to stun them. Or I can roll out of the way. I found quickly that I could rotate between roll, stun, and blur to prevent most damage form coming in. In a tight spot? I swapped to GS and used my 5 to aoe kncokback. That cought time for my defensive abilities to cool off. Back to 1hs and keep murdering.

 

I'm not saying melee is perfect the way it is, but I AM saying that understanding game mechanics makes it A LOT easier than people think. 

 

 

  MMOExposed

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Joined: 6/17/10
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5/28/12 11:40:12 PM#43
Originally posted by Satarious
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by p_c_sousa
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by timeraider

 

 

 

 

You are pretty much exposing the issue here. Why play Melee if ranged is better? Some people like to play Melee because that interest them more than ranged classes in rpg. But when ranged exceed Melee in terms of quality, there is nothing left for Melee to do other than switch over.

Melee fighters tend to die in Melee range near hard hitting creatures, which makes it harder to Rez them compared to ranged fighters. A skilled ranged fighter is greater asset than a skill Melee fighter.

And my parry idea does make sense. Have a party bar similar to Dodge bar. Each time you get hit in Melee range, the bar goes down till empty. Parrying prevents attack from doing more than 33% of your max HP in damage. Once it depletes, it will slowly start to recharge so it can be used again. Basically this is a passive mechanic to prevent npc from doing too much damage to Melee fighters. Ranged doesn't need this, since they aren't in Melee range to begin with.

Hit and run may work well for ranged, but Melee still has animation locks. Movement can interrupt these skills. Don't forget many heals can't be casted while moving. This is another pro ranged argument here.

I can't speak for 1 on 1, but melee are absolutely essential for WvW (or massive online battles).  I can't tell you how many times I wished more people would play melee when our side was holed up in a keep under siege in Warhammer and Daoc.  With nothing but ranged on your side, all you can hope to do is hang out on the walls all day and fight to a standstill.  That gets pretty boring after awhile.  But with a large group of melee on your side, you can punch a hole in the offense (scattering them to the winds in the process) and drive them back.  It's always most fun when you have a good balance of range and melee in RvR (or WvW, in this case).

 

I disagree. Melee fighters going outside the keep to attack a Zerg is a dead Melee fighter, who will be forced to Rez far away since nobody will be able to go out there to Rez them. I tried this on my guardian. I could only lay out a quick AoE on the ground before being fixed to portal back into the keep to stay safe from zerger.

The best defense is to stay on roof with ranged and siege weapons

  pacov

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Joined: 5/26/10
Posts: 316

5/28/12 11:58:44 PM#44
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by Satarious
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by p_c_sousa
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by timeraider

 

 

 

 

You are pretty much exposing the issue here. Why play Melee if ranged is better? Some people like to play Melee because that interest them more than ranged classes in rpg. But when ranged exceed Melee in terms of quality, there is nothing left for Melee to do other than switch over.

Melee fighters tend to die in Melee range near hard hitting creatures, which makes it harder to Rez them compared to ranged fighters. A skilled ranged fighter is greater asset than a skill Melee fighter.

And my parry idea does make sense. Have a party bar similar to Dodge bar. Each time you get hit in Melee range, the bar goes down till empty. Parrying prevents attack from doing more than 33% of your max HP in damage. Once it depletes, it will slowly start to recharge so it can be used again. Basically this is a passive mechanic to prevent npc from doing too much damage to Melee fighters. Ranged doesn't need this, since they aren't in Melee range to begin with.

Hit and run may work well for ranged, but Melee still has animation locks. Movement can interrupt these skills. Don't forget many heals can't be casted while moving. This is another pro ranged argument here.

I can't speak for 1 on 1, but melee are absolutely essential for WvW (or massive online battles).  I can't tell you how many times I wished more people would play melee when our side was holed up in a keep under siege in Warhammer and Daoc.  With nothing but ranged on your side, all you can hope to do is hang out on the walls all day and fight to a standstill.  That gets pretty boring after awhile.  But with a large group of melee on your side, you can punch a hole in the offense (scattering them to the winds in the process) and drive them back.  It's always most fun when you have a good balance of range and melee in RvR (or WvW, in this case).

 

I disagree. Melee fighters going outside the keep to attack a Zerg is a dead Melee fighter, who will be forced to Rez far away since nobody will be able to go out there to Rez them. I tried this on my guardian. I could only lay out a quick AoE on the ground before being fixed to portal back into the keep to stay safe from zerger.

The best defense is to stay on roof with ranged and siege weapons

that was because you were alone which will ofcourse not be of any effect. He is referring to large group of melee players. I can confirm this because in my experience of last BWE melee players would always push ranged professions back since it is their "instinct" to retreat when they are in danger, all you need is a good amount to inflict fear.

  Irus

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Joined: 1/11/11
Posts: 780

5/29/12 12:01:44 AM#45

I really don't know what's the deal with melee in GW2. My general conclusion was that it has no feedback whatsoever. You have no way to know an attack is coming unless it's already there, and there are lots of leftover MMO effects where mobs auto-face too fast, move with you too fast, hit you while hitting air. That doesn't merge with twitch combat very well.

They tried to plug twitch combat elements into what is originally a pseudo-turn-based (literally) paradigm of standard fare MMORPG combat. I don't think Arena.net consulted other melee combat games... I believe that's why it feels so clunky. It's just a really primitive version of melee combat where they decided to stick in dodge and see what happens. I don't think they even have proper hit detection (i.e., reading where a sword went). I applaud them for trying to stick even that little in an MMORPG, I suppose, I heard that stuff is heavy on servers.

I've played plenty of games with complex melee combat (Mount&Blade, Gothic/Risen, Demons' Souls, Blade of Darkness). They could take quite a while to master but there was rarely any confusion on how, or why, you got hit. Definitely not if you fought the same kind of monster over and over.

The first enemies to kill in Demons' Souls, the "ultra hard unforgiving game", are really intuitive to adapt to and soon enough you could kill them without getting hit (of course, later you'd meet some "Oh God wtf is this, why!? I'm going back to world 1." guys). Heck, I even got to kill the tutorial boss (two-shots you). DS and GW2 twitch mechanics are somewhat similar. DS also has wide rolls as a large part of avoiding damage, especially if you're on a class that doesn't use shields. Same applied for Risen, for that matter. I had no trouble dodging, whether by roll, sidestep, or circling, in either game.

In GW2, I attempted to practice melee combat on worms in the Charr starting area. After spending probably like an hour on the worms and trying to kill them without getting hit I met no success (I did try on some other mobs but I had a Ranger at the time and I mention the problem with Ranger in tha paragraph below). In fact, I had this strange scary feeling that I'll never get a hang on that combat no matter how much I tried. There's something seriously broken with feedback in the GW2 combat system. I believe it's one of these, or a combination of these (I may be wrong on some accounts because, as I said, the system has no feedback, IMO. Twitch combat in an MMO is a new thing yet the game takes no effort to tell you what part of it is still MMO and what part is twitch).

Problem 1: automatic attack of skill 1 when you're in range. Who's stupid idea was this? You have an attack that exposes you ON AUTO? And it does different thing each time, to boot? Are you nuts? That would be a death sentence in any of the games I listed. You added twitch combat, you remove this rubbish. It doesn't hit until I tell it to hit. Don't even get me started on the Ranger sword 1 chain, that was just terrible, it literally forces you into the animation if you're too close. I hope this is disablable somewhere. This really kills dodging because you can't dodge until the attack animation is over and even then dodging while your char is wildly flying around...

Problem 2: no punishment on missing/being hit. Missing/being hit doesn't mean squat aside from the element of being in an animation. In most proper melee games, missing is exposure. You missed, I roll to the right, I hit you while you're still facing where I used to be with your hand outstretched. I miss, same thing happens. GW2 version: "Whack?" "Whack!" "Roll!" "Big deal. Whack." GW2 has nearly instant return on attacks for both player and enemy. The other bad thing about this is that I have very delayed realization of when I actually got hit. This is a bad feedback situation. The only way for me to know I got hit is see my red numbers pop up... it's very, very difficult to notice otherwise. In other games, when you get hit it's so painfully obviously you're very quick to link that to a certain monster animation or w/e. GW2 is like "wait, I got hit? WTF?"

Missing/recoil mechanics in Demons' Souls (1:30): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MIfCEPDU94

Risen (1:40): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UcD0O2bJbE

Notice how muh you are punished for doing something wrong, like missing, getting hit. Explosure on bad shield block. Getting hit multiple times in a row. Also notice how if you can get in a good position, you get rewarded by, say, a long chain of attacks that they can't handle.

Problem 3: auto-facing on mobs, lack of facing help for the player. Facing is one of the ways to control melee combat in games.

DS lets you lock on an enemy and then the game lets you move around while still facing them. This is really helpful, especially against singular targets, and especially with precision weapons such as spears. The facing is not instant, though. But it's invaluable if you are doing a lot of moving that changes your facing direction. A roll in GW2 does just that, you roll and you're facing God knows where and then have to mouse turn yourself (ironically, this IS instant).

Auto-facing on mobs doesn't seem very consistent in GW2. I kept trying to figure out how it works. It seems there's no instant auto-facing present in most MMORPG's, but nevertheless I saw some mobs do 90 degree turns, while others turned much slowly. It also seems circle-strafing is more useful than dodging because circle-strafing doesn't activate their auto-facing while dodging does.

From this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR0-S9SQCW4

Look at 0:56-0:58 (yes, it's that short. You will probably have trouble catching it). Holy mother auto-facing Batman! That's like, what, 100+ degrees in a split second? And he attacks right after!? What kind of dodging can you possibly have in a game where a mob auto-faces 100 degrees with an attack??? (instant, no less) When switching targets, to boot? So much for team play or w/e.

The other battle you can watch from 3:36 on. This is what most combat should look like (well, sort of). So this guy has these slow attacks which are dodgeable (this doesn't seem to be the case of any mobs I fought in the Charr starting area. They all have much faster attacks with untraceable animations (like the lizard above, anyway). I can has slower mobs for newbs???). He also doesn't do instant attacks. He's readable, he's predictable. In fact, he probably needs more stuff or he will get whacked to death...

(and notice the player gets hit all day. "Skilled" PvE, my ass)

Problem 4: controls.

I really haven't played any game where I felt a double tap roll is a good idea. It's always awkward to double tap a key like that while doing something else, it's always going to be a delay in reaction time. I strongly prefer a system where you can aim the dodge with your mouse and then click ONE button somewhere to roll in that direction, and the double tap remains for secondary rolls such as side or back (the main roll is diagonal). Or, I don't see anything wrong with a roll in the direction you're walking (similar to Shift + move mechanics in some games). Why the effing double tap? So outdated. Like trying to strafe with '<' and '>' buttons in DooM... if it was a button press I'd just put it on one of my extra mouse buttons and be happy.

I find this worth bolding because this is my chief personal experience and frustration with the roll system. They seem to roll you farther than you need them to in toe to toe combat. When I roll, I disengage 90% of the time because I simply roll very far. I don't need to disengage, I just need them to miss and un-face me, but I want to stay in melee range so I can hit them again. Instead, I roll too far, gain absolutely no advantage, and then have to get back, by which time they can launch their pseudo-instant attack animation again anyway. I found nothing to be gained by rolls in many situations, I just circle strafed instead. Rolls seemed far more useful on my ranged guy, or to get out of special attacks. Also on big mobs since roll distance keeps you in melee range.

Problem 5: damage by proximity.

Again, this doesn't seem to be the case for all mobs (not the big ass dude up there), but it did seem to be the case for worms and most other mobs. This is true for most MMORPGs out there but is a bit strange for a twitch MMO. If a mob begins an attack animation, you may get hit on it even if you are, say, to the left of the front of the mob, if you're too close to the mob. Particularly, the worm get-out-of-ground attack seemed to work like this. No matter what I do it hits me. Of course, the worm's reaction to you rolling away is to go underground again. This is honestly one of the more annoying mobs in the game and why would you put that in someone's starting area is beyond me.

What I am trying to say is, it seems most mobs have essentially an AoE (or, at least, cone) melee attack that you can't dodge unless you disengage (leave melee range). The reason this is terrible is because it means a close-range side roll is useless since you remain in melee range and get hit anyway. And if you roll any other way you're too far and by the time you come back they restart the attack animation. Catch-22.

Halp?

TL;DR:

GW2 combat is great if you never played any other game with well-implemented melee combat and aren't a huge fan of them. On top of that, it's also counterintuitive in a new and unique way I haven't encountered before. Bad, bad combination. I don't know what the consequence of this will be for the general population, I hope they can forgive and eventually adapt (whatever that means) or we'll end up with some people just plain ragequitting. That, and we may get an overabundance of ranged chars...

  pacov

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5/29/12 12:14:50 AM#46

^ this is just a very small section from your big write up but you can disable auto attack on #1 skill. Hope that fixes some issues for you

  Irus

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5/29/12 12:16:57 AM#47
Originally posted by pacov

^ this is just a very small section from your big write up but you can disable auto attack on #1 skill. Hope that fixes some issues for you

OK, that's a big "phew" for me. I figure they have it by default because a lot of people coming to GW2 may be used to auto-attack.

Originally posted by Wolfynsong

Anyway, maybe the dodge invulnerability just needs to last longer.  I mean, if I can go through a whole BWE without even noticing its effect, it's probably a bit too subtle.

This. If the dodge has any invulnerability at all, to the most basic attacks, I have no idea what the window is. Is it at the beginning? End? Middle? How long is it? (DS gives you a very noticable nearly 100% duration invincibility)

  StrixMaxima

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5/29/12 12:49:15 AM#48

Interesting write-up, Irus. I have some comments:

1 - Comparing an MMO with single player or sharded games is a bit unfair, don't you think? They seem different for you because... they are eminently different from one another. They aim at different things, and thus it is very unrealistic, at this point, to expect a hit-box detection and combat systems of a Demon Souls or Dark Souls on a PC. Even the interfacing is completely different (for good reason).

2 - Classes have lots of resources besides 'walking out of swings'. You have blocks, immunities, slows, stuns, immobilizations, etc that, when timed correctly, are major mitigation for you. I do agree though that there are sometimes, from mob to mob, very little indication of big hits and such. I do expect Anet to improve these cues.

3 - Double tap to dodge: Not necessary. Just bind it to some other key/mouse button and voila.

4 - Hit/Miss exposure: Not entirely true, especially for PVP. I would, time and again, exploit the long animation/windup of some enemies (usually Warriors, Thiefs and Rangers) toland a hit or two. I killed many a Elementalist who thought it was a good idea to stop near me to cast Rain of Fire elsewhere. In PVE, it is surely more of a problem, partly covered by my item 2. Some mobs do have long animation cycles you can take advantage, though.

Thanks.

  Satarious

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5/29/12 2:31:56 AM#49
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by Satarious
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by p_c_sousa
Originally posted by MMOExposed
Originally posted by timeraider

 

 

 

 

 

I disagree. Melee fighters going outside the keep to attack a Zerg is a dead Melee fighter, who will be forced to Rez far away since nobody will be able to go out there to Rez them. I tried this on my guardian. I could only lay out a quick AoE on the ground before being fixed to portal back into the keep to stay safe from zerger.

The best defense is to stay on roof with ranged and siege weapons

Uh... it might be helpful not to take the "one man army" approach whenever you're participating in open world pvp.  It's all about team work and tactics if you want to be successful.  As a single tank, you will only last literally 1 second against a zerg without heals and support.  But if there were 10 melee coordinating attack, watch out!  The zerg would have to spread their damage 10 ways or at least not have a focal point to focus all of their energy.  A single tank is toast... a group of 10+ tanks can steamroll over just about anything.. especially when there's nothing but cloth wearers in their way.  It's like cutting through butter.  Believe me.. I've been through enough of these to know that a bunch of tanks is like a Mac truck that is hard to stop, especially if they're getting support from healers and range.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWdd6_ZxX8c

  seridan

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5/29/12 3:02:23 AM#50

First of all I must say I'm a bit biased towards dodging because I'm used to it from other games. Second, I played only Humans during the BWE, maybe mobs in other areas work differently but I doubt it. Third, I played Elementalist and Guardian (a tiny bit of Warrior). Since the whole talk is about melee and dodging I will focus on my Guardian.

There was a suggestion to increase melee survivability. I disagree. Changes for ALL profs should be avoided at all costs. I played a Warrior up to level 4 and hated it, maybe Wars need a boost, but Guardians certainly not. Arguably they are the most survivable prof and yes they are melee I'm not talking about a ranged Guardian here. I could solo kill Champion Aatxes at the Swamp while being level 12 (they are 15) all fights were very close, I might fall sometimes but they were all certainly EPIC battles and I want more of those. There is also a vid of a Guardian killing 5 players in structured PVP.... solo, with a Greatsword. No range involved here, pure melee and the survivability is simply incredible.

Alright on topic now. I didn't experience any problems with dodging in the BWE, as I said I'm accustomed to predicting and avoiding attacks but isn't this the whole point of the dodge mechanic? It's not like a "new" way to add some dodge to your character like the old 10% evade or 5% block of other games. If it was as easy as just pressing a button it wouldn't make much sense, dodging should require some skill, at least in my opinion.

More specific: The opponents with "Power Attack" (Centaur Warriors) or "Knockback" (Ettins) or "Charging Attack" (Aatxes) or "Massive Attacks" (Skriit) were very easy to dodge. Also the "Poison spitting" of the worms/spiders, the "Gaze" attack of a Bassilisk etc were also easy to dodge (and essential, that poison was annoyingly powerful). Their attacks had a fairly large skill build up (and it was also visible as an effect) and the mobs CANNOT turn at all, while charging their skill, so I could avoid them easily even wihout using "dodge", just moving around them. Heck Ettins are so slow I could move behind them and start stabbing them before they could finish their powerful attack animation and when they did, they simply missed because I wasn't at the attack point anymore (I was attacking them from behind)

A few question for those who had problems with dodging (and some friendly advice):

Did you have problems dodging auto-attacks or  their more powerful blows? I generally kept my endurance (or Aegis skills) high enough to dodge (or Block) their powerful blows and didn't bother dodging their auto-attacks which are a lot harder to dodge anyway.

Did you "start" your dodge after the attack went off or while it was charging? If you try to dodge after the charge up you will still take the damage even while you are performing the roll animation. The key here is to dodge when you see the "Charging" effect which is quite visible for the above mobs I mentioned. If you do that you won't take any kind of damage, regardless of how far you rolled. For example to dodge a Bassilisk gaze attack you need to "dodge" while it has that purple glow around it, if it releases the "beam" it's too late to dodge it and you WILL be affected even while on your roll animation. Champion Aatxes have that animation like a bull getting ready to charge before they perform their Charging Attack, easy to observe, easy to dodge. Pay more attention on your screen while playing.

Fights with "normal" mobs can end without me taking any damage at all.

I don't understand why you need to be "invurnerable" when you dodge. When you dodge you evade an attack, needs some timing, if you fail the timing you will get hit. What do you want here? To get invurnerability everytime you dodge so you negate all attacks without having to "time" your dodge properly? I certainly don't want that, I prefer the combat to be about timing, skill and speed.

Finally, remove the "Auto attack on skill 1" it's not very compatible with "dodging"

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  Caliburn101

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5/29/12 4:36:45 AM#51

Clearly the perfect solution - both in terms of utility and in terms of the MMO-lag issue is to make the Dodge give you the invulnerability buff during its entire animation duration.

This improves the possibility of timing it effectively and entirely deals with the pbaoe issue with bosses - as sideways dodges will be made viable.

Mix that up with better visual indicators for big hits on bosses and hey presto....

  Irus

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5/29/12 9:11:46 AM#52
Originally posted by seridan

There is also a vid of a Guardian killing 5 players in structured PVP.... solo, with a Greatsword. No range involved here, pure melee and the survivability is simply incredible.

That can be done in MMORPG games without any dodge mechanics, too, so it hardly proves anything.

Alright on topic now. I didn't experience any problems with dodging in the BWE, as I said I'm accustomed to predicting and avoiding attacks but isn't this the whole point of the dodge mechanic?

How do you predict instant attacks (often no warning)? And how do you solve the roll-too-far roll-too-close problem?

More specific: The opponents with "Power Attack" (Centaur Warriors) or "Knockback" (Ettins) or "Charging Attack" (Aatxes) or "Massive Attacks" (Skriit) were very easy to dodge. Also the "Poison spitting" of the worms/spiders, the "Gaze" attack of a Bassilisk etc were also easy to dodge (and essential, that poison was annoyingly powerful). Their attacks had a fairly large skill build up (and it was also visible as an effect) and the mobs CANNOT turn at all, while charging their skill, so I could avoid them easily even wihout using "dodge", just moving around them.

Well, this is obviously not personally what I am talking about. Dodging such attacks isn't interesting.

Did you have problems dodging auto-attacks or  their more powerful blows?

Dodge auto-attacks, of course. My whole post is devoted to dodging auto-attacks of Charr area worms. Dodging big blows doesn't count because that's a secondary level mechanic (same way that your special shield block doesn't count). Those exists in other MMO's, as well.

I generally kept my endurance (or Aegis skills) high enough to dodge (or Block) their powerful blows and didn't bother dodging their auto-attacks which are a lot harder to dodge anyway.

So, basically, you are failing with the system just as I am.

My issue is specifically dodging auto-attacks because my impression was that this game had skill-based combat. That, to me, implies a skilled melee can avoid every attack. Of course, there are only 2 rolls, enemies hit much more often than that, it really doesn't seem to be physically possible.

If it's not supposed to be possible, then I say the game is a bit misleading. Especially when you're dying to mobs without any special abilities early on.

Did you "start" your dodge after the attack went off or while it was charging?

Since there's no indication on the attack I would start the dodge on the intuitive expectation of when its next animation should start. I.e., I dodge prior to the attack. The attacks I tried dodging don't "charge".

Fights with "normal" mobs can end without me taking any damage at all.

Didn't you just say you had trouble dodging auto-attacks? I'm confused now. You need to dodge all auto-attacks to not take any damage.

I don't understand why you need to be "invurnerable" when you dodge.

Pretty much every game I played had it this way. I'm not really sure why. My point was, tho, if the dodge gives any invulnerability at all, it should be more prominent, and not barely noticable.

When you dodge you evade an attack, needs some timing, if you fail the timing you will get hit.

By "you will get hit" you mean "you will get hit by the AoE attack because mobs don't care if you roll or not".

If rolls actually allow you to avoid damage by repositioning, the game needs to drop auto-facing, AoE/cone melee attacks, instant unpredictable attacks, and the roll shouldn't disengage you from small enemies. The issues I mentioned above.

What do you want here? To get invurnerability everytime you dodge so you negate all attacks without having to "time" your dodge properly? I certainly don't want that, I prefer the combat to be about timing, skill and speed.

Timing, skill, and speed? Are you sure you ever played any proper melee combat game? Because GW2 has so litle compared to any of them it's not funny.

Finally, remove the "Auto attack on skill 1" it's not very compatible with "dodging"

Explain? I don't want to hit anything unless I dodged...

Originally posted by StrixMaxima

1 - Comparing an MMO with single player or sharded games is a bit unfair, don't you think? They seem different for you because... they are eminently different from one another. They aim at different things, and thus it is very unrealistic, at this point, to expect a hit-box detection and combat systems of a Demon Souls or Dark Souls on a PC. Even the interfacing is completely different (for good reason).

It is, but a lot of people here are implying if I can't figure out GW2 combat, I must be bad at such games or something. I'm bringing up that there are games that do it far, far better and games that are far harder and they confuse nobody.

2 - Classes have lots of resources besides 'walking out of swings'. You have blocks, immunities, slows, stuns, immobilizations, etc that, when timed correctly, are major mitigation for you. I do agree though that there are sometimes, from mob to mob, very little indication of big hits and such. I do expect Anet to improve these cues.

Those are all secondary abilities. They change from character to character and stuff. Other MMOs have them (WoW has Hamstring on the warrior and the like). I am talking about the raw abilities of a melee, and thinks that make GW2 different.

In fact, I did have far more luck with using secondary abilities than using dodge.

 

  jdnyc

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5/29/12 9:20:57 AM#53

After reading all this.  I have one question.  Where did ArenaNet say that Dodge was meant to give you an invulnerable state?  There are abilities that do something similar, but I can't find the official statement on this.

My understanding is that dodge is movement based.  

Melee have always have the option to dodge forward, instead of back to avoid AoE.  

Curious as to why if you dodge, but still in the AoE - the concensus in this thread seems to be that you should take no damage.

 

  Wolfynsong

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OP  5/29/12 9:39:12 AM#54
Originally posted by seridan

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More specific: The opponents with "Power Attack" (Centaur Warriors) or "Knockback" (Ettins) or "Charging Attack" (Aatxes) or "Massive Attacks" (Skriit) were very easy to dodge....

I, on a couple of different occassions, still got hit by the skill Knockback despite having totally completed a dodge roll animation before the induction actually went off.  On a different occassion, I again started before the attack itself began, but got blasted sideways midway through my backward roll.

So it isn't that the dodge mechanic doesn't work, it's just rather inconsistent and - in my opinion - could benefit from some changes.

As for my wanting longer invulnerability, it might be because of glitches in the system, like these, which make it so you get hit anyway.  Or I might want it for DE bosses, where an AoE will often hit you regardless of whether or not you roll.

I think you ought to have a short period of vulnerability before the roll actually starts, but once into it, the invulnerability lasts across the entire animation, and at the end you are vulnerable for a short bit again before you can attack.  You would have to time it a bit early, but as long as you did, you would dodge the hit.

 

 

  Wolfynsong

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OP  5/29/12 9:52:31 AM#55
Originally posted by jdnyc

After reading all this.  I have one question.  Where did ArenaNet say that Dodge was meant to give you an invulnerable state?  There are abilities that do something similar, but I can't find the official statement on this.

My understanding is that dodge is movement based.  

Melee have always have the option to dodge forward, instead of back to avoid AoE.  

Curious as to why if you dodge, but still in the AoE - the concensus in this thread seems to be that you should take no damage.

Forgive the double-post, but I do want to reply to this.

In virtually every game I have ever seen which included dodging, said dodging provided a period of invulnerability which could be used to guarantee an avoided attack, if properly timed.

Naturally, a number of people (myself included) will thus be expecting the dodge to work like... well, a dodge.

That said, I've previously mentioned that I'm okay with an avoidance-based system (in fact that's what I assumed it was after playing in the BWE).  The problem is that, for some combination of reasons, it just doesn't seem adequate - especially for a number of melee situations, DE bosses being the most pertinent example.

But whatever ArenaNet decides, dodging does need some work to make sure it is completely consistent and useful.  I highly dislike being hit by attacks that, to my mind, I successfully dodged.

  seridan

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5/29/12 9:55:45 AM#56
Originally posted by Irus
Originally posted by seridan

That can be done in MMORPG games without any dodge mechanics, too, so it hardly proves anything.

It proves that a melee in this game (that needs buffs?) can defeat foes it shouldn't?

How do you predict instant attacks (often no warning)? And how do you solve the roll-too-far roll-too-close problem?

It was all about the "special attacks" of mobs not auto attacks it was a response to the entire thread not only yours, there are others who have trouble with dodging in general :)

Well, this is obviously not personally what I am talking about. Dodging such attacks isn't interesting.

Those attacks can kill you, due to some bugs, instantly at times, the others barely scratch you.... or at least aren't threatening enough

Dodge auto-attacks, of course. My whole post is devoted to dodging auto-attacks of Charr area worms. Dodging big blows doesn't count because that's a secondary level mechanic (same way that your special shield block doesn't count). Those exists in other MMO's, as well.

So you want to be able to dodge all attacks by mobs or something? And then players who are not so "adept" at dodging will do what? Not everyone that plays an MMO has an FPS or fighting game experience....

So, basically, you are failing with the system just as I am.

That's not the system's failure lol. You have to keep your resources (endurance/skills) and dodge/block the attacks that really matter. It's a pretty good way to "balance" the dodge mechanic found in combat games with an MMO-like experience

My issue is specifically dodging auto-attacks because my impression was that this game had skill-based combat. That, to me, implies a skilled melee can avoid every attack. Of course, there are only 2 rolls, enemies hit much more often than that, it really doesn't seem to be physically possible.

If it's not supposed to be possible, then I say the game is a bit misleading. Especially when you're dying to mobs without any special abilities early on.

Choosing when to dodge because of limited resources (endurance) requires skill. A skilled melee avoiding all attacks is possible in combat games but it is certainly impossible in Guild Wars 2. Remember that Guild Wars 2 is a hybrid of button-clicking and "Real"-combat games. "combat games" don't have skillbars or the amount of different skills Guild Wars 2 has. Remember that they even have an auto-attack mechanic in the game for players coming from other MMO experieces to play Guild Wars 2. If they allowed "skilled" melee to avoid all blows it would make people good at fighting games "gods" in the game and restrict the game to those people.

Of all the single player games you mentioned, I've only played Blade of Darkness, which had/has the best combat I've seen in a game. If a company ever releases a game like that in an MMO format (with proper RPG features as well) I would abandon GW2 instantly and go play it (No neither AoC nor TERA don't fit the description)

 It's true that there is no "feeling" in the game. You hit a target and you simply watch their hit points lower.... They strike your shield and you just see some big letters saying "Blocked". It's sad really. But as I said before GW2 isn't going for full-combat experience but it's a hybrid. Takes the best of both worlds and combine them in a single package.

I love that kind of combat but GW2 is a hybrid.... a mix between combat and traditional MMOs and in my opinion it does a great job as a hybrid

Since there's no indication on the attack I would start the dodge on the intuitive expectation of when its next animation should start. I.e., I dodge prior to the attack. The attacks I tried dodging don't "charge".

True my whole post was referring to "special attacks" not normal attacks, I forgot to make the distinction.

Didn't you just say you had trouble dodging auto-attacks? I'm confused now. You need to dodge all auto-attacks to not take any damage.

You don't need to "dodge" them to not take any damage. There are many skills in your arsenal (or should be) to avoid getting hit. Something that works very well is sprinting around the mob while attacking... their attacks will miss quite often, especially if they are ranged mobs (archers/riflemen)

Pretty much every game I played had it this way. I'm not really sure why. My point was, tho, if the dodge gives any invulnerability at all, it should be more prominent, and not barely noticable.

If they add invurnerability prepare to see people "dodging" forward while "out of combat" and become invurnerable, immune to attacks, and close their distance to a ranged enemy. I don't see how would that work properly... it will be abused like hell, like the "retreat" skill that people don't use to actually retreat, but charge instead.

Btw I don't remember in BoD to be invulnerable while dodging, otherwise mobs with very wide attacks wouldn't be able to hit me even while dodging.... no I'm pretty sure there was no invurnerability there.

By "you will get hit" you mean "you will get hit by the AoE attack because mobs don't care if you roll or not".

If rolls actually allow you to avoid damage by repositioning, the game needs to drop auto-facing, AoE/cone melee attacks, instant unpredictable attacks, and the roll shouldn't disengage you from small enemies. The issues I mentioned above.

Well the mobs don't auto-face with their "special attacks" anyway but instead stand still. I'm not quite sure if this would work in normal attacks but sure why not it sounds like a great idea

Timing, skill, and speed? Are you sure you ever played any proper melee combat game? Because GW2 has so litle compared to any of them it's not funny.

I played Blade of Darkness and as I answered above GW2 doesn't aim to become a "proper melee combat game" but it is a hybrid :)

Finally, remove the "Auto attack on skill 1" it's not very compatible with "dodging"

I mean you can disable auto attack on skill-1 instead your character wll only attack when you want him to. The auto-attack is a mechanic for players coming from other MMOs, I would certainly not use it but I'm sure lots of "static-gameplay" MMO players will love it

Originally posted by StrixMaxima

It is, but a lot of people here are implying if I can't figure out GW2 combat, I must be bad at such games or something. I'm bringing up that there are games that do it far, far better and games that are far harder and they confuse nobody.

Of course they do it far better than Guild Wars 2, I don't think anyone that tried a "true" combat game can say otherwise. That doesn't mean that GW2 combat system doesn't do it's job properly though

Those are all secondary abilities. They change from character to character and stuff. Other MMOs have them (WoW has Hamstring on the warrior and the like). I am talking about the raw abilities of a melee, and thinks that make GW2 different.

The other abilities make GW2 different as well, the main reason is there are no percentages. No 70% chance to miss if you are blind (it's auto-miss in GW2) no +25% chance to block (you block the next attack). They have very short durations and allow you to block one attack, or make the enemy miss with an attack, that makes the game a lot different.

Short version:

GW2 is not a "melee combat" game and doesn't compare with "real" ones. GW2 is not a static "1,2,3" based game either. It's a hybrid of both, having features from both. I think they did I very good job with this "marriage".

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  p_c_sousa

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5/29/12 10:16:49 AM#57

using dodge to avoid auto-atacks dont make any sense for me.

dodge isnt to use all the time, is a limited resource and is to use for special ocasions, isnt to use random...

from some post i get the feeling some guys wanted a unlimited dodge system , this is not that kind of game and will never be.

  Wolfynsong

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OP  5/29/12 10:18:35 AM#58
Originally posted by p_c_sousa

using dodge to avoid auto-atacks dont make any sense for me.

dodge isnt to use all the time, is a limited resource and is to use for special ocasions, isnt to use random...

from some post i get the feeling some guys wanted a unlimited dodge system , this is not that kind of game and will never be.

That's definitely not what I want.  PvP would suck that way.  I just want it to work.

  jdnyc

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5/29/12 3:16:37 PM#59
Originally posted by Wolfynsong
 

 

In virtually every game I have ever seen which included dodging, said dodging provided a period of invulnerability which could be used to guarantee an avoided attack, if properly timed.

Naturally, a number of people (myself included) will thus be expecting the dodge to work like... well, a dodge.

Give me examples of other games, so I can better understand.  I'm not saying the concept of dodging is new, I just have not experienced the implementation that GW2 has in a MMO.

Also, If anyone can give me a link where somewhere at ArenaNet says that dodge is supposed to make you invulnerable for a short period of time.

Thanks.

 

  Wolfynsong

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OP  5/29/12 8:50:47 PM#60
Originally posted by jdnyc
Originally posted by Wolfynsong

In virtually every game I have ever seen which included dodging, said dodging provided a period of invulnerability which could be used to guarantee an avoided attack, if properly timed.

Naturally, a number of people (myself included) will thus be expecting the dodge to work like... well, a dodge.

Give me examples of other games, so I can better understand.  I'm not saying the concept of dodging is new, I just have not experienced the implementation that GW2 has in a MMO.

Also, If anyone can give me a link where somewhere at ArenaNet says that dodge is supposed to make you invulnerable for a short period of time.

Thanks.

I was not speaking of other MMO's having dodging that worked this way.  I was speaking of games in general.  For instance, the Super Smash Bros. franchise, the Devil May Cry franchise, hell, even Kid Icarus Uprising... when I said "virtually every game," I wasn't exaggerating.  I've only ever seen a couple of different games where dodging was distance-based and did not grant any invincibility frames at all.

Secondly, I never used the words "supposed to,"  nor did anyone else so far as I noticed.  When I said dodging should make you invincible, I did not mean that it is already supposed to work that way.  I'm using "should" in the sense of "this is how it ought to work but doesn't."

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