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Guild Wars 2: It's Not All Perfect...

By Josh Hay on September 08, 2018 | Columns | Comments

Guild Wars 2: It's Not All Perfect...

I try to remind myself that no game is perfect. It sucks, I know it does. We try to find the perfect match; the perfect game and it all comes up short in the end. So, we try to find the game that has the least number of flaws and so far, Guild Wars 2 has the least number of flaws so far. I must throw that “so far” in there because I still feel that I haven’t even scratched the surface of the game. That’s not a bad thing per say, we all know how the journey has been thus far for me and my completionist route I have been taking since jumping back into this game. Of course, I am going to find some things that I really don’t like about the game and some of it, you may find to be nitpicking but to each their own.

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Let’s start with the biggest downside I have found so far: I feel like I am being punished for not following a certain meta. Especially in PvP situations I feel like I am being outclasses for not following a specific meta build and am at a loss because of that. It could also be because I genuinely suck at PvP in this game, I think it’s the combat that throws me off, but I am feeling more punished the deeper I go into builds and not following a certain path. I do not know If I am the only one that feels this way but I for sure do. Maybe it’s just my class as well? Who knows…

As I continued through the game and kept doing the grind of finding the same things, doing the same thing, keeping on that grind I find myself often wanting more of a new feeling. Yeah, it’s new zones, new stories and new quests but it’s the same thing. Sure, I am used to it and this is really, REALLY nitpicking, but I wish there was more in a sense. I wish there was more to do in each zone. I mean I still feel accomplished when I complete each zone, but I still want more to do, I want more of something different you know?

After hitting max level, I feel a little lost and I am finding that doing end-game content with other players is throwing me for a loop. I agree with some thoughts that there really isn’t a flow like there is in other games. I don’t feel that everyone blends together well, it’s sort of a mashup of skills and nothing really mixes well with me. Maybe that’s just me and I am just scratching that surface of end-game content and that I am just now finally catching up with everyone else, I don’t know. Does anyone else feel this way about group content? Is it just me and I just need more experience with PvE end-game? If so, what are some of the things I could do to improve that experience and others could improve their PvE experience?

Finally, and again this could be classified as really nitpicking, but I kind of loathe the Black Lion Store. Maybe I am just spoiled from other games, but I feel like the quality isn’t there? Let me explain before everyone jumps down my throat because of this. Don’t get me wrong I love some of the items in the store are awesome. I am in love with my pet rock, but some things feel overpriced for what I am getting. I know ANET is a business and needs to continue to pump revenue, so I am not getting mad about that, even though I really wish the game didn’t have loot boxes but what can you do, it seems every game has that nowadays so it’s nothing new going on there. I know it’s really nitpicking to be like “Well, X should be Y price because it looks terrible” To each their own, somebody might love the look while I hate it, I try to look at it that way but sometimes the prices blow my mind. I always tell myself it could be a lot worse though and, in the end, I am glad it’s not.

Looking at this small list, and there are some more smaller details that I don’t like that I will probably go over in a different post, I just wanted to get this off my chest. It’s nothing that will really stop me from playing, and like I said looking at this small list, you can defiantly see that even though everything is not all perfect, the pros still massively outweigh the cons when it comes to Guild Wars 2. I’m happy to finally hit end-game and soon give you more of my thoughts on that as I continue down that path.

What has kept you from playing GW2? What are some of your pet peeves with the game currently inside or outside the game? Let me know in the comments below I love hearing from you guys.

Josh Hay / I blog here :D
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