A player kills "dozens of enemies" and "gets no credit" for them, because others have "tagged them first"! Anyone with any kind of sane view of the gamer psyche knows that people will fly to rage because of that, but here it is portrayed as a positive thing (and with it, the quick re-spawning of mobs, which many people in normal non-Messiah class games tend to complain about).
He was talking about The Secret World as the game where you kill dozens of enemies and get no credit, not GW2. He was saying that, after playing the GW2 beta where this sort of dynamic doesn't exist, going back to it in a game like The Secret World was difficult to swallow. I see how the wording might have been confusing in that one sentence or two, but the context of the rest of the post should have made that clear.
So, you're not ever coming back because of one person's opinion? You do realize that TTH has a guild wars 2 fansite and tons of information about the game, right? And actually, I like their site because they actually have some good stuff on it, not just a bunch of news "reblogged."
Also I would like to mention, yes the article has some good points but doesn't really convey them very well and feels very kneejerk especially with some of the incorrect accusations, I am all for dissenting opinions but I belive articles need to be written from a more objective view point.
Well, it's an op-ed, though. Since when are opinion articles supposed to be objective? Just saying.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I agree with the article--I actually like GW2 a lot myself. And yeah, maybe the author missed a few things, but what you people seem to be missing here is that it's one person's opinion. It doesn't need to be objective. He's saying he doesn't get what all the hype is about, and it's okay for him to say that. It's also okay for you to disagree. See how this works?
I pre-purchased, played GW2 the first BWE, and loved every minute of it. But I gotta say, that doesn't mean that this author isn't entitled to an opinion. So, maybe you guys find it a shallow opinion. What exactly is wrong with that? This reads like a couple of things: an opinion and first impressions. Just because this guy's first impressions don't agree with yours doesn't make it crap journalism.
I hate to say this, but I feel like the rabid fanboy fervor surrounding GW2 does more to hurt the game than help it. Don't you guys realize that it's this sort of thing that turns people off? If I didn't already know this game, and I read this article, the article itself wouldn't make me have second thoughts about trying GW2, but the comments from its "fans" definitely would. Seriously, I'm just waiting for the "Go back to WoW" statement here.
If you guys would take the time to educate people about all the things you know about the game without having to throw in that you think the writing is shit, maybe people would listen. You'd think that anyone intelligent enough to write eloquent, informed posts with differing opinions wouldn't have to stoop to nerd rage.
Are you looking for something that's strictly a dungeon crawler? Because yeah, then maybe GW2 isn't your game. But if you're under the impression that you have to wait 35 levels before the fun begins in GW2, you should probably reread the article--it's fun right from the moment that you get into the world, and it doesn't become a grind simply because there's so much to do. If the game is a grind for you, you're doing it wrong.
Bored with the DEs in the area you're in? Use the Asura gate to travel to another. Don't want open world DEs? Follow some more of your personal story quest line. Not interested in that? Try out WvW--you can do a lot of leveling there. Are you an Achiever type? There are lots of achievement-based activities. Granted, I've only played one weekend so far, I've got the distinct impression that if you're feeling bored, you simply haven't discovered all the game has to offer yet. Either that, or you've effectively beaten the game, and by then, damnit, you've got your money's worth. ;)
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