I know I’ve read some grousing about how a segment of the Guild Wars community is rankled that ArenaNet stopped actively developing for the game (outside of much smaller updates) in favor of throwing resources at Guild Wars 2. And to this I have to say, “What are you ON?”
(Fun fact: ArenaNet was actually well into development of a fourth campaign/expansion called Utopia, which was slated for a spring 2007 release. You can read more on it over at Guild Wars Wiki.)
In many respects, Guild Wars is a terrific game. The visuals are still extremely attractive, the skill building design gives characters endless possibilities, the one-time cost and ease of grouping lowered barriers of entry, and there’s just a huge amount of content in there to be explored. Still, it’s not perfect — far from it, actually. For all that there is to be enjoyed, there are plenty of annoyances as well, and I’m not just talking about lack of a jump button here. I’m liking the missions less and less as I go on, probably because I absolutely suck at them and get stressed out trying to finish the masters/bonus and failing repeatedly. I just feel hemmed in by the game’s design a lot, and have become increasingly eager to simply move on to Guild Wars 2.
It’s good to go through the story now, for sure, because it’s given me more of an understanding about the backstory and world of the game. And my primary goal — earning Hall of Monument points — will hopefully pay off when GW2 launches. But honestly? It’s a whole lot of work for what will probably be relatively small rewards down the line, and I’m not sure that it was worth doing for just that alone.
I don’t want to be too down on my time in Guild Wars, because I did get involved with one of the most helpful guilds I’ve ever experienced. Every time I got stuck on a mission, members just dropped what they were doing to come help out, turning a stressful session into a lot of fun (running a mission with guildies feels like “easy mode” to me). And I’m pleased to realize that I’m growing closer to the final steps in this project as GW2’s release — I’m betting spring of next year — draws near.
I am going to stop at 15 HoM points, however. 15 points gets me some beginner gear, a few weapons, two non-combat pets, a Ranger pet, and some titles. That’s enough. I figure the tally will end up like this:
- (5+3) Honor: 3 for linking accounts, 2 for campaigns (3 more points if I figure out how to get the last two titles, maybe lightbringer/sunspear)
- (5) Devotion: 1 for rare mini (have), 1 for unique mini (have), 3 for 20 minis (have)
- (5) Fellowship: 1 for rare pet (heading for that right now), 1 for regular pet, 3 for upgraded companions
- (0) Resilience/Valour: Honestly, I have no idea right now how easy/hard these armors and weapons are to come by, so if I can’t buy them outright I may skip ’em
Guild Wars experts, I’d love to hear your suggestions if I’m overlooking the obvious!
I am growing concerned that I’m running out of time, looking at what’s coming down the pike in MMO land, such as LOTRO’s expansion, SWTOR, and whatnot. So if I’m going to finish this I need to be faithful about doing it instead of my sporadic one to two logins a week.