Here’s an interesting situation that’s popped up a couple times recently. A new MMO will launch and I’ll make a vow to stick to a single class to the endgame. A lot of thought goes into my main character, and I generally enjoy my choice. But then when it comes time to open up the doors to altaholism, I find that I’m absolutely paralyzed. None of the other options seem as captivating, and I realize that that’s because I’ve picked the absolute perfect fit for me the first time around.
This happened with SWTOR — the Imperial Agent’s story and class was so good that it made subsequent picks seem like pale imitations. And now I’m encountering that with Guild Wars 2. I love my Engineer something fierce, and I think it’s spoiled me because I have been bouncing between potential alts like a drunken monkey on free banana night.
The Warrior is too dull for me. The Elementalist remains untouched. The Necromancer feels incomplete and underpowered compared to other classes. The Mesmer is interesting but there’s something a little off with her too. The Thief is too roguey for my tastes. The Guardian is too melee-centric and overplayed. The Ranger is too safe and standard, reminding me of WoW’s Hunter.
For weeks now I’ve been ping-ponging back and forth between my Mesmer and Necro, trying so very hard to come to peace with them as they develop. It’s just not happening, and I’ve grown frustrated with them.
Fortunately, the other day I decided to give the Ranger an honest try and think I’ve found my solution. It may not feel as unique as the Mesmer/Necro, but this right here feels like a better fit for me. I love ranged damage and pet classes, and the sheer variety of weapons and options could make this an interesting prospect for the long haul. I even splurged on a couple of Super Adventure Box skins for my longbow and shortbow, so now I’ve put my virtual money where my mouth is.
I’m hoping it’ll stick. It would be nice to have a fun alt to go through all of this content again with, and I think that there’s enough options with the Ranger to make the journey varied and challenging.