This weekend gone was the final beta weekend before the games official release on the 28th August. This weekend the team made available the two final races; the Asura & the Sylvari so I was keen to play it and pretty much spent the entire weekend in-game. Sorry – no screenshots as they are all on my home PC and I’m typing this at work.
I rolled an Asura initially and mulled over which class to play, finally deciding on a Mesmer. I know Mesmer’s have had a relatively poor press in Guild Wars 1 but with the change in play styles & the way classes are designed I think that this will change so that none are seen negatively in grouping…at least that’s what I hope because I really really love the Mesmer and apart from rolling a Sylvari Elementalist for 30 minutes I spent all my time on the Mesmer. I also joined the PC Gamer magazine guild but apart from chatting for a while I only met one of them in WvWvW (which I played for an hour, our teams moving forward, then back, then forward, then back…and I got fed up of this and quit to just play PvE.
I managed to make it to level 11 over the course of the two days and in doing so tried every combination of weapon both main and off-hand. I really like the ability to conjure three others of me to assist, and kiting is so easy in this game. I have to say that this class and race have completely turned my previously negative thoughts about the game on their head and I now can’t wait to play more of it. I followed the storyline and did nearly all of the quests, points of interest and scenery cinematics in the areas up to the point where I needed to be around level 13 before continuing the main storyline, then decided to head to Lions Arch for a look around.
I was a bit surprised that I didn’t recognise any of the places from the original Guild Wars even though its set many years in the future until a guild member told me to take a look under water in the L.A bay. Taking a dive under the ocean was amazing! The ruins of old L.A can still be seen and you can swim in and out of the holes in the rubble. I spotted across the bay another viewing area and headed there to find a very tall timber tower with a long plank at the end just begging me to take a leap into the sea below…great fun :)
So did anyone else play? Anyone got any further comments and thoughts on it?