I’m sorry to start your Monday morning off with an animated gif, but if it helps it’s one of my all-time favorites. This morning as I looked out over the sea of Guild Wars 2 posts in my Google Reader only one thing came to mind:
To be fair this image is not entirely true — I did read most of the posts because of course I’m interested in seeing what my fellow bloggers have to say — but my lack of interest in the game has left me with something of a sassy “Didn’t play!” attitude, complete with Dancing Vader head waggle.
I’m not entirely sure why this is. For the past few beta weekends I have watched guildie after guildie try the game and almost immediately fall in love with it, not to mention the flow of positivity from my social networks. People praise the unique way skills are tied to weapons, the lush world which is filled out with interesting NPCs, the updated version of a party quest system, and the emphasis on exploration. And for sure, I can’t deny that any of these things exist! I just.. don’t.. seem to care.
I’m sure some of it is my own baggage as much as it is the game itself. Perhaps I’m burned out on expectations or new big name MMOs. Part of my problem is with the advertising — I don’t see anything revolutionary or different in PvE, despite over a year of being told that Arenanet is shaking up the paradigm, man. I can’t play a healer. The game in its entirety feels as friendly to single players as an MMO could possibly be, without any impetus for grouping or even just talking, and that’s the opposite of what I’m looking for in a game. It’s empty to me.. area events are as perfunctory as having my ticket punched at a themepark and all my efforts are undone 5-20 minutes later.
Guild Wars 2 lacks soul, in my opinion. And, while I mean this affectionately, if I’m going to play a soulless MMO with a great development team then it’s going to be RIFT.
That all being said I am destined to buy and play the game at some point because many Cats will be there and they, of course, are the biggest draw of all for me in an MMO. I’m just .. kind of not looking forward to it.