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GuildWars2, Arenanet’s flagship MMO will soon be graced with a ton of new content, to the delight of many returning players such as myself.

It’s a great little game, blending the old-style questing mechanics of something like World Of Warcraft, with a vastly more compelling combat system and great variety in the scope of it’s world and the sort of experiences on offer.



GuildWars2 is the kind of game you don’t even feel like you’re playing half the time. The usual grind of endlessly going from quest-hub to quest-hub doing menial tasks is broken up by the sheer pace at which content is thrown at you. In other games, you could sit out in the wilderness for hours without being bothered, except by the odd roving critter, in GuildWars2 you more often than not just get sucked into large group quest chains that roam all over the map you’re currently in.

The point is that it’s a worthy experience and one that I have neglected for too long, so of course I pre-purchased the expansion to get my exclusive pre-order shiny thing and delved into the beta weekend.

 

 

The story seems to have taken quite a turn if you follow the lore, but basically instead of the big dragon gods that were terrorizing the world, you now have an old angry guy made of fire who seems to be ranting about how “The world was a lot better in my day” or something, but anyway, there are mounts now!

Yes, finally the heroes of Tyria have figured out basic animal husbandry by stealing it off someone else, this is of course Arenanet’s headline feature for this new expansion.



I remember early on reading that the developers of GuildWars2 wouldn’t put mounts in their game because you wouldn’t be able to appreciate all the hard work they put into their level design, and I’d tend to agree with them, much of my time when I first started playing was taken up by just enjoying being in the world, but I suppose there comes a time in every MMO’s life when it must break out the saddles and frankly, it worked on me at least.

There’s also a ton of new end-game classes, raids and gear, but who am I kidding? I’m in it for the cool dinosaur horses.

I named mine Juicy, she is very precious to me.

GuildWars2: Path Of Fire releases for PC on the 22nd of September 2017.

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John Steadman

Games are more than a passion for John, having cut his teeth on the commodore 64 at a young age, remembering fondly that rafts of floppy disks required to install Monkey Island on his dad's Amiga 1500, games have been a way of life and a source of endless entertainment. Now all he wants to do is use his boundless experience to help inform and maybe amuse a new generation of gamers in this fast-paced and ever changing scene.

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