A Tale of two Betas

It’s ten past nine in the evening, and right now I’m sitting in front of my monitor, glued to Twitter in the hope that someone from Arenanet tweets that they’ve fixed whatever it is that’s stopping me from logging into the Guild Wars 2 beta. I’m patiently sitting here, not raging, because I understand it’s a beta test, and beta tests are sorting out exactly this type of thing. So imagine my surprise when I realised I’d been extremely unforgiving with another beta test this week, the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta.

Over the course of two days I’ve played a grand total of one game. The rest of the time was spent stuck on loading screens, and so I wrote if off fairly quickly, unfairly it feels now. Tonight’s teething issues go to show that a bumpy ride can be part of the beta experience, so tomorrow I’m firing up my Xbox and giving it another go. Ghost Recon, I forgive you.

Now, back to waiting for the GW2 beta to be fixed…

Baby steps in Guild Wars

I’ve had a hankering to try a new MMO for a while now, and mostly I thought I’d be buying SW:TOR and giving that a try. Listening to the latest Massively Speaking podcast changed my mind however, and on Friday I came home with a copy of the Guild Wars Trilogy, and the expansion Eye of the North. I’ve certainly been keeping an eye on the progress of the forthcoming Guild Wars 2, but the prospect of going through the entire first game didn’t appeal to me, so I was planning on avoiding it and jumping straight in when the sequel is released.

Obviously I’ve caved now and bought GW1, and I’m pleased I did. It’s too early for me to give anything but first glance impressions, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve played so far, beyond that I’ll keep it brief. I’ve started off the first campaign with an Elementalist/Mesmer combo, and although at  times I’ve regretted not choosing something less squishy for my first character, I’m enjoying it. The lack of multiple skill bars is refreshing, and it’s quite a pretty game considering it’s nearly seven years old.

Coming from a regular MMO it does take a little getting used to, many of the things I take for granted in LOTRO (for example) aren’t present in GW. That does mean though that the game doesn’t feel like another cookie cutter theme park MMO. As I’ve just scratched the surface I’ll leave it here for now, I’ve not played for long enough to do the game justice. I will say that it you like the odd MMO, and see Guild Wars Trilogy in your local video game store for a bargain price, buy it.

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