Average User Score: 7.9Aug 29, 2012The problem with metacrtic... well there are many... but one big thing is the inflation/deflation by all the fanboys and haters. Not toThe problem with metacrtic... well there are many... but one big thing is the inflation/deflation by all the fanboys and haters. Not to mention that the critic reviews are almost always worthless, critics pretty much love any AAA or AA title. Ok this is not a 10/10 game... and it is not a 0/10 game either. If you are thinking about buying this game, the most honest thing I can say is WAIT. Wait till the dust has settled, remember SWTOR, started out with a metacritic score of around 8.5... its now in the 5.6 - 5.8 range. This game is still an mmo, it does a few thing different, but if you've played mmo's, it will still feel like an mmo. Questing does feel a little less grindy and seems to be an improvement from the standard quest chain; its implemented differently in GW2 so it is more fluid, but essentially the same. The world/graphics are well made, however there are limited FOV options and camera pull in and pull back it too limited atm. They say its by design, but in the end limited FOV makes certain dungeons and small area fights more annoying than fun. The lack of a true trinity system makes 1 v 1 skirmishes feel more dependent on skill... however most pvp encounters will not be 1 v 1. The lack of a trinity is an interesting and bold attempt to do something different... I found however, that it creates more of a zerg mentality, whether in pve or pvp. Attacks are well coordinated with a tank or dps initiating, and a healer for support. People don't seem to target assist during multiple mob encouters in GW2. In the end World Events and PvP feels a bit zergy and more chaotic than truly requiring skill and strategy. But this is a new system, so it could be that in a month people will find ways to be strategic without a trinity system. However, I'm not that optimistic, I do like the dodge mechanic, but still feel that battlegrounds or large scale pvp in other mmo that employed the trinity resulted in more tactical thinking and more natural coordination. Also there is no dueling system atm, which is sort of a pity, especially when there is no open world pvp. You have to zone into a pvp area in order to pvp.
Limited options in some of the keybindings... for instance now the "F" seems to do everything, from interact with objects/players to looting/ to rezzing other players... this gets really annoying at times when you are trying to loot but can't since there is an npc or other items there. Trading post is still not in, but probably will be soon; Also, there is no system for personal trading or C.O.D. in the game, which seems bizarre, particularly for a modern mmo with a large crafting system. The crafting system seems good, although I didn't really get into it; There is an annoying thing about not being able to auto use crafting items stored in your bank. In the end it makes crafting a bit annoying at times. The Game still has psuedo-ques to get into your server, you log in right away but into an overflow server, probably in a few weeks or less this will remedied as server populations and login times stabilize. That said, zoning while in group can sometimes still be problematic and annoying, sometimes you will go to a new area, but members of you party will be in another instance of that area.
The questing and story telling are a step up from WoW for sure, not as immersive as SWTOR with everything fully voiced, but an improvement from the standard mmo fare, albeit a small one. There are definitely plenty of moments of weak voice acting or just poor writing that snap your immersion. If you are an mmo player used to complete free speech in your game, also be warned. GW2 devs are not shy about using the ban hammer if you choose an inappropriate name or choose to say something offensive to another player. In some ways this does sort of force a respectful environment, but it does treat you like a kid. I don't know, if people want to curse and insult each other in pvp or pve I doesn't bother me. In some ways it adds a little flavor to the community... yes it can get excessive. But it does seem they've drawn the line a bit too close; although I wasn't banned... the internet seems rife with the complaints of several banned players (note banns are usually only for a day or 2). If people are offended with another player, they should just add them to the ignore list. It also seems at the moment that there are security issues with accounts getting hacked/stolen etc. I'm sure that this a high, maybe the highest priority issue for Arenanet atm. But it is a little disconcerting that they really seemed to have missed the boat here on account security. Pick a strong password if you play and make sure it is different from the email password for your email account tied to the game. In this day and age I think a AAA/AA mmo should probably always ship with an authenticator or have authentication software available.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Jul 29, 2012I waited 3 years for this game, bought the collectors editions and drank the cool aid. Almost right way at launch I saw problems, but was tooI waited 3 years for this game, bought the collectors editions and drank the cool aid. Almost right way at launch I saw problems, but was too deluded too much a fanboy to be honest. There are major server issues, the game engine can't really handle a modern day MMO. There is a general lack of character responsiveness, your abilities don't fire correctly and combat isn't smooth; these things coupled with empty worlds, the linear style quest progression (lack of open world/ sandbox ) really break immersion. Also, no weather or day/night cycles... not interactive environment (can't sit in chairs..etc) hmm, no chat bubbles; well these may seem like minor things, but there are so many of these things. I would run out of room here to list everything. In the end, you don't truly feel immersion in the Star Wars universe, you feel frustrated. I hope in the end other game studios can learn from the failure of SWTOR; in the end the reason we first and foremost play games is the gameplay, we don't want games where the character, your avatar feels unresponsive, where you don't feel in complete control of all the actions. The SWTOR game engine and servers don't seem to allow for this responsive, fluid gameplay... now some of the fanboys will say this issue sometimes called 'ability delay' has been fixed from SWTOR, but its just not true, 6 months after release, these issues still break immersion. The fact that this issue hasn't been dealt with, leads me to believe that there are limitations to the game engine itself that the developers can't code around. Now SWTOR went with a unfinished HERO Engine and maybe the fact that it was unfinished has lead to these issues. Other things: limited end game content, either a bit too easy, or a bit too bugged. I don't even want to get into the frustration of not being able to finish raids because of bugs, lots of bugs. Limited character customization; broken crafting system, lack of crafting economy; poor auction house (although its improving) ... the list goes on and on.
Even if you are a die hard Star Wars fan, please do yourself a favor, play the original KOTORs, and then get yourself lost in another MMO, if you really want an MMO, this game in the end will only break your heart. A wasted opportunity.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0Jul 29, 2012I made an account just to review this steaming pile of S*** of a game. I started playing a few weeks after release, unfortunately I hadI made an account just to review this steaming pile of S*** of a game. I started playing a few weeks after release, unfortunately I had pre-ordered and was out of the country during launch. I knew the problems people were having but it was too late for my wallet. Well I didn't have too much of the error 37. But wth, this game is so boring, the gameplay is stale, it has hardly any replay-ability. And the auction house absolutely ruins everything, you are wed to it now. There is no reasonable way to progress the higher levels with the AH. Blizzard whored themselves out to cash in on all us devoted fans. 11 years to make this pile of trash! Seriously, if was near Blizzard studios, I would love to just throw my damn boxed edition through a window. Please save your damn money, go get something on steam, at least Valve seems to still do right by gamers. And seriously wtf with the 'Metascore' or score based on Critic reviews, the only useful thing about your website is the fact that users/players can give their score. Either most of these critics are in bed somehow with some gaming companies and favorably review them, or you haven't got a damn clue as to what gamers think, they've missed so wide of the mark on so many of their reviews that I don't think the critic reviews are worth a damn… Expand