Oh no, controversy.
Let’s go ahead and put the real facts about GW2 and ArenaNet out. I like to first off tell you, despite the title I do like GW2. But … I can say upfront as well, that if it were not a F2P model, I would not be happy in the least. This is not worth $15 a month. And since it’s literally not $15 a month, I take it for what it is. A $60 box game that just so happens to be a MMO.
The reality is, if this were a subscription MMO, we would be leaving, we would be kicking and we would be screaming. If you deny this, you are either so far up the rectum of ArenaNet, no one can help you. Or you have a level 30 character and somehow have decided to have full opinions on a game early.
Here’s the reality of the GW2 MMO, with brutal honesty as best as I can give it:
Broken Dynamic Events
Almost everything above level 50 zones is near completely broken. And I say Dynamic jokingly. It’s scripted. It’s cool. But it’s scripted. But the map above the original testing areas for Beta have more than enough, forever standing escort missions, or defenses that have no attackers, or champions on the map that just don’t exist.
It’s all so clear, that testing in the upper level zones, were not performed.
Completely Broken Dungeons
This one has to be the biggest one for anyone that’s 80. Not only are the instances broken, but the grouping functionality is broken as well. You have a 10% chance of clearing the dungeon. Only due to hope that the dungeon doesn’t break.
There’s a new idea. Since we can’t really gauge our difficulty because really the only way to properly do anything in GW2 is ranged weapon/dodge, let’s just make it more difficult by building the buggiest piece of shit dungeon system any game has ever thought of.
WAR players. If you thought TOVL was the most broken crap you ever played. Try playing a game that rewards almost nothing thoughout the run, only to probably stop dead half way through. Can you imagine how TOVL would have been if there was a 80% chance the 6th boss just wouldn’t spawn?
Yeah, welcome to GW2.
Pointless Extremely Large WvW
There is no real reward. While it’s fun, for the time being. It doesn’t have a real reward system. So, where the other Open PVP games WAR and DAoC had renown, and renown based gear. GW2 has … literally nothing to offer for their WvW, other than a small frame of window for bragging rights against 2 other servers. What it is a massive money sink. And already the only real successful strategy is for a guild to claim a keep and defend that and only that.
While vast and while awesome that we have a 3 way fight, it lacks any real end objective. No rewards, no real point, no real long lasting effect means … minimal retention.
WvW specific rewards?
What am I hear to steal every basic idea from any other game. Tel l you what ArenaNet, if BioWare remembered to have it in their game, than you should be sad that you don’t. That’s like a Kia Car having a feature you don’t in your Mercedes. You should feel bad.
Broken WvW Queues
Man are your queues broken. Beyond broken. 5 of us queue at the same time. 2 get in right away. 3 sit there. Half an hour later, 2 more get in. The last guy sits there. Hears a random 10 other guildies join in, log on and immediately get into WvW.
It is broken. Completely broken. So long as the player is in a guild, that has voice comms, this issue is all too apparent.
Bans, Suspensions and the Overall Effect
At first we thought it was okay. We liked the heavy scrutiny against bullying, racism, and vulgar attacks on players. But now, your shit is out of control. It’s like living in Nazi Tyria. Many players are afraid to chat in any sort. It’s comms or nothing.
From the Reddit post you so happily made public:
@ANET Subject: Account Blocked.
I’ll bite: Why was my account blocked?
Username: SteveNick.7325 Character name: Santar Server: Dragonbrand
I can’t think of any conceivable reason why I should have been banned unless ANET literally has the strictest code of conduct ever created.
Name: Ok. Chat: Not ok — “we have like 30 people here jerking off on their corpses”
That’s right. Banned for not cursing, not attacking anyone or their belief system. He commented on jerking off. Vulgar I guess. But that’s scary Gestapo shit right there.
This guy got a 3 day ban:
Hi, i think my account has been suspended. is it possible to check please? char name is Fat Spanner. Cheers
That character name is ok. The other one — Floppy Eared Fooker — isn’t.
Not an “ask to change your name”. No. You are suspended.
It’s not okay. It’s just not okay. This is where the F2P model fucks us. Because they would certainly think twice about suspending a player for 3 days over an alt name if it would potentially lose them hundreds in subscription.
More over the biggest issue I have, is without the asshole putting the idiots in line, they run wild and free. Who still has region not hidden? No one. Well no one, that likes reading.
Literally region is filled with basic questions, followed by the exact same question less than 30 seconds later, and repeat.
You want to know why that doesn’t happen in any other MMO. Because by now, a hero among gamers would have told them to lean over, shove their mini penis up their ass, and fucking google the GOD damn answer like everyone else that lives past the year 2002. This isn’t fucking EQ folks, look up the answer.
And without this, WvW communication is fucked. Without the leaders of a server coming down on the potentially moronic, the dialog is filled with nonsense and uncertainy. With freedom of speech, the true leaders appear. They oppress the mentally challenged. They clear the air waves by immediately attacking the epeen size of the twit that so fluently expressed their stupidity. And slowly but surely, the server’s communications become a clear a valid place to not only express real information, but a place to see important information.
Fuck your Nazi Regime ArenaNet. You boost the unintelligent to have the loudest voices, and ruin our community as a result. My character name is under the character lineage, ban away. I won’t relent.
We can all applaud bans on actual infringements, what you are doing now is completely out of hand. And thankfully, you are at least putting it out in documented form for us to acknowledge the level of ridiculousness that you have reached.
Hacked Accounts, Or Crap Security?
This is probably the largest issue right now. ArenaNet lacks real security. Again, if BioWare did it and you didn’t, you should feel sad. The hacking of accounts and phishing is a bit out control. It’s also, extremely rampant in scale. To the point it makes me wonder, do we really have a hacking problem, or do we have what RIFT had an issue with. And that was their main account website was easily by-passable. It took a pissed off customer to fix their issue.
We have currently 5 guild members on suspension for gold selling. Not one of which over the level of 50, not one of which under the level of 20, and not one of which with anything more than 2 Gold in pocket.
Not only that. When you are banned, you get the error and the message, but you can’t log in to make a ticket. Website or game. You have to call or send an email. Currently, the wait time for email responses is 2 days behind.
Again, scary, scary shit. And I won’t be at all surprised one day to see the Grey Screen of an improperly investigated ban. At this rate of mistakes, it seems unavoidable.
Mysterious Spontaneous Patch Notes
This is probably the most unacceptable thing to see in any modern MMO. Mysterious nerfs/buffs daily. To what? Who knows.
This must be what think Easter Egg Hunts are. Can you figure out what costs we increased, how about that ability nerf, oh you found out that boon is now working as intended. Good for you.
How hard are notes? Is this truly progression? Balance? Community communication?
I play GW2 and I ponder, why, oh why did WAR have to break? Why does EA have to own Mythic?
We have very little chance ever, of having back real playable Open PVP, in a game that deserves us to pay for it. DAOC2 will never happen. WAR2 will never happen. And GW2 isn’t the answer. It’s the current answer. But this bitch isn’t anything more than a fuck buddy. And you know it.