I am an MMORPG hero. What I mean by MMORPG hero is that I am on a constant search to find an MMORPG that will keep my attention for quite a while, and for the last few years, Guild Wars 2 has been that MMORPG. While I enjoy the guild I’m a part of, I don’t find myself actively playing GW2 unless it’s sitting in a town somewhere chatting with my friends or using cosmetics to make my character look cool.
Guild Wars 2 isn’t a bad game per se, I’ve just been playing it since the beta and have done nearly every inch of content available to players throughout the last 5 years. Recently Anet, the company that runs Guild Wars 2, had released an expansion pack that unlocked mounts for the first time. While this is very exciting, the expansion pack didn’t last long for a lot of players, and now I’ve noticed that people are back in the main hub or the PVP lobby wondering what to do now. While I’m aware that Anet is run by a smaller group of developers and admins, it still does not change the fact that I’m now bored. The game can be very imbalanced when it comes to combat, especially in PvP, and I’m getting a little sick of exploring the maps to keep myself entertained. So when do I call it quits? Do I ever call it quits?
This past summer I released an article talking about how sometimes you can go back to an old MMORPG that you used to enjoy and still enjoy just as much as the first time you played, and while I believe this can happen for Guild Wars 2 I’m not exactly sure which game I can go off and play for the time being. MMORPGs are getting stale, there’s nothing really new added to story or to gameplay, and a lot of free MMORPGs are very pay-to-win.
I’ve noticed with other free-to-play MMORPGs that the game relies heavily on cosmetics and on the in-game cash shops, where you spend real money for in-game items that may not affect your gameplay at all but just simply make your character look cool. I’ve noticed that this is happening with Guild Wars 2 and with the recent patch it’s gotten worse. Guild Wars 2 now sells mount skins, but instead of making it so you can choose what skins you buy for what mount, you have to play a game of chance and by a random mount contract that unlocks a random skin for you. You can also get skins for mounts that you may or not have, which isn’t fair to players who either do not plan on getting a ceertian mount or just simply can’t afford them.
Guild Wars 2 has frequently been referred to as Fashion Wars, and I feel that it’s getting worse and worse. At this point, I don’t log in to play the game but to simply make my character look the way I want; but what’s the point if I’m not going to play that character or do any content with it? I’ll probably end up staying with Guild Wars 2 simply because I have nowhere else to go, but I wonder what it will take for me to move on.