Have I found my match? (Guild Wars 2)

Let me finally talk about Guild Wars 2 since it’s been out for a few days. I’ve often thought (and sometimes directly stated) that I would love to be able to play an MMO that did not have raiding as an ultimate end-game objective. In fact, I wanted to play an MMO that did not include organized raiding at ALL in any form. I’m just not a real fan of raiding, so my interest in an MMO typically declines after I get  near or at the point where my characters will need to begin regularly raiding in order to make more progress. If a game has other stuff to do besides raiding, then that other stuff will hold my interest for a while, but in the back of my mind, I know that it’s still going to end up being all about raiding and the raid grind unless I purposely hold back my characters from reaching max level, as I’ve done in Everquest 2. I focus more on crafting and quests there, and attempt to ignore the raid game as much as possible.

I’m mostly a solo player. I don’t mind big raid group events on a once-in-a-while basis when the rare mood hits me, but raiding in general requires regular commitment to particular times and to bunches of other people. I don’t want to have to obligate myself to regularly playing with a large group of people that often. I get too burned out when there are so many days when I am extremely sick and exhausted of being around people and just want to play by myself or with a small group of friends during my free time. MMO’s that include raiding ultimately do not allow this type of relaxation after a certain point. Although one may argue that we are not forced to raid in MMOs, and that we can choose to do other things in the game besides raiding, the raid game still ends up being the major focus and requires a large chunk of game dev attention.

So my long-time desire has been for a large-scale MMO that just didn’t have any raids at all. No raids. No raiding guilds. No dev focus on raids. No equipment or benefits that only raiders can get. None. Nothing. Nil. Much to my delight, Guild Wars 2 has so far fulfilled this wish for me. My greatest fear now is that players will whine so much about no end-game content (specifically raids), that the devs will cave and put them in, kind of like Mythic did with Dark Age of Camelot back when Trials of Atlantis was released and raiding was then made a requirement for Realm vs. Realm. The fact that the devs didn’t include raiding in Guild Wars 1 continues to give me hope it won’t happen in the long-term.

In fact, the only things that I find to be lacking in Guild Wars 2 are more of the sandbox features such as player housing. Supposedly, it’s on the dev list for later though. If housing and other similar sandbox features get implemented, Guild Wars 2 may very well end up being the perfect MMO for me. NO organized raiding! NO holy trinity! YAY! I can play any character and not be held back because I leveled up a gimp class.

I do think I will revise some of my current gaming goals though since there is only time for so much. In SWTOR, I’m going to drop my PvP goals for now and just focus on PvE storylines. I haven’t been playing Sacred since I started focusing more on Fallout 3, so I’ll put that game on the temporary back burner. Because of the MMO’s, I’m having some difficulty keeping up with more than one single player game. I plan to continue focusing on Fallout 3 until I’ve explored everything and gotten every achievement, and then I’ll likely focus back on Morrowind again. Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time. 🙂

Current gaming goals:

  • Fallout 3 (Xbox 360): Discover all locations in Point Lookout
  • Guild Wars 2 (PC): Get Chef and Artificer to 75 with Sabine
  • Guild Wars 2 (PC): Complete Gendarran Fields with Sabine
  • SWTOR (PC): Complete Alderaan main quest with Jai’zhi
  • Everquest 2 (PC): Complete A Gathering Obsession for Tier 6 with Drusi
  • Torchlight (Xbox 360): Get max level of 100/55 with Sabine (currently 80/55)
6 Responses to Have I found my match? (Guild Wars 2)
  1. Eddie
    September 4, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    I personally like gw2 over swtor as well because of the non raiding though this wvw sounds pretty cool and might be like DAoC.again another game I loved playing

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      September 4, 2012 | 12:52 pm

      I haven’t yet tried the WvW myself as I’ve just been too busy exploring the other parts of the world, but it sounds like it’s as close to DOAC’s RvR as it can get, without actually being DAOC!

      • Gwendolyn
        September 5, 2012 | 9:45 am

        The wvwvw thing reminds me of DAoC. I haven’t done much of it so far, but have watched it on another computer and it seems pretty similar.

  2. Rakuno
    September 4, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    My feelings exactly! Those are just some of the many, many reasons I fell in love with Guild Wars 2.

    Some people have been concerned that the lack of raiding will mean a lack of success for GW2 in the long run. But in one of the ArenaNet diaries they said that what they expect to keep people busy once they reach the level cap will be a zone controlled by one of the dragons, the one that deals with undeath. Apparently it is a zone with very few friendly NPCs and a ton of dynamic events dealing with territory controlling. So players would be fighting back and forth to make sure the territory wouldn’t be controlled by the dragon forces.

    In a way, it seems like it would require lots of people and tactics… like a raid! Except that we don’t need to commit ourselves to a schedule, group up or anything like that. 🙂

    And I am afraid of doing a list of gaming goals like yours… I am pretty sure it would make me weep to see how many gaming goals I want to complete!

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      September 4, 2012 | 12:56 pm

      Heh, well I don’t include ALL of my gaming goals in that list! I only include the five or six primary goals that I want to focus on in the next few days. 🙂

      That dragon thing sounds really interesting! I haven’t been keeping up with all of the news, so it’s the first I’ve heard of it.

      Personally, I think the lack of raiding will contribute to GW2’s success. At least so I hope!

  3. Gwendolyn
    September 5, 2012 | 9:51 am

    I enjoy casual raiding until the snobby inflated ego starts playing again, starts yelling at everyone and makes it not so much fun. Thus, another reason why I will not be going back into EQ2.

    I won’t miss raiding in GW2 because I have harvesting, quests, tons of maps to explore (and have it count) and vistas to find (and curse their designers!). Nodes are shared and I don’t have to join a group to help or be helped with a task. If the lack of raiding keeps the hardcore (annoying) people away and attracts more players like us, then it will be an even better gaming experience.

    I like how I can AFK a lot to do stuff with my son during the day and get my housework or whatever else I have going on done. So, it’s definitely looking like the perfect game for me.

    The WvWvW will be fun, I really liked doing that sort of stuff in DAoC so I can see the game as being a win all around.

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