Since Eye of the North, the last expansion to the original Guild Wars, Arena Net’s been busy working on a sequel. After playing for a few hours, it seems like the studio’s doing a lot right. It’s a beautiful MMO with great art direction that plays well and has tons of options for customization. Guild Wars 2 is not the same kind of game as the first. It’s a huge open world now instead of the heavily-instant structure of the original. From what I played it’s also better. First off, you can finally jump and swim. There’s even underwater combat, which gives you an entirely separate skill bar that’s profession specific. That means as an guild wars 2 engineer guide, you can toss out lines or fling a net to snare fish while you take shots at them. The skill system has also been reworked so it’s still flexible but slightly more controlled.
Skills are tied to weapons, so, as an engineer a rifle comes with five pre-set skills as does a pistol. That accounts for one half of the skill bar. The other half is entirely customizable and includes quick or team heals, additional attack options, and options to quickly tailor your fighting style to the current situation. The idea behind this flexibility is to make it just as possible to run a dungeon with five of the same class as it is with the traditional healer, tank, and DPS set-up, read more at Guild Wars 2 guide. Everyone can step into multiple roles. Engineers can set up thumper and rifle turrets to automatically pick away at foes, or equip one of various kits to change the primary skill sets. Even a flamethrower can be strapped to the engineer’s back for flame attacks that sweep across multiple targets and fire walls that singe targets over time.
The dungeons sound as though they’ll be especially re-playable since they can be run first in a story mode complete with cut scenes, then again afterwards to see new paths and fight new enemies. And, of course, there will be rewards. Arena Net wants everyone to get something out of a dungeon run, so when you down the final boss you will get enough tokens to turn it in for something cool tailored to your guild wars 2 class guide. There’s so much more to this game including a free-form public questing system and loads of ways to customize your class beyond the initial skill selection. Altogether it makes Guild Wars 2 without a doubt one of the most impressive MMOs in development. For more on Guild Wars 2 head over to www.guildwars2.com
Reading through for more information about the game and what to expect in it, The guild wars 2 strategy booklet contains talent builds for each of the professions, including how to use the builds to your advantage.