I had the great fortune of beta testing Guild Wars 2 this weekend with several current and former Fight on the Flag members. Unfortunately I did not seriously venture into the world PVP area until the last day of beta. This post is about the Eternal Battleground.
In short, three sides are fighting for dominance of resource points. Each side is represented by a single server.
Click to embiggen. The red pillar is a keep owned by an enemy team. A trebuchet fires a boulder behind me.
Here is a pic of a keep fight, but this does not do it justice. Smoke and fire were everywhere. Occasionally instead of flaming rocks, catapults throw dead cows (I tried to get a screenshot of it but failed). I laughed so hard I died several times to either dead cow juice (a big, green cloud) or to players taking advantage of me taking screenshots.
You can PVP from the second you create your character. Your level is bolstered to max level if you enter battlegrounds. World PVP skills seem to be based on the skills and equipment you obtain while doing PVE.
Here’s a pic of the Eternal Battleground map:
Any old-school Dark Age of Camelot player will instantly recognize many aspects of this game. I was actually playing Warcraft while Andora was on Ventrilo with me telling me all about the new great things in GW2′s PVP system. Each time I thought “wow, that sounds like DAOC.”
Victory in various aspects of PVP also impacts the rest of the world:
We are on Vasburg, and our realm was terribad.
Throughout the three-day beta event the devs made vast improvements to graphics, lag and game play. While it’s obvious the game is in beta, this beta event launch went much smoother than actual game launches I’ve participated in before.
Some downsides so far, which I hope they do change:
- Grouping for scenarios seemed problematic. I’m talking about the ones you queue up for, not the Eternal Battlegrounds
- Eternal Battlegrounds has a population limit. Depending on their popularity the queue can get quite long
- Performance in large groups slows to a crawl
- There is no confirmed release date (although many speculate it’s going to be around Thanksgiving)
Oh, have I mentioned that I love there is no dedicated healer class?
I’ll end with a photo of the beta event finale:
A side note: For the past year, I’ve taken several months worth of break followed by several months worth of playing WOW. If I felt it was worth writing about I would have done so. What do you say about doing well in Warcraft BGs anymore?