When I had the chance to log into Guild Wars on Sunday, I found that I just didn’t have the will. Maybe I will go back in a couple of days. More likely, I’m playing it as a placebo for Guild Wars 2, much like I did with Oblivion while waiting for Skyrim to release. Which means back to Vanguard.
As GW2 prepurchase guarantees (although I like to not count on this kind of thing,) access to beta events, it’s time to start pondering how best to approach playing in them. The situation is different than it was for Rift or SWTOR; I waffled on the latter multiple times but had basically decided not to buy it by the time I got my peek at the game. I would have been happy to be proven wrong, but I wasn’t. GW2, on the other hand, I will be playing, and that demands a different angle of attack. Do you play the class and race you want to play when the game goes live with the intention of learning them as well as possible? Do you try something you know you don’t intend to play at launch? Or do you ignore any plans and try out everything you can?
For that matter, do you choose to play in the beta at all, knowing that it might sour you on the game or expose you to enough of it that you’ll be tired of it when it launches? Not playing in the beta would keep everything fresh for launch, when it counts. But really, who am I kidding here? Of course I’ll play in the beta.
As to what I’ll play, I’ve been watching class videos on YouTube and the ones I find most attractive seem to be the Elementalist, Guardian, Ranger and Necromancer, more or less in that order. To be honest, though, none of the classes look lame to me, and I may try them all. Since I’m hearing that you’ll get five character slots in the game at launch, I may as well have a crack at the Thief and Engineer first.