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The Living World Experience

On 07/02/2013 at 06:58 PM by Darby Lawson

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MMO developers everywhere have always asked themselves, "how can we make this a real experience? What can we do to make this world come alive?" That's where persistant worlds and Guild Wars 2's Livin Story come into play.

The Living Story is a concept that includes a vast chain of events that change the characters and the world within the game. The dynamic system involves a wide variety of events...for example visitng a town and then later returning to find it under seige. There are all kinds of things that Guild Wars 2 has adapted to their system, such as holiday events and limited time events that really impact the world and make you feel like you are in living area...where nothing lasts forever.

ArenaNet is going to be releasing major updates every two weeks to uphold this decree. The storyline will continue to evolve, with new enemies, threats, places, and various other changes to make you feel like you are in a changing environment. All kinds of new playable content will be announced, along with visible areas of destruction that change Tyria.

Hopefully along the way, there will be new professions and races introduced, as there are areas that you cannot explore, such as the area of the Tengu warriors.

Skills will change, as well as abilities and things that you can physically we shall see where the world takes us next.



Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/02/2013 at 07:10 PM

this is on sale for $30.  Should I get it?  I've heard it's pretty good.  I would probably mostly play alone though, don't know many people who have it. 

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

07/02/2013 at 07:17 PM

If you like mmorpgs, this is an awesome one, and possibly my favorite that I've played, second to the first GW. It's alright if you don't know a lot of people who play-mostly everyone is really friendly, and the whole game is community based. It's easy to join a guild as well. My dad and his friend play, so I just joined their guild. It's a fun game to solo as well, and since it's one mass server, you always run into other players to join up with.

I think you should!


07/02/2013 at 07:32 PM

I still find the concept of the games expansions a bit confusing. For example, I created a class and I'm sticking to the starting areas but some of that Event content involves areas I haven't explored, so I'm left feeling really behind. Does this make sense? 

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

07/02/2013 at 07:42 PM

Ah! Okay, yes it does. THere are some events that involve higher level areas that you cannot access, or like you said, haven't explored. Mostly though, you shouldn't wiorry about being left behind because ultimately, they have no effect on your specific character; the effects of the event affect the whole of the game, so everything that changes will also be available to you. Unless it's a reward or something, then you have to earn that.

There are, also, a lot of things you can do if you can't reach the area for the event-there's PvP for the events, activities and achievements you can strive towards (those can be found in your hero pane), among various other activities. You can also join up with runners who will run through to a specific location.

As for the rest, get out there and explore!If you are a beginner level character, there are activities for you as well! Just talk to a herald in your respective city to find out what you can do to help. Just out of curiosity, what did you make?

The game updates are designed to change the world of Guild Wars 2 over and over again, so you always see the effect, even if you are not a main part. I've missed a lot of events because I was busy doing something else, but in the long run, I wasn't disappointed. Just have to wait a few days until the next one. To be honest, I usually stick to the basic fights and random add-ons from the events; I don't often follow the whole story.

Was I able to help you at all?


07/02/2013 at 07:37 PM

I really need a better computer to get back into MMORPGs. Who knows how many kicks in the ass it'll take to make me save up for one?

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

07/02/2013 at 07:48 PM

Well, hurry up and get on it!


07/02/2013 at 08:14 PM

You know, bullying like that doesn't help! ;)

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

07/02/2013 at 08:16 PM

I think it kicks people into gear sometimes haha.

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