No disrespect, but I’m going to destroy your entire argument.
So, I found this thread again and thought I would answer this.
I will start with the fact that I used to play WoW so I was looking forward to GW2. I started GW2 at launch.
The main reason I have not and will not buy HoT is because of the way the game has gone/is going.
1: Anet originally set out to make an extraordinary MMO unlike any other, but has since gone in a different direction. I feel like with the Manifesto, they promised a lot and delivered little.
The “Manifesto” has been discussed ad nauseum. Every MMO evolves and changes over time. Every single one. I fail to see how they’ve gone in such a radical different direction.
2: Stagnant content. I really don’t think this needs to be explained. Look at dungeons and world events, once you’ve done them there is no reason to do them again (unless you play Fashion Wars). Anet had an answer for stagnant content, dynamic events, it didn’t work.
Dungeons and world events are stagnant? I see entire huge groups at every world boss still. And dungeons are still a fantastic way to make money. Not only with the loot, but every 8 unique dungeon paths you run, you get 5 gold and additional tokens. Have all the sets already? Spend your tokens on some exotic weapons and throw them in the forge. You may get some unique skins out there.
3: I recently made a pvp character, because I thought maybe I was just bored with pve. WvW seems dead, also it’s still the same it was years ago. Eotm, hop in the train and run around mindlessly. Yeah, that’s fun. As far as structured pvp, it’s not for me and from what I hear is ruined anyways.
Pvp isn’t ruined. The population is a little lower this time around because of how they changed the ascended rewards, which I don’t personally agree with. WvW isn’t dead either. I’m on a lower tier server, and every single battleground was queue’d on reset on Friday.
4: Raids. I would never be able to do a raid because I play my way. I have 6 fully geared lvl 80s, but none of them have meta builds and never will. I have no doubt that if I tried a raid, I would be kicked out. I have no desire to play the min/max game (I know GW2 players hate that word, but let’s call it what it is). I was at one time a top rated raider on WoW and came to GW2 to get away from that. Yay, meta builds.
So you have 6 fully geared level 80s, but can’t find yourself changing just one of them to try and fit into a raid. Sounds like stubbornness to me. There are many guilds that do raid training, or you could find a guild to join that does the same thing. Raids in this game aren’t like hardcore raiding in other games – you’re not forced to raid.
5: DPS meters, here we go. Anet originally said no to them, now we have them. How long will it be before Anet caves again and we get an inspect panel so that players can kitten at me for not playing their way?
Players will find a way to “kitten at you” no matter what Anet does. Currently it’s linking how many items you have for raids. Again, there are options out there to avoid the hardcore part of any of this.
6: Problems. There are a lot of problems with this game that Anet needs to address. I am only going to focus on one because it shows how Anet deals with problems. Underwater combat. This was something that was new and exciting, unfortunately players didn’t like the way it works. It needs to be reworked, because it is a great idea. Anet’s answer, let’s just abandon it. Get used to this answer, you will be hearing it more.
They’ve currently put underwater combat on hold because it’s a terribly minor portion of the game. You realize there’s an underwater elder dragon, right? They can’t ignore it forever and it will likely see a rework at some point.
7: Forced content. I’m not going into detail about this, because I already heard all the lame excuses about how nothing is forced. I will say this, if you look at SAB there is a normal mode achievement that requires you to do tribulation mode. How does that make sense. You force me to play a mode I don’t want to play in order to get an achievement for a mode that I do play.
How are they forcing you to do anything? Why do you need the achievement so badly?
8: The community. It didn’t used to be like this.
I see “Wow, this community is so great!” on reddit every day. Not sure what you’re reading.