Human ResourcesFebruary 9, 2011 at 12:10 am | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 8 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
This week Arenanet is presenting us with Human Week. An extravaganza of all things human! We’ll be getting character art, armour, clothing, lore, background, wallpapers, and what I’m most excited for a video tour of human lands.
Today though we got audio clips of random NPC conversations. I love random NPC conversations. I know it doesn’t seem like the most excellent thing in the world, and maybe I don’t love what most random NPC conversations are about, but, there’s a couple reasons I was excited for these to be released today.
One, I think adding detailed voice work to unimportant NPCs wandering around your world adds a ton of depth. It makes the world bigger. There are things going on outside of your characters experience.
The other reason I was looking forward to this is I was impressed by the voice work so far that Arenanet has provided. It’s been well acted, great quality audio, with fantastic ambient touches. Background noise, environment effects, Arenanets sound people are quickly becoming some of my favourite video game sound engineers.
With the release of the audio clips, I found myself actually kind of surprised. Some of the clips are pretty a-typical of an RPG, but others blew me away.
I think we were all particularly impressed by the clip of children.
As the blog post says, the audio clips give you a feel of the concerns of the people of Kryta. Their enemies, their leaders, and their day to day lives. I’m really hoping this will make places like Divinity’s Reach feel alive with activity.
I’m kind of glad they started with humans. I doubt I’ll ever play a human in Guild Wars 2, so getting it out of the way is great. On a personal level I sort of wish they’d gone with one of the other four races. There is a definite lack of non-human content, and I think the audio clips would have impressed me more if they came from another race.
In any case it was all pretty cool.
Finally, I’ve seen a few people take note of the mention of a bard in one of the audio clips. They seem to think it’s a possibility of a new profession. Not impossible but not very likely either. I don’t think a bard sits very well in Guild Wars lore, and it would be an odd way to tease or hint at a new profession. I would think they chose these clips pretty carefully.
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