Top 7 Events In The Guild Wars 2 BetaJune 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg, PvE | 19 Comments
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There are going to be a lot of events in Guild Wars 2 but so far we’ve only been able to play through 7 zones. I’ve seen a lot of really cool events so I thought I’d pick some out.
One thing I noticed however is that a lot of cool events are tied together. Instead of picking 3 events from the same chain, I’m going to limit myself to one event from each zone.
And hey, let me know if there’s an event you think I am clearly missing or wrong about.
In no particular order.
There are some epic events in Queensdale to be sure, but you can’t top the excitement of the Godslost Swamp meta-event. The best one of these is clearly the Shadow Behemoth.
What I like is the complexity. Dodging massive AoEs while kiting Underworld monsters, getting rid of the portals while watching for the beasts tendrils to dip into the murky swamp water. Then waiting to pummel the things face. It’s a fun mix of dexterity and panic.
Few make it through their first time alive.
I didn’t write this list to just go around naming the most gigantic and epic events however, and there are plenty of events that just have a nice surprise or good writing.
I was wandering through the south of Kessex one day and I saw an event marker on my map. I headed to it trying to avoid aggro, and having not seen the NPC, glanced at the map a second time, only to fall into a deep hole.
And that is how I discovered Kari, a small girl who fell down a well. You are her Lassie, and have to protect her on the way back. It’s not a big spectacular boss fight, but it starts cleverly and is more pluasible than just about any traditional quest I’ve ever completed.
There are a couple of contenders in every zone, but the final event in the meta-event The Frozen Maw is pretty wicked. The lead up to it is unimpressive, being no more than some closely packed and highly chaotic fights.
When the final event kicks off things go from heated clashes with the NPCs to “Oh my god, I’m going to die, somebody help me! Is that a $#%^ing tornado!?”
I’ve talked a bit about my favourite event in Snowden Drifts before. It’s our first introduction to a new race, the Largos.
It’s not much more than a single fight. A Largos comes out of nowhere to attack the kodan Claw. It’s your job to kill him instead. But considering I’ve never seen the Largos in any previous incarnation of the Guild Wars universe and his mysterious disappearance after you defeat him, makes this one of my favourite events.
Plains of Ashford
I think my favourite event in Ashford was the event inside the jumping puzzle. Without spoiling anything, it was a long hard slog to get to and interesting in the details surrounding it once you finally get there.
It’s almost a reward for finally making it that far in the puzzle and overcoming all the obstacles. What’s really wonderful about it is that it isn’t even the end of the puzzle, just another step.
My favourite event in the middle of Diessa isn’t particularly impressive. A cattle ranch is under attack by harpies, you drive them off while protecting the cows. The part that makes it interesting is what happens afterward.
You get to fire the cattlepult.
It’s just as it sounds. A catapult that fires cattle. Before you do though, make sure to bet on it. You’ve got about 33% chance of doubling your money.
What’s more fun as a kid than going off on an adventure? That’s the basis for my favourite event in Gendarran, just outside Applenook Hamlet.
Approaching a group of children sets off some sarcastic remarks, and after takling to one of the children, they run off in search of treasure. But you won’t be their only protector along the way, you make a new friend too.
It’s a definite callback to the goonies and a true representation of all our childhood dreams.
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