Raindrops on Roses, Whiskers on Kittens

August 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 11 Comments
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“Hi, I’m Spirit and I’m posting a guest post on Hunter’s blog because he’s awesome and generous and handsome.” QFT.

ArenaNet takes pride in the depth of Guild Wars 2. They’ve crafted each bit meticulously and with great emphasis on breathing life into their world.  These details aren’t essential to gameplay, but the extra touches set Tyria apart from other more generic worlds.

These are a few of my favorite (little) things in Guild Wars 2.

Eye Candy

  • When an asura is in combat, their ears will shoot straight up in the air.
  • When standing on uneven terrain, your character’s legs will readjust to accommodate the height difference.
  • Bioluminescence. Sylvari actually glow in the dark at night time.
  • The “elevators” in the Grove are actually giant seed pods that will fly you up and down between the Grove’s many levels.
  • Your in-game mail is delivered by actual birds. Even when you’re underwater. (Sidenote: I would totally buy a microtransaction that turned the mailbird into something super flashy and obnoxious. Like a dragon. Or a toucan.)
  • When shooting projectiles through a field of corn or tall grass, it moves accordingly as the projectile passes by.

The nighttime sky in Rata Sum is beautiful.

Aural Gems

  • When commanding pets to attack or swapping them, rangers will give a whistle.
  • The thief’s Unload skill on dual pistols has the sound of your brass dropping.
  • When selling goods at a merchant your character will audibly acknowledge the merchant for their services.
  • While the various quips spoken by our playable characters have sort of a bad rap for being cheesy or too over the top (“I could outrun a centaur,” anyone?) a handful always put a smile on my face.  “I’ve made life! …of a sort.”
  • NPC’s not only have conversational dialogue, they occasionally break out into song. Any number of Tyrian residents can occasionally be heard humming or whistling, and a few, such as this Quaggan and this merry band of pirates have become Tyrian singing sensations. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Explorer’s Treasures

  • The book carts in Divinity’s Reach scattered about the lower ring of Divinity’s Reach can be inspected.  Fans of the original Guild Wars might see some familiar names.  My personal favorite is either “Knock ‘Em Dead: A History of Mad King Thorn,” or “The World on a Turtle Shell: The Story of My Time with the Luxons” by Mhenlo.
  • Each race has absolutely adorable children.  Cuddly Charr cubs fresh from the Fahrar march about in play, Human children pretend the heroes of their glory days, and Asuran progeny cast aspersions on the IQ’s of their friends’ mothers.
  • Deep under the water in Caledon Forest’s Quaggan village of Shashoo is a pipe organ.  It’s playable, with three full octaves.  And if you cheer up a nearby Quaggan by playing a tune, you might even be rewarded.
  • There are graveyards and memorials scattered throughout Tyria.  The Shaemoor graveyard has a mix of touching and humerous epitaphs.  Hoelbrak has one dedicated to specifically to non-norn who passed away there.    And one tombstone even takes a dig at a competitor that Guild Wars 2 might hope to bury.

Ranny Unter 1268-1290 “Trust me this will work.”

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11 Comments

  1. I don’t know who you’re quoting in that intro, but they sound like a very intelligent person to me.

  2. Some of those gravestone are completely hilarious, my favourite would have to be “thought he could outrun a centaur”

    • I could spend hours just reading headstones.

  3. A great read, made me chuckle…….and to think we haven’t even seen half the world yet. Who knows what we’ve yet to discover? 🙂

    • I can’t wait.

  4. “When standing on uneven terrain, your character’s legs will readjust to accommodate the height difference.”

    It’s amazing how much more natural everyone looks just because of this.

    • It just feels right.

  5. Reblogged this on Gigable – Tech Blog.

  6. I saw a couple of these in BWE#2 (some I couldn’t figure out, like the pipe organ). I’m looking forward to checking them all out!

    • A friend who is a musician figured out the pipe organ, i’m sure it will be on the wiki quite quickly if it isn’t already.

  7. […] Hunter’s Insight — Raindrops on Roses, Whiskers on Kittens. “ArenaNet takes pride in the depth of Guild Wars 2. They’ve crafted each bit meticulously and with great emphasis on breathing life into their world. These details aren’t essential to gameplay, but the extra touches set Tyria apart from other more generic worlds.” […]


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