Heart LettersOctober 4, 2012 at 9:14 am | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg, PvE | 12 Comments
I am level 80 now and have been for a while. Would it surprise you to know that, as I said I would, I took my time? Guild Wars 2 is not a difficult game to level in.
Basically you just need to do everything. Complete maps, gather, craft, complete your daily achievements, do events, World v World, personal story. I took my time, did it all, and can’t see why anyone would have any trouble leveling.
I even took the time to read heart letters. I probably should not have bothered.
I’m sure the writers had a lot to write and coming up with new creative ways to write these letters probably became quite a tedious task. Still, they all come out quite generic. Each one thanking you quite extensively for the help you gave.
There is the occasional creative masterpiece like the letter that the ettin sends you in Queensdale and I can recall quite a few snarky letters from asurans and other examples of good writing but by the end I did not want to read any of them.
These letters could have been an opportunity to extend lore, get a good laugh, make the world seem larger than it really is. Instead they’re boring, hit all the same notes, practically form letters.
Some of them are even out of character. Charr should not be gushing with praise for anyone that helps them. Asurans should not be foaming at the mouth with thanks and happiness. Norn were often humble and graceful in their thanks. Huh?
In the end the letters are the quest text from other games that you don’t read. It’s like Arenanet suddenly panicked near the end of production and started doubting themselves, “what if we really do need to stick to convention!?” “What if players want the tactile sense of collecting a reward!?”
It just seems like a waste. All that effort into writing hundreds of heart letters so they could stick to an old convention that nobody likes anyway.
Okay fine yes, heart letters are not of earth shattering importance. Not even close. And it would be difficult to make anything useful out of them, but not impossible. It just seems like this is one more thing Arenanet could have done away with and chickened out a little bit.
Heart letters are not worth reading and I find that disappointing.
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