OK..I love the game, I really do, but i cannot remember a week in any mmo where a developer absolutley turned a game on its head.
The event itself was bugged to hell and when it was working, was sinnfully boring. The new area is small, somewhat bleak with little to see and very few things to do. The new enemies are massively overpowered and can literally two shot u depending on your class.
Then there is the introduction of the ascension gear.....and the fractal dungeon. The dungeon itself has some cool elements but I have yet to get a group that can get to the second tier of difficulty. People either suck, don't listen or have patience or simply dont have the time to get through 3 runs. As for the gear..I have no problem really with introduction of higher tiers, but it has caused a firestorm of dissent on the official forums.
Then there was the class changes....Rangers seem to have got nothing usefull and warriors buffed even more. Its got to the point where i see people specifically spamming lf warrior for dungeon and ignorin other classes.
What should have been another great month of free content that as amazing, is somewhat dissappointing. I hope this is just a minor blip in what is really a lovely game. I dropped TOR for this.. I don't wanna end up dropping this for ESO. If that sucks, I may just give up on the genre all together
What. You could still play the game normally. You didn't have to do it. It was completely optional. They also gave you cool stuff at the end. Like totally free stuff. So I don't get why people are whining so much about it TBH. If you're not having fun don't play. It's not like you are paying a SUB FEE like that other game that is currently dying is.
Jeremy Lin will be busting his way onto the bench this season.
I heard a lot of people got precursor weapons from the final event, which I couldn't even participate in because it started at 7am Monday in Australia.
This has been one of the most anticipated games in the last few years for me, and I still love it to some extent, but I'm really starting to think that the developers enjoy eating their own crap and must think that we do, too.
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I don't think it was a disaster: it had lots of glitches for sure and those were definitely annoying. Getting wiped by Karka barrel-roll when it only just appeared was annoying, but on the other hand I had 5 repair canisters from BLChests from a while back. The loot at the end was fantastic (exotic accessory, 2 rares, 2 exotics) and two people on my server got precursors, The Colossus and the precursor to the torch (Rodgurt something?).
I enjoyed Fractal of the Mists, it was pretty fun and it's definitely more interactive than a regular dungeon run. I'll probably be running it in the future too.
The finale event was pretty awesome, except for the "kill reinforcements" bits where it took about an hour too long to do. But everything else was awesome and it was cool to see everybody reviving each other.
In general, Northern Shores brought about lots of changes and showed that while Arenanet still has to work out a lot of the basic issues like culling, implementing fixed events and general polish, they can still throw down an event that makes people take a day off.
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