As a new player, i have to say that the questing and leveling experience is far above anything i've played, including WoW. Just the voice acting all over the world, and the personal story makes the whole world come to life. Unlike WoW where i was continually just reading things and doing bland quests, here you really get a feel for the troubles and issues of a certain area. I don't think I can ever go back to the traditional MMOs.
Seriously kudos to ArenaNet for making the best world experience i've played so far. Also did I mention its freaking stunning? I've had multiple places in the game where i've gotten a good chuckle, or even been kinda sad at all the stories going on.
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GW2's quests are great, and yes, because they're much more realistic. I can be walking along, and then off to my left I hear "You! Yes you! You can help! Please!" as a guy runs up to me. And lo and behold, he has an emergency for me.
I've been playing this game for many months and my score is 9/10, the problems I have with the game are very minor and actually getting fixed via patches so, soon it'll be 9.5 and maybe even 10. It's one of my favorite games of all time though.
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Heart quests are meh.... some hearts are lengthy and annoying. It's good that you can knock out some hearts while doing events.
Events are fun, especially the champions , meta and group events and events that have something other than just regular mob killing (taming monsters, morphing into a leopard, playing "Ghostbuster", solving riddles,...)
World feels a lot more dynamic with those events. Rift also tried this but events were always the same (and not as rewarding as in GW2): a rift opens, mobs spawn...
I just wish more events would be taking place, especially in emptier zones, they sometimes have hardy any events. They could also make events show on your map in a larger radius, you have to be really close for it to show up. More people should call out events in map chat :-)