Guild Wars 2 is a game I’ve put a lot of hours into over the past 7 months or so (over 500 hours to be precise). I’ve even written a bit about it. I’ve got characters of every race and profession. I’ll admit only three of those have made it to 80 (shown above): Persephone Valshen, human mesmer, Sigarda the Stoic, Norn guardian, and Anara Silverbranch, Sylvari elementalist. Of those three, Sigarda is the only one who currently has a full set of dungeon ready exotic armour and weapons.
So are MMOs about the journey to the level cap, or about running around as an impressive level 80 in fancy dungeon gear and intimidating new players? For me, every time I get a character to 80, I’m immediately tempted to switch and play one of my lower level characters. Perhaps I’m just not used to the idea that the ‘real’ gameplay only begins once your character reaches the level cap.
Guild Wars 2 is quite different from the only other MMO I’ve played, World of Warcraft, which forces you to go out into the world and explore new areas. The level scaling in Guild Wars lets you spend your entire career in the various starting areas and get the same amount of experience as if you were running around the high level areas. So I found levelling characters in Guild Wars 2 to be a pretty speedy and not too laborious process. (To compare, my highest level WoW character only made it to the 60s.)
So I was rather surprised when I recently stumbled across a website that was selling Guild Wars 2 accounts – in some cases for rather impressive sums. Most of them had exotic gear, and a few even had a legendary weapon. This astonished me: not only had the fun/effort of levelling to 80 been taken away, but the characters for sale already had just about everything that is worth working towards as a level 80 character. So what would the purchaser actually do with that character?
Perhaps I’m missing the point of the whole MMO thing, but I always imagined the purpose of any role playing game was to spend time creating and moulding a character, spending time with them and growing as they grow… If somebody else has already done all of that for you… I had heard of this sort of thing happening back when I played WoW, but I must admit, I still don’t understand it. Still, each to their own brand of fun, I suppose?