August 9, 2012

Guild Wars 2 vs Mists of Pandaria?

Are these two upcoming games really in competition for our game time?

PC gamers should be extremely happy at the moment, not only do we have one big upcoming release, we have two! Not to mention that we’ve just had The Secret World release, labelled as a new modern MMO, on July 3rd. The decision by Blizzard to launch the WoW expansion Mists of Pandaria (MoP) only one month after the launch of ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2 (GW2) created quite a stir in the gaming community, sparking speculation of some type of ‘secret agenda’, but it looks like Blizzard are just releasing when Blizzard is ready, and we know that for Blizzard this totally normal. But does this mean that there will be a split within the MMO gaming community for our affections? Or can both games co-exist? We’ve all now had a chance to look at the betas and there have been many attempts at comparing the two and weighing up which is better, but does pitting one against the other really make sense? Except for both being MMOs, they really are two completely different games – or am I wrong? GW2 seems to be all about having a great PvE experience right from the first level, negating the ‘endgame’ that is attributed to WoW, whereas WoW tends to give you certain content up to the max level cap and then you start endgame. Similarly, although WoW has PvP, GW2 seems to be much more geared up for this. Plus, I just don’t think you can compare GW2 to WoW with it’s massive subscriber base – it may not be right but WoW fans are going to get MoP no matter what.

Personally I (and I think that a lot of other WoW players) will be getting GW2, playing up to the MoP release and then switching over, at that point GW2 will still be on the radar but in a more casual sense; since it doesn’t have a subscription you can just pick it up again whenever you want – this is actually why I was happy with Star Wars The Old Republic (SWTOR) going F2P. I’ll probably be working a little SWTOR into the equation, I know they have made a lot of changes since I’ve been gone and I’m actually quite excited to see those changes.

I think both games are going to be successful in their own right and I’m happy we’ve got so much new content coming out, I guess that only time will tell to see how the player base reacts. These are two amazing games and so I can’t see them going the way of SWTOR and Star Trek Online. What do you think? Will you being playing MoP, GW2 or both?

4 comments

  1. מנעולן, מנעולן בקליק - August 17, 2013 7:34 am

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  2. TattooedKitty - September 26, 2012 5:27 pm

    I must admit GW2 is totally amazing, I’m really feeling the gameplay and love that I can just wander across an event and instantly join forces with other players to form a group, none of the hassle of using dungeon finder, making sure you have a tank and a healer available, people dropping out etc. There are so many great things about GW2 that they need a blog post of their own. But I am still playing WoW and have just started on the Mists of Pandaria content – I think that different people get different things out of a game, for me I just love the content so 85-90 will be awesome. Blizzard have also introduced the challenge modes (http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes) on dungeons in this expansion which might be worth checking out for people who want more of a… well, challenge. There is also a leader board so you can see who’s top in your realm, just to make it interesting: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/challenge/dungeon/gate-of-the-setting-sun/realm/aegwynn/?wowLocale=0. It might not be the game for everyone, I mean everyone is different, but I think it still has something to offer.

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  3. curt - September 19, 2012 8:39 am

    I dumped WoW after finishing WOTLK because the game just kept getting easier and easier. Our guild would have all the dungeons on farm within a months time and it became nothing more than gear grind for the rest of the expansion.

    GW2 has blown me away. I really loved the personal story quest line, fought a dragon, planted a mine and blown up a bone ship, led armies, made lots of hard decisions that effected the world (WoW doesn’t have any of this). The magnitude and scope of the play is just so much bigger than WoW. Also, all zones no matter what your level are not easy (WoW has way too many ghost town zones because of lack of zone level normalization). The end-game of GW2 is the whole game. For WoW it is just the last expansion. Sorry Blizzard since Activision took over your game content has gone downhill.

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    • Name (Required) - September 25, 2012 11:29 am

      Good point curt. WoW does not let you fight dragons.

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