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?