Hi! I played briefly at launch but my computer was a real hunk of junk. I recently got an amazing PC and Guild Wars 2 looks and runs incredible on it, so I'm returning!
At launch, and around a year afterward when I tried returning the first time, I really wanted to play Engineer. I love the idea of being a class that uses guns and steampunk machinery while everyone else is using traditional medieval weaponry and magic. However, for me the gameplay never lived up to the class concept. I was expecting a powerful 'run and gun' sort of class to reflect their advanced technology, but I ended up feeling very weak. The class seemed to revolve around fumbling between different weapon kits, and it seemed like their most powerful skills revolved around ground-targeted grenades, which just wasn't fun for me to play. I felt like I was just pulling junk out of my backpack and throwing it everywhere. Even worse, I felt very weak. I would watch other classes run into a cave full of enemies and absolutely rip their way through with no problem, or solo an elite type of enemy without ever going low on health. For me, everything was a struggle, even though I was literally setting off grenades and bombs under my enemies. I just felt like I was having to work three times as hard as everyone else and still wasn't doing as well as they were.
I know that's all a lot of complaining but it really did have a big effect on me. I loved the idea of the class and felt so let down by how it played. It was probably the second biggest reason behind why I didn't stick with GW2, after my underpowered PC.
How are engineers these days? Are they still frantic and squishy and centered around kits and gadgets, or have they become sturdier and more focused on blasting enemies with their guns?
And what other classes would you recommend to someone who wants to use guns? I see that Warriors and Thieves can both use guns, and that Thief has a new specialization that kind of makes them into a Sniper which sounds super fun. Are either of these what I'm looking for? I'm not looking to faceroll the game but I would like to feel powerful sometimes at least.