I just wanted to say my thanks to Arenanet for making this game.
It must be hard work to make and maintain such a massive world and I wanted to show my appreciation. GW2 is one of the examples why games can be considered as art. It has always been a big inspiration to me and also helped me through some tough times. As an artistic person myself I draw quite some big inspiration from the game into my own works such as music, writing and drawing. The artwork has always fascinated me and the soundtrack has even moved me to tears quite often. The story and lore have also always been one of my favorite things. Especially how the main story was told by the combination of artwork and music instead of a regular cutscene are truly unique and one of the things that make this game special. The world design is also a favorite of mine as well as the creature design (even if some creatures and areas looked better in gw1 in my opinion). I find myself sitting on a nice spot and just enjoying the view and the ambience quite often. The landscapes even tell stories on their own and there are a lot of tiny details here and there like for example the exotic foods on the tables in Amnoon or the carved wooden structures in Hoelbrak. Every detail fits into each setting so well and you can tell where the insirations for each theme came from. Overall the world feels "alive" and "believable". You can also see how everything aged over the years from map details such as primary resurrection shrines like the once you can see quite good in the Desolation map or the ruins of Ascalon. You can even tell from these datails the events of the books like for example the bounty in Crystal Oasis for Chief Kronon or notable landmarks like Malchor's Fingertips. It all fits and flows well into the world. These are all just few examples from the total of a ton. Another thing that is a big favorite of mine is the sound design. The way you can hear if something is coming from behind you or from the left or from the right makes the experience even more immersive. All sounds from the chirping of birds, to the rushing of water, the thundering of war, the bioling of lava and the roar of a dragon. It all feels unique and real. Perhaps the sound design is one of my three all time favorites ever because that one of the very first things I noticed when I started playing years ago.
Thank you for your dedication and work!
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