Milkshake.4370 Posted February 14, 2021 Share Posted February 14, 2021 Hey everyone,I am a pretty new player (started in 2020) and I just finished all of the story chapters and am up to date with Champions.I have quite a few comments to get out and I figured why not here haha.Omitted Content Detracts New PlayersFirstly, I must say that I really enjoyed playing through all the episodes of GW2 however, I was truly only hooked after reaching Heart of Thorns.I am originally a console gamer and only now started getting into PC gaming and I feel that the first half of GW2 (Level 1-80 + Living World S2) is not on parr with the modern gaming world. I understand that the game was just starting out at this point and did not have a high budget, however I feel this may be a reason why the game is struggling to attract new players. Even though there is an option to skip to level 80,_ I believe that the game "takes too long" to "get good". _As somebody starting out in 2020, I was bored and not very impressed with Season 2. Furthermore, I was very confused because of the omission of Scarlett's War episodes which made the story hard to follow and I had to look up the omitted content on Wiki.I know that the Scarlett content was important and a crucial aspect to the early game and the early GW2 player experience, however it is a huge setback and turn off for newer players. It is difficult to follow or invest into a story, especially when you feel you have started in the middle. Especially the missions where players have to go through Scarlett's belongings, secret hideout, and follow her trail, her memories. I did not know who Scarlett was and the short recap provided in game was not enough to create a fulfilling experience to me as a new player.I think this is a huge huge turn off for newer players. Heart Of Thorns (HoT)This is where the game takes a huge turn for the better. Absolutely everything is improved; music, sound design, world design, story, writing. Literally everything about this expansion was incredible, captivating, and immersive. The only reason I played to get to HoT was because I saw my partner playing this expansion and it was very different from Level 1-80 and LWS2. If I was a newer player, I would never have paid for this expansion or even gotten to it based off of the experience I had with the gameplay prior. Somebody in my guild compared this to a restaurant, which forces the patrons to eat an entire loaf of bread before giving them the ordered food. Some people are full after the loaf of bread, most people don't even finish it and get to their meal. I think that this may be a source for the dwindling GW2 new player numbers and ArenaNet's revenue. There is very little encouragement or incentive for new players to purchase expansions or spend money on the game, when the initial opening content is so boring and slow. This sets an incorrect precedent and expectation for what the paid expansions will be. Living World Season 4 - INCREDIBLE but Lack of Marketing?As the game progresses after HoT, it keeps getting better and better. With more mastery points and mounts, the story, sound design, and music reaches incredible potential and structure. If I wanted to get people to play the game, I would be pushing and screaming for them to play Heart of Thorns, Path of Fire, or Living World Season 4. I don't understand why ArenaNet hasn't pushed for certain aspects of these expansions in their marketing campaigns.I work in music and marketing professionally, and in my opinion, their approach to marketing the game can be drastically improved. The trailers and game material that they promote does not reflect the game and does not compete against World of Warcraft or other fantasy games. Why was the Griffon a "secret mount" and barely showcased? Why is the skyscale barely advertised? The skyscale is one of the strongest selling points for this game. There is no other game where you can literally see hundreds of people dropping from the sky and mounting a dragon and flying together to fight a world boss (happens in Drizzlewood Coast, IceBrood Saga). Furthermore, I have seen many Heart of Thorns trailers with and trailers for episodes that are extremely underwhelming when the actual episode is incredible. When I went to ComicCon and other fan conventions, my impression of GW2 was always that it was a League of Legends type of game or one of those games on mobile where you attack villages like (Game of War) LOL. This was far from the truth but it took me 5 years to find out!Future PotentialI truly believe this to be one of the most unique, creative, and fun fantasy games available today. Even in 2021, I find this game fascinating. I hope that ArenaNet will eventually change their marketing approach and adjust the game to be more friendly to new players. Literally omitting the majority of Season 2 and only keeping the crucial storylines that lead up to HoT (Glint's Labyrinth, dragon eggs, dragon magic) would be better than what it is now. (Sorry original players or anyone who played through Scarlet's War, don't hate me). 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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