Guild Wars 2 Beta: Either don't play a charr, or wait for the actual release

Incredibly beautiful world. Unfortunately, its beauty is matched by its lagginess and confusingness (lol is that even a word) and bugginess.

Especially for the charr personal story, things are so ridiculously easy up to the arena bit, the leadins of which are ridiculously easy... then the siege devourer appears. That + lagging at least 3-5 seconds on all my skills in there, not to mention moving, makes the fight impossible. Not sure what's happening there, I don't lag THAT badly anywhere else.

When I managed to finally beat it on a fluke, I couldn't figure out how on earth to get OUT of the arena, so in desperation I teleported out.

WHOOPS! Now I have to do the fight AGAIN, everything I did has been reset.


Also keep getting errors when trying to log into my existing charr, and when trying to create new characters. I have no idea whether that's because we're only allowed one character in beta, since the error messages certainly don't say *that*. So I'm left trying to log in over and over, and then seeing errors over and over.

And the LAG! Not even just on skills, MOVING seems so slow compared to GW. Not to mention the zoom. WTB MOAR ZOOM PLZ. Zoom feels like I'm stuck in a closeup. >.<

Contrast this to how amazingly smooth the intro is for a newbie in Prophecies, and how you can zoom way back to get some proper perspective.

I'm probably not touching GW2 again until the actual release. The beta can go hang.

Unhappy nugget is unhappy.

So I went and tried a human necromancer after it stopped bugging out... Uh... okay the Charr setting is gorgeous. The human one is just blah, on top of all the other problems.

The human area actually left me convinced that GW is more beautiful than GW2. The charr area at least really impressed me in terms of looks.

...I feel like someone who got engaged to this gorgeous all-round wonderful (by general repute) girly, even though there were some niggling misgivings, and who decided to BE OPTIMISTIC. And then this morning I had me a little grope and... AAAA THERE ARE TEETH WHERE TEETH SHOULD NOT BEEEEE.

._. Here's to hoping launch day doesn't make me feel the same way.

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You know, it would figure you'd like the charr homelands better than the human ones since the charr ones are situated, what, on the exact same spot as the Prophecies tutorial? :P

Go ahead and stand upon the ruins of Rin in back of the Black Citadel (I can't quite remember how to get there, but I'm sure you'll find it if you poke around) - you can stand on the ruined pieces and look out over the land and it's very Prophecies "last day dawns" kind of feeling.

Meanwhile, Kryta has become less tropical-feeling and I hated areas like the Black Curtain anyway, so meh to the human areas!

I found I am really REALLY loving the norn areas though, fwiw. Oh and that siege devourer for the gladiator fight always wrecks EVERYONE. But that's only something you have to do if you roll Blood Legion. Maybe try another story track?

Huh. Okay, I guess I'll give it one more try. I haven't poked a norn yet.

TBH after the devourer and then seeing the human lands, I was pretty heartbroken, and ran off to cry in a corner. *Ahem* Ok lol, to rage in a corner - but the actions share the same emotinal base!

Once more unto the breach, O nugget!

Agree that the Norn areas are beautiful too... but I still think I'll wait for the release before doing anything.

Maybe I'm too traumatised by the seige devourer, so that the entire thing has left a bitter, unfatty taste in the nugget's batter. :(

Had ONE more go at it, Norn-style.

Went AFK for a while to get ready for work, came back, and my character had completed 2 quests without my ever moving from the spot or doing anything.

I am really reminded of Rift, and not in a good way.

Boo, that certainly sounds like a bug. On the forums, they are always asking for reports of getting credit for just standing around - definitely not working as intended! For my part, I have gotten a very different feel from the beta than I did in Rift - moreso for how events interweave with quests and the way questing and resource sharing works in general. All those things merely annoyed me in Rift and the rifts themselves were the saving grace of any of the content for me, so when people stopped rushing to do them, I stopped caring about logging in whatsoever :/.

At any rate, I'm sorry you haven't enjoyed your time in the beta! Maybe your experience will improve with some tuning and optimization.