Guild Wars 2 vs Patch 5.0.4 – Which To Play?
Tomorrow sees both the official release of Guild Wars 2 and the arrival of the World of Warcraft 5.0.4 patch that revamps all the classes and the entire talent system. Now I’m excited about Guild Wars but I’m also excited about this huge WoW patch, eagerly awaiting the arrival of them both. But which to play? There’s only one way to find out… FIGHT!
(And unless you’re British and watch a lot of TV, you probably had no idea what that last reference was about.)
Of course, it comes as neither a surprise nor a coincidence that Blizzard decided to release their mega-patch on the exact same day as GW2 comes out and, no doubt, it’s put a heck of a lot of people in a tough spot figuring out which one to play, just like me. I’ve purposefully avoided both betas so honestly have very little knowledge of what to expect from either release other than what I’ve read online, a thought that I actually find sadly thrilling in this day and age of prolonged, open access betas with zero NDAs.
Now, I would’ve pre-ordered GW2 and started playing it on Saturday had it not been for the ridiculous sum of money ArenaNet wanted for the digital version. £49.99 for a downloadable copy is just crazy when I can buy it in the shops for £34.99 on Tuesday. Will the digital price come down tomorrow after the head start ends? I can only hope so but, even if it does, the idea of paying so much for three days of earlier play seems a little crazy. Regardless, I still find the whole concept of paying so much more for digital versions of games rather infuriating. Anyway, I’m digressing.
Guild Wars 2 does look very fun and appealing even if I’m still not holding my breath for a revolution in the MMORPG industry regardless of how much ArenaNet claim it be so (I may be wrong though). Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a just having a jolly good game and the new patch in WoW (and the following expansion) is hardly going to be particularly ground breaking either. Still, WoW is a game that I’ve played for a long time now and the thought of seeing some of its redundant mechanics overhauled, new class experiences put in a place and a whole new talent system simply tickles me pink.
So I guess it boils down to a case of the new vs the old, the unexpected vs the familiar and the £49.99 vs the free (honestly I’m wondering if I even need to bother buying MoP considering everyone will be able to play Pandas anyway). Hell, I’m sure I’ll end up getting GW2 at some point anyway but right now, for this week, it’s a jolly tough decision.