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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 6:42PM Sunlover said

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Oh wow. This is pretty awesome. With GW2 on the horizon, and all the cool rewards for the HoM related stuff, I've been playing GW a bit more than I have in the past. This update might have me playing it even more. This is awesome.

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 6:53PM (Unverified) said

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Ok, have to ask:
I recently starting playing guild wars after buying the 3-addon set off of steam. I have given each campaign a few hours of time and it seems like Nightfall is 360 degrees of better than the other two. Yet everything I read and the two friends I have that have played it suggest I go through the first two campaigns before doing nightfall.
If im not an achievement type player should I just skip the first two campaigns? I am not really concerned with having statues or whatever to sit and stare at in gw2. For straight game mechanics nightfall seems far more interesting than the other two, what do I miss out on?

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 7:05PM M1sterLee said

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I would recomend going through the original game yes. Even though it is somewhat more linear and the maps are very 'corridor' at times, the story you get about the world is so great. There is so much background you will miss out on if you never played through from the original start of the game. And especially when you get to Eye of the North, which expands on the original areas of the game, you really want to know the back stories of the locations and characters. It's worth it!

Also, you don't get statues in GW2. Well, you might but the real benefit of making monuments to your characters in Guild Wars is that you get actual in-game items that all your GW2 characters can use, based on what you achieved in the original games (all three + expansion).
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 7:05PM KvanCetre said

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Prophecies is always what I recommend first. I wasn't really a fan of Factions, primarily because I thought the city-scape after the intro was very bland and tedious. However, having recently gone back and played the campaigns, I can say that Anet definitely improved the quality with each expansion and its probably juts my nostalgia that makes me believe Proph is the best....
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 7:34PM Brianna Royce said

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And I'm the odd one out -- I much much MUCH prefer Factions to the others, but it's pitched a bit hard for a heroless noobie. Still, I think playing them all is totally worth it. The advice I give to guildies is this: If you're only going to play one character, start in Prophecies. Make it to Lion's Arch; travel to the early stages of EOTN and Nightfall and pick up the easy heroes. Return to Prophecies and finish, then move on to Factions, Nightfall, and EOTN in the order of release.

There are some very definite spoilers in Nightfall that effectively ruin the endings of Prophecies and Factions, so yes, the order matters!
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 8:04PM (Unverified) said

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My feeling on the 3 games:

Proph: longest to get to max level, great story and very rich in terms of lore etc
Factions: fastest to get to max level, good story, fun pvp (i dont know if its still played much though)
Nightfall: good blend of level speed and a story thats plenty long. Addition of Heros which makes everything more fun (imo).

I have all 3 +EotN and recommend all of them. I do suggest Nightfall first for the sake of having the heros--- but doing them in chronological order (by release date) is fun too.
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 8:51PM Tom in VA said

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(1) Play them Prophecies, Factions, Nightfall, and Eye of the North if you're looking for the best story progression

(2) Start with Factions if you want to level the fastest. Like you, Brianna, Factions is also my favorite campaign and the one I played through first.

(3) Play them Nightfall, Eye of the North, and then Factions/Prophecies if you're looking for ease of soloability. Prophecies and Factions are substantially easier to solo with all the Heroes you pick up from Nightfall/Eye of the North
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 10:08PM moiax said

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For a new character, I would personally recommend Starting with either a Canthan or Elonian character, if only to save yourself from having to do the 15 point attribute quests. Nightfall may be the most beneficial for a new player, in terms of getting heroes and whatnot, especially if one of the expansion classes has piqued your interests.

I personally loved and still hop between all 3, and after you fudge around for a while, I would really recommend picking up Eye of the North. It has a lot if interesting things to it, and some really good PvE only skills you can abuse to no end to make campaigning easier.
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 7:00PM Arkanaloth said

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OMG... OMFG MY PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED!!!!!!!!!! SEVEN Heroes... SEVEN!!!

There is a god... there really really *IS* a god... Yeah I'm looking at you Legendary Vanquisher! OHHH and the ability to run Underworld and FoW, this is EPIC!!!!!!

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 5:03AM (Unverified) said

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I vanquished with my ele the entire game (apart from three or four areas) with just henches and heroes. It ain't that difficult to do when applying a few tactics on aggromanagement.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:17AM Arkanaloth said

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EXACTLY!!! I no longer have to break up my team in Nightfall or on certain missions in Eye of the North.. ^_^
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 7:38PM DevilSei said

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Going to be interesting to see what kind of builds people will create with an expanded hero group. I've been looking through some for when I hit the cap and finish a campaign or two, and some of them sound almost scarily powerful.

Great to see them really streamlining portions of the game in the face of a player surge.

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 7:54PM (Unverified) said

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Great news. I may finally complete "Temple of the Intolerable" :)

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 8:05PM (Unverified) said

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i didnt get to read the blog post yet as it seems to be down... but does this open up zones that previously you couldnt solo due to 'no henchies'?

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 8:32PM Arkanaloth said

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this has the potential to open up Underworld and the Fissure of Woe since henchmen couldn't go there you either went with at least 2 real players... went alone with just 3 heroes.. or went in 100% solo (which is crazy hard even with strong builds)
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 8:34PM Tom in VA said

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Woot!!!

Seven heroes was about the ONLY thing that would get me back into this game.

This is just too excellent. :-)

Are all 7 heroes separately flaggable? Does anyone know? Do each of them get an action bar?

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 8:49PM Sireangelus said

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This sounds really nice!

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 9:30PM GaaaaaH said

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I'm surprised at the lack of doom mongering OMG THIS IS LIEK A SERVER MERGE GAEM IS DYING!!

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 10:02AM Ocho said

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Its because this game is about the farthest thing from dead. The gameplay is fun, the exploration is top notch, the customization is rediculous. Hehe plus, its all one server... can't merge them anyway.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:45PM GaaaaaH said

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Well, it's not really one server, the districts split it up.

In fairness it is not as strong as it once was, but it is still doing incredibly well for a game of its age and comments are nearly always positive for GW2 because people liked GW1 so much.
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