Top 10 Everything of 2012

Top 10 Everything of 2012

In 55 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad of the past 12 months.

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preseznik
preseznik

This is hilarious. This "article" lists game features that are 10 years old, or more, and attribute them to Guild Wars 2 as if it invented them. It doesn't even implement them in the best way, and that's ignoring the fact that these "additions" are irrelevant to the core game. Horrible.

steviej321
steviej321

Does anyone else feel like it's quite unfair to compare MMORPG's to non-MMORPG's? It just seems a bit absurd to me. 

@HeathStray I sincerely disagree. Xenoblade Chronicles is at least 3 times longer in gameplay than The Last Story, MUCH larger expanse, and literally (not figuratively) 100x more sidequests (of which most are quite fun) than The Last Story offers. I've played both and Xenoblade Chronicles is the clear-cut winner without a doubt.

zerses
zerses

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_massively_multiplayer_online_role-playing_games#Statistics_table

Uh, Guild Wars is still the number 1 MMO and for many good reasons.

1.  No monthly fee (!)

2. The sheer beauty of the game

3. For a "just released" game it has far more good things than bad.

4. Devs may actually care and fix some of the most glaring problems (note to Guild Wars 2 - ahem - spvp and Rangers)

 I've played MMOs since there were such programs all the way back to before computers - on paper - and I can tell you that after being here on Guild Wars 2, the community is a good one, mostly with adults who help one another even when the "fault" lies with the person playing.  

Guild Wars 2 is a good start to a great game that has beauty, heart, fun, and endless changes through every season.

 Could it be better?  Yes.  

Can we wait for it to be better?  Heck yes.

 

HeathStray
HeathStray

While I think that The Last Story was definetively better than Xenoblade Chronicles (though both are great games, I think The Last Story is the one who showed the way for JRPGs to build an identity of their own), I have to agree that Guild Wars 2 was, without a doubt, the best thing that happened this year in the videogame industry. I see people are complaining it's just the same. I assure you it is not; in fact, people who enjoy Guild Wars 2 are precisely the ones who already grew tired of all the MMORPG's having always the same gameplay.While Guild Wars 2 may not be a complete revolution, in the sense that it doesn't change many of the bases established for this genre, it is something different. A more dinamic, action-centered combat system, a world that is actually alive and changing, massive PvP... and it does leave behind many of the things that seemed irreplaceable in MMORPG's, like the Tank-DPS-Healer system. But what is more, it's the only one that has really changed the MMO bussiness system, the one to prove that there are other options apart from Pay to Play or Pay to Win (disguised as Free to Play). Guild Wars 2 is the one that gave us users what we really wanted and were demanding since so long ago: to just buy or game and play without limits! And it proved it can be done. That's why I will continue to enjoy this game, no matter what people may say.

Lionors
Lionors like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm with one of the other commenters in wondering if the columnist actually -played- this piece of dreck, and if so, if he actually did so for longer than 15 or 20 minutes. It's nothing more than the typical grind, grind, grind, loot-dependent mock fantasy dreck. There are no great hooks to draw me into the world, nothing which makes me want to play this game. The character creator is awful. The missions are cookie-cutter. It is, in short, NOTHING like the game NCSoft promised it would deliver. Surprise, surprise.

However, the main reason I do not intend to invest any more time in this game is that NCSoft has already axed three games in the last three years due to overwhelmingly incompetent management. Judging from the recent reorganization, the original GW will be the next on the block.  Personally, I like a stable game where my efforts to build a character aren't wasted, and I don't bother with the '2 months and done' type of MMOs.  Given NCSoft's poor track record, I'd rather not bet how long GW2 will last.  I'm only sorry I wasted the money buying the game in the first place -- there's a number of F2P MMOs I've played recently which were at least *as* entertaining, and they were free.

LucioFernandez
LucioFernandez

"Guild Wars 2 is one of those rare games that unexpectedly knocks your life off-kilter", yeah, you're damn right about that. It's very existence is a contributing factor in the death of a beloved MMO community. NCSoft and all of it's products can rot in hell. Look into them before you endorse their terrible games. Guild Wars 2 is not a good game by any means, it's a mash of good ideas from other games and brings absolutely nothing original to the world of MMO gaming.

attrezzopox
attrezzopox

@LucioFernandez You mean the community that flatly excludes casual gamers and families to create a world that prefers the hardcore gamer that spends every free moment in a virtual world to the detriment of his real life?In that case I'm firmly on the NCSoft side. Go team!

bsull
bsull

The reviewer obviously has not played GW2. Arena Net sold the game on promises of being revolutionary and progressive then quickly added the traditional grind and abandoned the core selling points. Compare release sales with current number of daily log-ins and you will see the rapid decline of yet another failed game. Does anyone at Time bother to look at what's being submitted as articles or has editing and fact-checking gone the way of the typewriter?

attrezzopox
attrezzopox like.author.displayName 1 Like

@bsull Are you getting paid for this comment? What a ridiculously uninformed thing to say. Are you upset because all of that time you spent leveling a Panda is going to waste in a virtual world that's becoming progressively more backwater and stagnate? Sounds like a bitter gamer getting left behind. 

BobDobalina
BobDobalina like.author.displayName 1 Like

@bsull Rapid decline? You're talking out of your ass. GW2 is #6 played game according to XFire. WoW is #4 and LoL is #1. You sound like a bitter fan of another MMO who hasn't actually played the game.

WaitWhut
WaitWhut

@bsull  

Traditional grind?

 You mean the Ascended gear that you don't actually NEED until you get to higher levels of the Fractals, and that, at the moment, consists of Rings and backslot pieces?

As for the 'rapid decline of numbers', search for the phrase '2 months and done'. It applies the the majority of MMO's, if not all of them.