So recently (Read: Earlier today) I was talked into trying out Guild Wars 2 now that the game has kind of gone free-to-play. My initial impression is that it definitely looks very pretty and feels very meaty, with a large amount of voice-acting and everything. Mind you, I've played WoW for over a decade and I have tried out several other MMO's, but ended up finding them all lacking.
Now, there are a few things I'd like to know about Guild Wars 2.
First of all - Is there a general chat, or some other easy way to get in touch with people within the game? I've been running up to people, asking for a second of their time, only to be ignored every time, and thus it seems that people within the game itself is not really a good source of information.
Secondly - Am I doing something wrong, or does the combat just have no depth to it all? Whether I play a Warrior or a Ranger the first impression when it comes to the combat is just the absolute worst I think I've had in not only an MMO, but possibly games in general. You find a target, you run up to it, you press 1 and they you just stand there and wait. It doesn't matter whether it's a boss/big mob or just a regular trash-mob running around on it's own, you just click it, press the button and wait for your character to finish doing his/her thing.
Is that it? I mean, it's the least compelling and least involving system I think I've ever experienced if that's the case. There's absolutely nothing to it. Surely there's got to be more to it than that, right? It's really quite jarring. I didn't really know what I was expecting when I first went into the game of course, but I definitely didn't expect it to play itself, only asking for me to occasionally move the character around to another event or quest-location. It just feels absolutely flat and bare bones.
Other than that I'd just love to hear some opinions in general - Is Guild Wars 2 as good as I've heard, or is it just a pretty face with no personality or charm to it beyond that?