We all have things we love about Guild Wars 2, places that make us cheer out and say “yes, this is my ultra-mega place!” We all have classes, abilities, and features we’re passionate about, either negatively or positively. This is a place to share all that. Once a week I’ll be raising a Guild Wars 2 question to the community– hopefully an interesting one– and we’ll share our opinions. I’ll start off with my opinion just to get the ball rolling, but these questions will not have any right or wrong answers, so feel free to argue with me to your heart’s content!
We’re currently knee deep in the middle of our Halloween event, Shadow of the Mad King. The Mad King himself has well, a few things to say to us now in his little dungeon, and the rewards for the overall event are starting to show themselves in the green-tinted eerie light of day. There’s still one more act to go, and let’s hope it’s worth the wait, but for the moment– what’s your favorite part about the event? How does it stack up to other Halloween events you’ve experienced in other MMORPGS?
Personally, I’m adoring the setting and general atmosphere of GW2′s Shadow of the Mad King, and as silly as that sounds, it’s probably my favorite part of the event. I like the storyline, and I love, love, love the way Lion’s Arch looks. I’m a huge fan of Halloween in real life (even guilty of transforming my front yard into a cemetery), so the cool moon, tinted sky, cauldron mystic forge, bats flapping above the heads of our characters, and glowing, realistic-looking pumpkins with varying carvings everywhere are a treat to wander through. The little trick-or-treaters running around are freakin’ adorable, and I like that they randomly shout out cute phrases. The whole thing’s entirely immersive.
As far as the activities themselves, my favorite parts so far are probably the Mad King fight, the scavenger hunt, and the pumpkin carving achievement. I love that you can run up to an pumpkin and go “swish swish” and make a face on it. I also like how random the pumpkins are sometimes located, and the fact that the scavenger hunt takes you on a wild goose chase of sorts, along with the candy corn mining. I still need to muster up my terrible jumping puzzle skills and my huge charr butt and complete the tower puzzle. It will be done!
Comparing it to other Halloween events… hm, that’s a hard one for me. I still have a soft spot for World of Warcraft’s Hallow’s End, admittedly, though that might be partially due to nostalgia more than anything (and my personal enjoyment of the headless horseman tale). I’d probably rank them about the same currently, although that may very well change once we see the ending of Shadow of the Mad King. WoW’s Halloween event has a very simple methodology to it which I actually enjoy (visiting all the inns, etc., getting goodies), so I initially found Guild Wars 2′s a little confusing, but I also appreciate the effort that went into the complexity.
Also, all things considering, given the years Blizzard has had to build upon Hallow’s End, I have to give ArenaNet a nod here. Shadow of the Mad King is quite well done considering how long Guild Wars 2 has been out. It feels like a full holiday event already, and will only get better as the years pass, and the team expands upon it.
Enough babbling from me. What do you think about Shadow of the Mad King? Got a favorite part? Hate the reward system? Sound off in the comments section!