The release of PoF went pretty smooth – initially. I love their method of releasing an expansion, which doesn’t include any downtime other than logging out so you can patch a new build. I think this is a feature that a lot of gamers forget about, especially since some other AAA titles still have 8+ hours of downtime on expansion days. One more win for ArenaNet.

I logged in with my Asura Guardian and began the story – as you can see by the screenshot above she received her first mount, an awesome raptor. Don’t forget you can dye your mount so even though it may look like everyone else there’s at least a tiny bit of individuality. I wonder how long before we start seeing skins for them in the gem store.

I don’t want to give the story away, so I’ll keep things fairly brief and generic.

This expansion is absolutely beautiful. I mean Guild Wars 2 always looks pretty fantastic to me, but this one is over the top. Maybe it’s because after looking at nothing but plants for a few months I’m just happy to be back in civilization, but the setting is just amazing. The voice acting has been top notch, and I’m fully invested in my story.

Now, that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It’s not. Today (Saturday) there seem to be quite a few instances of people dropping during important instances fights (I was doing The Sacrificed and dropped during the boss fight, it spit me out into Crystal Oasis and now I have to do the entire story again) and a lot of other technical issues that people are having, including map completion not offering rewards. So no, things are not perfect – but it’s OK, no one is expecting perfection. I know players just want to get in game, and when things prevent them from doing that, or cause lost progress, well, the not so nice side comes out.

Anyway. I’m having a blast. I don’t get a lot of time to play because I’m limited to times my son is asleep, but I’ve done some progression and I’m content to take my time. If you’ve been looking to get back into the world, now is a great time.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!