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To understand how Guild Wars 2’s high-end PvE feels it’s necessary to understand how all the ideas behind the game fit together. Without fixed class roles, the emphasis is on player skill and as such encounters have been designed to be more flexible than most modern MMOs. World of Warcraft’s boss fights are usually constrained to a particular location because it’s by controlling the environment that Blizzard are able to add variety to the traditional tank and spank model. Guild Wars 2 is far less restrained: if your party is able to pull a boss out of their comfort zone, the game won’t stop you.

During our run through the Ascalonian Catacombs instance, my party was faced with a pair of bosses who become stronger the closer together they were. The designer accompanying us advised that we try to separate them within the open arena where they spawned, but we quickly found ourselves fought back the way we came, into a narrow corridor that we’d opened by placing a rock on a pressure plate to open a secret door. At this point, a player moved the rock, causing the door to shut and trapping one of the bosses on the other side. After dealing with the first boss, we then re-opened the door and dealt with the other much more easily.

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This game cannot come soon enough!!!
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"Kiting one back to the city" is what I'm thinking about.
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In the vast majority of mmo's (if not all of them), there's always going to be problems with exploits. If Arenanet allows for creative outside the box thinking for GW2, then this essentially removes that term from the game completely. Getting a melee boss stuck in a wall and shooting at it long range? Good, that's now considered smart playing rather than exploiting or glitching. I can understand that this will put a huge strain on the team after launch to fix any real glitches asap to keep the game engaging. On a lighter note, one less stupid reason for people to get banned for since the line between a 'tactic' and a 'glitch' will be completely washed away.
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D: just release the game already!!
the suspense is killing me
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Tell me about it, I'm proper chomping at the bit for this game!
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pre purchase is 11 days away and beta is 13 days away
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I'm definatly getting the collectors edition but unfortunatly i can't play until i get back from deployment in august :(
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wow amazing! that's a nice system for the dungeons, you won't get bored from the same fight whenever you go there and it makes ppl to do teamwork, instead of doing whatever they want biggrin.gif
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