Guild Wars 2 map design takes center stage in new End of Dragons expansion
Guild Wars 2the latest extension of, End of the dragonswill take players to Cantha, the same setting as Guild Wars: Factions. It’s been over 250 years in the game since players have seen Cantha, but now they must venture into it to uncover the secrets of the Elder Dragon Cycle that impacted the flow of magic.
The biggest showcase of any new expansion is its story. The Commander has slain many Elder Dragons and each has created a more unstable Tyria. In Cantha, players will encounter new characters they call allies, and some they call enemies. Aurene, who players raised from an egg, is one last glimmer of hope to break the dragon cycle.
There are story-related surprises that will delight players who have been with the game for a long time and there are certain parts of the story that will reflect the real world with a touch of humor. These two things create an enjoyable experience throughout the story and will leave players eager to find out what other surprises and fun moments they will experience as they progress through the game.
A potential downside to the story is the break that comes at the end of some chapters in the form of heavy work. This blocks the player at the story level, such as having them wait for another NPC’s approval or having idle time between events. Either way, players can only progress through the story by completing things all over the map, such as hearts, meta events, or just running to kill things. This happens less in End of the dragons than it does in other expansions, but it’s still there.
Fans of the original Guild Wars: Factions find plenty of familiar card names and plenty of Jade. The Commander and his team will traverse the vast region of Cantha while learning about their new Jade Tech, exploring the seas on the Skiff, and riding the Siege Turtle. The rest of the story is a big part of End of the dragonsbut where it really shines is in the beautiful maps, the new collections that offer new things for players to discover, and the cats and dogs that you can actually pet.
Cantha is a big and beautiful area
One of the areas where End of the dragons really shines is in his cards. There are at least a few places on each map that are impressive. Players may find themselves stopped in their tracks once they take a good look at their surroundings. And players need to be careful to really soak up their surroundings, as each map’s aesthetic is incredibly thought out and impeccably crafted.
Players who enjoy exploring maps and completing the collections that come with them will enjoy this expansion. Cantha has changed so much since the last time players were there that they will hardly recognize him.
Despite Guild Wars 2 being a game almost 10 years old, the world is beautiful and alive. There are colorful flowers, beautiful springs and it’s filled with animals. Much to the delight of many players, there are even a few animals players can interact with, such as some dogs and cats in Seitung Province.
Maps have more verticality in them than path of fire did. Although players are not likely to see heart of thorns-type of depth, certain areas of each map will encourage players to climb to the highest points to see the view. There are new collections that will challenge explorers to take a closer look at what might seem like unimportant objects to uncover all the secrets Cantha has to offer.
Since players now have a wide choice of mounts to help them traverse Cantha, exploring the map doesn’t feel like a chore and players will likely find things along the way to stop and look at. or inspect more closely to uncover a secret. In addition to mounts, players can now fish.
Guild Wars 2 encourages players to team up
Fishing is one of the easiest ways Guild Wars 2 developers push people to play together. Skiffs are made faster by friends getting together and cheering on the person driving the boat via emotes that appear when players are seated in a Skiff being piloted by someone else.
Friends are encouraged to congregate in their new guild hall, which includes a large section of water that allows them to fish. There are also fishing tournaments to see who can catch the most fish in the Eastern Wilds of Seitung Province. Besides fishing, End of the dragons implements the first two-player mount in the Siege Turtle. One player sits in the front and steers the Turtle while the player on the passenger side controls the cannons mounted on it.
With new Strike Missions, up to 10 players can come together and tackle end-game content that will require them to work together to succeed. These strike missions will also have a challenge mode added in future updates, which could be a springboard for raids, the most difficult end-game content.
The struggle with Strike Missions is finding players with builds that fit in well enough to complete them, especially in the new hard modes, which release shortly after the expansion. The developers addressed this issue in a blog post on Strike Missions and said they wanted to “bring the player, not the profession. … This means roles should be determined by your build and gear rather than your profession.
This can be difficult for PUG players using the LFG feature, as many groups prefer advanced coordination for strike missions and other more difficult content. With ArenaNet’s changes to the function of certain skills, it might be easier for players to just jump into a party and complete a strike mission or raid, especially since the nine elite specializations arrive. End of the dragons have boon support.
Jade Bots make life easier in Guild Wars 2
Jade Tech is an important part of Cantha and it will soon become an important part of how the player explores Tyria as well. Jade Bots is a mastery that players will unlock after chapter five of the main storyline and they will help the player do various things like revive players from a downed state or give mounts extra stamina.
These cute little robots will follow you all over Tyria, not just Cantha, and there are different mods that players can equip to create more player utility.
The most frustrating part of the Jade Bots from the start is their ability to only hold two Jade power charges. Players will need to earn Mastery Points and experience to increase the number of charges the Jade Bot can hold, but it shouldn’t take players too long if they train Mastery as soon as they get their Jade Bots.
Jade Bots are much harder to use until the charge increases to four. There are a lot of things that consume the Jade Bot’s charge – some that the player might not even notice until it’s gone. But it seems appropriate, given that Jade Tech is new to the player character, and its ability to do a lot is justified given that it can be upgraded over time. Additionally, the longer players have been using it, the more useful they will expect the bot to be able to be with just two charges. Because Jade Chargers are so plentiful, players should have no trouble finding one if they come across something they can’t because they’re out of charges.
Yes, you can pet the cat and the dog in End of the dragons
There are so many cats and dogs on the Cantha maps, and just about every one of them can be petted or played with. There’s even an island in Seitung Province dubbed “Cat Island”, which is nestled just below Zen Daijun.
Going up the island, you’ll find a few different cats, some of which even have names. There are even big cats that players can interact with. One notable is named Pickle and he has hearts above his head as players interact with him.
In other locations, there are dogs players can pet, and even one of the notable characters has an apartment full of cats that are either cute and cuddly or maybe a little creepy when trying to get around. interact with them.
Either way, animal lovers are sure to be distracted when walking past a pet. There’s no indication at the time of writing that there’s a hidden achievement to pet all the cats and dogs in Cantha, but petting all the cute animals in the area may be a personal goal for many adventurers.
With so much to do in the game, people who purchase this expansion pack will be entertained for quite some time. For those who enjoy side quests and completing things, the collections offered by the cards are fun to seek out because the cards are so lively and well thought out.
The maps are also indicative of the game’s 250 years since a player last set foot there, and it’s interesting to skim through them to see how far the Canthans have come since they cut themselves off from the world. Once players reach Echovald Wilds, they can even upgrade and upgrade Arborstone to its former glory through a mastery track.
There are a plethora of great additions to the guild wars franchisee with End of the dragons. Those who have played the previous expansions will have a great time going through the game, unlocking all the collections and achievements. And those who played Guild Wars: Factions find pieces of game lore in this new expansion.
While there’s nothing groundbreaking about this expansion compared to the last two, it lives up to the quality and fun that players have come to expect from a Guild Wars 2 expansion pack.