In this piece, Lee and I provide our first impressions of Guild Wars 2's latest content: Dragon Bash. Having sat down with ArenaNet for a guided tour of the event we were keen to let you know our thoughts.
Dragon Bash Bonanza!
Immediately upon entry to Lion's Arch you hear a massive roar and like some Skyrim knee-jerk reflex, you check the skies for a dragon swooping down to start tearing into Asurans and Humans. It's not long until you finally catch sight of the dragon, but the hologram is harmless and the fireworks blasting it light up the sky with various symbols. It's eye-catching, it's very well made and it's the herald to Dragon Bash.
As you go along you start catching signs of hundreds of different little things and the nostalgia of Halloween hits you. Clearly A-Net holds nothing back when it comes to their holiday events and you're immediately running around trying to appreciate everything. "Got to hit up the pinatas"; "got to hunt down the Moa Races", "got to throw around some fireworks" and, by far the best in my book, "gotta own some scrubs in Dragon Ball!"
Then you take a moment to sit back and look over all the things this event provides and what you need to do to get the best things, and let me tell you: Prepare to farm. Stack up your Magic Find and speed boosts because you will need to run across plenty of maps in order to get every single thing and all the achievements. Zhaitaffy is so bloody plentiful that, for all the things you need to use it for, you will need to get thousands of the stuff.
It's all very reminiscent of Halloween, but it takes all the “good” parts of Halloween. There is no tedious Dungeon in order to get a daily chest and the special named exotic, or a special zone for constant circular farming and dozens of overflow servers because of it. There is tons more freedom in trying to get this Living Story done, but be prepared to spend money or time.
Get out there. Collect your candies and celebrate the destruction for the Dragons. Get your special gear and show off to all your friends your achievements. Just don't think it will be all fun and games for the entirety of the Bash.
Zhaitan Would Be Proud
By Lewis B
After the Secret of Southsun Cove, I was nervous going in to playing Dragon Bash. Thankfully these nerves vanished after only a few brief seconds as the splendor of Lion's Arch materialized. Not only have ArenaNet once again excelled on all things visual, but the content surrounding it is not only well made, but well thought out and cohesive. What struck me first was how stunning the Mystic Forge looked- a giant dragon spewing fire into a couldron is so clever in design it took me right back to halloween.
In many respects, Dragon Bash lends heavily from Halloween and yet it isn't something I begrudge ArenaNet for doing. Halloween was an absolute triumph and while there isn't yet as much content to do in the first week (there's more to come!) it's shaping up to equal or surpass what we've played before.
I can imagine some players might be a little disappointed in how Dragon Bash has evolved from the Guild Wars variant, but they really shouldn't be. It's unique in its own way and a joy to play because of it.
The Jade weapons are absolutely stunning, especially the staff, pistol and rifle and the tickets surprisingly easy to come by. Although there is still an element of RNG, it isn't RNG linked to black lion chests- the tickets can drop from Coffers that are in abundance on enemies. Combined with the sheer number of Zhaitaffy you need to collect in order to obtain your wings, it's a good job really.
When it comes to my favourite part, it has to be Dragon Ball. It's probably one of the best things ArenaNet have produced in a long time. Not only is it fast paced, but it's also polished and the launchers work perfectly. I'm a little disapointed in the sound effects (they aren't punchy enough) and having an Asura NPC commentate when you kill others, ala Quake or Unreal Tournament, would have been a neat touch. All that aside, it's a brilliant addition that I'm already sad to think is only temporary.
If I have any disappointment about Dragon Bash, it's the fact that I cannot dye the winged back items. As a fashinonista, it just doesn't go well with my Sylvari. Please can we dye back items, ArenaNet?
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