I jumped on Guild Wars the other night. I hadn’t been on in a couple of weeks. Short on time, I didn’t get much accomplished. I’m not in a hurry to enter pre-Searing, so I wandered around Lakeside and picked up a couple of simple quests.
Observing the countryside I realized that the graphics were growing on me. I liked them better now. I don’t like them as much as EQ2 or even the flat stylistic graphics of WOW, but they’re not so bad. I’d enjoy them even more without the constant halo effect. It’s a bit over-used and often makes me feel like the graphics are out of focus.
Granted, the landscapes are intricate. However, they feel so very hollow. Even with the terrific mob A.I. and abundance of NPCs, it still feels pretty lifeless. I attribute this to the fact that GW heavily instanced. This makes the quest areas lonely even with five players in a group. I’m glad the graphics are growing on me. I’m not playing much these days but when I do, imagery is important.