Hello and welcome everyone, BigCat72 here with a new article for you today! I will be going over the recent release of the Guild Wars 2 engineer class and some of the conversation surrounding him. There is much to talk about so please pull up a chair, grab something to drink and lets rocket jump into this! The Engineer is a brand new class that was released not too long ago and shows off just how much has really changed in the past 250 years of the Guild Wars universe. From bows, arrows, swords and shields to guns, mines, flamethrowers and grenades! Guild Wars 2 – Engineer Skills
The engineer for most will seem like he does not fit into the genre, but if you look at the history of civilization and how war brings about innovations its not hard to see how the engineer would fit. I have seen many arguments stating that this class should not be apart of the game and that it must be some kind of cruel joke to leave it in as a part of Guild Wars 2. But I believe that implementing the engineer is probably the best direction that this game can go in. With the recent surge in popularity of games like Team Fortress 2 and the many others out there like it, this should be an automatic draw to a fan base of a genre not specific to the Guild Wars or MMORPGs.
From the Beginning, Guild Wars 2 has promised something different. Something that hasn’t been done and breaks away from the normality of the mundane MMO. This is just another natural progression of the game into being something unique, something that not just the normal RPG’ers will like. In fact the “purists” should really take a look into this class and realize that the Engineer is a new window into the game that will bring more people in for a better interactive experience with their fellow gamers.
The engineer looks so fun to play! Flamethrowers, turrets, mines, guns, bombs, grenades, and did I mention FLAMETHROWERS! In the skill preview, which I linked above, Arenanet shows you a glimpse of the utility that the engineer brings to the party. Keep in mind, in all of the skill preview videos it showed short clips of fights that took only a few seconds to kill mobs. Most of the comments that I have seen on forums and message boards is that the engineer appears to be overpowered. If you are concerned with the amount of crowd control available to the engineer, also realize that every class has crowd control abilities as well as different armor and health differentials. Meaning that Arenanet would not put something completely overpowered into the game to intentionally break what they have been working on for 5 years.
Guild Wars 2 is all about change, avoiding attacks, keeping aware of your surroundings, keep an eye out for movements and telltale signs of incoming attacks that you can avoid, and so on. If you don’t play smart in this game, it won’t matter how good your class is because you won’t live long enough to use it. This is not a game where you will be standing around firing off one single combo over and over again. Your play style will be different from everyone else. You may have a favorite rotation that you prefer but that profession has so many ways of being played that the one you prefer isn’t the end all be all. Balance is the name of the game in Guild Wars 2, where it was difficult in Guild Wars (original); you have to be the better player to win, not the better class.
The engineer will remain controversial until Guild Wars 2 is on everyone’s computer and they get a chance to play though the game. I don’t wish to dismiss the conversation, merely add to it with my own thoughts and excitement! I am happy that the community is so passionate about the way this game is turning out and the awesome thoughtfulness that is being put into every piece of the game. I imagine there will be even more debate, even more controversy until we get a chance to play the game for ourselves and see that were really just talking about magic and not the kind that lets you throw fireballs, but the kind that brings people to together to enjoy something as friends.
Thank you so very much for your time and as always, take it easy
To the readers: Since its reveal, how do you feel about the engineer? Has your opinion changed much on it’s place in the world of GW2? Do you still think they are out of place or overpowered? How do you think their play style will fit in to the party scenario, whether in PvE or PvP?