Published on November 12th, 2012 | by The Gamer0
Guild Wars 2 Tyria Guide Review
Summary: The Tyria Guide is definitely a unique guide-especially with it's Member Interaction System, and PvP+sPvP Guides. For That reason, i wholeheartedly recommend the Tyria Guide
It has taken me record time to level in GW2- Level 64 in roughly 3 days (fooling around with guild mates included) Spread out over 37 days, I can’t complain. (Hey, I got a lot of work, and, unfortunately, a life outside of Guild Wars 2) that time averages out to about 1 hour a day, although I did it in short bursts of 8hrs/day. (sorry for the parentheses, but I must add, I’m going to have to subtract an hour for afk time <.<) With that aside, I also made it to Master Jeweler and Leatherworker, with Artificer at level 218. Not bad for a level 64 with 73 hours of playtime!!! Since we got numerous amounts of trolls and critics, I got somethin’ for em. Screenies!!!!!!!
Alright, so this leads me to the Guild Wars 2 Tyria Guide. I have been using this guide for the past 2 weeks, (not the WHOLE time I’ve been playing the game, half the time ;). I’m not going to ruin the rating at the end, but I will tell you this much; It definitely helped!!! Which, brings me into the review: Here ya go folks!: (video review included, for those visual people out there)
The Boring Stuff.-General and Beginner Guides
Part 1: The Beginners Guide
With this guide, I have no complaints. It does exactly what it says, it’s a “beginners guide”. It basically gets the user acquainted with the Lore, and basics of the game, with a very creative video (in fact, I think this is the best video that explains the lore of gw2 I have ever watched (for a look into the video, watch our video review of the GW2 Tyria guide). Apart from the video, is a guide that explains all the basics of the game.
Not much to say here, it explains everything well, with descriptive graphics. So unless you don’t like reading about basics, this part of the guide is mostly flawless.
Part 2: General Game-Play Guides
The GW2 Tyria guide includes a set of gameplay guides that explains traveling, questing, and the XP System. Some might think, (well a lot) why would I need this? Well, I agree. It is very general stuff, but it really helps out specifically by pointing out things that were previously not very noticeable. This section of the guide helped me explore areas of the game and understand them better, without that air of confusion hanging over my head.
The Profession Guides
For the Tyria Guide specifically, profession Guides are definitely where this has one of its strong points. Each Profession guide (Engineer, Elementalist ECT.) is organized into Seven Sections-
A Profession Overview
Leveling Guide and Weapon Slots Guide
Healing Slot Guide
Utility Slots Guide
Elite Slot Guide
Structured PvP Builds
These guides amount to something I have not really seen within a guide before. First off, the Leveling guide (which is more of a traits guide, the leveling guide is covered in the next section) is very in-depth and gives a detailed guide to traits and skills which is easy to follow.
Not even half, 1/7th. There is also a detailed Traits guide, which, based on your play-style gives you the traits you need. The Same goes for the Healing Slot Guide, Utility Slot Guide, and Elite Slot Guide,-They are all detailed and match your play-style. Not to mention it Conveniently spaces out adding traits/skills each level benchmark, so you will never have to worry about what to add and when.
Lastly, there is sPvP Builds, which gives profession specific traits, healing/utility/elites slot guides-all geared toward Pwning in sPvP, no matter you class.
Although the Tyria Guide does provide in-depth guides to everything within the game, It obviously cannot cover every build within the game. It only covers the best. So those who come in thinking that the GW2 Tyria guide will provide thousands of builds, it does not. But if you want a build added, pop a suggestion!
Other than that, nothing else to ask for from the profession guides.
The Leveling Guide
Now, to the famous part of every MMORPG guide out their- the all-so-famous leveling guides. This is where they make-it or break-it. ( I know, I’m cheesy).
Each Leveling guide is Organized by Race, and then by Level. For Example:
“Insert Race Here” GUIDE
The Good thing is, it never misses a heart, has in-depth and detailed maps of waypoints, hearts, and routes to take, and got some awesome graphics which provide insight on where to be at what level.
The Leveling Guide Includes
In-Depth Routes with Graphics for Each Step
Where and How to Get each Vista/Skill Point/ Waypoints
Dynamic Events Information
Why is the leveling guide awesome? Well, it gives an explanation for everything when you need it, and when you don’t need it, don’t use it! The awesome thing about this guide is its ability to gauge how you want to play the game. If you want to speed-level to cap, go ahead. If you want to explore, go ahead! The sky is the limit!
Not all the leveling guides are finished- So it is a work in progress. Although it is understandable because of the detail and depth of the leveling guides. Anyway, the leveling guides that are currently up, are awesome, and I definitely recommend them.
The Crafting Guides
This is where the GW2 Tyria guide really stands out. The Crafting Section is organized like so:
Crafting Discipline Tips and Tricks
“Insert Crafting Profession Here” 1-400
The Crafting Overview is exactly what it says, a crafting overview. It was definitely informative, but did not include any information I did not already know.
Moving on, the crafting maps include routes for crafting, and are definitely useful, especially when deciding on a route for leveling. I found it specifically useful for professions such as jeweling, where a lot of mining reagents where in use.
Another great thing I loved about this guide was how specific it is. It has sections for every 25-50 levels, and exactly what to buy in order to level that crafting profession up. So, for example, for jewel working it would tell you to get 100 copper ore, 2 iron ore, ect.
The lists may be confusing sometimes on what to buy, but you get used to it after a few times of using the guides. (EX: recipes or what to buy can be in a confusing order sometimes, not a biggie, just a very small inconvenience)
Member Interaction; Member Requests System
This is one of the most unique things about this guide-the fact that every member is able to post suggestions and get active responses from the team behind this guide. There is a specific section called “member requests” where members interact with the Tyria guide owners. I think this is a huge step for online guides-and what makes this guide really stand out. So, if you want a guide, or discovered a guide, and want it added to the Tyria Guide itself, just hop into the member suggestions section, and pop a suggestion. From my experience, the team behind the Tyria guide always responds to reasonable suggestions.
Lack of forums means no interaction between members, but just interaction and suggestions for Creators of the Tyria Guide.
The Tyria Guide Rating
So this is where I point out all the pros and cons and finally give the guide a rating.
Beginners Guide and General Game-play guide
- Awesome video correctly and creatively explaining the lore of Guild Wars 2
- Detailed Guide with lots of graphics explaining the basics simply and effectively
- Explains things that can be not very obvious
- Can be more in-depth
Beginners Guide and General Game-play guide Rating
Profession Guide Pro’s & Con’s
- Detailed Traits/Skills Guide Organized for convenience
- Graphics to Follow Along
- Detailed Instructions
- Build based on Play style
- Can be confusing
Professions Guide Rating
Leveling Guide Pro’s & Con’s
- In-Depth Guide that never misses a point
- Many Detailed Graphics
- Leveling how you want it
- Graphics can be overwhelming/confusing sometimes
Leveling Guide Rating
Crafting guide Pro’s & Con’s
- Very detailed guide
- Includes “shopping list” with everything you need to level up from one level-point to another with minimum effort/money
- Organized for easy navigation
- Can be confusing at firs
Crafting Guide Rating
Member Interaction/Customer Service/Updating
- Great feature where members can include suggestions on what they want
- Fast and reasonable replies from creators
- Customer Service is Fast and Reliable
- Updated once-per-week for updated content, and always updated when GW2 is Patched.
- Lack of Forums means no member-member interaction
Member interaction/Customer Service/Update Rating
Tyria Guide Rating
Drum-Roll please, here comes the final rating after averaging everything!! It is:
Recommended in every aspect!!!
It’s hard to beat a great guide, updated frequently, and with customer interaction at the level the Tyria Guide has it. That’s why it earns this rating!!!
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