Yeah it's another Guild Wars 2 article! Actually this is my first one... Anyways I had a blast in the stress test. I didn't come across any problems really, except I failed to load once, but then I restarted and didn't have a problem again. Guild Wars 2 gets getting used to. It was only the last hour of the stress though where I finally had this "Ah ha" moment and got how do combat. Well that is on the Mesmer... I'm sure all of the other classes are equally as hard to play as too (well until you figure out how to play them that is).
The thing I figured out finally was how to get multiple illusions of myself. I couldn't figure it out for a minute until I switched up some skills and finally got it. The thing is it requires actuall skill (what a concept!). If you got the skills though and know what you are doing you can challenge higher level mobs! For instance I was doing a story quest that suggested I be level 10 to do it and I was only level 7. I was just doing it for giggles but because I actually used skill and knew what I was doing, guess what? I got through it alive (there is nothing like seeing little clones of yourselves shooting magic at the bad guys, eh?)!
Also the story quests are really fun. I can certaintly tell I'm in the Guild Wars universe. The story has the same feel to it as the original Guild Wars (and not because of the obvious lore tied in but because there is just something that is oh-so similar in a very good way). My only turn off is there is a lack of cut scenes and it's all portrayed through NPC's talking to you in a landscape painted backdrop type thing. Which is better than nothing I guess.
All I really did though for the stress test (because it's all I had time for) was figure out how to properly fight with my Mesmer, and go through the storyline a bit. I did get to experience some of the events and I noticed that they scaled according to how many players there were so that was neat. I really didn't have any problems with Guild Wars 2. The graphics were great, combat was new and fun to learn (and will continue to be with each new class I try and learn to play), and the storyline was pretty amazing. I liked the storyline because it didn't just have the kill quests. It felt a little more realisitc by actually making me go dig up information at a party from other nobles, servants, and yes, even the chef! And a fight to the death in a court case... come on, you didn't see that often do you (well, actually, I've never seen it before).
All in all, ArenaNe has done everything they had promised they were going to do and I'm loving it! Also... If you haven't figure it out, I love Mesmers!