GW2 Patch July 2016: New features!

A new patch just rolled out for Guildwars 2 and I feel there’s a few things worth highlighting, these are subtle but very useful changes.

Guildwars 2
Health bar percentages option.
  1. Health bar percentages, you now have the option to see health as a percentage on both enemy and friendly characters.
  2. Recipes are now account bound rather than character bound, when obtained via a consumable, hurrah!
  3. There is now a search bar in your materials tab in the bank/account vault window.
  4. You can now mute dynamic combat music so that you are able to enjoy the ambient music throughout the game more freely, there are a few exceptions to this for specific boss battles that have their own music though.
  5. I’ve saved the best for last…Right click salvage all! You can now right click on a salvage kit and select salvage all to cut down on all the clicking…especially useful after doing a boss run.
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Right click…salvage all option.

So there you are, some simple tweaks that will improve gameplay considerably. The update of course contained the Living World Season 3 story, and updates to fractals and raids, but I wanted to draw some attention to the more subtle and general tweaks perhaps not covered elsewhere.



Be Quiet Power Supply 650W.

Be Quiet Power Supply

 

Sometimes I purchase PC upgrades out of necessity and sometimes I purchase them purely as a treat. A new power supply was a necessity, but a Be Quiet one was not. However, given the choice again, I would absolutely pay more for the better product such as this one. This particular model is sturdy, comes with a good selection of cables and all cables are braided to a high standard. My only gripe was that some of the cables are just that little bit short for ideal cable management, but I’m not someone who is very fussy with what the inside of my PC case looks like! Highly recommended piece of kit and worth the extra cash over a cheap unit.



Recently Played #2.

The not very regular series of posts in which I detail what I’m currently playing, but haven’t played enough to review in full yet!

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

I am completely blown away by this game so far, both in terms of graphical appearance and gameplay. A great story, interesting characters and a very satisfying combat system. If you have a new 3DS I think this is a must own for the system. The soundtrack is also excellent so far, especially through headphones.

FarCry Primal

FarCry Primal

There are some times when I long for more games that don’t involve running around shooting things with guns, as the market can often seem overrun with lots of that. Enter FarCry Primal, set before guns were invented, in the great and lush outdoors, the game is strangely immersive and utterly stunning on PC. (I may have invested in a 970, more on that in a later blog post) It’s a very visceral experience, and one which is holding my attention quite nicely at the moment.



Guildwars 2: Heart of Thorns. Feature Overview.

Heart of Thorns

 

You know the deal by now, no spoilers here, I just thought it may be useful to those looking to purchase the first expansion to Guildwars 2 (and those new to the franchise completely) to outline some of the new features that come along with the new story content.

A whole new world

Well, place, “The Heart of Maguuma” is a jungle region housing 4 open world maps. Within each map are 3 different levels or “biomes” the roots, the floor and the canopy. With this comes new races of creatures, new outposts and a new storyline which takes place after Living World Season 2.

The Mastery system

This system adds progression and rewards for characters who have reached level 80. Certain actions will reward mastery points which can be spent levelling up mastery tracks, these add new features, items or abilities to your character. Gliding or crafting a legendary weapon for example.

Revenant – A new profession

A heavy armour profession that channels energy and abilities from characters in Guildwars’ past, which you can switch between to harness the best skills for the situation you are in.

EliteĀ specializations

A way for those who are level 80 to unlock new weapons, traits and skills. Each profession currently has the option of one specialization, the Elementalist’s being Tempest, and this unlocks shouts for these Eles.

Guildhalls!

Yes, like in Guildwars 1, only not really…so, so much better, but damn expensive to obtain. I shall type a separate post on these as and when I can.

Also, new content for PvP and WvW players (I don’t really explore this very much) and raids for those who want to play more challenging content in a group setting. (Again I will post more on these once I have experienced them more for myself) This is what I know of so far, let me know if I’ve missed anything. See you in game!