The long awaited weekend was upon us and VI dove in head first into ArenaNet's follow up to the award winning Guild Wars. This time however, what we have is an actual full fledged MMO. Let me start right there and reiterate how fantastic that aspect really is.
The game world is outstanding in every detail possible. I spent more time just exploring, which the game promotes with it's dynamic event system in place of quests, than i did actually fighting mobs. That right there told me we might have something here. It's freaking huge! Just running around and finding stuff to do as apposed to following a lunch line to the next quest hub has me hooked so far.
As i said, i didn't really focus on leveling at all and yet still managed to hit level 20 just by exploring and doing random events. This was deliberate on my part as i don't really want to rush myself in yet another beta and then get bored on release. I enjoyed taking my time and just having fun.
I'm going to put this out there because i honestly believe it. Divinity's reach is the largest and best looking city i have ever seen in an MMO. Its obvious Anet put a lot of time and love into not only the city, but everything else i got a chance to see this weekend. It remains to be seen how the game plays later on or if things change before release, but so far so good.
Incoming wall of pics.