counting down towards Sept 22nd and the launch of Guild Wars 2's (GW2) second expansion; Path of Fire. The game continues to be the last-game-standing of the post-World of Warcraft AAA MMOs (and deservedly so).
While I have not played GW2 in a while (PLUNKBAT having stolen much of my time recently) I am still likely to buy this expansion.
Why you might wonder?
The answer is simple; there is no subscription or "pay 2 win". I can come back to GW2 whenever I want and pick up where I left off. Sure I may have to invest some time in reading up on the most recent meta builds or grind out some mastery skill, but for the most part GW2 is pick up and go-go-go for any returning player.
This is the number one redeeming quality about GW2 and reminds me of days gone by when games were games and not just a series of money-sucking crates, DLCs, keys, etc. So I will likely buy Path of Fire and jump back in for a few dozen hours and then I'll shelf GW2 as I always do. Then I'll wait for the next expansion.
I would encourage anyone else pining for the days of MMOs gone by to do the same. Companies like Arena Net deserve our support for making quality games with upfront costs in a world of get-your-first-hit-free-but-pay-up-in-the-end.