A playthrough of Queensdale and how Renown Hearts affect leveling in Guild Wars 2.
There have been a few accusations of poor content implementation at early levels in Guild Wars 2.
Finding those criticisms very much different to my experience, I decided to approach the game in the way that I thought was causing the issue: Renown Heart grinding.
There's been a lot of discussion of how those hearts alter the perception of content flow for players -- the latest including an excellent write up by Elisabeth Cardy -- including how their prominence on the map leads to a false perception of their importance.
The video below is my run through Queensdale on my fresh Engineer where I try to get a feel for gaining XP when using the renown hearts as the guiding path for exploration.
Several times issues arise in regards to meeting the level curve, but is that the fault of the game? And is there easy to access content as you run around in the renown heart circle?
The answers lie within!
Have a watch and let me know what you think in the comments section.
Scott "Jarimor" Hawkes, Editor in Chief