Leaderboard: Did Guild Wars 2’s preview weekend convince you to buy Path of Fire?

This past weekend, the gaming segment of my Twitter feed was positively dominated by chatter about Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion free preview weekend. I even saw a few of my guildies dip back in, which shouldn’t have surprised me — quite a lot of our readers and friends told us in last week’s Leaderboard poll that they had plans to try the free weekend, many of them no doubt trying to decide whether to buy it and return to the game or even play it for the first time.

The question is, did it work? Did Guild Wars 2’s preview weekend convince you to buy Path of Fire? Let’s hit the polls and find out.

Did Guild Wars 2's preview weekend convince you to buy Path of Fire?

  • I preordered Path of Fire even before the preview weekend or because of a reason other than the preview weekend. (38%, 284 Votes)
  • I preordered Path of Fire because of my experience in or coverage of the preview weekend. (9%, 66 Votes)
  • I played the preview weekend and am still on the fence about buying Path of Fire. (13%, 99 Votes)
  • I did not play the preview weekend and am still on the fence about buying Path of Fire. (9%, 67 Votes)
  • I played the preview weekend and will not buy Path of Fire because of that experience. (7%, 51 Votes)
  • I decided not to buy Path of Fire for reasons not having to do with the preview weekend experience. (11%, 81 Votes)
  • No answer / elf butts / just want to see standings. (14%, 102 Votes)

Total Voters: 750

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Sadly no.
It’s a wonderful MMO. Beautiful to look at, fun to play (minus the inventory slog.) But you know when you reach that point with a game where going back just isn’t fun anymore? It’s not the game’s fault. For me – I just can’t go home again.

Jonny Sage

The worst part about GW2 is that I cant play for more than 5 mins without having to clean out my inventory.

Jonny Sage

Played POF, but wasnt impressed enough to buy it at that price. Im still grinding through HOT content.


For all I promised myself I wouldn’t buy it, yeah, the preview won me over, and I preordered PoF. Just seeing the Crystal Desert again and the promise of also seeing parts of Elona won me over. (The cool mounts didn’t hurt either.) It was nice to see the return of the heart quest as well.

I am still worried about the general difficulty of the expansion (so I may regret buying PoF in the long run, as I did at first with HoT), but — dang — ArenaNet knows how to design a gorgeous and intriguing game.


For what it’s worth, I read that the difficult is much less than HoT and that hero points will be soloable (I mean, many are now but presumably they will be easier to solo if desired)

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What little of the preview I played I did enjoy it a lot. Being able to see something and ask, ‘What’s over there?’…and then being able to get there was…refreshing. Really involved with ESO atm but I’m probably gonna pick up PoF either at launch or soon after.

Malcolm Swoboda

I played it, looks cool, but in no rush to get anything GW2.

Dušan Frolkovič

Did not play the preview, was spending the weekend catching up on the whole of Season 3.
Had a blast, something about their writing is just right up my alley, so preordered PoF after that.


The good news is I didnt see a single vine coming up out of the ground! But it didn’t really get me interested, maybe when I see more about it I may change my mind. Also, did anyone else think the sand sharks animation just looked completely stupid?

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Peregrine Falcon

I was on the fence about Path of Fire. I played the preview weekend and it convinced me to pre-order.

George Sweatman

Still on the fence. Which is positive in this case… as I went into the demo looking for anything that resembled the horridly unfun design that HoT was on release and consequently bail on the expansion entirely.