If this Halloween event of Arena.net’s hasn’t had enough public backlash… They went and added an actually challenging holiday challenge to the festival. Now we have a heck of a lot of people complaining on how difficult the puzzle is. People are even posting on forums and complaining that they have been trying to complete the event for 9 to 12 hours and still have failed to progress to the top of the clock.
I am completely embarassed to be a gamer. At this point we have obviously been pandered to with such easy and often down right unchallenging festival content over the years that we as a group just decided that we deserved to see everything and do everything with ease or its badly designed. One poster on the official forums went so far as to demand that Arena.net remove the “video games” out of his MMORPG. Even the MMO/Gaming blogosphere is calling it “a new contender for the worst piece of content ever put into a game“.
I will freely admit that there are issues with the implementation. They could have made the playing field a bit more level. Norn and Charr players are at a distinct disadvantage. They also cause issues for other players. Players aren’t on the same playing field with movement speed either. Warriors and Elementalists have distinct advantages in terms of movement speeds, thanks to the “bug” that allows Warriors to bring in their banners and Air Elementalist talents that give them a speed boost. Even if I did not have or need either of these “advantages” in completing the puzzle on my two level 80 characters (a warrior and an elementalist.)
When I first saw the clocktower was going to be a puzzle, I immediately thought of this years freaky relationship/puzzle game Catherine. I truly wish they had come up with a plan closer to that game. If only to alleviate the “size” disparity. Arena.net could have cut off the “But the Norn and Charr are too big” arguments at the pass if they had just transformed every player into a sheep (or a more appropriate “Mad King” or ghost) in order to complete the puzzle. Doing this would also have eliminated the issue with “weapons” as it would give you a transformation weapon bar.
Alas Arena.net gave us one of the most compelling holiday festival events with Act II and its jumping puzzle. When you think about the new MOBA style game and the riff on their previous Hunger Games and Invasion of the Crystal Dragon beta weekend events they have hit it out of the park.
A few tips for the jumping puzzle:
1) Dye your armor a bright and garish color.
This will allow you to always see yourself in the crowd.
2) If you have “large” armor or a skirt, go naked.
Being able to see your feet on screen and not under a skirt makes hitting your mark just that much easier.
3) Change the Camera Position all the way to the left.
You are turning right the entire time. By moving the camera all the way to the left in the options screen, this gives you a lot more leeway on how much camera turning that is required.
4) Strafe Jumping is the only way to go.
Strafe while jumping will allow you to move around while you are in the air so you can hit the mark you want to hit.
5) Camera Shake is your friend.
Time the camera shake while waiting at the “stall” point. When the shake occurs, jump. The platforms below will show up before you land. It will take a few attempts to get the timing down, but once you do, you will be out in front of everyone. Being the frontrunner provides the best chance for success.
6) Stay in the overflow.
Overflows tend to actually decrease in population overtime. As people finish the puzzle and leave your “opponents” will gradually decrease, making it easier to navigate the puzzle.
7) The new FoV beta can help.
Arena.net are beta testing a new wider FoV that makes the game look a lot better. Check the official post to learn how to try it out.
8) Do not get discouraged.
Muscle Memory is your friend. The more you complete each jump the better you will be in the future.
9) Take a break.
Do not be the fool that stays for 9+ hours trying it over and over. Your eyes and hands will get tired and you will get worse and worse. Take a break and come back fresh.