|short post, back really hurts|
Today, I finally got my guts together and actually bought it after an hour of continued Twitter deliberation. GW2 was right in my budget (*pats self on back for great saving habits, even with PAX around the corner*) and it took only a few hours to install to a point that I could start playing at. I had spent a great deal of time looking through the races and classes and was still completely undecided by the time I got to the character customizations. However, the general backstory of the humans - having come from a great empire now struck-down - was exciting for me. I chose to play a ranger out of complete impulse, and I have to say I'm enjoying it immensely. I really like the range I get if I play my cards right, as well as the ferocious follower I have on me to beat things up.
So far, I don't think I've played enough to give any first impressions. I'm still within a beginning area and just learning how to beat things up and interact with the environment, but I assure you that I'll be writing up first impressions shortly.
I should have more screenshots in the next few days to share, as well as more insight and excitement. Woohoo!