One of the many things I love about Wildstar is the shiphand missions. These are for all intents and purposes, single player dungeons. They are fun, they don't depend on other people, and if you're decent at them they don't take very long.
Well it looks like Guild Wars 2 is taking a page from their competition / partners (They are owned by the same company) and giving us the same thing, they however are called Adventures. The differences however don't stop there. Yes, they are single player adventures, but, they are also meant to be competitive, there will be a leader board for completing them in the shortest amount of time.
They talk a little bit about the design philosophy behind adventures.
This is a fundamental part of what makes ship-hand missions in Wildstar so awesome. I don't mind grouping with other people at all, in fact it is my favorite part of MMO game-play. That being said, I find waiting for other people when I have a short time to play irksome. Being able to get in, and get something done quickly when I have 20-30 minutes is great, and its something that Guild Wars 2 definitely needs.
This is great, for a game mode that depends on getting the fastest time possible, dealing with random stuff can feel unfair. Statements like "I would have beat my time if the RNG hadn't screwed me at the end" shouldn't come up. It will be all about player skill, and how well you know the scenario. This is fantastic.
I'm really happy about this as well, one of my favorite games is a Free to Play game with no in app purchases, I don't' think they monetize it at all. Super Crate Box, if you haven't tried it definitely do so. The best thing about this game is the time from death to starting another round is less than a second. It really gives you that "One more try" vibe.
Those of you that are worried that its just about bragging rights need not worry either.
I honestly can't wait for Adventures, it looks to be insanely fun, I just hope it comes out with Heart of Thorns, not after. If you want to read the full article you can find it here.