Firstly, this is by no means a thread signalling the demise of Guild Wars 2. This is a good game and its community is flourishing, so the fanboys needn't suggest that I'm here with any ulterior motive.
My problem, though, is that I don't feel like I can accomplish anything tangible. I don't feel like the story is strong, especially when compared to the Old Republic, which handled storylines well, so I feel little attachment or drive to play through the stories and learn about the characters, which are absent from many of the Hearts anyway.
The customization isn't that interesting and I don't really see many quests where I'm unlocking armor that I instantly find to be cool and interesting, despite being level 25. I look the same as I ever did which sort of undermines the rewards for me as a person who likes to look cooler as I level up. I was especially dissapointed considering that this is something MMOs usually do well. From WoW to Tor -- even D.C Universe Online's customization was a workable alternative. I just find that my character doesn't evolve cosmetically, looking no more intimidating or powerful than a level one.
The PvP is great, but in terms of accomplishments, it doesn't feel at all attached to the main game. You wear the same outfits as everybody else. It all feels generic, with even less individualism than the main PVE game.
What I love about MMOs is that feeling of progress, individualism and personalisation that you can bring to your character. While the combat is fun in itself, I still grow tired knowing that it isn't going anywhere. I know that I'm not going to unlock an interesting new armor piece at the end of this quest, or progress a storyline that I'm very interested in, or even have something cool to take into PVP. I arrive at an area and find that I am to kill monsters or collect certain objects without even the promise of an interesting reward. I like exploring the new areas, but that's all I have to look forward to. In The Old Republic, it was the storylines and the new gear, in WoW it was the abilities (I steamed through the Druid's leveling in eager anticipation of the transformation spells), but in Guild Wars 2 I'm never anticipating anything. I feel bored training for the sake of training.
Am I the only one who thinks this and does it get any better? I really want to get into this game.