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I have been playing Guild Wars off and on for the last 5 years, and it has been a great ride. This game never gets old, and I love logging into it almost every day.
Guild Wars has been going on for a long time, and there have been many expansions. If you are just getting into the game, expect a lot of the players to already be leveled up to the max and explored areas that you won't see for a long time. Don't let this worry you, you'll still be able to find characters in the growing guild wars world that are starting off like yourself and can team up with you throughout the game. I still see new players on there asking for advice and learning how the game is played.
Guild Wars is an MMORPG, which means that all gameplay is online. The community is large, so you can usually find players with you to go on quests. The great thing about Guild Wars is that if you can't find a group to mission with, there are computer characters that you can add to your party for support. They are usually at a level similar to the enemies, so they are helpful for the missions around that area.
There is a great economy in Guild Wars. There are a lot of active players that trade items, materials, runes, and other equipment that will help your character throughout the game. There is even a section on the chat feature dedicated to the market, so anyone announcing their sales can be heard through that filter.
The graphics of the game are great. They aren't spectacular to today's standards, but they were great for their time and still hold a candle to today's games. The sound is superb, both in the music and the voices.
The gameplay itself is fun, and long. There are a lot of main quests, and many more sidequests. This game has a ton of gameplay hours and doesn't get boring at all. You can always find someone in the game willing to do a sidequest with you to futher the storyline.
The best part about this game is that it is free-to-play. After you buy the game, there are no further charges for playing it online. This is great for people that only play every so often and don't want to play a monthly fee.
For the price that you can get this game at, I would suggest picking up a copy of this game and installing it on your PC. You won't be disappoined!
This is by far the best MMORG game I have ever played! I have had this game for 3 years and still play it now. Everyone on there is friendly and help you get through the game. You can team up with people and go through missions, or do them alone. This game has amazing high quality graphics that will not let you down! The storyline is extremly long which is good because it makes gameplay longer. As well as the main storyline to it there is also side quests and PVP mode. This is where you can earn in game faction points and battle against other real people. Also, there are avaliable expansion packs for this game and you dont have to have this game 1st, you can just start on an expansion. If you already have 1 of them installed, if you get a new expansion all you do is enter your product key and off you go! no extra installing required! This game is sure to give you countless days of fun! Aimed at all adults and teens.
Guild wars is a great MMORPG which can be bought for £10 and has no subscription fee's. it goes around the same rout as most mmorpg's however with the tedious fighting styles as world of warcraft and there is a level cap of only 20 which i found to be quite annoying. there are 7 proffessions you can choose ranging from warrior all the way down to necromancer.
when you enter the game after creating your character you will be in the beautiful region called Ascalon. when you are in towns or cities in game you will be in an area with all other players who are in the same place but when youy leave you get your own "copy" of the world to play in. if you want to do missions with other players you need to make a party, i found this also very annoying as i normally like to chat with randomers while killing creatures in mmo's.
however, the story is quite compelling and once you finish the first stage of the game you go to war (in other words play a small mission with some other players) then theres a cut scene showing the whole region you started to get used to being destroyed....now you must get used to a new Ascalon that isnt quite as inviting as it wass before
a great mmorpg overall with a few set backs but nothing major, i enjoyed this game and im sure you will too
You need only read the reviews on here to see how many people have compared Guild Wars to World of Warcraft, and see it as the only viable competitor to that monstrous giant of the MMORPG realm. Guild Wars became very popular because once you've slammed down the money for the disc, you don't need to pay a subscription fee, but this comes with inevitable pros and cons, as I will detail below.
Guild Wars has a storyline that's your typical faction vs faction fare, but it actively promotes player participation in this war, and attempts to make it seem as though you're actually making a difference in the balance of your environment. This is quite novel, but the fact that the game almost forces you to quest is a bit of a shame, given how it gets tiresome after a while, and sometimes I just want to explore! Unlike most MMORPGs, the game actually has a bit of nuance and isn't simply a robotic grind: combat isn't just hack and slash, and needs a bit more intellect.
The main downside, though, is that you are placed into instance-like areas so that you never really are able to interact with the world at large, but this cuts down on server-costs and explains how the developers are able to afford it all. It does, on the other hand, mean that lag almost NEVER happens, which is more than can be said for World of Warcraft. Presentation wise it is also very good, and while not a WoW beater, it's very well designed for a low-budget game, and the soundtrack accompanying it is also pretty good.
Like any MMORPG, you're going to get elitist idiots, but there seems to be a lower quotient of them on Guild Wars than WoW simply because it generally attracts a different type of player. However, the flip is that the cheaper production results in a game with more restrictions that it tries to hide, but only manages half-successfully. If you want your hand held, then this is a fine game, but more discerning players might want something with more depth.
With increasing internet speeds and more people now owning a PC, many people are choosing to join in one of the many massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORG) that are available. With the most popular and well known of these being World Of Warcraft (not that it deserves this crown) many people may have overlooked Guild Wars in their search for such a game. So what is it?
Guild wars is set in the world of Tyria, inhabited by all sort of races and mythical creatures. Much like Warcraft, you create your character and are plunged into an open-ended world of story and experience boosting missions with the aim of levelling up your character allowing you to progress in the story and tackle more difficult missions. The world of Tyria is made up of the monsters you fight, non-player characters (NPCs) and other players like yourself playing online. You can choose to join up with other players and form a party to adventure together or to play solo and accomplish missions single handedly.
The most impressive feature of Guild Wars is the ability to form your own Guild which others can join. Build a guild hall and create your own emblem, and you can identify yourself to the rest of the world as well as being able to compete against other guilds for a place in the hall of champions.
With endless possibilities as well as far better graphics and character designs that WoW this is one of the best MMORGs around. What's more, unlike its rival World of Warcraft, Guild Wars has no monthly fees and all you pay is the price of the software which is around £10. It's well worth the money and an absolute steal. Furthermore, you're getting a far better and more interesting game than you will if you buy Warcraft.
As the MMORPG craze swept the nation, Guild Wars stood out to gamers not as the best game but as the cheapest. At the time it was one of the only MMORPGs that didn't charge on a monthly basis. You bought it, signed up and that was you, ready to delve into a world of heros, dragons and fantasy.
Before you even begin to play the game you must first create your character. You must first select a profession, there are 6 to chose from each with a unique skills list and their own traits and attributes. Guild Wars does a great job of making each profession and entirely different gaming experience, for example the Warrior is your basic melee fighter he gets in the middle of the action, can take a lot of damage and can deal a lot out. On the other hand we have the Ranger, who uses his bow to stay out of the fight and disrupt the enemy by interrupting their skills.
Once you've decided on your profession you must then choose your characters appearance and sex. You can choose from a pre-set list of facial styles, hair style, hair colour and skin colour. You can also adjust your height. While there is quite a bit of variation and plenty of combinations, it would be nice to have more options when creating your character. Maybe the ability to change each feature of the face, such as nose size or eye colour, rather than just picking off a pre-set list. Once your done name your character and your ready to go.
You start in the city of Ascalon, here you learn to play the game, learn a few skills and decide on a secondary profession. Guild Wars allows you to combine professions, allowing you to use another skill list, the only catch is you wont inherit the bonuses of that profession or be able to invest in the primary attribute. For example, the Elementalist can invest points in its primary attribute Energy Storage, giving it a large pool of energy to cast their expensive spells, if you choose Elementalist as a secondary profession you will still have to pay for those expensive spells but wont have the large energy pool to do so, so some thought needs to go into deciding your secondary profession. Although the decision is not final, you can change it later in the game.
Once you've gained a bit of experience the story takes a turn and Ascalon is invaded by an army known as the Charr. These Wookie like warriors hate humans and launch a large attack reducing the city to rubble. This is where the world of Guild Wars opens up to you. You now have access to the majority of the game, however at such a low level travelling too far may result in death. To move from mission to mission you follow quests, the game generally does a good job of pointing you in the right direction as to which quest is next.
The combat system is extremely simple but effective. You can choose up to 8 skills at one time, out of these skills one can be elite. To activate these skills all you have to do is click on the target and then click on the skill you wish to activate, its that simple. When you use a skill it uses up energy, represented by a blue bar above your skills, your energy recharges over time. Some skills cost more energy than others and some have longer recharges and cast times.
Money plays a large part in Guild Wars. You need it for new skills, new armour and also to buy new weapons. However its not that easy to come by. When you kill an enemy he has a chance of dropping a small amount of gold, while this helps its not enough to fund your game. An enemy may also drop an item, the best way to make money early in the game is to trade with other players. The ingame trading system is very effective, you can trade gold for an item, an item for an item or a combination of the two.
Guild Wars is quiet forgiving when your character dies. You get to keep you loot, there's no reduction in your gold. However you will receive a death penalty, this is a 15% reduction in your health and energy. It can be removed by killing enemies or even quicker by killing a boss. If the whole team died it is returned to the last resurrection point.
Guild Wars is a great game, however to get the best out of it you have to join a guild. A guild what you want to call it, a clan, tribe, whatever its called its basically a collection of people under a Guild name, there is a leader and may even be officers depending on the level of organisation. Playing in a guild is encouraged as it increases the interaction you have with other players and greatly improves the gaming experience.
The game also offers what's known as PvP. While what's been mentioned above is mostly in relation to the RPG side of things (PvE), PvP is more competitive and has you pitted against other players. There are several different modes of play including Random Arenas, where your thrown into a team of 4 and face another team of 4. Team Arenas, where unlike Random you form your own team allowing for greater levels of organisation. Heros Ascent, with teams of 8 you play on different maps with different goals. And finally Guild vs Guild, an 8v8 battle at your guild hall which requires a high level of organisation.
A few things I would like to touch on before closing the review up are the visuals and audio. The graphics of the game, while not the most up to date, are charming. The character models aren't the best, but in some cases the terrain is spectacular. The animations each have their own individual styles, you can actually identify which skill is being used by its animation. May not sound hard but when each profession hosts over 100 skill, its a mean feat. The music within Guild Wars is very fitting, with plinky melodies and medieval sounding music (if there's such a thing) playing a big part in adding to the fantasy. The voice acting in some cases is quite poor, although its bearable.
To sum things up, Guild Wars is a great game and a great introduction for anyone who interested in trying a MMORPG. The story is quite strong, it looks and sounds good and its easy to pick up and learn, but at the same time the game mechanics will take years to master. But don't worry there's enough material here to keep you interested for years.
If you're reading this you're probably already aware that guild wars is an MMORPG, similar to World of Warcraft except with no monthly cost, so i'll tell you my opinions on the game.
Firstly this is probably the most advanced free MMORPG (when i say free i just mean no monthly cost) and in my opinion the most fun. However it does have its disadvantages which i found when playing it.
The first disadvantage in my opinion is the fact that while in citys and 'outposts' the game feels like an MMO with plently of other people around you to talk to and interact with, but when you leave the town to do misions and quests the game becomes your own little world where only you and a small group of people in your 'party' do the missions alone.
Because of this instanced gameplay the game really feels like more of a normal RPG than an MMO.
This does have its advantages such as being able to play with very little lag, but in my opinion the disadvantages outweigh the advantages and i soon found myself getting bored of the game. This is why i have only given the game a 3* rating.
In conclusion, i found that the game got boring after a while, but since it's only £10 i'd reccomend buying it to try out anyway because you may find trhat you don't mind the disadvantage i mentioned. Just buy the first one at first then if you like it you can upgrade and buy the expansions
Hopefully the completely new version - guild wars 2 - will be coming out in late 2009 which seems to fix every problem i had with the game.
The guild wars content is the mercedes of storyline questing. The "Prophecies" storyline is the most compelling piece of gaming I've ever followed, I'm not huge on roleplaying and I don't even read fiction books but I was completely blown away by it. The initial purpose of the game is to follow the story completing the major tasks - these are 60-90 minute scenarios where you and up to five others have to kill your way through a puzzle in line with the storyline. These are so engaging, a lot of the time they involve a lot of team work like "Split up, one team take the door the other look after the prince". Guild wars faces a lot of criticism in the online gaming community as its very easy to reach maximum level but level has very little bearing on this game. Once you reach maximum level you earn skill points to spend on stealing spells from bosses! "Damn that boss was difficult, I think I'll have what he's got!".
You reach maximum level about half way through the storyline and then just keep going, it gets progressively harder and can require an immense amount of pre-planning i.e. "I need frost resistant armour for the snow-boss". Everything you earn carries forward to guild wars 2 and if you get completely bored there is always rare pet collecting.
The games main draw back is its young community but the games developers have fallen over themselves trying to combat this by letting you complete the quests by yourself with your own personal computer army. They've taken this to the extreme by adding named heros to collect and equip.
A great game with a very long shelf-life.
guild wars is a online rpg similar to wow and dungeons and dragons,its one of the few that doesnt have a monthly subscription so you can play as much as you like for free.Ifound it to have a big and helpful community and it ofers guilds for you to join or the chance to play solo with its own charecters to help you out.The art work is lovely and you can build up your charecter yourself which is fairly straight forward.My critisims would be its very repetitive,you do some quests get a reward move on do the same again but its a great starting point for anyone who hasnt played a rpg before.More expansions are now avalible for this game so it does give you the oppertunity to progress your charecter,although for some reason the game only alows you to level slightly peaking you at abt level20(i cant remember exactly) maybe this will be something they will change in the expansions
Guildwars is a amazing MMORPG, this was released on April 28, 2005.
This is the first of this game series i bought, for £10 and no monthly charges this is the best MMORPG i have played to date.
As this is the first of four Guildwars campaigns this has six core professions you can choose: warrior, ranger, monk, elementalist, necromancer, mesmer.
There are 25 missions and 205 quests in this campaign alone, with all the missions having a optional bonus, and being a mutiplayer you can help your friends threw the lower level missions while you are any level.
Whilst this game appears to be a mutiplayer this is only optional, there are optional henchmen (artificial players) of all the professions which can help you threw the missions and quests. Sadly mutiplayer being optional, you still require a Internet connection to login to the game servers and play this game.
This game is well worth the asking price for anyone who likes a game where you get to kill and progress on the story.
hi everyone,I'm a huge fan of guild wars of course it has it's ups and downs so i try to summarize the game for you.
This game is free,you only pay the disc,nothing more.It's from some of the same creators of game WoW (World of Warcraft)so you'll see some similarities.
There is 3 different games of guild wars(you can connect them all) and one expansion.
The first one to came out was Prophecies revolves around the continent of tTyria and is the longest one as well.
Second was Factions and this one revolves around the southern continent of Cantha this is the quickest especially for level up.
Third came Nightfall on the continent of Elona, this introduces you to heros and i'll explain this one later.
Then came the expansion for all of this games,to play the expansion you need at least one of the original games.
Guild wars Eye of the North or GWEN for short,nothing new on this one but you get access to heros and there is loads more of missions and quest,the expansion is fantastic.
Now the game you play online,on the box with the disc it tell's you how to work with it and there is a booklet showing you the main plot of the story and also another one with "codes" you can put on your chat tab to make you char do diferent stuff (eg. dance,sit,laugh...).
At the beginning of the game you need to choose a profession you want to follow,on factions and nightfall you get 2 more choices for profession. You complete quest (small missions) to earn skills so you can try a bit of all professions to see which one you like better.The best bit is a bit later on the game you get to choose your secondary profession so you can combine different professions and skills together.
Completing missions and quest will give you money (very handy),some items as rewards (this includes weapons) and experience points that will allow you to raise level.
also the experience points will give you skill points which you use to make your skills stronger.
when on your way to missions or quest you can kill monsters to raise exp points and some money as well,these monsters also drop some items which you can collect and if you don't want them for you character you can sell it to a merchant on a city outpost.
Initially you space for this is very limited but you can buy bags and runes and upgrade your space.
City's will be signalized on your map (when you find one)so on the game instead of long walks from one point to other you can pres you map and choose the city you want and you'll be transported to there. Also here you will find people from all over the world and you can interact with them,although there are "districts" from america,europe and other international,so it's easier to find some one online at the same time as you.
you can make party's with them (this means a group of people to do a quest or mission or just for killing)or you can build a party on your own plus the non playable characters the game provides (henchmen).
you can trade,sell,buy items with other players or just talk.
You find non playable characters in city's
merchant's that will sell certain items you may need.
skill-you can buy different skills from him
runes-to upgrade you armor or weapon
weapons-some will build you new ones and also customize them for you,now this only means to give a 20%more damage and you can't sell it to anyone after this.
storage-for 50gold you can put your more precious items here to save you space,plus 50 gold and you get a bit more space.
material trader-buy materials to craft armor or weapons
rare material trader-same but more expensive items
Dye trader-Buy dyes so you can change the color of your armor or weapons,just to make it a bit more unique.
collectors-find in outpost as well they'll gave weapons or items in exchange for certain items you may get killing monsters.
This is the basic but some more or different may aper from one game to other.
Now you can also join a guild,very recommended.
This guild will give you a cape (uhhhh) and also a guild hall,but basically it's more friendly and you'll meet people that will be able to answer your questions and help you during the game.
this is also the best if you interested in pvp,this means player versus player,you get your items for your character from you guild hall.You can play against another player or you guild against another guild,there is loads of possibilities but players often play Pvp after finishing the pVe version (you get bored and nothing to do).
now back on pve.
hero's- these are characters you get on nightfall and Gwen,much more useful that henchmen because you can give them a second profession,change their skills,armor and weapons.very good to build you own team,but you really need to pay attention to them otherwise you get bad hero's and is better to have henchmen on your party.
Level-on thing very bad on this game,you can only get up to level 20,after this the experience you accumulate will give you skill points but not to improve you skills,you need this to buy new skills.
Elite skills- you get them from defeating a boss and using a skill to absorb this skill,some are very good but you can only have one equipped.
when you start any of this games you can only create up to 4 characters,but if you add another game you can create more and you get a extra slot at you storage account.this also means you can deposit an item at the storage or money and pick it up with another character.
it's a very good game and you'll spend load of time on it,if you done with it you can play pvp or improve in terms of armor or kill loads of special monsters that it'll give you very good items that you can sell for a very high price and do loads of money,but yes you can get bored after a while.so the only option now is wait for Guild Wars2 that is coming out in summer 2008.
if you get stuck or just want to see more of the game go to GUILDWIKI on the internet,is bursting with all details of guild wars and it explains loads of word used in there.
i want to apologise for my grammar but English is not my mother tongue and also if i missed some other important details,but the game is huge and there is loads of little details that you'll learn while playing.but definitely very good game especially is free.
thank you for you time
and sorry if i bored you too much.take care
Strictly speaking, I didn't start with the original Guild Wars; I started on the second campaign, Factions.
I have to admit (after starting a character on each of the campaigns) the original game was probably the slowest starting of the 3. You begin in Ascalon in the past, learning new skills, meeting new friends (that you add to a friends list) and working your way through to get past the Char Invasion, where everything changes - this is known in the game as 'The Searing' - an event where the Char invade and destroy a lot of Ascalon.
Pre-searing you don't get access to Guild halls or storage, meaning you have limitations of what you can carry. Most pre searing beginners can pick up high end items (black and white dyes being a huge earner) but rarely understand the value until they leave searing, selling the items for lower value at merchants than waiting to sell to specialized merchants such as dye traders, rune merchants etc.
A small character called Gwen gets to follow you in pre-searing as long as you give her gifts, but cannot be found (dead or alive) after searing, but apparently she is to make an appearance in campaign 4, Guild wars : Eye of the North.
There is a very special (and difficult) award you can get for leaving pre searing at level 20 (capped levels) but its so difficult with most characters leaving between level 8 - 10
At this point I would like to point out that your character may only reach the max level of 20. BUT for each time you score enough experience to gain another 'level' past level 20 you gain a skill point, which can be exchanged at skill trainers with the addition of gold (up to 1000 gold) Most the creatures you will meet go up to level 30 (the Lich) however beating these creatures are a mixture of leveling, armour, runes, weapons and skills., as well as team work. Most (infact all) Missions and quests are possible using yourself and henchmen, however they are difficult and you may find it easier later to meet non AI people to join in.
Picking a guild is a bit more than the first person who offers; I would suggest (if you start with this one) find a helpful guild, unless your focus is more PvP (Player V Player) which you may get a guild more apt on the battle isles.
You have a choice on start up whether you want your character to do PvP or PvE (Player v environment) - note - PvE characters can do PvP but PvP characters cannot do PvE and miss the story.
All Guild Wars Campaigns can be played individually or all together, characters can travel from each campaign you own, i.e. Melhei Haemathet (Factions Necromancer) has actually traveled to, and in between all 3 campaigns and has completed all three.
You can actually download the Guild Wars software for FREE from the website. Once you buy 1 game, you can actually purchase keys for other campaigns straight from GW themselves. You can actually purchase keys directly from NCsoft here
Including the first campaign you buy. You do need a credit/debit card to purchase from them though. It's easier to buy (or even pre order) Guild wars from local Game stores, PC game outlets and Amazon. (between £19.99 and £30 DO NOT BUY SECOND HAND!!!!!!!!)
How is this possible, exactly what am I buying then?
What you get in the box version
CDs with the game engine (which is available from Guild Wars, free download)
Credit card with scratch off panel (this is the 'key' to access the game server)
Collectors editions do contain extra goodies, such as soundtrack CDs, special 'skill' pin badges, short term pass keys (last 14 days or 10 hours I think) and a 'mini-pet' but they can cost up to £40 - £45
So what are you buying? You are actually buying a personal account on a game server and the right to use it... that is why the game may not be sold on after even if you don't play it anymore. I suggest NOT buying this game second hand at all. NC soft close accounts very rapidly if they think this has happened, and you cannot do a thing about it! You will loose your money, and may even be blocked from ever holding any NCsoft game account.
The age rating: 12
This actively reflects the 'violence' in the game, which, although there is no blood, can be quite disturbing for young minds. That and the fact there's a drunkards title for those who fancy a wobbly screen ant the title of 'booze hound' lol
Would I suggest this game?
Yes. Its quite simple, doesn't incur 'extra' costs like subscription, and as long as you stay clear of the sharks and farming guilds you'll do fine. I also suggest using sites like http://guildwiki.org and GW online (listed on the official GW site somewhere) to get help and advice on lots of things. Find a good, helpful guild that won't put you under pressure and just simply enjoy playing the game. It's very easy to immerse yourself into.
Oh and if you DO come on, please don't sell things in the 'all' tab chat... its very annoying!!!! Save it for the Trade tab :)
I love playing Melhei. I'm a big fan of spell casters, which you will see are a lot of my characters. Melhei has a choice of all professions now as her secondary profession (you can change your secondary profession but not your first) and I especially enjoy mixing Mesmer skills with Necromancer skills. I have to admit I prefer using Blood magic, but recently have dabbled in Death magic as a Minion master (wee beasties raised from the bodies of the nearest dead). I haven't actually mastered any curses skills yet. I guess I should explain!!! For each profession you get 3 attributes plus an extra attribute for your primary. For necromancers in Guild Wars, the attributes are Blood magic, Death magic and curses, with a primary of Soul reaping. Those taking a necromancer as a secondary will receive all but soul reaping. You can find more info on the attributes and what each does, all the skills etc at Guildwiki (http://guildwiki.org)
Melhei is also Guild Mage of a Guild called 'Crusaders of Justice' - a guild dedicated mostly to PvE play and helping people. She is also the Portal Mage to all Games, and the name I use to combine the Crusaders of Justice from games such as Dungeons & dragons online and Voyage Centaury (see http://gw-crusadersofjustice.com) which are also MMORPG's with Crusaders of Justice guilds. The Guild Wars COJ guild leader is 'Harmony of the Wild' - who also happens to be my partner!
My other characters are : Devina Favoura (Monk, Tyrian), Failine Avertoire (Paragon, Elona) and Valencia Cooraii (PvP Warrior/ranger) You can see how they are all getting on at : http://melheihaemathet.blogspot.com
Devina Favoura is the character I based my review on mostly, as she was created on this particular campaign, but she was created after Melhei, my main character. She is a lovely little monk who loves healing, protecting and smiting, but is currently trying to work on 'farming' - a concept where you go out alone to kill as many creatures to get all the bits and pieces to your self.
Tyria = the land used in Prophesies, the reviewed 'first' Guild wars campaign.
Cantha = the land used in Factions, the 'second' Guild wars campaign
Elona = the land used in Nightfall, the 'third' Guild wars campaign
1st official expansion is Guild wars: Eye of the north
(Next edition is Guild Wars 2)
So Guild Wars. It's one of the few MMORPG's out there that is free and because of that many people believe it to be rubbish. This is entirely untrue it's a fantastic game I still play it occasionally even now and that's because its free. Unlike the more played MMO's Guild Wars doesn't cost a penny (aside from buying the disc) this means that if you want to play you can, there's no more I cant play this month because I can't afford it or wasting money because you paid for a month then got set a massive assignment. You juts pick up and play when ever you feel like it.
Surprisingly for a free MMO it is updated on a regular basis, about once a month, not huge updates mind only ever bug fixes. As you approach Christmas and Halloween they but in seasonally features as well and this combine with the already good visuals make the whole game even better. Sadly however these environments are only that good because aside from cities or outposts everywhere is spawn separately for you and your party. This can be incredibly annoying as you can't just pick up a group when ever you feel like it you have to form a group in a city with a specific purpose in mind and then go and do it. Sadly the fact that it is hard to group destroys the fact that it is an MMO and often you find yourself just using the computer henchmen the give you so you can quickly get the quests done.
That leads me onto another one of the games lesser flaws. Many of the quest involve huge amounts of travelling often being attacked all the way. Just so you can give someone a note or they can tell you that they don't know what in the hell your on about go and speak to somebody the other side of the continent.
Anyway back to the good bits in Guild Wars you have a primary and a secondary profession this makes it more fun as you can try out the different skills of the different professions without having to delete your characters (you only get 4 slots) there is also very little penalty to which class you chose as your primary, you only lose one of the secondary classes skills. The 2 profession system also make the PvP of Guild Wars much more entertaining as you never know quite what skills your enemy has until they use them.
Sadly Guild Wars is lacking in extra curricular activities, other than questing and PvP there is very little else to do, all the armour looks the same so you cant even look unique and there are no crafting skills or mini games or anything to divert your attention for even a minute, the best you can hope for is to join a new guild and spend hours earning enough to upgrade your guild hall.
PvP in Guild Wars is pretty much the same as every other MMORPG you fight people to get a better ranking, with a better ranking you can get better items and skills which you haven't unlocked yet. However unlike most MMO's if you want to do PvP you can create a PvP only character that is already lvl 20 (the current lvl cap) this means that the fights are down almost entirely to the skill of the play rather than how many hours you have put into getting the best items I thought this was a breath of fresh air after getting owned on a regular bases by people with tier 3 armour sets in WoW.
And finally we get onto guilds as you would expect for a game called Guild Wars there is a lot you can do with a guild. Everything cost money so to create a guild you need money to have a cape you need money and to own a guild hall you need money. Personally I think that the guild hall is the best bit of the game. For a price you can put nearly everything in your guild hall merchants, furniture, armour smiths and portals to the PvP arenas to name but a few
Alot of people define this game as MMORPG(massive multiplayer online role playing game). in a way theyre correct, but a more accurate way to explain would be COORPG (Co-operative online role playing game). it has all the charm of an online game but with none of the cost. Missions can be done solo but it is not reccomended seeing as the heroes you bring with you are Henchmen(NPC)who have a great amount of problems seeing as its hard to control who they engage. This is allright if your a warrior as you can easily take out people and your role isnt changed, but as a mage you must go into the front lines, and dying over and over can get very annoying.
With a friend this game is one of the best games i have ever played, and i have a vast history with RPG's online and offline. In some missions you will have to party with other players (first 2 then 4 then 6 and finally 8) which can be huge fun as most proffesions have roles in battle. There is a level 20 cap on this game, and this is what puts some people off the game. not being able to level up past level 20 has its dissadvantages but personally i like the system, this means no one can spend hours and hours on this game and be better than anyone else, you allocate points to a certain part of your character at each level up, for example a warrior would be able to level up: Strength, Sword mastery, Axe mastery, Hammer mastery and Tactics. This means that even with the same proffession you could have very different experiences. Points that are allocated ARENT permananent and may be re allocated whenever in a town or outpost, meaning you can literally be what you feel like. A secondary proffession is also there meaning that even more moves are open for you.
This game is free online which is a breath of fresh air, seeing as most games of this type have heavy online fee's that can get very expensive after time.
I reccomend this game(just in case recommend doesnt work again on this site lol)Im over 300 hours into the game and still actively playing it. PVP(player versus player) is a very big part of this game also, as is guild versus guild, meaning that 16 on 16 matches do occur, there is often updates to the game.
I cant say anything else, i suggest you buy the game and then feel the magic that is guild wars.
Guild Wars was an MMORPG, crossed with a Multi-player RPG. You only ever interacted with other people in town, when you leave town, you are on your own or with the group that you invited, as if you were in your own server. The 4 character slots really limited your gameplay, you couldn't try all the classes, you had to delete one of your characters to play another. I also didn't like the PVP based gameplay, it was mostly all PVP except for quests. What was good about the game was the unique classes, I liked that they didnt use just the old beaten horse classes, they came up with new ones for us to adventure with.