Guild Wars 2 is an extremely well designed and trully beautiful game. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen landscapes and cities quite so epically beautiful in the entire MMO market space.
There are a few very specific features that make GW2 stand out above the rest that I’d like to bullet point for you:
- Combat is more interesting than the average MMO. It’s not just click and watch, you’re an active strategic participant from start to finish. The weapons you are wielding directly influence what skills and moves are available for you to use…. and everybody can dodge.
- PvP Combat is structured in two ways. In a duel competition, your levels are twinked up so there’s a more level playing field. There’s also World versus World Epic combat that is goal-oriented and very interesting.
- It’s got Steampunk elements bringing a little bit more modern components.
- Epic Monsters are HUGE and brought to life in such a way that it inspires awe.
- Underwater adventure and combat with giant whales and other marine life and ruins.
- Worth repeating: UNDERWATER ADVENTURE… complete with events, merchants and entire cities
- Monsters that go in the water fight differently than on land, with different stategies, skills and moves… so there’s some adaptive AI intelligence going on.
Additionally, the dynamic events system is pretty amazing in two specific ways:
- The events happen and they pull you into them, not the other way around. It’s a more natural and immersive way of questing since you feel that the world is more alive.
- The outcome of the event has a meaningful impact on the world. For example, if orcs are raiding the town your in, success means you drive back the hoarde and the town folk recognize your bravery and reward you. However, failure means that the orcs take control of the town and maintain a presense there. For real! No other MMO has done this successfully.
There just so much epic goodness in this game, including the fact that it’s free-to-play subscription-less. You would be a fool not to try this game out.
Upgrade your PC just for this game… do whatever you got to do.
GENRE: 3D Fantasy with some Steampunk
ENGINE: Tricked Out Guild Wars Engine, Havok, Umbra Occlusion
RELEASE: August 28, 2012
MONTHLY COST: Free
QUEST TYPES: Dynamic Event System With Lasting Impact on the World
CRAFTING: Tradeskill Recipe Based, Switchable via Currency
SKILL SYSTEM: Use Based Skills and Purchased Skills
COMBAT SYSTEM: Strategic Skill-Use Based System
PVP: Structured Twinked Competition, Structured Goal-Based World versus World
PLAYER HOUSING: None
METACRITIC SCORE: -
Guild Wars 2 draws from the game mechanics that made the original Guild Wars one of the most popular online games and adds a fully persistent world. Like its predecessors, Guild Wars 2 does not have a subscription fee. Guild Wars Eye of the North provide a Hall of Monuments where players’ accomplishments are memorialized and eventually inherited by their Guild Wars 2 characters, unlocking exclusive items and bonuses in Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 has plenty of fantasy tropes we’ve all come to expect in an MMORPG, but it’s also laced with steam punk elements. Smoke-churning machines hum alongside spell casting wizards and shamans, giving GW2 a vibe that distinguishes it from its peers.
The engineer class exemplifies this combination of machines and magic. Alongside potions, which they can use to boost stats and gain health, they have an arsenal of weaponry that rides the line between modern and arcane. Turrets blast incoming enemies with missiles or bullets, while the engineer arms themselves with a wrench, pistols, rifles, and more.
Guild Wars 2 is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game and is the sequel to the episodic Guild Wars game series. The game takes place in the Guild Wars fantasy world of Tyria and is set 250 years after you defeat the Great Destroyer in the Eye of the North expansion. Five elder dragons had been sleeping beneath the continent. They have awoken, which is causing widespread destruction to Tyria and corrupting its inhabitants.
In Guild Wars 2, old and new races alike have begun to rise in the resulting power vacuum. Old cities have been destroyed and rebuilt. Kingdoms have been seized and reformed by new rulers. You will be able to see the advancement of time, which is reflected in the changes in culture, including armor and clothing.
You are tasked in Guild Wars 2 with uniting the different player races, which is required to be able to effectively combat the elder dragons.
There’s more to being successful in Guild Wars 2 PvP than mastery of your class: it’s just as important to know how the maps work, how to earn points quickly, when to push and when to back off. I’ve played a lot of PvP over the course of beta and I recently spoke ArenaNet about the techniques that will help good teams to stand out. Below you’ll find general tips as well as an overview of each of the three maps that will be available when Guild Wars 2 launches.
These are principles that apply to every PvPer, regardless of profession or build. They apply whether you’re playing with an organised team on voice chat or jumping in with strangers.
For more on the game’s competitive side, be sure to check out our interview with systems designer Jonathan Sharp.
Guild Wars 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to ArenaNet’s flagship title, Guild Wars. Due to launch on 8/28/12, GW2 aims to fix a lot of what’s “wrong” in the MMO world.
With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is on track to be far more epic in scope than the original… while still retaining the F2P business model.
The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer. On top of it all, there will also be several unique forms of PVP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another.
ArenaNet hopes there will be something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.
The part I enjoyed most during my time with Guild Wars 2 was how it encourages players to actually work together, even outside of typical party mechanics. There is no monster tagging where the first person to attack a NPC gets all the loot and experience for killing it, a feature most MMOs adhere to.
Instead, everyone who helped defeat a monster gets rewarded with experience and the chance for items, which encourages players to help each other even if you’re not formally grouped with them.
This also ties into questing. Rather than specific goals like “Bring me 10 wolf pelts,” the world questing in Guild Wars 2 has broader area based goals. You might be tasked with assisting a local farmer, but you can help her out in a number of different ways. Defeating bandits, recovering supplies or simply tracking down her lost livestock are all actions that will contribute towards completing the quest.
This means that you can spend more time playing and completing your goals with the help of others and less time waiting for that last wolf to respawn.
The game is as complex as you want it to be. Seriously. You can play Guild Wars 2 casually and enjoy it just as much as if you are a hardcore min-maxer who knows every intricacy of his build. This isn’t a difficult game to pick up, but it does have a lot of depth. How deeply you plumb those depths is up to you.
It’s a completionist’s paradise. If you’re one of those people who likes to make sure you’ve filled in every blank you’ll love Guild Wars 2. You can gain rewards for all sorts of things from completely exploring a map to collecting mini pets. There’s even a daily reward you’ll get for completing a series of tasks including killing a variety of different bad guys, harvesting, etc.
It’s free to play. No, really–it is. You’ll buy the client at the average price, but there’s no monthly fee associated with playing this fantastic game. There is an item mall, but the items available there are for vanity or convenience only. You’ll never need it unless you want something like a server transfer or you’d like to massively expand your bag space.
If there’s one drawback to playing Guild Wars 2 it’s this–it’ll make you a junkie. It’s difficult to stay away from a game this entertaining, and it’s difficult to run out of things to do in this game, which creates an endless feedback loop of fun, fun and more fun (while invoking less and less sleep.) Almost everyone I’ve encountered who has played Guild Wars 2 in the beta events and stress tests has sung some version of the same praise: “It’s been a long time since I’ve been this much in love with a game.”
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Minimum System Requirements:
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP SP2
INTEL CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or Core i3
AMD CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2
NVIDIA GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia GeForce 7800
ATI GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon X1800