Guild Wars 2 is the downloadable sequel to the original Guild Wars (2005). It was released on the 28th August 2012 and is one of the biggest MMORPG’s that’s currently on offer in the genre. Originally developed by ArenaNet, the same team behind the original Guild Wars and all of its expansion packs, so the developer has stuck with the IP for quite some time now. In the world of Guild Wars, you’re able to pick and choose from several races and classes to give you complete freedom with your character and their decisions.
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The Game Review
Just like many other MMORPG’s, there isn’t too much that is done about the story, since many of the players tend to just ignore it, but with Guild Wars 2, it tries its best to bring your attention to the story.
Set 250 years after the end of the last Guild Wars expansion, Eye of the North, five Elder Dragons have awoken and are causing destruction across the land. With many side quests and missions that spread the story around to some degree, you and every other player in the game must ultimately take out each of these Elder Dragons to ensure the survival of all its people.
At the start of the game, you’re tasked with picking a race and a class. Races in the game all look completely different from one another and while classes are uniquely different, some of them do share some characteristics of one another.
Once they’ve all been picked and you’ve customized them to whatever extent you choose, you’re thrust out into the world of Guild Wars 2 and you’re pretty much left to do whatever you wish. Either you can go and do quests, take on boss monsters with other players as a group, or simply do some platforming and get rewarded for it.
Guild Wars 2 wants you to explore the open world and that’s half of the reason it rewards you for exploring the world more than you already would.
When it comes to the combat, the style is more action-MMO, rather than hot-bar MMO. When you’re in combat, you’re still expected to hit keys on your keyboard for your desired skill or ability. During combat, you have the ability to dodge their attacks in real-time, so a lot of damage that gets sent your way is down to poor timing and being unaware of the enemies’attacks.
On top of all that, there is also World VS World, which takes many of the current players on that server and has them go up against another server, fighting for general PVP dominance. All players, regardless of their level or gear are scaled-up to the same level, so that way everyone’s on an even playing field and it all comes down to skill.
In terms of comparisons, the game takes clear inspiration from both the original Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, and other action-MMO’s, like Tera. While the gameplay is similar to Tera’s, the visual style is more colourful like World of Warcraft’s.
Anyone that’s been on the lookout for a more action-oriented MMORPG and doesn’t want to simply play more of World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2 offers more than enough for the average player to find hundreds of hours of content to enjoy.
- Fun and addicting gameplay that doesn’t easily bore
- Interesting lore and backstory for the game
- World VS World is a unique PVP game mode
- Game does have some lag issues here and there
- Some classes aren’t as fun or strong as others