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Guild Wars 2 Review
Developed by ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2 is an MMORPG in fantasy setting with approximately 1.5 million active users.
- Interactive Events
- Deep character customization
- A lot of PvE and PvP activities
- Nice graphic and trade system
Guild Wars 2 Gameplay
The story takes place in Tyria, a fantasy world endangered by the rise of the Elder Dragons. This Lovecraftian species, who took over complete control over Tyria in the original Guild Wars, urge a long disbanded guild to come back together. Known as Destiny’s Edge, this newly rallied resistance seek to push back the imposing progression of the Elder Dragons’ power over their homeland.
Guild Wars 2 features dynamic questing - the storyline is regularly updated according to player actions, which offers a rich experience, rarely present in multiplayer games. Moreover, the level cap is now at an impressive level 80, compared to the previous level 20 set in the first Guild Wars. The player versus environment (PVE) mode uses a smart stats scaling system, which re-adjusts your attributes based on the level of monsters you encounter. The dynamic adjustment of your character stats makes the environment ever-challenging, which breaks away from the traditional “grinding” system most MMORPGs employ.
The player versus player (PVP) system in Guild Wars 2 sets all players on equal grounds: every character joining the combat is at max level, and has access to most items and skills available. This emphasizes players’ skills, as everyone is on the same level on the battlefield. Additionally, you can join a more massive battleground, known as “World versus World,” where two factions face off in a world independent from Tyria, and players can build siege weapons to annihilate their enemies. The rewards you can get are dependent on how successful you were for your team on the battleground.
The combat system in Guild Wars 2 emphasizes the player’s chosen professions, skills, and environment. Depending on the area you are in, you can use your surroundings to fight off your enemies, in combination with unique abilities obtained through the synergy of your race and your professions. It is worth noting that skills are progressively unlocked as you progress through the storyline and level up.
Unique Mechanics in Guild Wars 2
As mentioned before, the combat mechanism relies heavily on your choice of race and profession. You can choose from five different races upon starting the game, and select two professions from the available eight. If at some point you feel that you would have been better off with another choice, you can swap for any other profession, against a fee. For any profession you choose, there are basic recipes already available - as you progress and gather more ingredients from drops, loot, and your environment, you can experiment with different combinations with the possibility of discovering new recipes.
The combat system also encourages players to strategize their build as you can only select up to 10 active skills and spells at a time. One unique aspect of this system is the predefined role for each skill slot:
- The first five skills slots available depend on your equipped weapons and profession chosen
- The sixth slot is reserved for healing
- Slot seven to nine are “role-free,” meaning they are acquired as you progress through the game
- Slot number ten is for your “elite” skill/ability and is often considered as your “ultimate” skill
According to the game developers, this mechanism was developed to balance the difficulty of the game throughout a player’s gameplay. Hence, the various game modes available seem to emphasize the quality of your character's skills, rather than the quantity. Good to know: You are not able to import your characters from the original Guild Wars (if you had any). Any achievement and honor gathered will earn you special points towards unlocking exclusive bonuses in Guild Wars 2.
Overall, Guild Wars 2 offers a robust and rich gaming experience for anyone up for the challenge. Moving to a free-to-play model was undoubtedly a wise move as the population has surged. Moreover, the generous reward system and graphically exquisite environment encourage players to explore Tyria continually.
Guild Wars 2 Classes
The Guild Wars 2 class system is pretty simple: it has a classic definition on heavy armour melee classes, mid-ranged light classes, and spell casters. Each category has three roles, with two specializations per class.
Soldier Classes — the heavy armoured users of melee weapons. These heroes are good tanks and damage-dealers. Among them are the Guardian, master of protection, the Revenant, master of the mists, and Warrior, master of the weapons.
Adventurer Classes — the medium armour professions. They specialize in mid-range combat with bows and firearms. The classes belong to Adventurer category are Engineer, master of mechanics, Ranger, master of nature, and Thief, master of the cover arts.
Scholar Classes — the spell-casting professions. There are the master of elements Elementalist, master of the mind Mesmer, and master of the dark arts Necromancer.
Guild Wars 2 System Requirements
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
- File Size: 50 GB
- OS: Windows XP
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz
- File Size: 50 GB
- OS: Windows 7 (64 bit only)