Review by Providence53

Reviewed: 04/24/06

An Engaging and great game that will keep you comming back

In today’s times, it seems you can’t be truly considered a Video Game Developer if your company hasn’t made an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game). Most of these are exactly the same, just with different graphics and some story elements mixed around. It’s hard to find a game that is TRULY striving to be different, to be unique and different from all the rest. Guild Wars is a that unique game. One of the first things you will notice about the game is that there is no fee to play the game (Outside of purchasing it from your preferred retailer of course). There is no monthly fee to play the game, unlike a lot of competitor games out there. You might say, “But Prov! The game must be horrible if that’s the case!” Hahaha… WRONG! The game is very good, catering to each type of player. Do you stay strictly to PvE and enjoy killing monsters and farming for loot? Perhaps you prefer the heat of the battle and enjoy PvP. Regardless of which you prefer, there is more than enough to keep you entertained and coming back for more. Let’s look more closely shall we?

General Game-Play 10/10

The game-play is very solid to make it short. No matter what you do or where you go, the combat is very fluid and engaging. The game is also unique in that you don’t have to EVER PvE if you don’t want to, you can skip all of the PvE and just PvP. Many other MMO’s force you to grind through all of the PvE and you simply MUST have the top gear to play PvP. This is not the case here, as you can make a PvP only character and have the optimum gear at your disposal. Guild Wars simply offers the most fluid and engaging PvP on the market. But it isn’t all about PvP, the PvE is pretty good too. The story I will admit is a bland, but it isn’t bad and the PvE can be pretty fun (If you enjoy PvE, I’m much more of a PvP kind of guy). There are a ton of Missions and a lot to explore in the game, plus with there being so many classes you won’t play through the game quite the same as the last character did. The game is also very playable on Dial Up; a lot of MMO’s out there are virtually unplayable on Dial Up. Granted downloading new content won’t be blazing fast, but you won’t be sitting there all day or very long at all downloading updates/content.

PvP (Player vs. Player) 10/10
My oh my, this game has hands down the absolute best PvP out there. The PvP (Player vs. Player) combat of this game is second to none. The game caters to all levels of PvPers. For the less serious PvPer or one with little free time and just needing some killing before work, there is the Competition Arena which pits 2 teams of 4 random players each against each other. Next up is the Team Arena, where you and 3 friends go into combat together. But this isn’t where the game shines, the shine and gloss comes from Heroes Ascent battles and Guild vs. Guild battles. In Heroes Ascent, you fight on a variety of battlefields with various win conditions and each time it is a different scenario to go through. In the first battle of Heroes Ascent, for example, it is just you and another team fighting 1v1. But on other maps such as Unholy Temples, you can kill all you like, but the only way to win is to capture more relics than the enemy captures. In Guild vs. Guild combat, it is just you vs. another guild. GvG is the most intense level of combat; you fight for your guild and its name in essence. A win puts you further up the guild ladder; a loss puts you further down. The ladder is extremely competitive, and very fun to compete in.

PvE & Story (Player vs. Environment) 7/10
I’ll be honest; Guild Wars has pretty mediocre PvE. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun and all the first few times through, but it just gets stale fast and there isn’t much to do after you beat the game. The PvE endgame is pretty bad. Sure you can go to the harder PvE areas after, but all in all you can only do this so many times before you will get bored out of your mind. The story is also largely uninspired, though it isn’t necessarily a bad one, it’s just been done before.

Graphics 10/10
Simply jaw dropping. Each environment looks different and is absolutely captivating. From the scorched lands of Ascalon, to the Magumma Jungles, Guild Wars is pure eye candy. There is just this unique and glossy look on all terrains that make the game look so wonderful. Maps like the Hall of Heroes map are just breathtaking; the Developers spared no detail and have not slacked off in any area of the game.

Sound 7/10
Unfortunately, this is where Guild Wars is currently greatly lacking. The music is not at all memorable, though the sound effects are okay. Most of the tunes are repeats or very bland and repetitive. Just turn off Music and play your own tunes on your media player of choice.

Overall 9/10
If you are looking for a great game to pickup, whether you have 5 hours a day to spend on playing it or just an hour, you simply cannot go wrong with buying Guild Wars. If you don’t plan on getting into PvP combat at some point, then you will be missing out on a very big part of the game and a very fun and engaging part. The PvE endgame may be a little bland for some people (Myself included), but there is still a lot of fun to be had replaying through the game and farming for gear in the harder PvE areas. As much as I want to give Guild Wars a 10/10, I can’t do it considering that the PvE endgame isn’t anything super and the sound is lacking. So, I must give Guild Wars a 9/10. Pick this game up; you most certainly won’t regret it.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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