Review by MasterChief9126

"The MMORPG for the rest of us."

Guild Wars (GW) is the first game released by the company, Arena Net, and is the company's best rated game. It takes place in the fantasy world of Tyria, a large continent (the largest of all the GW games so far), inhabited by humans, dwarves, and other creatures. This game has been competing with World of Warcraft as the best MMORPG released for the computer, and the competition has been pretty fierce, but truth be told, GW is not and MMORPG. The game is online, and it is and RPG, but it has replaced some of the traditional MMORPG features with new ones, and in my opinion, is a CCORPG (Competitive/Cooperative Role Playing Game). Here is my synopsis.

Graphics- (10/10) The first thing you will notice about this game is its incredible graphics. Are there markings on your shield where it has been hit? Yes! Are the individual blades of grass moved around when you walk on it? Yes! Does the light shining from windows of Ascalon's ruins show the small particles of dust floating around? Yes!!! These graphics are great, and are a fresh breath of air from the Disney style graphics from WoW. Another great thing about the games is that even on a lower end computer, the graphics still rock. A perfect 10.

Sound- (8/10) Not great, but they get the job done. The music in this game does set the mood of what you are doing, but don't really “Put you into the game”. One thing I do like about this game is that the cut scenes have great voice acting from some woman from Blizzard. A solid 8.

Story- (9/10) The story is Guild Wars is your basic save the kingdom plot. Not that great, but for a MMORPG, it is great. There are the side quests and their little stories bring the game to life. A 9 out of 10.

Value- (10.5/10) Amazing value. The best thing about this game is that the actual game is free, as you can download the client online. The only thing you need to buy is your account, which is basically a piece of paper in the GW box you buy in the store. You go to the client, type in the number you got, choose your account name and password, and you're done. A 10.5, even more than a 10.

Gameplay- (10/10) The most important part of a game is its game play, and Guild Wars does not disappoint. There are 2 parts of the game- PVE (player vs. environment), and PVP (player vs. player In PVE, the game starts when you choose one of six classes, and later a secondary class- Warrior, Ranger, Monk, Elementalist, Necromancer, or Mesmer. The one you choose will be your primary class, which determines your look, and main role in the game. Every class has a specific primary attribute, like for a warrior will have strength, and an Elementalist will have energy storage. Only a character with a specific primary class can use the primary attribute. There are also secondary attributes, where a primary AND a secondary class can use. For example, a Warrior secondary attribute is swordsmanship, and an Elementalist secondary is fire magic. Once you make your character, you are in a tutorial world, called pre-searing, with other low level characters. After some quests, you are given the opportunity to go to post-searing, which is 99 percent of the game. In post searing, the game is like any other MMORPG, with towns and quests and new armor, and more, but Guild Wars has 3 main differences.

1- The game is instanced. (There are no people outside of towns unless they are in your party).

2- There are no trades like crafting, there are people that do it for you.

3- The max level is 20. (Took me a while to get there).

This may all seem bad, but it really isn't. For the instancing, that is what makes the game free to play online, so Arena Net doesn't have to fund servers. It is also cool so that you and your friends can travel together without perverts along the road. For the lack of trades, the game is focused on the 500 + skills per Guild Wars game, and the skill of the player. For the max level being 20, the game is meant for a casual gamer who doesn't want to spend all day trying to get their $15 a month playing time in. The level 20 cap is also great so that a casual gamer can reject the newb title given by higher level players. I mean c'mon guys, everyone is eventually going to get to the max level, so might as well make it sooner.

Guilds in guild wars are great. There is a system, where the leader of the guild can buy a guild hall, make capes, invite new people, promote people to officer, and designate officers as the new leader. An officer can invite new members, change the guild cape, and promote people to officer. Members can only participate in Guild vs. Guild battles. In Guild Wars, everyone can easily get into a Guild, and no one is left behind.

In PVP, the game makes you automatically the max level, lets you get free equipment. Your PVP characters can use any skills that any of your PVE characters have unlocked, plus other ones that you can buy with points won in PVP battles. PVP fighting is amazing, and is based entirely on the players skill. There are random arenas, team arenas, heroes, ascent, hall of heroes and more.

Replay Value- (9/10) The replay value is great, and the game is fun for making new characters. The best part of the game to play many times is the PVP, and trying to get to the Hall of Heroes.

Final Score- 10/10 Not an average.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 03/12/07

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