• Publisher: NCSOFT
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 90
    Each module of Factions was obviously overseen by the staunchest of perfectionists, because they work amazingly well. Factions is a must-buy for Guild Wars fans and a must-try for everyone else.
  2. Once more they've created not only a mesmerisingly beautiful world but also an infinitely playable one to boot.
  3. Overall, Factions is an excellent package. While players of Prophecies may look at it and see a $50 price tag and complain, the game is truly complete - it isn't just a straight up expansion pack.
  4. Fairly balanced and sharp looking, it may lack some of the depth of its competitors but it does more than hold its own by providing an exciting competitive combat experience rounded out by impressive visuals on anyone’s system and the right MMO aspects sprinkled throughout.
  5. For veteran players, Factions offers little in terms of PvE but more than makes up for it in PvP, especially if you’re a member of an experienced guild.
  6. Anyone who can’t see the value in playing such a beautiful game online when there are no monthly fees required needs... therapy.
  7. The gameplay is now as polished as a new katana and Factions adds plenty of new features to keep players engaged until a third expansion arrives sometime in the next few months.
  8. Guild Wars Factions not only gives longtime fans a taste of something new, but it allows newcomers to jump right in and start playing.
  9. 90
    On a very meaningful level, it gives complete newcomers access to the most exciting aspect of the game right out of the box. And should those players decide to sample everything that it has to offer, they will not be disappointed.
  10. Allowing players to move Prophecy characters to Factions landscapes and quest streams is a definite plus.
  11. The interface could have done with some tweaking, as it’s not immediately obvious what everything does, but aside from that there really isn’t any reason why you should give Factions a run.
  12. It’s not as heavy on the role-playing as a subscription MMO, and it’s not usually as instantly gratifying as an online shooter, but it strikes a great balance for the casual MMO fan and the achievement-oriented action fan alike.
  13. Guild Wars: Factions is a rich, detailed and diverse world with plenty of scope for expansion, and already has me looking forward to seeing Chapter 3 when it comes out. This game can convert even the most ardent Planetsiders (most of my Guild actually) and the fun that both chapters offer is never-ending.
  14. The series could benefit from features such as other playable races or a crafting system, but you'll likely be so busy adventuring that you won't have much time for gathering herbs.
  15. The combination of setting, graphical tweaks, and additional content have done nothing more than forge the experience into exactly what it should have been from the very beginning.
  16. Committed Guild Wars players will probably have bought it already -- if you haven't taken the plunge yet, it's the perfect opportunity to try this unique and beautiful game.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. May 26, 2014
    My least favorite GW expansion. Everything that was great about Prophecies is still here, but it just feels like more of the same. The faction war could have been great but just ended up not being interesting at all. Full Review »
  2. Mar 5, 2014
    As good overall as Guild wars Prophecies. Better pvp then the first one. Nice maps of factions vs factions (borderlands). Fight against Shiro. Asiatic landscapes. New continent (Cantha) different from Tyria. New classes

    Game play : 7/10, graphics : 6,5/10, back ground 7/10, lifetime : 5/10, sound : 7/10, community : 6/10, world : 5/10
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  3. Feb 19, 2012
    Very good campaign for a very good game, still just as fun and as addictive, especially with the new classes. An entire new area is opened up and ready for exploration, with the best part being it doesn't burn a hole in your wallet! Full Review »