• Publisher: NCSOFT
  • Release Date: Oct 26, 2006
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. If you’re a Guild Wars fan, you really should pick up the best expansion of the series so far. New players who are interested in Guild Wars should also start with Nightfall, considering all the improvements ArenaNet has made.
  2. 92
    For veterans of the series, you will gladly find your love for it refreshed and charged, once again to play through this new glorious setting and deeper plotline, incorporating two new character classes and hero customisation to keep you online and campaigning for hours on end.
  3. It serves as the perfect introduction to the franchise or indeed MMORPG games in general, as the quest system is exceptionally easy to follow, while the presentation and visuals are top notch.
  4. Guild Wars fans should not hesitate in picking up this title for the new professions and heroes alone. And with no monthly fees, Guild Wars Nightfall serves as an excellent introduction to those unfamiliar with the MMORPG genre or Guild Wars series.
  5. Nightfall is easily the best of three Guild Wars products and has set a very high bar for the next chapter. [Jan. 2007, p.76]
  6. 90
    Story aside, the campaign shines. The pacing's on par with Factions in terms of how quickly you gain levels (not that those matter much in Guild Wars anyway), and the game's 20 missions present lots of replay incentive thanks to a tiered reward system.
  7. Adds a PvE campaign that is better than in many single-player RPG's. The new hero system is excellent and brings a new aspect to PvE play. As a result, Guild Wars now appeals also to those who are not so interested in PvP. [Jan 2007]
  8. Whether looked at as a standalone game or an update to previous Guild Wars titles, Nightfall is a winner. While it isn't particularly innovative and won't win any awards for major technical upgrades, it is a very nice addition to the series, and most importantly, it's simply fun to play.
  9. If you're already a Guild Wars player, Nightfall is worth it for the story, continent, professions, and heroes. If you're new, Nightfall is the best installment so far, and a great place to start with this deservedly ultra successful MMO.
  10. Something of a triumph...Simply the best Guild wars yet. [Christmas 2006, p.76]
  11. Absolutely gorgeous to look at. [Jan 2007, p.66]
  12. Content wise, Guild Wars Nightfall is an excellent purchase for the Guild Wars community, but also for those who want to see why Guild Wars is so popular with MMORPG players who prefer competitive PvP gameplay above all else.
  13. In the end, though, Nightfall is the best chapter so far in the Guild Wars package and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who skipped out on Factions or quit shortly after its release.
  14. The game looks good, and still plays well. The game does not substantially send the franchise forward with innovations, but rather adds to what is already there.
  15. After seeing what they have done with this setting, I can't wait to see what the next campaign will contain.
  16. Not much has changed for the third Guild Wars release but that’s not necessarily a bad thing either – especially when you look into some of the less talked about refinements.
  17. Any fan of the series, already dedicated to playing the game at least a few hours a week, will find this well worth the investment.
  18. 84
    If you've never experienced Guild Wars, Nightfall is the place to start. It offers plenty of augmented features to make playing solo more viable, while simultaneously facilitating cooperative play.
  19. Unmistakably similar to the previous two games in the innovative Guild Wars series, Nightfall features an impressive new Egyptian-themed continent to explore through plenty of solo and cooperative questing.
  20. In fact, it will suit many tastes better than Blizzard's epic WOW - and crucially, magically, incredibly, it is still free of subscription fees... Honour this innovative and pioneering franchise with your hard-earned money, and you will not regret it. [Christmas 2006, p.100]
  21. The amount of content, features and the fact it's still free of subscriptions makes Guild Wars Nightfall a great MMORPG title. [Jan 2007, p.69]
  22. Some elements of the game could definitely use a bit more polish, and we’d hope to see some more significant retroactive technical changes for the next inevitable outing, but for now Guild Wars Nightfall represents a perfectly justifiable if not essential purchase.
  23. A great chapter and one that can easily be picked up and played through for beginners like myself without becoming bewildered by past game lore.
  24. 80
    The implementation of the Heroes may not be perfect, and their applications in PvP something of an afterthought, but their presence still adds a considerable amount of breadth to this already rich, rewarding game.
  25. A worthwhile download for any role-playing fan and an absolute must have for Guild Wars fans.
  26. Where it falls down is in originality: for all its polish, in the end it's really just more of the same as I've played countless hours before.
  27. Nightfall doesn’t really bring anything new game mechanic wise to the Guild Wars franchise, but it does offer some beautiful environments and cultural inventiveness to an otherwise bland fantasy genre.
  28. as adventures go Nightfall feels much more open than previous Guild Wars modules. While many of the quests had been tied to tightly linear the maps, the missions of Nightfall are far more open-ended.
  29. There's a lot of enjoyment and variety to be found here, and Nightfall certainly adds enough for fans of Guild Wars to make the purchase, while the fact that there's no monthly fee is enough of a plus point to recommend this to MMORPG fans who haven't tried Guild Wars before.
  30. The new Dervish and Paragon professions add a lot of flavor to both role playing and PvP. Yet, the game's story takes a long while to pick up, and some design issues from previous games still exist.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 27, 2007
    6
    No where near as good as the previous games. I could only play the campaign through once with getting bored and leaving the rest of my No where near as good as the previous games. I could only play the campaign through once with getting bored and leaving the rest of my characters half way through. Its basically do this mission, run here, do this mission, run there. Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2012
    10
    Yet again ArenaNet shows they can make a quality mmo, or in this case and campaign addition to an already great product! With a whole newYet again ArenaNet shows they can make a quality mmo, or in this case and campaign addition to an already great product! With a whole new continent, a very large one I should say, and even more classes, this is an absolute must! Full Review »
  3. anonymousanonymous
    Jul 30, 2008
    10
    this is by far the best game i have ever played from the corsair to abbadon this game was the best in the series and i give it a perfect tenthis is by far the best game i have ever played from the corsair to abbadon this game was the best in the series and i give it a perfect ten the challenge and time needed to complete it is what makes it so great and the armor and skills makes this game the best game I say this is better than world of warcraft halo half life and many more things combined for no monthly fees an actual storyline (unlike that stupid world of warcraft) and a point in playing such as an awesome storyline and the best ending in all of the guild wars games!! buy this game or be bored for the rest of your life and please do not look up the ending on youtube it ruins the point of playing through!! Full Review »