Guild Wars PC

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  • Summary: Guild Wars takes the best elements of today's massively multiplayer online games and combines them with a new mission-based design that eliminates the tedium of those games. You can meet new friends in towns or outposts, form a party, and then go tackle a quest together. Your party alwaysGuild Wars takes the best elements of today's massively multiplayer online games and combines them with a new mission-based design that eliminates the tedium of those games. You can meet new friends in towns or outposts, form a party, and then go tackle a quest together. Your party always has its own unique copy of the quest map, so camping, kill-stealing, and long lines to complete quests are all things of the past. Within a quest you have unprecedented freedom and power to manipulate the world around you: your magic can build bridges and open up new pathways, or it can burn down forests and tear the ground asunder. You don't have to spend countless hours on a leveling treadmill to get to the interesting parts of the game, because combat is designed to be strategically interesting and challenging right from the beginning. You don't have to spend hours running around the world to prepare for a quest, because Guild Wars allows you to instantly travel to the beginning of any quest that you've previously unlocked. You'll never spend days playing only to discover that choices you made early on have left you with a permanently uncompetitive character, because the unique skill system in Guild Wars allows infinite experimentation but doesn't allow bad decisions to ruin a character. And you'll never meet new players only to discover that you can't play with them or compete against them because their characters are on a different server than yours; in Guild Wars, all characters live in one seamless world. [NCsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 52 out of 53
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  1. We were overwhelmed by the huge range of top-quality gameplay that's available here for $49.99 (USD) with no online fees.
  2. Guild Wars is all about the gaming experience and that experience is one of absolute pleasure from moment to moment. [PC Zone]
  3. Masterfully blends the best of MMORPGs and collectible card games into a unique and enjoyable online gaming experience.
  4. The world of Kryta is still evolving, as is the game of Guild Wars. This first Guild Wars falls short of legendary status, but from what I’ve seen the Guild Wars series may yet find its place in the PC Hall of Heroes.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    90
    Guild Wars is my kind of MMO RPG game. It's as though my complaints have been addressed and someone has crafted an almost perfect example of an online, multi-player, role-playing game.
  6. What really makes the game work so well is the pacing of the combat, coupled with a story that one actually wants to experience.
  7. Edge Magazine
    70
    At its best only when the structure is there to support it. Find eight people to play with regularly, and invest in voice communications to streamline tactical discussions, and Guild Wars offers an intelligent and demanding thrill - bringing the best of the skill and strategy of FPS deathmatches to the grandeur of a role-playing world. [Aug 2005, p.88]

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  1. Negative: 17 out of 139
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played in my life. The company (ArenaNet) took some chances with this game. They went for a bit of aOne of the best games I have ever played in my life. The company (ArenaNet) took some chances with this game. They went for a bit of a different skill/attribute set and a lot of other things. They really stepped out of the comfort zone and threw away the traditional MMORPG **** And guess what, it worked well. There were a few dull areas but those were overthrown by the glorious rest of the game. The missions were fun and enticing, the gear was visually appealing and could parts mixed and matched. The graphics were very good for a companies very first game. At release this game was magnificent, the cities were overflowing with people and the PvP arenas was a place to be. Now, not so much. The game has aged and the majority of players can be seen on the later expansion packs or winds of change one of the newer updates. So in all honesty, I wouldn't purchase the game based on those facts. Wait for Guild Wars 2, which still has no monthly fee. That game will be well worth the wait. Expand
  2. DarceyS.
    Oct 12, 2005
    10
    Love the game. Great game play, and great scenery. No monthly fee just tops it off!
  3. Alberto
    Oct 19, 2008
    10
    This game is THE BEST MMORPG game you can own if you like PVP action and beautiful graphics without big investments to your computers graphic This game is THE BEST MMORPG game you can own if you like PVP action and beautiful graphics without big investments to your computers graphic cards. I've been playing this game for over 3 years and I've never been bored. Lore is also great. I suggest this game for everyone! Expand
  4. OkkoS.
    May 14, 2005
    9
    Great game! A lot better than for example diablo and a bit better than WoW...
  5. Jul 15, 2013
    9
    I don't regret a minute of time spent in this game. The story is beautiful, the PvE is rich in content, and the community is excellent. TheI don't regret a minute of time spent in this game. The story is beautiful, the PvE is rich in content, and the community is excellent. The game offers so much versatility as well, with any class being able to take on the role of another with builds. The PvP is by far the best I've ever seen. All in all, it's a masterpiece. The only problem as of now is the community is a little on the dead side due to it's awful sequel. Expand
  6. MattE.
    Apr 23, 2005
    8
    Awesome game. ive played all the beta's. just needs a little more..."i don't know" to push it over the top. a player to playerAwesome game. ive played all the beta's. just needs a little more..."i don't know" to push it over the top. a player to player marketplace or a auction house would be cool. but ya very good game. no monthley fee! Woooooooooorrrrd uuuup!! Expand
  7. DanielM.
    Jan 23, 2006
    0
    This is a pathetic game, how it won best MMORPG over Warcraft is beyond me. This just shows that this "best games of 2005" has no This is a pathetic game, how it won best MMORPG over Warcraft is beyond me. This just shows that this "best games of 2005" has no credibility. Im sure the 100 or so people playing GuildWars would agree though. Expand

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