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Guild Wars Game of the Year - PC

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews) 89 / 100

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  • After learning the game and building up your first character, you can jump right in to head-to-head competition or guild warfare
  • Choose from a wide range of professions - Master nature as an Elementalist, serve divine spirits as a Monk, subvert with charisma as a Mesmer - along with more traditional classes like Necomancer, Ranger and Warrior
  • The game includes integrated support for guilds, with guild banners and halls, chat rooms and forums -- guilds can challenge other guilds to battle, compete for control of key parts of the world, and be ranked on a worldwide ladder
  • Unique streaming technology means no more patches -- new content is always being streamed to you directly, for new challenges and a continually changing world

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  • ASIN: B0002BJQDY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1.8 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: April 28, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,840 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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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 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.

Built for Competition

After learning the game and building up your first character, you may choose to test your skills in head-to-head competition or guild warfare. The game is designed to reward player skill and teamwork, not time spent playing, so you won't need to spend hundreds of hours leveling up your character to compete.

The game includes integrated support for guilds, with guild banners and halls, chat rooms and forums. Guilds can challenge other guilds to battle, compete for control of key parts of the world, and be ranked on a worldwide ladder.

Unique Streaming Technology

ArenaNet's unique streaming technology forever eliminates the concept of patching a game. You don't have to wait a month for the next big patch to experience new content. Instead, the game constantly and intelligently streams new content to your computer in the background while you play. The world can change continually. This allows us to build a much more dynamic game world than any that has existed before.

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You'll prove your worth with every battle as skill, not hours played, decides your fate. Create your champion from over thirty different profession combinations and hundreds of unique skills. Your skill will be your legend. Are you up for the challenge?

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462 of 478 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Guild Wars is a very solid MMORPG that strongly encourages team play. The graphics are top-notch (if not up to the cartoon levels of World of Warcraft), the play addicting, and it's well-balanced. With no monthly fee, it's one of the best bargains in the MMORPG world. I take off a star and a half for the forced team aspect as well as the focus on pure fighting versus creating a world, but add 1 back for the value proposition so give this 4 and half stars, or a 4/5 fun/overall split.

This is a tough game to master with no outright 'uber' classes. Players choose 2 of 6 fairly standard basic professions (1 tank, 1 mezzer, 1 healer/defender, 2 nukers, 1 mezzer/nuker) with the second profession lacking one of the strongest attributes of the primary (including which armor you can wear and runes you can use). As you level, besides gaining hit points you do two things - specialize in the various basic class attributes and gain access to the real key: skills. You're limited to a certain number of active skills while in combat, so strategy and careful character building take precedence over getting to level 20. Experience to buy skills can be gained through basic PvE, missions, or PvP. Using a small set of skills wisely along with picking and choosing your attribute development is far more important than getting all the 75 skills available to each profession. This is definitely not a game that is easy to blindly powerlevel.

Cleverly designed, this sidesteps a lot of the problems surrounding the genre. Rather than deal with constant kill stealing, maps and missions are instanced, and you don't have to spend a whole slug of time traveling between regions. (Once you've been to a locale, boom, it's yours.) Recovery time is minimal as is non-combat time.
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272 of 285 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Team-Based Play May 13, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Guild Wars has been touted as being revolutionary in several ways. For those that haven't read the game overview, these can be summarized as follows:

1. Doesn't require immense amounts of time to be really 'fun.'

2. Little or no time spent doing repetitive tasks and travel.

3. Competitive guild-based play, with custom guilds.

4. No monthly fees and dynamic content change/addition.

The last point is of great interest to many people (myself included) in that this is the first MMORPG to be completely free of fees. However, everyone knows expansions are planned, so this is only 'kind-of sort-of' true.

Though you don't do repetitive tasks like gathering food or resources, to find anything remotely useful you do have to kill enemies over and over again. Additionally, the travel waypoints are sometimes very spread out, so you are still going to do a lot of walking. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, however (more on that later).

The level cap is 20, and it's true that this doesn't make it very hard to become as powerful as you'll ever get. In PVP only mode, you start at 20, so you spend no time at all building up a character. However, this doesn't mean you can become level 20 overnight- it does take quite a while, and the quests are challenging enough that you will likely need (human) help.

That said, this game is definitely built for guild-based play. The designers say that solo play is optional, but truth be told it probably isn't. Now that the main features have been addressed, a general overview of the game is in order.

The only 'MM' part of the game is towns.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just love this game November 19, 2004
By J. Mila
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I got dragged into playing this game for the word preview event and absolutey love it. I ran right out an bought the presale package so I could play the beta events too. This game is a lot of fun. It has storylines, missions, pvp in two different arena type games, and even some armor weapon crafting. The basis, of course, is competing with a rated guild and engaging in a capture the flag type combat with other guilds, where teamwork is emphasized. However, if you feel like guild stuff isn't your thing you can go out adverturing solo. And for those who KNOW that going out alone might get you killed but you still don't like working with others, you can HIRE OUT, healers, rangers, warriors, elementalists, etc, to give you a hand in the field!! And finally, if you think you'll miss out on the pvp by not having a guild, you can go solo in a random entry arena where you are pitted against another random, and possibly uncoordinated, team.

I love this game and can't wait till the next beta event. The graphics are pretty decent and surprisingly enough, I can actually run it on my 5 year old computer with no problems and a cable modem connection. I can almost never do this with the latest rpg games. I wouldn't suggest this game to anyone running on much less than that, though. People with dialup connections tend to spawn so late in the pvp arenas that they're dead as soon as they appear. Overall though, I highly suggest this game. It allows to you to enjoy the game and allows character progression even if you don't have 7 hours a day to play, which you sometimes need with other mmorpgs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should call this Ridge Wars
I've played this game off and on. It's a mixed bag. At best, it has interesting and engaging PvP. At worst, the game can be rather boring and annoying. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vincent Steel
1.0 out of 5 stars Guild Wars: Good Value - No Monthly Fees = I won't try it again.
The graphics were okay, but the server problems even with a 50 Mbps connection and a Windows 8 Computer made it a horrible experience.
Published 8 months ago by Regis
1.0 out of 5 stars I would love it, no code!
WHY play this when you cannot read the code! If you need a new doorstop, buy this game! Aggravation is paramount to TRYING to play this!
Published 14 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding game! But beware the "used" copies for sale.
Even though Guild Wars is now an older game, it's still one of the most fun! You can spend many hours playing and there is always something new to do. Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by Joshua Hatch
4.0 out of 5 stars crushed.
I'll keep this review short.

**Keep in mind, this review is for all 3 campaings (Proph, Factions, Nightfall) and the EOTN expansion**

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Published on August 16, 2011 by r Rok
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
An oldie but a goodie. Check out the other expansions if you enjoy this game and get ready for number two which should be arriving within the year.
Published on February 4, 2011 by arulfo
4.0 out of 5 stars Guild Wars Free2Play
This is a very good game.Players are very helpful and friendly. If you like questing by yourself then you should like this game. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Redline
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bridge into an MMO
If you are a Blizzard fan, you'll love this game. Take Diablo I or II, step up the graphics, the platform, and the overall coolness, and you get Guild Wars.
Published on September 23, 2010 by horseandahalf
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Game!
Honestly, this game is so much better than WOW or most other MMOs out there. Plus, it's free to play online! You really can't go wrong with this game. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Zephan Sturgill
3.0 out of 5 stars My Review
- No pay per month
- Good music
- Enjoyable atmosphere
- Lots of strategy. There are many abilities, but you can only use 8 at a time. Read more
Published on January 22, 2010 by David Anderson
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