Summary: Parents need to know that combat is an integral part of this massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), and players will attack and kill computer and human-controlled opponents with swords and other medieval weaponry. There is no blood. Parents also should be aware that costumes can be mildly racy and players can take off their character's clothes down to their underwear. Like all MMOGs, Guild Wars is an online game with online communication can be unpredictable.
Excerpt: Cid and his pet chocobo, named Chocobo, are pilfering a tower in a desert when they get blasted into the sky and land in the town of Lostime in which a sporadically ringing clock tower deletes the inhabitants' memories to the point that they might not even recall their own names. Soon thereafter, a levitating, glowing, talking, baby humanoid in an egg crashes into the center of the town, and Chocobo gains the ability to teleport into people's minds in order to regain...
Excerpt: MMORPGs, for various reasons, can prove themselves extremely difficult to review. Firstly, much of such games' enjoyability is dependant upon the community of players it attracts; secondly, garnering enough experience of such vast worlds to pass judgement upon them necessitates a great deal of time investment; and thirdly, each is usually so similar to its peers that it can be difficult to draw significant distinction.
Excerpt: Lately we've seen allot of MMORPG-s hitting the market, in the franchise caused by World of Warcraft. Many of those games went completely unnoticed, or have even been shut down (as we've seen with The Matrix Online and Asheron's Call 2). Guild Wars is not one of them. What the crew at Arenanet has to offer was fresh, and not just "another game in the line", but something quite different... read on, you'll find out what.
Excerpt: Guild Wars is an MMORPG set in a fantasy universe. I know, I know, it seems like there is a new one of these games launched every other week, but Guild Wars is actually different. First off, it’s free. Well, not free to purchase, but once you’ve paid to bring it home it’s free of monthly fees. You can play for hours every day or play once a week and the cost is still the same to you – nothing.
Excerpt: Guild Wars is an interesting approach to an MMORPG. Unlike other MMORPGs, Guild Wars gives you the ability to travel with other players to complete quests, or the ability to complete quests in a solo fashion, with or without the help of non playable characters. The main cities and social areas are the areas that are populated with visible online players. These areas are broken down into districts, to make it easier to find players of similar speaking languages.
Excerpt: Guild Wars has its moments. The developers have carved away at the inane fluff that has become synonymous with the term “MMO”, allowing the simple, speedy gameplay to shine through unimpeded. It doesn’t hurt that the title sports an amazing graphics engine, one capable of looking excellent on even lower-end PCs.
Conclusion: satisfaction is difficult to beat. You and your party really feel good about the win, and happily pat each other on the back. Usually such strong sentiments of “Yay us!” can only be found when tackling notoriously strong end game bosses in an MMORPG, but just from the way that Guild Wars sends wave after wave of enemies at players it’s quite possible to feel this good right from level one to the game’s level cap at twenty.
Excerpt: It seems every now and then I'm drawn into something new, something that I am very thankful that I had a chance to play. Guild Wars is one of those games. Unlike most online role-playing games, Guild Wars tries to do something new and is very successful. On a side note, I consider myself very cheap (I'm that guy who stocks up on McDonald's ketchup for the next three years when he orders a milkshake).