BackgroundGuild 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.
GameplayGameplay starts with the creation of a highly-customizable character. After choosing a gender, the player chooses a primary and secondary class from Warrior, Ranger, Monk, Necromancer, Mesmer, and Elementalist. Warriors are the typical gurus of melee combat, Rangers are agile archers from the wilderness, Monks use prayer to protect and heal companions, Necromancers are masters of black magic, Mesmers use "denial magic" to manipulate enemies and the environment, and Elementalists draw magical power from the elements. Hair style, hair color, face, skin color, and body scale can also be customized, and during the course of the game, dyes can be acquired which allow players to paint clothes and armor, enabling color coordination within player groups, or guilds. There is a pool of about 400 skills available, with each profession having a characteristic subset. The way these skills are implemented in combat is one aspect of Guild Wars that makes it so unique.
Skill-based combat in Guild Wars is reminiscent of Magic: the Gathering. Skills are earned throughout the game by completing various quests or acquiring skill gems dropped by monsters. Before entering into a duel or embarking on a mission, players must choose eight skills from their skill bank, and only these eight skills will be available during subsequent combat. This system forces players to contemplate strategy before entering battle, and also gives less-experienced players a chance of defeating veteran players in duels. This adds ample complexity to battle, and allows each profession to be played in a number of ways, depending on which skill subsets are utilized
- Join in cooperative quests or unite in head-to-head guild battles.
- Develop a unique character who can explore multiple professions and choose from hundreds of unique skills.
- Enjoy fully-integrated support for guilds, including worldwide tournaments and ladders, guildhalls, special character identification and forums directly built into the game.
- Experience a changing world, where the entire landscape can be altered as you explore and conquer.
- Play in a secure server-hosted game environment that prevents cheating; ArenaNet's technology allows quick and seamless resolution of exploits.
Hardware RequirementsWindows XP/2000/ME/98
Intel Pentium III 800 Mhz or equivalent
256 MB RAM
2 GB Available HDD Space
ATI Radeon 8500 or GeForce 3 or 4 MX Series Video Card with 32MB of VRAM
16-bit Sound Card
Keyboard and mouse
Recommended System Requirements:
Intel Pentium III 1GHz or equivalent
512 MB RAM
2 GB Available HDD Space
ATI Radeon 9000 or GeForce 4 Ti Series Video Card with 64MB of VRAM
16-bit Sound Card
Keyboard and mouse
Official URLOfficial Site
According to ArenaNet, less than 0.05% of the Guild Wars population is stuck on Windows ME or older; but if... posted Mar 16, 12 1:58pm
Sometimes, I wake up and log onto Neoseeker, and I realize I have this blog that I hardly update. Then again, I did start this thing with a warning about my terrible blogging skills. For anyone who really wants to keep up with my shit, my Twitter account gets way more love. No, I'm not going to link it directly here, but I will point you toward the Twitter Neo Directory tekmosis dropped in Loungin'. If you have a Twitter account, do consider adding it to the list. Or better yet, don't bother considering and just do it.
Rest assured I am still quite alive and dealing with my long-term thyroid disorder (as brought up in a previous post). Lately, I've contributed less in terms of frontpage content because of a virus. No, can't get much more specific than that; my doctor isn't sure if it's a really bad cold or a mild flu. Factor in that period (Hah!) each woman goes through each month, and the human body really is just a drippy, drippy mess.
Haven't been doing much in terms of fun, either. While I have been inching my way through the Section 8: Prejudice review, headaches make shooters a little tough to handle. Tried logging onto Rift and running dungeons with the guild, only to lose my voice and develop a fever before we could finish Realm of the Fae. Pretty sure those pugs thought I was the most incompetent healer ever. Wasn't my fault, I swear!
And yes, there is Portal 2, which I have not picked up because I am supposed to be reviewing it for our site. Unfortunately, PR is not being forthcoming in that department, and I take some small comfort in knowing that even bigger media sites like Destructoid have found themselves without a copy to review (according to my co-worker chautemoc). Then again, this is hardly unusual; often reviews are given early only to a very select few, and I'm sure you can guess who those are. Oh yeah, I'm a little bitter about it.
VeGiTAX2 is hard at work punching PR personnel (not literally) and coming up with crap for giveaways, which directly benefits you guys, by the way. I believe the latest giveaway is the upcoming Black Ops map pack, Escalation.
There's the URL. Can't miss it. No excuses. Unless you don't own an Xbox 360.
As for the aforementioned Rift, our review went up last week. I wrote it, and yet I'm not sure exactly when I put it up. I blame the many days of fevers and such. Either way, it's a good MMO, and this is coming from someone who thought she was sick of MMOs in general. Score is 8 out of 10.
I logged into Guild Wars recently, too, just to check out the damage dealt by whichever gold seller hacked it back in January. NCsoft customer service lived up to its reputation as being overall crap, though I was courteous to them and received the same graciousness in return. Items and such taken from me cannot be restored, but I guess that's the price we pay for not having to fork over subscription fees. Fortunately, no characters were deleted, just their armor. I suspect the gold seller salvaged my gear and numerous shields for the rules I had attached to them.
Admittedly, the hacking burned me just a tad, and my eagerness to play Guild Wars 2 has suffered slightly. After all, having a game account hacked is only a step above burglary, and you are left feeling somewhat violated and disheartened. Only slightly, though. I only hope NCsoft beefs up security once the sequel is out, because from what I've read, they suffer quite a few issues in that department.
My personal life has also gotten rather tumultuous since 2011 began, but I would rather keep those as they are: private. My dog is the only exception to that rule, and she remains a source of great entertainment.
The image I've stuck to this blog post and my new blog background are indeed from Rift, and if you'd like to see more screenshots, head over to my Neo gallery.
pc xbox 360 musingsthoughts gaming guild wars rift neoseeker
Trailers can be cool to watch, and occasionally, we learn a thing or two about some new game. The latest Guild... posted Jan 07, 11 2:22am
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer RPG (PC)
- Theme(s): Fantasy
- Perspective(s): Third Person
- Developer: ArenaNet
- Publisher: NC Soft
Released North America Feb 7, 2005
- Player Info:
- Online Multi-player (64)