When Guild Wars 2 (GW2) came out, I jumped into it enthusiastically and played for several weeks. But life happens, as it does, and I could only venture into Tyria intermittently. When I did play, I noticed some changes, but I never spent much time examining them. So recently I returned to explore the wealth of new material. What I found was multiple forms of currency, dungeons with their own armor, and ascended items that took multiple, time-consuming tasks to build. And I walked away with the question: Is too much of a good thing still too much?
Guild Wars 2 (GW2) has had some wonderful successes since it’s launch in August 28, 2012. It won Time magazine’s Game of the Year, multiple Best MMO awards, and—obvious to those who have played it—awards for its lovely art direction. Now GW2 can add another feat onto the pile: ArenaNet has sold 3 million copies of their subscription-free game.
If you’ve ever been in an MMO where you’ve died under siege while your friends laughed at you, it’s either part of the fun or you need a better class of friends. Here’s your chance to have both: If you’ve created a Guild Wars 2 (GW2) account before November 6, you can invite up to three friends to join you for free, from November 15 through November 18.
ArenaNet recently announced that Guild Wars 2 (GW2) will launch “a massive one-time world event” on November 16th, which they’ve named “The Lost Shores.” The event will consist of several phases that unlock in turn, similar to the only just completed Halloween special event, “Shadow of the Mad King.” If it’s anything like the Halloween event, November 16 should be a date in every Guild Warrior’s diary.
World of Warcraft (WoW) is the standard by which other MMOs are judged. But as it happens, I only just started playing MMOs, and I chose Guild Wars 2 (GW2) as my entrée. But WoW’s latest expansion, The Mists of Pandaria (Pandaria), was released today. With the help of Warcraft aficionado, Marco Lemos (who helped me with my article, “A ‘World of Warcraft’ Player Reviews ‘Guild Wars 2′”), I spent some time giving the Pandaria beta a whirl, to see how it compares to my standard, GW2.
Exploring the world of Tyria isn’t all there is to Guild Wars 2 (GW2)—far from it. In fact, you haven’t played the entire game even if you’ve visited every point on the map. That’s because player vs. player combat, as well as its bigger, angrier cousin, world vs. world combat, is an important part of the game. Also, it’s fun as hell, and I had more fun than I had ever thought I would have.
I’m enjoying Guild Wars 2 (GW2) for its gorgeous graphics and its non-stop adventure. But playing GW2 has resulted in a strange side effect: It’s making me hungry. That’s because whenever I use the discovery tab to find new recipes, I think, “Mmm…tasty.”
To celebrate the fact that Guild Wars 2 (GW2) is back on sale, ArenaNet has released a video to welcome new players to the world of Tyria. Unfortunately, the only world that this video has welcomed me to is a dystopia.
Remember how I said that a copy of Guild Wars 2 (GW2) could be yours for $59.99? Actually, I kinda fibbed. You could only play ArenaNet’s MMO if you had pre-purchased a copy or had bought one shortly after its launch. A mere two days later, ArenaNet closed the gates of their digital domain. Now once again Tyria has re-opened its gates.