A few years ago, I joined Guild Wars 2, and it rapidly became one of my go-to games. It had action, it had adventure, it had… one serious flaw. When I started up a human female Elementalist, I was given an outfit that I consider inappropriate. That is, I’m a married woman, and I want my armor […]
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.
David Brevik, president and COO of Gazillion Entertainment, known best for the creation of Diablo and Diablo II, has been a Marvel fan his entire life. So when he had the opportunity to create the MMO, Marvel Heroes, he leapt on it faster than a speeding mixed metaphor.
It seems like only yesterday that Cyd Sherman, a.k.a. Codex, was fired by her therapist for not setting limits on the time she spent in her MMO. Now look at her. She’s as charmingly neurotic as ever, only this time she has a job for the very same MMO. And that’s the set-up for season 6 of The Guild, the show that made Felicia Day a small-screen star.
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.
If you want a jaw-droppingly gorgeous MMO, look no further than Guild Wars 2 (GW2), ArenaNet’s newest creation. The beauty of the world of Tyria is even apparent during combat, where effects include illusions that dissolve into a swirl of butterflies and a field effect that resembles opaque circles of puzzle pieces. Emerging from a lake beads your monitor with droplets of water. The capital cities of the five playable races are visual tour-de-force, especially the human Divinity’s Reach, which makes Minas Tirith look like a hill fort. And the landscapes, oh the landscapes. GW2 is simply lovely to look at.
World of Warcraft (WoW) players are sick to death of reading reviews that ask, “Is this game a WoW-killer?” WoW player Marco Lemos doesn’t want any game to kill WoW, his go-to MMO for the past six years. But Lemos said, “I wants a game to challenge WoW, because competition is healthy and will make Blizzard innovate. I love WoW, but it’s been very complacent for the last nine months.” I asked him to play Guild Wars 2 (GW2) during the Headstart Weekend with me, to see what he thinks of the newest entry into the MMO genre.
Guild Wars 2 (GW2), ArenaNet’s upcoming MMO, is a game that promises fun, pretty, and most of all, exciting gameplay without a single panda to be found. And it will be launching August 25, 2012, a few hours from now, for those who have pre-purchased the game, while other players can jump in on August 28.