“ Genre: Role-Playing / Publisher: NCsoft / Platform(s): Windows / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / Media: CD-ROM „
I still remember when this game first came out, all those years ago. People said it would fail and wouldn't last longer than a few months. How wrong were they?
Guild Wars proved to be a contender for the MMORPG crown at one point (before the days of World of Warcraft, of course!) and a lot of people ended up raving on about this new RPG that had no subscription fees once you bought the game. Thus being the key selling point to the games survival status - buy the game and don't pay a monthly subscription! A brave move from the ArenaNet team that published this cosy little game.
However, after buying the original game, there are a number of expansions, known as 'Campaigns', such as 'Prophecies', 'Factions', 'Nightfall' and 'Eye of the North', that have been released, which can be bought to supplement the game and to bypass the requirement of a monthly subscription that most of the other leading MMORPGs will charge you.
A lot of people who play MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and Lineage II know how addictive these types of games can be. If you are the type of person who just loves these games, but either can't afford the monthly subscriptions to keep playing, or simply don't like the idea of paying an ongoing subscription for a game after you've purchased it should consider giving Guild Wars a try - it could quite possibly be exactly what you're looking for!
Guild Wars has been tagged the 'casual gamers RPG', with its small level caps, which can be gained quite quickly and without much time invested doing so. The series also boasts quite a stylish player v player system, which a lot of the game is generally aimed towards, once your characters hit maximum level. The social aspect of Guild Wars is as the name would indicate - you join a guild and go to war! It's a good environment to mix with fellow social and casual gamers on a game which is easier to put down than the likes of World of Warcraft, which can take your life if you let it!
There's areas for competitive interaction such as Random Arena's, Team Arena's, Heroes Arenas, with the additions of Guild Battles and Alliance Battles, which should be enough to satisfy the most bloodthirsty of player killers out there.