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Guild Wars Prophecies - The beginning of one of the most popular MMO's
Guild Wars Prophecies (PC)
Member Name: djohalo2
Guild Wars Prophecies (PC)
Advantages: Great story, fantastic gameplay, stunning graphics
Disadvantages: limited to level 20
The Guild Wars series started with this game called Guild Wars - Prophecies. It is published by NCsoft in 2008. Now a lot of gamers know about this game and after 3 other expansions of the first game, Guild Wars 2 is being worked on and will release somewhere this year. The game was and is a great success and it is quite competitive in its genre.
At first I want to mention the story of this game, this is really the first mmo that really has a compelling story. It adds so much to this game, instead of simply killing monsters over and over again to level yourself up, you can do missions and quests to complete the story. And belief me, that isn't always so easy. I have been playing the story quite a few times since I made some new characters, but I only made it with one character to complete the game, and then there is even a hard-core mode when you have finished the game in normal difficulty.
Basically you start in a peaceful world, in a city called ''Ascalon'' there you have to do some quests and missions and soon after the beautiful Ascalon you know, is destroyed and that whole part of the world, which is called Tyria, changed into a war zone. The humans are in a war with the merciless Charr, a violent race. Slowly you continue your story further in the land of Tyria and you meet different new characters which you can use in your party.
The gameplay is basically walking with WASD or the mouse to point and click where you want to go. You meet other online people only in towns or cities, because whenever you go outside for quests or to fight monsters, you go through a portal. When you enter the portal you get this loading screen and you'll be away from the rest of the players. I do think this is one of Guild Wars weaker sides, since I like to meet people in the battlefield to. You are able to create a party in those cities so you can go outside and do quests/missions together. Though this is a limited party, however it all depends on the area you are situated at that moment. If you can't find any players or you want to play it solo, then you can bring the so called ''henchman'' with you. Those are found in each town, some with more or different henchman than others, but that again depends on the place you are. At the beginning it is more or less impossible without help, because it is simply not meant to play it on your own.
Also in Guild Wars you can find several items, mostly in Hard-core Mode you will find the ''colored titled'' weapons which indicate the strength and how rare it is. You can put those in your storage for other characters, since you have one storage for all your characters on your account. You can also try to trade the weapons with other players or just use them yourself. Although the weapons do not require a minimum level, instead they require a certain amount of attribute points in one of the four specialities of your character, so in other words you do need some kind of level. The maximum level is 20 and is fairly quick reached when you do the quests and missions, basically fighting monsters doesn't do the job for you. I would have liked it more if the game had a higher level cap, but your story had only just started when you reached level 20, so no further problems with that.
The combat is also quite good. You simply attack someone by double - clicking on the person you want to attack. Your character starts to auto - attack the enemy with the weapon you equipped. On top of that you can use several skills, which you equipped on your character. There is a limit of 8 skills, including an elite skill, which is a more powerful one. Use the skills in different combinations for a better result. When you level up you can put points in the four different types of your character's specialities. Those points are called attribute points. Fortunately you can change those points whenever you want, the only requirement is that have to be in a town.
The character customization is good enough, you can choose different faces; your length; hair; colour of your clothes; a name. Your name has to exist out of two or more separate words. You can choose out of 6 different ''professions'':
The warrior is the melee or tank fighter, which we basically all know.
The Ranger is the long distance archer. In Guild Wars the ranger is able to carry a pet with him which you can get by using a certain skill on any of the animals you find in the Guild Wars world.
The monk is more or less a healer, the monk is essential in a team. Without a monk it is difficult to last long in battle.
Necromancer is the opposite of the monk, would be appropriate to say. It uses blood magic and it can summon monsters from dead bodies lying around you.
The mesmer is a sort of illusionist. It basically steals energy from you or interrupts you while casting a spell, definitely one of the most annoying characters to fight against, but great to have him with you.
The elementalist is the mage. Fire, stone, thunder or water could be trained with the elementalist. Incredible damage can be done by the Elementalist.
On top of those professions you can, when you have done some quests, start to choose your second profession. You can choose one of the other professions listed above so that you can use both skills and specialities of the two characters.
**Player versus Player**
The PvP battle is also a fantastic aspect of the game. You can even create a special PvP-only character which allows you to have an instant level 20 character so that you can fully concentrate on fighting online. You can either use the weapons from your storage or you can choose/customize special PvP items which are all available for you. Now you can join the random arena and several other PvP modes. I personally prefer the PvP battles because it is so fun to try out new builds and mess around with the skills and attributes.
The graphics are quite stunning, especially for an MMO. The graphics wouldn't be that special for normal games. But when you talk about MMO games, you will not find such graphics that often. I think Guild Wars has one of the best visual graphics and effects ever when it is about this genre. The characters are modelled really well and the body is constructed quite realistic. Furthermore, the animations are visually great. I also love the architecture of the world in Guild Wars, the style and atmosphere in the game is really magnificent. The effects of your skills are also not bad to look at. I have been playing Guild Wars on older computers and I must admit, it doesn't require the best gaming computer, though if you want to get the highest possible visual look in the game, you do need a better computer.
The game is, unlike World of Warcraft, fairly cheap. You don't have to pay a monthly subscription, you simply have to buy the game at once. After you bought it you have the game forever. There is some in - game items available for real cash, but these are mostly for the looks and not the statistics of the weapons, so it basically won't give you an unfair advantage. Every time you buy another expansion your account is upgraded with 2 more character slots. You can also download the game on any computer via their website, you only need your account to login to play the game.
All by all, Guild Wars is one of the best MMORPG's out there and should be definitely checked out by fellow players of this genre. Also I do recommend all the other expansions since it really gives you far more gameplay and possibilities, but the game is still enjoyable without them.
**Minimum required specifications**
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP
Processor: Intel® Pentium® III 800 Mhz or equivalent
RAM: 256 MB RAM
HDD: 3.6 GB Available HDD Space
Graphics: ATI® Radeon® 8500 or NVIDIA® GeForce® 3 or 4 MX Series Video Card with 32MB of VRAM
Summary: The perfect MMORPG