Guild Wars 2, sequel to the award winning Guild Wars, has been released today. Published by NCsoft, Guild Wars 2 was in production for many long years. The first title in the series, Guild Wars, was released in 2005 and was closely followed with three separate expansion packs and garnered many awards. Guild Wars 2 aims be just as magnificent as its predecessor.
This fantasy MMORPG – that is, Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game – is one of the best of the genre, forging new ground in the world of MMO gaming. Instead of purchasing the game and paying a monthly subscription in order to play the full game, Guild Wars 2 only requires players to purchase the full retail version of the game. There is also no free to play option for Guild Wars 2. Players only have to purchase the game and can play online with friends and fellow gamers for as many months or years as they’d like.
Players can create their own characters, controlling their biography and able to manipulate their appearance. There are a total of five races to choose from and a eight separate professions to chose from. The story takes place in the fantasy world of Tyria. Each characters story is unique. How a character reacts to events and chooses to complete quests and other tasks changes the storyline, making each story different. Many of today’s video games boast similar features. However, Guild Wars 2 takes this to a truly unprecedented level. There are thousands of different tracks the storyline can follow, not having only the two or three separate and easily recognizable branches to follow.
There is also a wide range of multiplayer options for players. Small teams can be formed by players to quest together. Guilds can be formed or joined by players. There is also a large PvP section of the game. Here players can compete in teams against one another in a variety of maps in order to complete various goals. Casual and new players can join teams and play right away. More experienced players can form their own teams and create their own PvP events in the Tournament system, a new feature to Guild Wars.
Another new and very exciting feature of Guild Wars 2 is the World vs. World battles. These are massive battles on a truly epic scale. Three teams are formed. Each of these teams represents a different world, or server, and included many players. These teams compete over incredibly large maps for different goals. Battles can last for days or even weeks at a time.
Guild Wars 2 is gearing up to be another groundbreaking game from a studio that continues to surprise and astound. Guild Wars 2 can be purchased through the official Guild Wars 2 website or through local video gaming retailers.