It’s visually stunning, flashy and action packed right from the beginning of the game. Yes, ArenaNet is back with its second installment of the 2005 mega hit massive multiplayer online game Guild Wars titled – GuildWars 2. So, let’s check out what the game has to offer.
ArenaNet has come out with an epic storyline with Guildwars 2. The story picks up after 25o years from the episodes of Guidwars in the fantasy world of Tyria. Zhaitan, the immortal-subterranean dragon has risen, resulting in the spread of chaos and massacre in the world of Tyria. It’s now in the hands of the five races of Tyria, who are under their own disputes to forget every of their differences and reunite as one to encounter Zhaitan and restore peace to their homeland.
The game play:
Game play is one of the best features of Guildwars2. It is lengthy to the core (I’m pretty sure that it’s going to take at least 2 or 3 other posts to write a complete review of the game). However, we will try to accommodate whatever we have come across so far, in this review. So, the game play – the game allows the player to choose his or her character class prior to the game beginning. The selected character will have its own set of skills, weaponry and beginning points in the game. The story then slowly unfolds and progresses depending up on how well you play.
The game makes sure that everyone has an active participation in it. Killing smaller creatures will only fetch you lesser experience points and if you want some highly rewarding scores in your stats, you need to battle it out in the quests or events mode.
Quest mode pops-up frequently and asks you to carry out special things. These are more sort of secondary objectives in the game, which you may choose to play it or leave it. They end soon and keep monotony at bay. The real fun comes with the events mode, which shoots up frequently in every zone you play and doesn’t require you to manage the quest log. You can just hop-in and start fighting at any stage, regardless of the skills and your levels and your contribution will be taken into the game’s account. Also, the variety of tasks the storyline asks you to carry out is just amazing. It can get as serious as preventing the occurrence of a catastrophic event or as funny as protecting a scientist from beast, so that he can complete his science experiment. Overall, a gripping action and a non-stop fun!
However, the personal storyline of each character fails to create an impact as its other game play features. Almost, every character is the same with fantasized artifacts and skills. Everyone has a similar concept to tell. But, one thing that saves this feature from losing hope is the personal quest mode. With loads of goals to accomplish in personal quest mode, the game manages to recover soon from this flaw.
One of the interesting combating features of Guildwars 2 is the absence of a dedicated specialist. Every character is trained or skilled to do everything such as healing, fighting, summoning and defending. Developers have tried to infuse the characters and their weapons with their own set of skills, which makes combat in this game stand apart. For instance, when a player uses mace as the guardian’s primary weapon, he will be able to perform three different types of mace attacks. And, the secondary weapons can be filled with any other weapons of the player’s choice. This means that, the primary attacks for the primary weapon will be the same with changes in combo attacks depending up on the weapons possessed. There are also present in the game several un-lockable features like healing powers, utilities and elite skills that require culmination of experience points. Overall, the combat that the game uses is stunning. As you progress, your intention will eventually turn towards gaining guardian skills and points. A well crafted action game play feature!
The Bottom line:
So far, the game has been exciting. The group dungeon level is not yet accessible and I’m pretty sure it’s going to take some while. With stunning representations of worlds, deadly and tactical combat styles and an impressive storyline, the game is so far simply amazing. Though, there are miles to go before we can come out with the final verdict (because there’s still World Vs World mode, progression towards further levels, skills unlock and much more), as for now all we can say is that this is a great game and will hardly allow you to move away from the screen. Go for it, if you want some super-cool MMO experience.
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