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MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 08/28/12)  | Pub:NCSoft
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Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to ArenaNet’s flagship title, Guild Wars.  GW2 aims to fix a lot of what’s “wrong” in the MMO world. With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is far more epic in scope than the original… while still retaining the F2P business model.  The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer.  On top of it all, there are also several unique forms of PvP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another.  ArenaNet hopes there is something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.


  • Dynamic Events | Aimed at making questing more interesting than killing ten rats, Dynamic Events are area-wide quests that scale based on the amount of people participating and can set in motion a chain reaction that spans an entire zone.  Players will always have something new and exciting to do when they log in, from stopping a band of invading centaurs, to hunting down a massive ice wyrm with the Norns.
  • Unique Combat Mechanics | Each profession has both weapons and spells to use, and each weapon has its own skills as well.  Players will be able to blend their skills to create powerful interactions (fire arrows throw a wall of fire to create flaming arrows), and every class is capable of being a healer, ensuring that you’re never waiting around for a “priest” to complete content.
  • Personal Story | At character creation, players will set up their personal biography for their hero, which will inform their entire story throughout the scope of GW2, maximizing replay value and ensuring that your character feels like a character, and not just an avatar with shiny armor.
  • WvWvW PVP | A part of the Endgame, we don’t know much about WvWvW PVP yet, other than the fact that it will allow hundreds of players from three different servers to compete against one another in a massive battle with siege weapons and destructible environments for some pretty extreme server-wide bonuses that are bestowed upon the winner.
  • Free to Play | Guild Wars 2 will continue the tradition of its forebear by being completely free beyond the retail purchase of the game.  There will be an Item Shop in the game, but ArenaNet insists that it will only be for cosmetic and convenience items, never for anything that would give one player a competitive edge.


  • Warrior | Your sword and board master, the Warrior prefers to be in the thick of battle.
  • Ranger | The ranged specialist capable of splitting an ant in two from three hundred yards away.
  • Necromancer | Master of the undead and dark arts, you do not want to tick the Necromancer off.
  • Elementalist | The magical architect of fire, air, earth, and water.  Basically, a raging pyro with a few other tricks as well.  But come on… fire.
  • Guardian | This profession is hell-bent on protecting his mates, and he does it through causing pain to his enemies as well as warding his allies.
  • Thief | Fancy yourself a spry little pickpocket? Or do you just want to get all stabby on someone? This may be the class for you.
  • Engineer | Guns, traps, bombs… more guns. The engineer is all about the mechanics (literally) of battle.
  • Mesmer | A fan favorite, the Mesmer’s skills involve the manipulation and destruction of its enemies’ minds.  He will make you think you’re on fire while you fight mirror images of him and watch him teleport across the battlefield in the blink of an eye.


  • Asura | Little, genius, and damned cute, the Asura are technological marvels with an passion for technology.
  • Charr | Primal, tribal, and obsessed with warring as a part of their main existence, the Charr are new allies to the people of Tyria… but ferocious ones at that.
  • Norn | These massive 9-foot tall Northerners value the spirits of nature more than anything else.
  • Sylvari | The Sylvari are a young botanical plant-like race, whose inquisitive nature has brought them to the forefront of the conflict in Tyria.
  • Human | The most widespread and influential race in Tyria, the Humans must work with all of the other races to ensure the safety and survival of Tyria.

ESL Guild Wars 2 is officially shutting down Posted by Aeander on April 24, 2017 @ 6:39PM
GW 2 Why the hype Posted by Aeander on April 23, 2017 @ 10:41AM
The PVP in this game is horrid Posted by YashaX on April 17, 2017 @ 8:35PM
New Player With Questions. Posted by mira.vonu on March 26, 2017 @ 11:23AM
Old player thinking of comming back Posted by alkarionlog on March 7, 2017 @ 1:47PM
Is this the highlight of the MMO genre? Posted by Hariken on March 5, 2017 @ 12:02PM
Interesting glitch from 2012 Posted by Dakeru on March 5, 2017 @ 5:24AM
Is GW2 the most immersive MMO out in terms of the world? Posted by Siug on February 27, 2017 @ 3:23AM
Next expansion? Posted by Connmacart on February 25, 2017 @ 4:24AM
Guild Wars 2 - How to pick your class Posted by xyzercrime on February 9, 2017 @ 10:03AM

Legendary Armor Coming for Raiders with Flashpoint

Legendary Armor Coming for Raiders with Flashpoint - Guild Wars 2 News

When Guild Wars 2 Flashpoint, the next chapter in the Living Story, launches on May 2nd, raiders will be able to score some unique Legendary armor. These special pieces will have a unique look and animation and come complete with rune slots.

Posted Apr 26, 2017 by Suzie Ford

Flashpoint to Release on May 2nd, Season 3 Nearing Its End

Flashpoint to Release on May 2nd, Season 3 Nearing Its End - Guild Wars 2 News

ArenaNet has sent word that the next episode in the ongoing Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 3 story will be released on May 2nd. Called Flashpoint, it is the second-to-last chapter in Season 3 and sees Tyria descend into war on two fronts. The paths of the powerful Elder Dragons and the mursaat Lazarus will converge. Developers promise shocking secrets and a threat like none seen before.

Posted Apr 25, 2017 by Suzie Ford

Festival Content and Giveaway Winners!

Festival Content and Giveaway Winners! - Guild Wars 2 News

Festival content in Guild Wars 2 has always been content that sees a great deal of play, with lots of players returning or upping their hours when some of their favorite content comes rolling in to town. Events like Halloween, with the Mad King's Labyrinth, or Wintersday and the Winter Wonderland, and of course the Super Adventure Festival, have been huge and iconic parts of the game.

Posted Apr 19, 2017 by Suzie Ford

Heart of Thorns OST Shines in Live Classical Concert

Heart of Thorns OST Shines in Live Classical Concert - Guild Wars 2 News

The Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed a classical concert prominently featuring compositions from Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. The performers are all part of a professional training orchestra designed to give aspiring high school musicians a taste of concert life.

Posted Apr 13, 2017 by Suzie Ford

Paying Homage to World vs World with a Gem Giveaway!

Paying Homage to World vs World with a Gem Giveaway! - Guild Wars 2 News

World versus World is. For thousands of players, the crown jewel of Guild Wars 2, and is something that has drawn diehard fans from across the world together in a unique experience. Players gather in their thousands across their worlds to compete and celebrate game that glorifies strategy, combat and community. There is room for improvement, and nothing is perfect, but today is about taking a break from criticism and frustration.

Posted Apr 10, 2017 by Suzie Ford
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