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CORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 04/26/05)  | Pub:NCSoft
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:$18.65 | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:Free
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Guild Wars

Guild Wars: Prophecies, the first game developed by ArenaNet, is the original game in the Guild Wars series. Released in 2005, the game is an instanced MMOG and is free to play without any restrictions with the purchase of the retail box. Since the original release, ArenaNet has release two stand alone 'campaigns' and one expansion: Factions (2006), Nightfall (2006) and Eye of the North (2007).


Guild Wars features cooperative PvE and competitive PvP components, both hosted by ArenaNet. The game depicts the history of the fictional fantasy world of Tyria. Players can group with other players and non-player characters, known as (hired) henchmen or (earned) heroes. PvP combat is consensual, team based, and limited to areas designed for such combat.


FEATURES

  • Professions | Ten total from all campaigns: Warrior, Ranger, Monk, Elementalist, Mesmer, Necromancer, Ritualist, Assassin, Dervish, and Paragon.
  • Skill Types | 13 total: Attack, Chant, Echo, Form, Glyph, Pet Attack, Preparation, Ritual, Shout, Signet, Spell, Stance, and Trap.
  • International Districts | GW hosts in game international districts, where players in different real world countries may meet in game and group together.
  • Specialized Combat | Players may set up to 8 skills to use in combat, and may change those skills while in towns to better prepare for the next combat.
  • PvP | 5 modes available: Arena, Guild Challenges, Tournament Play, Alliance Battles, and Hero vs. Hero Battles.

A Tenth Anniversary Retrospective

The Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a look back at the original Guild Wars and its decade of existence. Penned by former Guild Wars Community Manager Gaile Gray (now Forum Communications Team Lead), the article goes into depth about the founding of ArenaNet, the development and subsequent launch of Guild Wars and the later work on Guild Wars 2.

Posted Apr 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford
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Development Ceases, Automation to Kick In

ArenaNet has announced that after eight years, active development on its flagship title, Guild Wars, has officially ended. From here on out, the Automated Tournament System will kick in, as well as an automated map rotation system.

Posted May 17, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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Wayback Wednesday Tours Tyria

In this week's Wayback Wednesday, Grakulen takes a tour around Guild Wars in preparation for this week's launch of Guild Wars 2. See how things are faring in Tyria and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Posted Aug 22, 2012 by Suzie Ford
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Miku's Tale - Winds of Change Pt. 3

The Arena.Net team has announced that tomorrow will mark the release of Miku's Tale: Winds of Change Part 3. The ongoing story and content bridges the gap between the events of Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. The last installment of the update will feature nine new quests, new rewards and hidden scenes that will add even more to the story.

Posted Feb 08, 2012 by Suzie Ford
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Wintersday Costume Code Giveaway!

We love the holidays here at MMORPG.com! Lots of stuff to give away! In celebration of the Wintersday festivities, we've partnered up with NCSoft to give away 10 costume codes for Guild Wars' Tyrian gods Lyssa and Kormir.

Posted Dec 16, 2011 by Michael Bitton
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Wintersday 2011 Arrives

Guild Wars players will want to head into the game to check out this year's version of the annual Wintersday celebration. As in the past, there are special events to be found in the major social hubs including snowball tournaments, expeditions into the Secret Lair of the Snowmen, PvP snowball fights and costume gear.

Posted Dec 16, 2011 by Suzie Ford
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Eye of the North Review

Eye of the North was released four years ago and was the final expansion for Guild Wars. In our latest review, MMORPG.com's Som Pourfarzaneh checks out Eye of the North and offers his thoughts on how it holds up after four years. Read on and then offer your thoughts in the comments.

Posted Nov 10, 2011 by Suzie Ford
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The Complete Collection Giveaway!

Hot on the heels of our Guild Wars 2 Charr Plushie giveaway, NCsoft and MMORPG.com have partnered up to give away 20 digital copies of Guild Wars: The Complete Collection.

Posted Sep 30, 2011 by Michael Bitton
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Winds of Change Update Now Live

Winds of Change, the second chapter of the Guild Wars Beyond trilogy is now live. The Guild Wars Beyond trilogy is the largest free content update to Guild Wars yet, and this latest chapter adds 11 new quests, 5 new respawn zones, as well as several additional hidden scenes. This is in addition to the previous 17 new quests added to the game with the first installment of the Beyond trilogy.

Posted Sep 29, 2011 by Michael Bitton
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Feast Your Eyes - Our First Ever Video Review

In our latest "first ever" feature, MMORPG.com presents a video review of the Guild Wars Trilogy. The trilogy of games includes the original Guild Wars as well as Factions, Nightfall and the final installment of Eye of the North. MMORPG.com's Mobin Koohestani takes viewers on visual tour of Guild Wars while simultaneously giving them something to think about in the form of his review. Check it out!

Posted Aug 23, 2011 by Suzie Ford
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