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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.

24, 28 & 32 bags and how to get them Posted by GameolioDan on May 13, 2018 @ 6:56AM
How big is GW 2 currently? (Gamefile size) Posted by Vrika on April 29, 2018 @ 4:07PM
So apparently ANET is being extremely shady Posted by Ungood on April 21, 2018 @ 10:32PM
What am i missing here Posted by Darksworm on April 7, 2018 @ 3:31PM
Support tickets? Posted by Marcus- on March 25, 2018 @ 7:55AM
Discord fails Posted by WoeToTheVanquished on March 4, 2018 @ 7:00PM

Community Counts

Community Counts - Guild Wars 2 News

I can safely say after spending more time in the land of Tyria, I found myself having more and more of an enjoyable experience with Guild Wars 2. Although it is for different reasons than I thought it would be and that's not a bad thing at all. In my all time playing MMORPGs I mainly looking for a couple of things,: one of those things that play probably the most important part to me is : Community.

Posted May 25, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Is It Time to Kill the Commander?

Is It Time to Kill the Commander? - Guild Wars 2 News

There's a theme that, if you look for it, you'll find threaded throughout Guild Wars 2. From the moment you push back centaurs at Shaemoor to the first steps on Orr and beyond. Guild Wars 2 takes player on epic adventures. Since August 2012, I've saved villagers, Slain Scarlet, put down Mordremoth, and faced off against Gods. I've survived magical uprisings, the destruction of Lion's Arch, sinister plots, and I mentioned the time Lion's Arch was destroyed, right?

Posted May 18, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Diving Into Underwater Combat Changes

Diving Into Underwater Combat Changes  - Guild Wars 2 News

My feelings about underwater combat in Guild Wars 2 could always be summed up in a simple statement: It's the best underwater combat I've ever experienced in any MMO, but it is still terrible. There's a ton of variables which come into play underwater. After all you are literally surrounded by water and the developers must translate the feeling of moving, and fighting, through water well without making the experience feel unbearable. There's really a narrow margin for success.

Posted May 11, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Underwater Combat Retooled with Good Reason Too

Underwater Combat Retooled with Good Reason Too - Guild Wars 2 News

The Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a brief look at forthcoming changes to underwater combat. Originally designed to be "realistic and where fighting was slower", the team determined that some of those foundations needed to go and were ready to "rebuild something better".

Posted May 08, 2018 by Suzie Ford

How Heart of Thorns Failed & Path of Fire Succeeded

How Heart of Thorns Failed & Path of Fire Succeeded - Guild Wars 2 News

In Guild Wars 2, we have had two expansions released with accompanying living world content. While opinions may differ on whether Heart of Thorns satiated the player base that clamored for more content, I'm here to make the argument that the content in the jungles of Maguuma made some substantial missteps that were eventually made right by release of the Path of Fire expansion.

Posted May 04, 2018 by Suzie Ford
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