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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.

Do you still play GW2? If so how often? Posted by Theocritus on September 9, 2018 @ 12:13AM
2018 Poll: Which Guild Hall is your favourite? Posted by WavieDavie on September 7, 2018 @ 7:15AM
Returning to GW2, new to POF Posted by Torval on September 3, 2018 @ 11:47AM
So what can you do now in GW2? Posted by Jacobin on August 26, 2018 @ 3:29PM
Exchange my SWTOR credits for your Gold in GW2 Posted by Grunty on July 21, 2018 @ 1:43PM
Guild Wars 2 Money Posted by Asch126 on July 16, 2018 @ 2:07PM
Dig that hole, Jessica Price! Posted by Gutlard on July 12, 2018 @ 1:45PM
What am i missing here Posted by Chimborazo on July 3, 2018 @ 1:27PM
Let's See Those Screenshots! Posted by GameolioDan on June 24, 2018 @ 5:48AM

Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 4, A Star to Guide Us, Launches

Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 4, A Star to Guide Us, Launches - Guild Wars 2 News

ArenaNet has announced that Guild Wars 2 has been updated to bring Living World Season 4 - A Star to Guide Us online. New content includes Sun's Refuge, "a personal instance that players will build and upgrade throughout their adventure to unlock new collections, NPCs, lore and an upgradeable armor set". In addition, players can check out the Jahai Bluffs map, the Xiuquatl legendary scepter and the Mythwright Gambit raid.

Posted Sep 18, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Guild Wars 2: Episode 4 Preview

Guild Wars 2: Episode 4 Preview - Guild Wars 2 News

Late last week I was treated to a preview of the newest living story episode and the features coming along with it, including Sun's Refuge and the new legendary weapon Xiuquatl. So, let's take a deep dive into these aspects and get a taste of what's waiting for you in this new update. Also, for the story stuff later in this article I have stayed away from revealing any major story spoilers for this episode, so as long as you are caught up on the current season you should be safe from spoilers.

Posted Sep 18, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Arby's Makes a Meat Rytlock in New Guild Wars 2 #MakeMySandwich Challenge

Arby's Makes a Meat Rytlock in New Guild Wars 2 #MakeMySandwich Challenge - Guild Wars 2 News

Everyone wants Arby's attention on Twitter these days, including, it seems, Guild Wars 2 and ArenaNet. The company challenged Arby's to "make me a sandwich that looks like Rytlock", though once the final product was shown, ANet was told they'd have to "order Sohothin as an extra side".

Posted Sep 13, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 4 Episode 4 Trailer - A Star to Guide Us

Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 4 Episode 4 Trailer - A Star to Guide Us - Guild Wars 2 News

ArenaNet has announced that the next update to the Living World story in Guild Wars 2 will be launching on September 18th. Players will find a new map, a new raid, a new "upgradeable armor set", the Sun's Refuge personal character instance and a new legendary weapon when A Star to Guide Us.

Posted Sep 12, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Guild Wars 2: It's Not All Perfect...

Guild Wars 2: It's Not All Perfect... - Guild Wars 2 News

I try to remind myself that no game is perfect. It sucks, I know it does. We try to find the perfect match; the perfect game and it all comes up short in the end. So, we try to find the game that has the least number of flaws and so far, Guild Wars 2 has the least number of flaws so far. I must throw that "so far" in there because I still feel that I haven't even scratched the surface of the game.

Posted Sep 08, 2018 by Suzie Ford
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