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6:00 AM on 09.28.2012

Unboxing the four-disc Guild Wars 2 soundtrack

After showing off composer Jeremy Soule's amazing 4-disc soundtrack for Skyrim earlier this year, I thought I'd extend the same treatment to the recently released Guild Wars 2 Original Game Soundtrack. We featured a review o...

Jayson Napolitano

12:30 PM on 09.18.2012

Guild Wars 2 Mac beta client now available

Upon seeing that Guild Wars 2 was getting a Mac version, I had to rub my eyes and look again. Turns out I read it correctly the first time -- the game is available for Mac OS X (Lion and Mountain Lion) right now. It'll be pla...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 09.13.2012

Guild Wars 2 breaks over 2 million in sales in two weeks

2, 2, 2! In just two weeks, and despite a short sales halt to preserve the customer experience, MMO Guild Wars 2 has moved over two million copies.  In the first week, sales of the game played it at the top of the the li...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 09.11.2012

Laugh and/or cry at this Godawful Guild Wars 2 trailer

ArenaNet is currently being laughed at throughout the Internet for releasing one of the silliest live-action trailers ever conceived. Such things are usually bad, but you'd have to work damn hard to come up with something mo...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 09.10.2012

You can now buy Guild Wars 2 from ArenaNet again

On August 30, ArenaNet ceased its sales of Guild Wars 2 and restocking of retail inventories as a measure to "ensure that players who bought the game would continue to have the best online experience possible." We knew people...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 09.10.2012

Scammers attempting to crack Guild Wars 2 accounts

ArenaNet has revealed that scammers have a list of usernames and passwords from other websites, and are systematically trying them all on Guild Wars 2. Ah, the fun world of MMOs.  The developer puts the responsibility on...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 08.31.2012

3,000 Guild Wars 2 players banned for vendor exploit

ArenaNet has revealed that it banned 3,000 Guild Wars 2 players last night for knowingly exploiting a vendor error that saw them buying cheap gear and selling it on for economy-wrecking profit.  "The players we banned we...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 08.29.2012

The DTOID Show: Hearthfire, CoD:BLOPScopters, & Lococycle

Here's the last episode of The Destructoid Show before we all go to Seattle for PAX oh my goodness I'm so excited it's just frustrating. Guild Wars 2 is a thing that is happening all of a sudden, Bethesda's newest Skyrim DLC ...

Max Scoville



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Impressions: Guild Wars 2
by Chris Carter

I was skeptical of Guild Wars 2.

The original Guild Wars, by ArenaNet's own admission, was a Cooperative RPG (CORPG), and not an MMO. As a result, the game was heavily instanced, and even though it was a decent dungeon crawler, I felt like it didn't really do anything that hadn't been done before, ultimately leaving me to stick to Diablo II and Phantasy Star Online.

Some time into the development of Guild Wars 2, I started to hear more promising things. A true non-instanced open world. Dynamic questing. More playable races outside of humans. It's things like these that forced me to take notice of ArenaNet's latest foray into the RPG realm, and the decision of whether or not to stick with it wouldn't be easy, given my thoughts on the original.

After sinking over a hundred hours into the beta, and about that much time in the final release, I've come to a decision.

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10:15 AM on 08.28.2012

Guild Wars 2 level 80 cap reached by player before launch

Guild Wars 2 hasn't even officially launched yet, but a dedicated player in the early access game has managed to grind his way to level 80 already. French user Surfeuze is officially the first player to hit the level cei...

Jim Sterling



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Your guide to Guild Wars 2
by Aerox

With the Guild Wars 2 headstart beginning tomorrow, many of you will be playing the game for the first time. Some of you may still be on the fence about whether to purchase it or not (hint: you should). If you haven't played in any of the beta weekends, or even if you have and just didn't have much time to explore, there are a number of things about Guild Wars 2 you need to know that aren't directly apparent.

We often joke about a "right way" and a "wrong way" to play games, but it's a concept that I truly believe applies to Guild Wars 2. It may look similar to other MMOs -- you'll see a few quests, some hotbars, traditional MMO classes -- but the fundamental mechanics stray significantly from most other games in the genre.

Unfortunately, the game itself doesn't exactly hold your hand. If you try to play Guild Wars 2 like World of Warcraft or the Old Republic, looking for connect-the-dots quest chains to grind out, there's a good chance you'll find yourself confused, frustrated, and wondering what the big deal is.

Don't worry, I'm here to help.

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12:00 PM on 07.26.2012

ArenaNet recaps what makes Guild Wars 2 stand out

With the last beta weekend behind us for Guild Wars 2, there's about a month left of waiting before ArenaNet's anticipated MMO launches officially. The studio has put together four videos, each highlighting a distinct part o...

Jordan Devore

10:30 PM on 07.09.2012

Details of the final Guild Wars 2 beta weekend revealed

With Guild Wars 2 set to be released at the end of August, developer ArenaNet has released the details of what you can expect to play in the last beta weekend before we can get our grubby little hands on the final game. For t...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 PM on 07.08.2012

Guild Wars 2 gets 4-disc soundtrack signed by composer

Those itching to get their hands on the single-disc Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition Soundtrack that is shipping with the game's collector's edition in late August will likely be surprised by the posting today on DirectSong, ...

Jayson Napolitano



Guild Wars 2 will officially launch on August 28th photo
Guild Wars 2 will officially launch on August 28th
by Chris Carter

It's official -- after hundreds of placeholders, rumored release dates, and leaked information, Guild Wars 2 finally has an official release date of August 28th, 2012 (pre-orders get early access on the 25th!). I had the opportunity to visit ArenaNet earlier this year, and as a result of my visit (and subsequent beta play), I saw some real promise in the game.

I have to admit, I came in pretty skeptical of all of the bold claims that the team was making, especially since I didn't really enjoy Guild Wars 1 -- I came out incredibly satisfied.

My favorite aspect of the game is the ability to do quests in the game's world without having to constantly group with people. There's no "quest object stealing" like in pretty much every other MMO out there, which makes general leveling a much more enjoyable experience.

If you haven't had the chance to try it yet and are part of the beta program, your last opportunity will be on July 20th-22nd.

Announcing the Guild Wars 2 Launch Date [ArenaNet]

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7:01 AM on 05.29.2012

ArenaNet unveils the second Guild Wars 2 beta weekend

Not a day goes by where I don't see people clamoring for some info on the next Guild Wars 2 beta weekend. Well, today you're going to get it! Compliments of Chris Whiteside, the official times for the second GW2 beta event ar...

Chris Carter