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Your guide to Guild Wars 2 photo
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

10:00 PM on 05.23.2012

Next Guild Wars 2 beta event waiting on more hardware

When is the next beta weekend event for Guild Wars 2? That question has been on my mind ever since the first one ended. With the impending long weekend ahead of us, some people had hoped ArenaNet would open the beta back up i...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 05.02.2012

Office Chat: Twin surprises in Black Ops and Guild Wars

We're all pretty floored about the new direction Treyarch is taking the Call of Duty series for Black Ops 2, as it sounds like they're making the biggest effort to evolve the franchise since Modern Warfare. I talked a b...

Conrad Zimmerman





9:30 PM on 04.20.2012

The DTOID Show: Halo 4, Prey 2, God of War and MORE!

Hey guys! Tara's off in the desert on some kind of vision quest in search of the glowing ghosts of rappers or something, so Anthony Carboni filled in. We covered some big sexy nasty sequel news, including Prey 2's non-cancel...

Max Scoville

9:00 PM on 04.18.2012

Soon: Guild Wars 2 beta event is next weekend

Despite knowing full well that I'll eventually buy Guild Wars 2 and would really like to get into the beta sooner rather than later, I've avoided pre-purchasing the game. Well, until now, that is. NCsoft and ArenaNet have fin...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 04.10.2012

You can pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 today so do that

You can't see me right now, so you'll just have to take my word for it: I'm jumping for joy. Why, you ask? Well I just pre-purchased Guild Wars 2. If you haven't done so already then you can, too. NCsoft and ArenaNet hav...

Fraser Brown

7:30 PM on 03.21.2012

Guild Wars 2 microtransactions take a cue from EVE Online

ArenaNet has finally spilled the beans on the details of microtransactions in the upcoming Guild Wars 2. The latest blog post by Mike O'Brian, president of ArenaNet, explains what we can expect. Players will be able to b...

Joshua Derocher

5:00 PM on 03.13.2012

Guild Wars 2 Collector's Ed., pre-purchase offer detailed

Fans eager to toss a wad of cash NCsoft's way for Guild Wars 2 will want to hear about the publisher's pre-purchase plan -- it grants access to all beta weekend events, a three-day head start at launch, and an exclusive in-ga...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 02.27.2012

Upcoming Guild Wars 2 closed beta set for next month

During peak periods, 4,000 people per minute signed up to participate in the Guild Wars 2 closed beta. No wonder the website went down so quickly. To be fair, the game increasingly sounds like something many of us desperately...

Jordan Devore



Guild Wars 2 beta sign-ups are live photo
Guild Wars 2 beta sign-ups are live
by Aerox

Hot on the heels of last weekend's closed press beta, ArenaNet is now taking applications for all future Guild Wars 2 beta events. Sign-ups will only be open for the next 48 hours, so if you're interested, you should put your name in the running immediately.

All you need to do is head to this website, submit your contact information and your DxDiag file, and you're registered for future beta events. There's no guarantee you'll get in, and specific dates for future betas haven't been announced yet, but if you're at all interested in Guild Wars 2 I strongly suggest you sign up.

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10:00 PM on 02.18.2012

Guild Wars 2 PvP to set worlds against each other

I'm always a big fan of when game developers share philosophies and general development methodologies behind the games that they are working on. This week, Mike Ferguson -- of the Guild Wars 2 development team at ArenaNet -- ...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons