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10:00 AM on 02.18.2013

Guild Wars 2 introduces the Spirit Watch PVP map

ArenaNet has a new video out showcasing their new Norn-themed PVP map for Guild Wars 2, Spirit Watch. It promises huge idyllic vistas, crystal clear waters, and of course, deadly combat. The map will combine conquest g...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 02.04.2013

Guild Wars 2 adjusting how dynamic levels work

Guild Wars 2 has a system in place that allows higher-level characters to revisit low-level zones. The player's level is scaled down to match the zone, so they can still get the same challenge. This means they don't...

Joshua Derocher

12:45 PM on 01.22.2013

Guild Wars 2 gets 'Flame and Frost: Prelude' this month

A new update for Guild Wars 2 dubbed "Flame and Frost: Prelude" will roll out on January 28, adding a variety of features and setting up what ArenaNet has called a "multi-stage narrative" planned for the MMO this year. Going ...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 01.15.2013

Guild Wars 2 boasts 3 million in sales

Guild Wars 2 had a pretty tall order to fill when it was released. It sought to change up the MMO formula once and for all, and despite the fact that I wasn't a fan of the original Guild Wars, I think it succeeded in spades. ...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 11.12.2012

'The Lost Shores' Guild Wars 2 event starts this week

It's another big month for Guild Wars 2 as ArenaNet prepares to kick off a one-time world event for the game dubbed "The Lost Shores." The official site offers a glimpse at this new storyline, which will begin at 12:00pm Paci...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 10.22.2012

Guild Wars 2: Shadow of the Mad King starts today

If you've been neglecting Guild Wars 2 as I regrettably have, the latest content update should offer plenty of incentive for you to clear some time for ArenaNet's Halloween festivities. Shadow of the Mad King begins today wit...

Jordan Devore





9:30 PM on 10.09.2012

Paid tournaments, custom arenas next for Guild Wars 2 PvP

In a blog post, Guild Wars 2 systems designer Jonathan Sharp has written at length about the future of the game's structured player versus player. In short, the team at ArenaNet has a lot in mind -- particularly when it comes...

Jordan Devore

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



Impressions: Guild Wars 2 photo
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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