Title Name: Guild Wars (including Factions and Nightfall). NOTE: Eye of the North and Guild Wars 2 are not reviewed here.
Website: Guild Wars
Purchase Cost: $49.99 USD
Monthly Fee: None
ESRB Content Rating: RP (Rating Pending); may contain material inappropriate for children.
WonderGoon’s Rating: 3 Goon’s out of 5.
My Character(s): Vinar Khusk (Warrior/Paragon; level 9) in the Nightfall campaign.
Description/Notes: Guild Wars is an interesting game who’s main claim to fame is the lack of monthly fee’s, unlike World of Warcraft (see my forthcoming review). And while I’ve enjoyed playing Guild Wars, I feel it suffers in several major areas.
As with a lot of these MMORPG’s (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games), the designers erred on the side of challenging experienced players at the expense of overwhelming newer players. And while the game designers probably figured that most people would join a Guild (a group of players united to complete the game or achieve some goal), the vast majority of new players simply don’t have those connections and are left to stumble around, blindly in most cases, trying to figure out where to go and what to do.
The game is enjoyable, but will quickly overwhelm newer players, unless you happen to have a friend who is willing to hand hold you until you can do it yourself.
In short, while Guild Wars is an enjoyable game, it’s playability limits it for newer players. And new players are the lifeblood of any MMORPG.