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Guild Wars

a.k.a. Guild Wars Prophecies

published by NCsoft in 2005-04-26, developed by ArenaNet, running on Windows
type: action/reflex, role-play
genre: Fantasy, Massively Multiplayer Online Game
series: Guild Wars
perspective: 3rd person
player options: Internet
languages: eng
4.3/5

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Personal review
Guild Wars is different from most of today's commercial MMORPGs in that you don't have to pay a monthly fee to play (or to even get any bonus content). The gameplay is different, too. The cities and other peaceful locations are hubs for tons of players to meet, chat, and form parties. But once you leave those areas, your whole party is transported to your own instance of the outside area, there's no-one there in your instance of it other than your own party and there's no chance of ever seeing others out there, until you return to a hub.

I personally don't like this detached feeling to everything going on around, but it seems to have given the developers a chance to create a more story-driven MMOG than is normal, though my experience was that people didn't care.

There was also the problem with skills. You could have dozens of them, but you could only "take" about 5 or 6 to the outside world (can't remember the number anymore), and you'd be stuck with them until you returned to a hub.

Not only that, but the game insist that everyone dual-classes, you can't get on without it.

# 2007-06-05 08:52:02
Technical specs
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Minimum:
* Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP
* 800 MHz Pentium III CPU
* 256 MB RAM
* 32 MB VRAM
* Radeon 8500 or Geforce 3 series GPU
* 2 GB HD space
* Internet connection

Recommended:
* 1 GHz Pentium III CPU
* 512 MB RAM
* 64 MB VRAM
* Radeon 9000 or Geforce 4 Ti series GPU
Sanguine # 2008-08-02 14:32:33
External reviews (2) - average: 89.5%
review sourcecountryissuedatescore   
IGN2005*9/1090%
Metacritic2005*89/10089%
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