I've stated many times that I think Guild Wars 2 is a visually pleasing game thanks to its distinctive art style, but I have just as many good things to say about the audio side of things. I'm not just referring to the soundtrack, either, as the sound design is often the unsung hero for ArenaNet's MMORPG. From the sword swing of a Warrior, to the explosive fireball of an Elementalist, to the sounds of a character running over sand - each action has had a sound effect forged for it.
ArenaNet have shown us how these sounds are created in the past - such as when the sound design team played with fire - but today they have released a new video in collaboration with Sennheiser that focuses on the audio effects and ambiance for the Heart of Thorns expansion. Ahead of its release, I was invited to chat with two of ArenaNet's sound designers, Drew Cady and Jerry Schroeder, to learn more about the sound design throughout the Maguuma jungle. While this one is obviously geared at Guild Wars 2 fans, I'd recommend checking it out if you want to learn how sound designers come up with some (frankly ingenious) methods to create audio effects for your favourite games. You can hear the interview in its entirety after the jump!Click here to read more...
Earlier this morning NCSOFT and ArenaNet launched Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns. Two very surprising facts came from that launch. Firstly, the servers held up and there were absolutely no issues - a rarity in MMO launch days. Secondly (and this makes the first fact more impressive) there are more than 7 million registered accounts when the expansion went live. It's all explained on a brand new infographic, which you can see for yourself after the jump.Click here to read more...
We've only got to wait until Friday for the release of Heart of Thorns - the first expansion for Guild Wars 2. If you've not pre-ordered it, or have been dabbling in the main game which is currently Free To Play and decided you want all those additional perks, this is the cheapest deal around. For under £20 you'll get the base game as well as the expansion, which includes a whole new multi-tier zone to explore, a brand new class and new specilisations for the existing classes, new guild hall features, and a brand new PvP mode called Stronghold. In short, there's a lot of quality MMO gaming to be had in that £20 asking price. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!
Getting ready for the Heart of Thorns expansion and want some gems in your wallet? Or maybe you're eyeing up one of the many microtransaction costume pieces available in the Black Lion store? In which case you'll want to check out this cracking deal, which beats the next best offer by around £7, and definitely beats the in-game prices. It's not just costume pieces you can get, of course - you can expand your inventory, customise your character's look or name, get a musical instrument (no, really), or buy temporary boosters if you're in a hurry to get to level 80 by next week. Regardless of what the reason is, this really is the cheapest way to get hold of a good amount of gems. Also, bask in the glory of my Mordrem plant, because it's awesome. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!
Ahead of the launch of the Heart of Thorns expansion, ArenaNet have announced that they are teaming up with eSports company ESL to bring a new tournament series to Guild Wars 2’s competitive scene. The Pro League will have a cash prize pool of $400,000 over the course of two season. With the age and region restrictions being relaxed for the first time – along with the fact the base game is now Free-To-Play – ArenaNet hopes that it will be one of their biggest PvP competitions yet.Click here to read more...
ArenaNet were very busy this week, delivering a trio of big announcements for its MMORPG Guild Wars 2. From a release date for the upcoming expansion Heart of Thorns, to the long-awaited reveal of raids, to the announcement that the base game is now free, we have all the details and reactions for your perusal after the jump.
While the launch hasn’t been a completely smooth one, it has been smoother than most MMO launches in recent years and provided Guild Wars 2 an excellent start to its online life. Addictive gameplay, along with its oh-so beautiful art design, make for an enjoyable experience when in-game. Although it’s early days yet, and our review still has a lot of ground to cover, right now the outlook is very good for ArenaNet’s latest. - Guild Wars 2 Review | Part 1 – Character Creation & Initial Impressions
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Guild Wars 2 is fantastic. An enormous world with numerous factions, great PVP, a strong personal story that can be soloed right up until the final boss, but encouraging you to organically meet up with other players with hundreds of dynamic events and enormous collaborative world vs world battles. Make sure to read Carl's recent article: Why I've returned to Guild Wars 2 - and why you should give it a chance
Better yet, you can now buy its Heroic Edition for £12.02 delivered on Amazon! It's one of the cheapest prices we've seen, ArenaNet sales included.
Remember that you can get free delivery on orders of over £20. Here are the details.
We're edging closer to the release of Guild Wars 2's first major expansion, Heart Of Thorns, which will include loads of new content, skills and PvP. To celebrate, ArenaNet will soon be rolling out the new PvP Stronghold game mode for all players to freely test, along with a massive Twitch stream and in-game events.
Want to get involved? You're in luck, because there's also going to be a massive discount running this weekend. The sale starts at 18:00 BST tomorrow, Friday 10th April, and runs until 07:59 BST on Monday, 14th April. During this time, the game’s Standard Edition will be £8.75 and the Digital Deluxe edition will be £12.49 when purchased on the official site.
Subscription fees? What subscription fees? Buy once, play forever.Click here to read more...
"ArenaNet have ultimately crafted one of the best MMOs to emerge in recent times, showing that a lack of subscription fee in no way means a lack of quality. Completists will be in their element with so much to discover, and with a focus on freedom and ease of play MMO newcomers and veterans alike will be able to join in the fight together.
"The world of Tyria is as fun as it is beautiful, a combination that makes Guild Wars 2 one of the must-have PC titles this year." - 9/10 Guild Wars 2 review.
Towards the end of 2014 I found myself playing Guild Wars 2 again. The break I had taken from Tyria was fairly substantial thanks other MMOs appearing on the scene, but I finally had to time to give it another go and get my engineer Harry McGarnagle back into action. While I had dipped in and out throughout the year I hadn’t really appreciated the amount of content that had been added during that time. The new zones on the edges of the Maguuma Jungle, along with the second season of the Living Story, has ensured the player base have had plenty to do. See, that is exactly why I loved Guild Wars 2 so much in the first place – there is always something to do, and people to share the experience with.
But the thing that truly got me excited to play again? Beating the revamped Tequatl encounter for the first time.
For those that don't know, Tequatl the Sunless is one of the open-world bosses found throughout the gigantic world of Tyria. The original encounter against that bloody huge dragon wasn't exactly the hardest thing ever, so ArenaNet went about revamping the experience, and then some. That improved fight has been in-game for a while now, but having only witnessed it once before on a practically empty overflow server all I had seen was a bloodbath. Undead plagued the battleground, what few players were there had been defeated, and a massive bone shield was protecting the dragon that towered above it. My first true attempt at defeating him wasn’t a success either. Too many of us didn’t know what to do, especially in regards to the turrets and protecting the megalazer, and the end result was Tequatl wiping out everything with wave of mass destruction. It was both terrifying and amazing in equal measure.Click here to read more...
To celebrate the upcoming Heart Of Thorns expansion, Guild Wars 2 will be slashed down to £8.75 from 16:00 today.
Guild Wars 2 is fantastic. An enormous world with numerous factions, great PVP, a strong personal story that can be soloed right up until the final boss, but encouraging you to organically meet up with other players with hundreds of dynamic events and enormous collaborative world vs world battles. What's more, it can be yours for a ridiculous £8.75 this weekend, and it's buy to play!
That's right. No subs. Just £8.75 and you're in, forever. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that it might be the best value £8.75 you'll ever spend. Thanks to Si__ @ HUKD!
As someone who still logs in regularly (look out for Byssk on the Desolation server!), I'm still finding new things to do even after hundreds of hours. Guild Wars 2 is a perfect first MMORPG for those who haven't been able to get into the genre due to its streamlined and accessible design, plus the ability to play solo and organically join up with fellow players, whether teaming up to take down massive dragons, dynamic world events or forming guilds. You'll always find someone to team up with and teach you the ropes.
Better yet, the story is actually fantastic, presenting a branching race-specific narrative that makes you feel like the star of your own personal adventure whether you play by yourself or with others, a rare thing in an MMORPG. There's a huge amount of depth and a massive community to take advantage of too. To be perfectly honest, it's difficult to find better value/£ anywhere else.
For fans of Guild Wars 2, last weekend was kind of a big deal. You see, it has been nearly two and a half years since the MMO sequel released, and despite some hiccups along the way it’s quite clear that their lateral approach to pretty much every genre convention has helped keep it enjoyable, eventful and, most importantly, relevant. It’s all in our colossal review from 2012. Since then, it has been one of the more regularly updated MMOs out there thanks to consistent content updates alongside the Living Story – the second season having demonstrated to its peers how to deliver an involving and interesting narrative.
That’s not too bad for an MMO that doesn’t have a subscription to keep the coffers full, but it was certainly time for something new to be thrown into the virtual world of Tyria. The rumour and speculation mill has been running rampant for weeks, with fellow writers theorising on what Heart of Thorns would be. The popular theory was an Expansion Pack, but because ArenaNet are not known for doing things traditionally it was clear that it wouldn’t be that simple. A new level cap? A new class? A new level of loot grind to chase after, thus leaving the old content in the dust?
As the reveal at PAX East showed, ArenaNet laugh in the face of linear thinking and once again provided a lateral approach to expansions with Heart of Thorns.Click here to read more...
Guild Wars 2 is fantastic. An enormous world with numerous factions, great PVP, a strong personal story that can be soloed right up until the final boss, but encouraging you to organically meet up with other players with dynamic events and enormous collaborative battles. What's more, it can be yours for a ridiculous £8.79 this weekend (from Saturday January 24th), and it's buy to play!
That's right. No subs. Just £8.75 and you're in, forever. Thanks to Just Wondering @ HUKD, and to @DelTorro on Twitter for clarifying the start date!
As someone who still logs in from time to time (look out for Byssk on the Desolation server!), I'd definitely suggest picking this up. The amount of entertaiment you'll get, even solo, is insane.
Not to be outdone by Blizzard's earlier zinga of a deal, NCSOFT have unleashed their own set of deals by halving the current price of their flagship MMOs. The offer sees both Guild Wars 2 and WildStar fall below the £20 mark, making it an excellent opportunity to investigate two highly enjoyable online experiences.
A few bits of housekeeping - Guild Wars 2 is subscription free but contains optional microtransactions for mainly cosmetic items, although they have recently started charging for access to previous episodes of its ongoing Living Story (which, from what I hear, is worth the investment.) Meanwhile, WildStar does have a subscription of £8.99 per month, but a purchase comes with 30 days of game time, so you'll have plenty of time to decide if life on Nexus is for you. If you need more details, before to check out our review for Guild Wars 2 and WildStar for the full lowdown.
Guild Wars 2 is FREE this week, and so, after a year of constant nagging, Jon and Carl finally managed to persuade me to set aside my MMO reservations once again and leap into the fray.
Everything was going swimmingly, public events were popping up all over the place, much to my delight, and after almost falling to my death, we had a nice little dance party.
And then someone suggested we go fight a massive fire elemental.
If you've yet to sample the delights of Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet are about to give you two good reasons to set foot into Tyria.
Starting now, you'll be able to play the colourful MMORPG for free for an entire week, ending on October 2nd. If you like what you play, the full game will be discounted from £35 to £17.49 until October 7th. Remember that Guild Wars 2 uses a buy once, play forever business model rather than monthly subs.
I'd highly recommend giving the trial a whirl, even if you're wary of MMORPGs. A great personal story, bags of quality content, superb art design and loads of fun gameplay tweaks make this an absolute blast. Be sure to check out Carl's review!
Well into its second year of life now, Guild Wars 2 continues to keep the virtual populace of Tyria busy thanks to its Living Story. Through the initiative, players have fought off underground invaders, taken part in an election, and dealt with some sky pirates, but a lot of events have been building up to the latest update which goes live today. In the newest instalment of the Living Story, supervillan Scarlet Briar takes his forces and attacks one of the most iconic locations in the Guild Wars series – Lion’s Arch – and developers at ArenaNet are saying that the events of this invasion are going to have a lasting effect on Tyria.
In anticipation of the update we invited member of the community to submit some questions to Mike Zadorojny, the design lead on Guild Wars 2, so we’ve got his responses, along with a quick overview of Escape from Lion’s Arch, after the jump.Click here to read more...
Attention Guild Wars 2 fans! Ahead of the next week’s big update to the on-going Living Story – titled Escape from Lion’s Arch – we’re giving the community to chance to ask the developers over at ArenaNet some questions. It’s a great opportunity to learn what the devs have in store as supervillian Scarlett assaults one of the iconic locations in the Guild Wars series, and you can watch a teaser of what is to come in the video above.
Want to learn more? Hit the jump.Click here to read more...
You now have three more days (including this one) to play Guild Wars 2 for free, since the trial has been extended to Sunday 6th. If you like what you play, it'll run you a discounted £27.99 for the duration.
ArenaNet's colourful buy-to-play RPG has been receiving fortnightly updates and various improvements. Well worth trying out while you can.