Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 represents ArenaNet's attempt to turn MMO convention on its ears and create an engaging game for players of all skill levels and play styles. It does away with typical things like the holy trinity (tank, healer, DPS) and eschews traditional group mechanics for open-world content, which anyone can join in on without hampering other players' efforts. Even crafting nodes are shareable; there's no competition for resources or other rewards.
Guild Wars 2 offers several different types of gameplay. In addition to the open-world content, there's structured PvP, which pits teams of five players against each other, and World vs. World, a series of open-world PvP maps where players fight over castles and other fortified (and un-fortified) spots to bring their home world to victory. Characters are autoleveled to 80 in each case, so you can jump right in and start enjoying these parts of the game immediately (though the free-to-play version of the game does have its limitations).
ArenaNet is committed to a "no grind" philosophy for Guild Wars 2, in terms of gear progression. Top-tier stat gear is relatively easy to get, and the high-end gameplay typically revolves around acquiring new and different skins to customize your character's look, rather than to simply provide bigger stat bonuses. This applies to the expansions, too, which ArenaNet has said will never raise the level cap above 80, making the game easy to jump into for both new players and those who have come back to the game after a long absence.
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Guild Wars 2
August 28, 2012
Minimum System Requirements (Windows)
Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or betterMemory
2 GB RAMStorage
35 GB available HDD space
Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3 OR AMD Athlon 64 X2, or betterGraphics
NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI X1800, Intel HD 3000, or better (256 MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)Additional Notes
Specifications may change during development