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

Release Date
August 28, 2012
Windows (Client)
Please note this free-to-play game may or may not offer optional in-game purchases.
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Minimum System Requirements (Windows)


Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or better




35 GB available HDD space


Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3 OR AMD Athlon 64 X2, or better


NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI X1800, Intel HD 3000, or better (256 MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)

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User Reviews (82)

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passionrose 1 year ago
I recommend GW2 IMMENSELY. . . never ending stories to follow & conquer . . . new expansions which they just came out with the 3rd expansion and are working on a 4th expansion as we speak . . . I love the everchanging scenarios . . . it's a game that I will be playing & investing in for a very very long time! ;)

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Aela 4 years ago
Free version it's just a trial/demo and a massive scum. Everything is locked behind paywalls. RIP old good GW2. Now you have to use your bank account, or game over. They went greedy style like Archeage/BDO.

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Shandi Kushin 4 years ago
Your style is so unique compared to many other people. Thank you for publishing when you have the opportunity,Guess I will just make this bookmarked.2

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Bahamut 4 years ago
The limitations of free version compared to the upgraded are pretty strict. From no access to latest specializations and skills, to being unable to add runes/sigils in your gears. It's more like a demo than free. If you wanna upgrade your account to have what the veterans have, expect to spend at least 150 bucks for expansions and living stories (not including additional bag/bank/character slots etc), otherwise get ready to grind the living out of you, in order to convert your gold to gems.

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HiztoryGaming 5 years ago
If you don't care about finishing the storylines then this game is pretty good. When I mean not finishing the storylines; I mean its impossible to.

The difficulty is boardline impossible at times without people helping. When you do complete the storyline quest your rolling the dice on if the game will accept your prayers in letting you hand it in as (Not just myself complaining about this) you have an extremely high probability of getting disconnected from the server. Something to do with entering a cinema the server doesn't like and it will kick out off. By kicking you off you sadly can't simply just join back on and carry on where you were. You have to start all over again. Which in some cases is 30 mins of progression lost.

Completing maps, crafting, exploring and PVP are what you'd be playing the game for. Complete enough of the storyline to get some of your mounts and glider but other than that I wouldn't bother. Which is sad because I personally enjoy the storyline.

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Aisha 6 years ago
Guild wars 2 was a good game before they started adding Limited free to play which should have stayed free trial instead for guild wars 2 to give player some days to try out the game.
(This game has gone to hell.)

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gw2player 6 years ago
Game is great, but support staff is atrocious. Really, fundamentally awful, bullheaded, and disgustingly rude. I am appalled by how disgustingly incompetent and incredibly rude the customer service staff is. My support ticket has been replied to by three separate support staffers and each one has been horribly rude. The support staff, GM Brocco, GM Your Highness, and GM Nasser, are a joke... The game? Loved it. But after this experience I will NEVER be spending money on expansions or the gem store again...

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Paragon 6 years ago
Loved Guild Wars 1, and still occasionally play it now. But GW2 never gripped me in the same way, so played for only 80 hours. Fast forward 5 years, and I thought I'd give GW2 another go, especially with new content packs. Still a beautiful looking game, but still doesn't grip me in any way. GW1 was balanced perfectly for those who loved multiplayer, or those who preferred PvE with henchmen. GW2 just seems soulless in comparison, unless you can get online with a lot of friends at the same time (not easy as you get older). That said, can appreciate I'm in a minority so that's only my opinion. GW1 to me still stands as the superior game, and many more options for skills and character development. A shame they took everything great about GW1 and threw it away, and developed a beautiful but far more shallow game.

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Sanskrit 6 years ago
The core game is amazing! Ridiculously low restrictions

HoT expansion is incridible, it has an intense personal story and living world stories; we got new maps in every new chapter! Gliding, massive jungle and tons of new content!

PoF expansion is even greater: much more content, mounts, new elites, huge new maps.

There's a LOT to do in this game!

Best MMORPG ever made!

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Console 6 years ago
(Guild Wars 2)
+ Free to try out
+ 4 Classes or more
+ Pets
+ Costume
+ Mount
+ English Voice Actor
+ Decent Storyline
+ Medium Spec Requirement System
- Bug
- Hacker can ruin the fun
- Less Social Community
- Gold Seller
- Botter

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Divine Noble 6 years ago
Been read all those stupid hatters comment :P funny and stupid. Don't take anything from them. They are a bunch of stupid players who want a free game with tons of great items so they can have fun without paying anything ROFLMAO. I would say to those, keep dreaming :D

For you who really looking for a good game, just read reviews, watch its videos so you can see the game before you try yourself (because most of them are gigabytes). And if you think you gonna try, give it a try and decide yourself.

GW2 as it short for Guild Wars 2, I've been playing this game for several years. Yes, I bought it, and yes I bought its expansion too :D. That's what I said, if you looking for a good game, get them from who bought it :D I bought them and I never regret till today.

Nothing's perfect. Absolutely many rooms for improvement which the developers been doing that for years. So I have no complain (not as haters on comments did here lol), and enjoy all these years experiencing the game.

Cheers :D

PS: I put name as my main char in GW2 which I stay on JQ server for now :D

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Kevin Flemming 6 years ago
I come back to GW2 quite often and restart a character. Typical for me, as I forget how to play classes due to extended periods away.

No idea why people are crying about it so much. It's possibly one of THE best F2P games out there. Literally a truckload of content FOR FREE with very few restrictions (at least that I've come across, although I have yet to get into crafting properly), that will take quite a while to complete if you take your time with it and just enjoy yourself rather than race to the end (something I personally find boring).

Don't listen to the nay-sayers. Regardless of locked content, blah blah, it's still worth playing.

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Anin 6 years ago
There's a lot of hate on here for GW2, but I really don't think there should be.

To give you an idea of my bias: I played the first game for 4-5 years, and starting playing GW2 as soon as it was released. I pre-ordered it (the only game I've ever done that for) and immediately started playing it the beginning of my freshman year in college.

I loved it in the beginning. I still love it, but I see many areas that can be improved (and that I would like to see improved).
It does several things well;
- holiday events
- crafting
- trading with other players
- mail (to communicate with players offline)
- dodging during combat
- a new combat camera
- actually just all of combat
- gliding
- jumping puzzles
- a much improved storyline
- extremely customizable characters
- gorgeous outfits and armor/weapon pieces
- 5 races (Asura, Charr, Human, Norn, Sylvari)
- 9 professions (Mesmer, Elementalist, Necromancer, Ranger, Thief, Engineer, Guardian, Warrior, Revenant)
- dynamic and VISIBLE quest and player influence on the world (fail to save a village from centaurs, it gets razed to the ground)

- limited "free" version (can't use trading post or mail, can't progress past certain points of the storyline, etc.)
- not enough roleplaying elements (limited emotes, no dedicated RP servers, small RP community)
- outfits often cost gems (IRL currency)
- lots of grinding
- plotlines feel slow and unimportant
- guilds seem contrived or moot... in a game called GUILD Wars.

While in college, I had to take off a lot of time playing the game to focus on life (as it happens). I wasn't terribly upset about it, either. When I came back, new story arcs had been added, and lots of new game types, but none of them really appealed to me. I'm still hoping the developers add more RP-friendly attributes to GW2, and I still play it and appreciate crafting, PvP, and PvE, but I'd like to see more of what the players want in the game.

What I'd like to see in the future:
- More RP-friendly features;
___more emotes
___ability to build a house
___ability to create meaningful attachments to players
___a dedicated RP server (Mega-servers kind of defeats the purpose of moving to Tarnished Coast server to roleplay. Half the time I end up logged in to a totally different IP and need a taxi into TC.)
- compelling reasons to play other gametypes (and NOT to grind for gear)
- better plot lines and emotional investment into characters
- more of the LORE of the Guild Wars universe

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DooM 6 years ago
its not free , pay to win game

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Cola 6 years ago
The Developer for guild wars 2 are turning their game into a E-sport for the most part making it really unhealthy for their game. Same goes for other MMO Games out there on the market that still alive.
E-Sport= Garbage
The Gaming Community itself will no longer play these game no more. The fun has completely died out by developer fault mostly. (Stop with this Trash)

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Stizelswik 6 years ago
I would love Guildwars if when my character starts running she always looks like she's stumbling. No matter what character I make this happens.

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eatlich 7 years ago
game is not f2p. its free to sample. free players are treated like crap in this game.

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Caneringo 7 years ago
don't lie to trick people like this game isn't free

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Thelenia 7 years ago
A so-so game with a extremely lazy,Shiety "Support" person. Everytime I've had a issue it's always the same support rep who replies and refuses to correct the issues.

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RavorsM 7 years ago
I agree with the majority. TL: DR --- ITS A HORRIBLE GAME. Too many people are constantly flipping items on the trading post. Community is extremely small. No one does dungeons anymore and the raid content is just horrible and unplayable . I should have never came back.. Its an unplayable game. too much greed and gold farmers/gold sellers. Its not going to make it.

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Guild Fan 7 years ago
It was buy to play first then it turned to free to play later down the road. I think the community really was hurt by the developer after supporting their game all years long and now the developer are laughing off their Ass.
It the same with team fortress 2 being buy to play then turning into free to play.

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Berry 7 years ago
Guild Wars 2 Review
+ Mount
+ 6 Classes or More
+ 5 Races
+ Costume
+ Decent Storyline
+ Fishing
- Small population
- Bug
- Locked Content
- Hacker can ruin the fun
- Inflated Broken Economy
- Gold Seller
- Botter
- Slow Update
- Lack of Customer Support
- Not Free To Play (Try out the game for 3 days Trial only)
Star:4/5 (Great)
it is Recommended to try out the game for 3 day Trial then decide if it worth the time.

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serkut 7 years ago
This game is dying rapidly in player base. Already F2P with cash shop , instant lvl 80 , PvE and WvW server merges, recycled content yearly . There is no vision and only one original developer left. Anet has a scam with server transfers which costs gems so they purposely play around and favor other servers to kill others so they are forced to transfer for WvW benefits. this game has been around for more than half a decade and its time for it to die out.

I have been playing since closed beta and have seen the MANY stupid changes and some good ones. but mostly bad horrible decisions. most of their think tank comes from the players which do not know how to run a software company or have beneficial ideas in the long run.

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Hedgehogger 7 years ago
Been playing this since it went FtP and a year later I am still happy and playing. FtP does have some restrictions but not enough to cause you any problems. So much to do, graphics are great, good selection of different styles of play, good crafting system, areas are filled with players so what more can you ask for from a free game? I've crafted Ascended items and they take a while to do as you have to level up the skill and get the req'd materials so you feel you've achieved something but Exotic items are pretty easy to get and they are all you need to play the games hardest bosses. I will upgrade to HoT, not because I have to but because I want to as I feel the publisher deserves some money for allowing me to play this game for so long and have so much fun with it. The game is hardly ever down for maintenance and if theres not many people on your map it pops up with a message offering you to change to an instance of the same map with more people on it.
I've played a LOT of games and this one truly is a standout one. Download it and I am sure you wont be dissapointed you did. Large download but trust me its worth it.

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Melody 7 years ago
I love this game so much!!! Free-to-play! I love the deep character personalize ability in this game. The race you choose determines your own story, but you can also fine-tune it to what best suits your envision of a perfect game-play and your characters traits. I completely adore the jumping puzzles and secrets hidden around the map. The original GW is great, but I never could have even THOUGHT of a spin-off like this one! I enjoy the humor, creativity and excitement this game gifted to me. One of my favorite parts about the game is that even if you get bored with doing regular quests you have other options!
You can choose to do PvP or Wvw to spice up your combat abilities! You could hook up with your friends and conquer some difficult dungeons! You may also take some time to truly enjoy the graphics of the game with some map completion. Overall my experience with the game has been extraordinary and I can't wait to see how this game shall progress in the future. Much love!!!

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Joshua 7 years ago
Gw1 = 17000 Hours
"Failed Wars 2 = 120 Hours
Deinstall both......

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Unknown 7 years ago
Sucks that we can't update our email/login ourself I'm trying to unregister my email account from them since I don't really like guild wars 2 much. Otherwise this is an alright game.

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Namer 7 years ago
Guild Wars 2 is definitely one of the best MMOs you can find that's F2P. It has great combat, great story, even doing map completion is engaging. You can play with almost the best gear without having to grind at all. Any grinding you do will be to make ascended equipment to do high level fractals (essentially a small part of the endgame). If you play alone like a Kirito-wannabe, sure, you'll get bored. This is a game meant to be enjoyed with friends and a guild.

Try not to listen to the people whining about a lack of endgame content, because the same people whine in every other MMO about the same thing. HoT now gives you plenty of endgame content, and with recent updates WvW is nice and alive once more.

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Whiteorm 7 years ago
It is very fun in the beginning and very very boring after you learn more about it. First u get bored by "open world", then get to get bored with arena, and at last get to WvW. There is definetly a risk of breaking your jaw from yawning or becoming a vanity items collectioner. Don't know what is worse. But getting 2 or 3 weeks of fun isn't bad for nowadays games. So it is a good game, just don't expect much of it.

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Miriciel 8 years ago

Blade & Soul, Tera or GW2?

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n.o 8 years ago
best pvp ever

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FultonExtraction 8 years ago
This is the absolute perfect MMO for me. I see a lot of people complaining about the end game content, or rather, the lack thereof, and i can see their point. For me, on the other hand, that is perfect. I don't have to keep working on the same character once i reach the top, just to see everything. I'm not a typical mmo player. I like to see an ending, and then quit there. For me, this is a game that i now downloaded for FREE, and which gave me a shit ton of fun hours to do everything i wanted to do in it.

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Heavvy 8 years ago
Guild Wars 2
Note:(Free to try out)
-Limited information
-Heavy limit system for free player
- Limited information

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max 8 years ago
Hei guys!! I have a question. I am thinking of downloading dcuo when i gw2 becoming f2p(with restriction). So i wanna ask you guys which game should i download. I cannot download both because of my crappy internet. I want a game with good gameplay and a great combat system. I had tried WOW but getting bored of the game without even reaching level 10. So which game you would recommend.

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Pozer 8 years ago
I love this game Myself and my Partner have been playing this for 2 and a bit years and we love it and we have referred friends to it who cant walk away from the game!
There are a lot of customization options from looks and armor to weapons and even the runes and sigils, the trait line for each class is also very versatile. The PVP and WVW aspects of the game are amazing fun! Ongoing public events and an evolving story line that affects the world around you, Massive world bosses are abundant with epic battles! you will never run out of things to do alone or as a group! If your looking for something to get you excited this game is for you! Cant Wait For The HEART OF THORNS Expansion!

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Nettie 8 years ago
I played the first Guild Wars and now Guild Wars 2 for a long time. GW2 is a lot of fun. But the end game is extremely stagnate. Once you've done everything you want to accomplish like making ascended armor or a legendary and getting 100% map complete, there just isn't a ton to do.

End game choices:

World Vs. World (Dead on quite a few servers, make sure you pick a good one)
Random Arena PVP (ranked or non-ranked)
Dungeons (fun at first, later repetitive, awful, and terrible loot)
Farming Silverwastes (repetitive, boring)
Daily Quests (boring after a while, done quickly)
World Bosses (crappy loot, boring too after done a lot)

A lot of it can be great fun for a bout a year or a year and a half. But after that you start getting extremely bored of everything. I'm hoping the new expansion will help.

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Todoran 8 years ago
laks end game

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MAND4 8 years ago
Really fun game, early access to equalized PvP, first time I wasn't bored out of my goddamn mind during the questing, and the community seems rather friendly so far. Game isn't "truly" action MMO, but it's fast enough you won't care. Leveling seems to be nicely paced, and from what I saw there aren't any p2w elements, just vanity items.

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Izory 8 years ago
I've been playing since launch 3 years ago and would like to give a big welcome to all new players.

Gw2 is something different from other mmo's, you might think the game is "easier", a grind to lvl 80 or repetitive questing. Some people say its fun untill lvl 30 which at that point you will quit.

I challange you to get in and really enjoy the game. With veteran players like myself. There is no other game which allows veteran players to really play with newcomers like gw2.

That's what gw2 is, fun, social, beautifull, challenging and lots more. See you ingame!

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Nathan 8 years ago
Okay, first of all for those who are already frustrated and nearly-angered of finding a decent MMO for months, try Guild Wars 2. It was Buy to Play at first and now they are offering new players a chance to try it with some non-game breaking restrictions since you are playing it for free.

Overall? Good game and there are lot's of classes to choose from, with all players roaming around and sudden random events that will keep you in the edges of your seat for hours and hours of game play.

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Tj 8 years ago
For Anyone Thinking of playing this if you have A AMD Procceser DONT DOWNLOAD THIS GAME IT WILL RUN VERY BADLY

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