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| Guild Wars Gets a Bad Review (11 comments )|
by: Joluha (4) | Posted in cluster AMD Contest Group
Posted 67 months ago ( edited 67 months ago ) in category DEFAULT
This is a hard review for me to write. I love video games. I am an aspiring game designer. I understand how video games need every piece of the puzzle to fit together perfectly for the gamer to get the whole picture, the whole experience. That’s what makes perfect games so special and inexpressibly beautiful. You really have to play a perfect game to understand its beauty. That’s also what makes bad games so disappointing. They are so close, and take so much hard-work from so many people, only to miss the mark.
I am a huge mmo(massively-multiplayer online) fan and had heard nothing but good things about Guild Wars. Many of my “hard-core gamer” friends enthusiastically recommended the game to me. However, I was sorely disappointed. The game boasted beautiful landscapes and great graphics. But when I played it, I was disappointed. Yes, it was significantly better aesthetically than the free mmo’s out there, but this was a major title game. I was hoping for that Holy Grail, inexpressible experience of the perfect game. You could give it the excuse that it was over hyped and was objectively decent looking, but excuses shouldn’t satisfy a true gamer. It was spectacularly unspectacular. I had come to expect a certain level of quality in graphics and artistic design for the game, and I was brutally disappointed. All of the figures and objects were blocky and awkward. Instead of pulling me in and immersing me in the game, the visual effects (yes, even the world and level design) only furthered my realization that I was playing a poorly rendered fantasy game.
As far as the combat system and game play goes, these aspects of the game frustrated me too. Guild Wars employed all the common elements of your typical mmorpg. You got stat points and skill points and equipment. You learned collected more skills, you completed quests, you grinded, different character classes excelled at different things, and you killed different monsters with different techniques depending who was good at what in your party. You even had to manage the red bar and blue bar (some sort of health and magic point displays). Even the experience bar was green. Don’t get me wrong, the game was not bad. The key though is that the game was not good. I did not live through the spectacular experience of the perfect game that I had hoped (and paid) for. A game title as popular and as hyped as that should be good. For the kind of cash you’ll have to shell out to play the full game between all the expansions (I bought all three) and additions that compliment one another, you expect way more than what's delivered. All in all, it was extremely repetitive and monotonous, especially in player-versus-environment. The player-versus-player served to add to the mix a little bit. However, humans quickly figure out what combinations of skills and players work well against other combinations of skills and players. After a little while, you start to realize your replaying the exact same battles over and over. The game should have had something to set it apart, make it unique, and make it unforgettable. Instead, I found it unforgivable. The little surprises that it was lacking left me felt wholly unsatisfied. In fact, I have never played such a cliché game.
Even the level design was standard. You had your desert area, your snow area, your plains area, and your swamp and forest area. Even the architecture featured a little bit from every continent. Perhaps that is what the designers were going for; Perhaps they wanted to take all the elements that have come to be common among the genre and incorporate them and wrap them up into an all-inclusive game. For me, that only served to make an all-inclusively common game. There was nothing special about it.
To me, the one good thing about it was the community of game players. I thoroughly enjoyed my dealings with all I encountered in the web community, in-game as well as out. There a great amount of interaction between players through fan sites as well as the game. Everyone was genuinely genial and helpful. Unfortunately, this saddened me to see such a huge and thriving community so involved in such a mediocre, standard game.
To me, this fact only serves to demonstrate the fact that the mmo community needs and deserves a truly perfect game (which I’m sure they would gladly compensate the developer for as well).
In conclusion, Guild Wars is a decently mediocre game which I would not recommend to anyone unless they must play an, at best, decently mediocre mmorpg at any cost. If I had to do it all over again, I would have looked elsewhere for my Holy Grail of games.
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| claragn (1) Sep 29, 2009 - 12:38 am|
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| necr0sys (1) Nov 11, 2008 - 09:49 am|
|» Guild Wars get a good review|
I have played many MMORPGS and let me just say that Guild Wars being a 'free to play' game is far better than most 'pay to play' MMO's out there. Actually to this date I can only think of one that is better, and that is Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. I played the so called 'King of MMORPG's' and we all know which game that is. (WOW) or maybe not so wow. Got to level 70 and got bored stiff. Raiding and PVP are a joke! But we are here to talk about Guild Wars.
Guild Wars on the other hand has only a level cap of 20, but hey I'm still playing the game! Been playing for over 3 years now and for the most part it has kept me going. I do admit that you cannot really compare an instanced world to something like WOW or WAR which is persistent, but the storyline is great and there are more than enough challenges and titles to rank up on to keep you hungry for more. PVP in Gwars is its strongest point and is by far the best in any MMORPG I've played. Warhammer comes close, but doesn't quite have the balance that Gwars has. The greatest thing about Gwars is the dual class or professions. There is nothing better than coming up with a build on your own that no one has, that totally kicks ass on the battlefield. Combining different skills from two different professions can make for some amazing battles, and puts Gwars entirely into a league of its own.
Whoever gave this game a bad review was either payed a shitload to say so, or doesn't know a good game if it was lodged up his backside. I mean strategizing your party and skills to fight a certain group of monsters in PVE is challenging and actually makes u think. In WOW and other games all you gotta do is repeatedly use the same skills over and over again, preferably the stronger ones and sooner or later the monster will die. There is no skill involved in that whatsoever. I'm pointing at you 'reviewer'
The graphics in Guild Wars are top notch. Obviously because it is instanced it allows for better textures and such. And seriously the game is not demanding at all. My girlfriend was playing it on a AMD Athlon XP 2Ghz with 512Mb ram and a Geforce 5500 card. Ok it didnt look great but what I'm tryna say is that you don't need the latest hardware to run it on full everything.
I have friends who played WOW and various other games and are now back to Guild Wars. So its suffice to say that Guild Wars is a great game and I won't be surprised if Guild Wars 2 owns every other MMORPG when it is released.
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| Fisherman (114) Feb 16, 2008 - 10:42 am|
|Guild wars is probably the worse game i have ever bought in my life, and i bought simpsons movie making studio, i bought the game with about 10-12 of my other friends and nobody i know played it for more than a few days. Oh and guild wars doesnt have regular content updates its in the form of campaign packs that you have to pay for, pretty lame|
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| bizarre_status (1) Dec 06, 2007 - 02:43 pm | Edited on Dec 06, 2007 - 02:47 pm|
|Wow somebody must of paid this guy to post this, few thing gave you as a fake mmo player. one this like right here "You even had to manage the red bar and blue bar (some sort of health and magic point displays). Even the experience bar was green" Every single MMO game out there has these bars. How else you going to know how much health you have left. Two you bought 3 guildwars titles, i mean why, what is the point of wasting your cash on the game you don't even like and when each title is a stand alone game with out requiring to buy additional expansion or title for it. Three you say you are aspiring game designer, for that you need to something about computer and how it works and from this review i can see that you don't know anything about anything. I mean if the graphics not rendering the way you want it, increase the settings to maximum, upgrade your video card higher then 32MB. Ask for assistance from guild wars "COMMUNITY" or Buy your self a decent computer. "You had your desert area, your snow area, your plains area, and your swamp and forest area". Hmm what else is there, WOW is the same way and every other mmo game out there has the same elements. As designer you have see beyond the simple things and look at them as a whole thing. Every element represents something with it a game, structure, building, statue what ever. |
In conclusion this was the worst review i've ever read, well not exactly there are others but yours is on the top 10. You called your self a mmo fan in which case you are not. You don't know anything about this game and why it has sold for over 4 million copies maybe more worldwide don't know the exact number.
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