One of the senses in which Guild Wars 2 really is a fitting successor to WoW is in its willingness to bend lore and logic in the name of a good time. Seasonal events have become excuses for elaborate platforming puzzles and server-wide fireworks displays, and Wintersday 2013 is no different.
ArenaNet are looking for able gamers to pledge allegiance to Guild Wars 2. In return for their oath the developer is offering the chance to win one of 5,000 free copies of the game.
It’s one of the more extreme promotions we’ve come across. However, if you’ve been wanting a copy of Guild Wars 2, this is one of the better ways to acquire the game. It’s certainly better than selling organs, robbing an HMV, or pretending you’re writing a feature on the game and requesting a press copy.
26 November brings with it changes to Guild Wars 2’s endless dungeon, the Fractals of Mist. For a start there will be three new mini-dungeons added to the Fractal pool and two new bosses to fight at the end of a successful run.
The rotation, too, is being changed to give you a progressively harder time as you progress through the endlessly linked dungeons.
PvPTV have partnered with Arenanet to launch a regular set of 2v2 grudge matches. All the fights will be streamed and the winners earn themselves 2,000 gems from Arenanet. The tournament’s been given the snappy title of GW2PvPTV 2v2 Tournaments. It rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
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Ever since I was a tiny child, MMO’s have been been the backbone of my gaming habits. With huge open worlds, populated with thousands of players, each day would be laced with adventure. Some were short-lived affairs, while others earned months if not years of my attention. From Runescape, through to World of Warcraft, to more complicated fare like Eve Online - MMOs remain my preferred way to play.
And I think that if you choose the right game, they could be yours, too. Here’s my list of the 10 best MMOs on the market. They’re in no particular order, but whichever place you choose to explore, will be stay with you. Here’s to growing old in strange new worlds.
If you’ve not managed to get sucked into the world of Tyria over the last year or so, then a great little deal from NCSoft may have you diving for the login page. This Sunday, 20th October, Guild Wars 2 is missing 40% from its normal price, making the hours of incredible MMO gameplay it can provide even more tempting.
With their latest patch, ArenaNet are shooting for clarity in a genre famed for opacity. Balance specialists Karl McLain and Roy Cronacher have sat in front of a camera for about 45 minutes to talk the tooltip and skill changes due to arrive in Tyria today alongside the Mad King.
There isn’t much you can append ‘Blood’ with to make everything seem a-okay. Blood and Sand is a combination that can only lead to infection, and 2009 straight-to-DVD martial arts movie Blood and Bone looks pretty scary too. On the other hand, the NHS Blood and Transplant authority do good work, and Blood and Fire only reissue quality reggae, which seems relatively harmless.
Blood and Madness, though: that’s an unambiguously bad c-c-combo. Observe.
Bloody Prince Edrick, so named because his slapstick incompetence leads peers to carpet his entrance with swears, is son of the Mad King Thorn, so named because - well, you know. The twin moons of Halloween and Bring Your Long-Dead Son to Work Day have aligned this year, and so both royals will be crossing over into Tyria on October 15.
Guild Wars 2 works out as a great deal in the long run. Endless access to everything Tyria has to offer, bi-monthly updates likethese, and an education in contemporary MMO design - all for just the price of entry, with no subs or microtransactions waiting for you on the other side. But that price of entry is steep - £35 at the last count. You have to be sure you want in.
To that end, ArenaNet are turning a blind eye to anybody who climbs over the fence for a week beginning this Friday.
Awww, it’s a baby Quaggan, isn’t it cute. A semblance of pure innocent joy, there’s nothing in the world that would even think to hurt the poor thing. Wait, what’s that? Oh no, there’s something in the water!
That last line is famous in the world of Tyria. It marks the beginning of one of Guild Wars 2’s world boss fights: Tequatl the Sunless. He’s a big angry dragon that lives in the sea, and every now and then he comes to the shore and throws a tantrum. Well: ArenaNet have recently given him a facelift, increasing his difficulty exponentially. You can read about it here.
To celebrate his new-found power to just one-shot an entire zerg of players with a huge tidal wave of death, we’re giving you the chance to win one of five posters. And yes, they feature that little guy above.
Guild Wars 2’s eminently unpronounceable Chipotle Rising update lands today, just like a dragon might, in Tyria. There’s a dragon in it, see. He’s doing the rising, and the consequence of that is that the Splintered Coast’s in a bit of bother. As usual, muggins (you) and all their mates (your mates) will be drafted in to sort things out, so you’d better wrap up what you’re doing and head over there.
Oh, and yeah: there’s a proper Looking for Group tool in-game now.
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This is odd. Next Tuesday’s Guild Wars 2: Tequila Rising update is, as far as I can make out, the story of a terrible hangover.
“It has been gathering power [and bile] in the depths", goes the trailer. “It is faster, stronger, deadlier, and it has returned to devour and destroy [carpet]."
Hmm. I suppose it was inevitable that ArenaNet’s bi-monthly living story updates would eventually take a tumble into the mundane, eh? Nevermind - September 17 will also bring that most-longed-for of GW2 features: a proper Looking for Group tool.
It’s less than two weeks since our last giveaway and yet we’re back with another. This time around we have a cute rendition of a Super Adventure Box denizen: the Infantile Cloud. It’s to celebrate the second coming of the much loved Super Adventure Box: a game-within-a-game to help teach the Asuran progeny important lessons. You can read our preview of the it over here. If you’re more interested in the delightful condensed water thing and how to win it, read on.
From the 4 October through to 21 November Guild Wars 2 will have its first World vs World season. Each region has been broken up into multiple leagues, and the different servers have been spread across those leagues.
Each match will come with prizes for the winners and the worlds that do the best over the league stand to gain even bigger rewards.