For generations, war and chaos raged across the land of Tyria. Five great races competed and warred against each other, struggling to tip the balance of power in their favor.
Then the dragons woke.
The all-powerful beasts stirred from their millennial sleep under earth and sea. With their magical breath the dragons spread destruction and created legions of twisted slaves. A deathless dragon named Zhaitan raised the sunken nation of Orr, triggering earthquakes and tidal waves that destroyed entire cities across the Sea of Sorrows. Zhaitan’s undead armies surged from the sea, hungry for the destruction of the five races of Tyria: the charr, a ferocious race of feline warriors; the asura, magical inventors of small size and great intellect; the norn, towering shapeshifters from the frigid northern lands; the sylvari, a mysterious young race of visionary plant folk; and the humans, an embattled but resilient people.
Now heroes from the five races must set aside ancient rivalries and stand together against their common enemies in the sequel to the hit MMO Guild Wars. Magic, technology, and cold steel will determine the ultimate fate of the world.
After the beginning and momentous story intro of Guild Wars 2 you will be thrown into a wonderful new world of MMORPG splendor. While some general aspects of the game may feel slightly familiar, Guild Wars 2 has shaken up almost all of the basic ideas that are commonly found in similar games.
You start, and continue to be, actively engaged in the story with various choices offered to you early on in the game that help shape your character as well as options later on of which action to take so that your path is not predetermined by race or class. Guild Wars 2 also brings new ideas to the table with world wars as three different serves battle and strive for top dog position. Quests are done away with and the closest thing to them are heart points on the map. However, once you arrive at the location you are able to choose a quest from a list of objective options. There is also randomly spawned instance events that include all nearby players in fight for survival. As you play you will gain experience for everything that you do from exploring cities to battling to crafting. The classic trinity of tank, healer, and damage dealer is also thrown out and each player must be able to execute all three skills. This change may be challenging to accept at first but Guild Wars 2 does a good job of making you learn to like it. As you customize your character throughout the game it will become apparent that the better the player, the better the character, regardless of class and specialization due to the battling that is complex as dodging and attacking are equally important. There are lots of skills to choose from and you can change between sets of five skills each during battles as you learn more. All things put together, the battles are highly mobile and require lots of multitasking and planning.
Although Guild Wars 2 succeeds in many aspects the PVE side of things is not as amazing and may leave you disappointed if that is what you came for.