Guild Wars Reviews (Windows)

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Solid online role-playing without the subscription fees. Rambutaan (446) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
This is the way it should be... Kartanym (12783) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (31 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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games xtreme (Apr 28, 2005)
Guild Wars is an excellent game that is well worth the price of the package. There's no MONTHLY FEE and the server/customer support is excellent/robust - built on Streaming Technology - it delivers content invisibly in the background. And its FUN!
Entertainmentopia (Mar 16, 2006)
There’s really a lot to cover about Guild Wars and while I could keep going, the game is best experienced than read about. With no monthly subscription fee, dynamically added content, and solo/team play, there’s really no excuse not to dive right in. You won’t have the added expense, besides the initial cost of the game, and the community is strong and growing daily. The low level cap may be a minor discouragement, but casual, two-hours-a-day players will take months to reach that goal while hardcore players can delve into PvP battles until new content is added. If you have the extra money, the Collector’s Edition boasts a soundtrack, art book, and microphone for voice chat, as well as the game itself. Guild Wars has something for everyone right out of the box so why not give the year’s best online RPG a chance?
UOL Jogos (Nov 10, 2006)
Embora tenha chegado ao Brasil com um ano de atraso, "Guild Wars" veio em ótimo momento, ainda mais se considerarmos a ausência de "World of WarCraft" no país. É um jogo que tem lá suas falhas, mas entretém pela simplicidade arrojada e uma praticidade que, certamente, vai cativar até mesmo os iniciantes no universo dos MMOGs. Tanto para jogar alguns minutos quanto para dedicar horas, "Guild Wars" é uma opção econômica, rápida e gratificante.
What can I say: my choice for Game of the Year? Of course. Unlike almost every MMORPG, this game is free. Unlike most MMORPG, it has a story. Unlike nearly every MMORPG, most annoyances have been wiped away and the player base is much more enjoyable. Unlike most MMORPGs, this game focuses on strategy as opposed to brute force and leveling up. This game is for people with good computers and bad, pros and newbs, and people who love story and people who love games. Don't miss this game.
Adventure Lantern (Apr, 2005)
Overall, Guild Wars is a game that does everything right. It has everything that makes up an excellent gaming experience. Among hundreds of mediocre games, Guild Wars is set aside by truly exceptional quality. Anyone with an interest in online RPG’s can expect to find a lot to enjoy in Guild Wars. Upon completing the story missions with your first character, you will likely find yourself waiting for an expansion pack or wanting to go through the entire experience with a different profession just to try out a different style to play the game.
Playback (Nov, 2005)
W czasie instalowania Guild Wars byłem dość sceptycznie nastawiony do gry. Lecz ta sceptyczność szybko została rozwiana przez rozmach gry i jej możliwości. Trudno jest znaleźć grę, która w tak wielkim stopniu potrafi pochłonąć gracza do reszty, a przy tym daje szansę nawiązania znajomości. W odróżnieniu od większości gier sieciowych, w których trzeba płacić miesięczny abonament, tutaj gramy ile chcemy i ile jest to tylko możliwe, bez dodatkowych opłat. Do gry zachęcają szczególnie dobrze wyważony tryb zmagań przeciwko graczom, oraz piękny i ogromny świat, w którym wiele jest możliwe. Grę mogę ze szczerym sercem polecić każdemu, bez względu na to czy ma lat 15 czy latek 30, tutaj nie ma ograniczeń wiekowych liczy się tylko to jak wczujesz się w rolę obrońcy świata Tyrii.
GameZone (May 06, 2005)
This is a very strong game, with exciting content, and wonderful challenges. Whether you pop it in for 10 minutes or 10 hours, the game has a wealth of content to explore and the PvP is rather addicting.
Netjak (Jun 27, 2005)
In terms of replay value, Guild Wars is well worth the full retail price. I have put at least 80 hours into the game since purchasing it at the end of April; this does not include PvP time. Guild Wars is incredibly immersive and addicting gaming experience, and with new quests being added to the game and the promise of expansion packs for the game, it looks like we’re all going to be hooked for a long, long time.
ActionTrip (May 26, 2005)
Aside from those fairly minor issues, Guild Wars is a great game. Everyone can enjoy the easily accessible combat, the deep-as-you-want-to-go strategy elements of the skill and spell system and amazing visuals. The game appeals to so many different kinds of gamers for so many different reasons, it's no surprise that it's selling so many copies all across the world. If you have been sitting on the fence trying to decide if you should pick up a copy of Guild Wars, stop waiting; go buy it. And take my advice and give yourself an extra ten minutes of game time by skipping the shower. A can of Lysol and a couple of those little pine tree air freshener trees around your neck and you'll be good to go.
Gamezone (Germany) (May 09, 2005)
Guild Wars ist mehr als nur ein weiteres Online-Rollenspiel. Es ist Überraschungshit, Ausnahme-Rollenspiel, Innovationsgranate, technische Meisterleistung und gelungenes Gameplay-Experiment zugleich. Die Entwickler von ArenaNet haben mit ihrem Erstlingswerk ganze Arbeit geleistet und ein wirklich einzigartiges Spiel geschaffen, welches in vielerlei Hinsicht über die festgefahrenen Grenzen des Genres hinausgeht und dank innovativer Ideen viel Neues ausprobiert. Dies macht es auf ganzer Linie mit Erfolg, denn hat man sich als Online-Rollenspieler oder auch als Neueinsteiger erst mal an den neuartigen Spielaufbau gewöhnt, ist man auch schon von dessen Vorzügen begeistert und spielt hochgradig motiviert weiter. Abenteuerlustige Solospieler sowie extrovertierte Gruppenfans mit Vorliebe für PVP-Kämpfe kommen hier gleichermaßen auf ihre Kosten.
Guild Wars masterfully blends the best of MMORPGs and collectible card games into a unique and enjoyable online gaming experience.
GamingExcellence (Jul 01, 2005)
Guild Wars has single-handedly rekindled my interest in not only “game night” but online gaming as a whole. I’ve never seen my coworkers so passionate about a game before and the simple fact that they are simply casual gamers means a lot. Guild Wars is nothing shy of a masterpiece. And if I keep playing it as I am, my wife has already threatened an intervention!
Pelit (Jun, 2005)
Entisistä Blizzardin työläisistä koostuvan ArenaNetin esikoinen Guild Wars on yksi vuoden yllättäjistä. Tämä Wars ei sorru nettiropejen perisynteihin: ei hidasta hahmonkehitystä, ei paikallaan junnaamista. Eikä kuukausimaksuja.
GameSpot (May 04, 2005)
It's a very impressive game that's rewarding on many different levels and can be tremendously appealing for any number of reasons.
Game Captain (May 29, 2005)
Das Spiel richtet sich größtenteils an professionelle Spieler oder die, die es einmal werden wollen. Mit Sicherheit wird es irgendwann auch Guild Wars-Turniere in den großen E-Sports Ligen geben, da die Voraussetzungen in Sachen Balancing und Turniermöglichkeiten wesentlich besser sind, als z.B. bei dem ESL-Titel World of Warcraft. Blizzards Genreableger richtet sich dagegen an ein weitaus größeres Publikum und wird wohl auch künftig die einzige Wahl für „Casual-Gamer“ bleiben.
Worth Playing (Aug 25, 2005)
The players who find themselves a home amongst friends in an active guild and become involved in heated competition will likely find Guild Wars a vicious addiction for quite some time. This really is a case of a very good game whose long-term appeal depends more on the player than on any faults in the game The fact that this game can't offer that longer term addiction to a broader base of players is the primary reason why the review score isn't even higher. It's an exceptional game on so many levels, and it's on those merits that Guild Wars deserves all of the accolades it has received. Buyers should balance their long-term gaming interests with what Guild Wars has to offer, while also keeping in mind that Guild Wars does not charge a subscription and will continue to offer free updates.
MM Oh! Great skill mingling and frenetic real-time fighting will make you forgive the lack of crafting and free-roaming content that true MMORPGs offer.
90 (2005)
Guild Wars est LE jeu du printemps. Si vous aimez Diablo, les RPG, jouer en équipe, l'héroic fantasy, ... : Guild Wars est fait pour vous.
90 (UK) (May 16, 2005)
So this is an Online RPG for virtually anyone. The array of character builds and focus on warring guilds makes it a dream for those who enjoy online rucks. The more off-line adventurer has a huge world and extensive plot to fight their way through. The more traditional MMO player can bounce between either pole, perhaps grumbling that there's not as much continuous content as they're used to, but sated by not having to pay any kind of subscription just to be there. And the single-payment model encourages anyone to give it a try. At its core, Guild Wars is a game which has realised that a massively-multiplayer online game can be an online game and not a world. Purists will sneer at it. And I'll be sneering right back at them, the killjoys. And getting back to it, it's my favourite game of the year so far.
90 (May 30, 2005)
Um es noch einmal zu betonen, man zahlt für das Spiel in der Packung, es fallen keine monatlichen Abo-Gebühren an! Wer schon immer mal in ein Onlinegame reinschnuppern wollte, macht mit Guild Wars sicherlich nichts falsch, alte Hasen greifen zu, wenn ihnen das ständige Aufleveln für späteren Spielspaß auf die Nerven geht oder sie schon immer mal wissen wollten, wie gut ihr liebevoll geskillter und trainierter Charakter gegen den eines anderen Spielers wirklich dasteht. Und für ein gutes Teamspiel muss es nicht immer Counterstrike sein, auch mit Doppelaxt und bösen Verhexungen kann mit vereinten Kräften die Gegnergilde bezwungen werden. Wir sehen uns in Tyria…?
90 (Jul 09, 2006)
Guild Wars glänzt mit vielen neuen Ansätzen, schneidet diverse alte Zöpfe ab, und fast jede Neuerung bewährt sich glänzend, das Spiel wird auch Gelegenheitsspieler zum Genre locken.
Bit-Tech (Jun 08, 2005)
So, if unorthodox, is it actually any good? The answer is a resounding 'yes'. I've tried MMOs before, and been thoroughly bored by the monotony that appears prevalent. Guild Wars is more of a game, and less of a lifestyle decision.
GameSpy (May 12, 2005)
Guild Wars is an experience unlike anything else on the market today. It's like a team deathmatch game, except with RPG-like combat, leveling and persistent characters. Players can really customize their characters, and it's truly skill and teamwork (not just how much time you've invested to level up and get the best gear) that determines the winners. Cooperatively or competitively, the game excels. Some frustrating controls and the complexity of the game system might limit its appeal, however. Still, if you're looking for a completely different online roleplay experience, this is the place to look.
Game Chronicles (Jun 12, 2005)
I must commend ArenaNet for making some big innovations and offering those breakthroughs to gamers at a bargain price. Too many companies are happy to add their own little spin to the same old leveling treadmill. ArenaNet’s developers have tried to take the best aspects of games across several genres to see if they can make something new, something better with Guild Wars. The world of Kryta is still evolving, as is the game of Guild Wars. This first Guild Wars falls short of legendary status, but from what I’ve seen the Guild Wars series may yet find its place in the PC Hall of Heroes.
Game Watcher (Sep 24, 2005)
The conclusion. GW offers a fine balance between PvP and PvE gameplay, allowing all sorts of players to fully enjoy the game. Weather you're looking for a vast world just waiting for you to make the first step in exploring it, or the chance to try your guile against other players, you wont be disappointed. Simply put, a must-have for anyone who thinks of himself as a role playing fan.
It's all lovely in a United Colors of Benetton type of way, but can make socialising tricky. Broken English makes it harder to sort the wheat from the chaff and the misinterpreted from the socially challenged. All in all though, the people I've met on Guild Wars have been great. After all, it's the community that makes or breaks a MMOG and with Guild Wars the world is literally your oyster, earning it a full four GIN gems.
90 PC Gaming (May 16, 2005)
I said it before but I’ll say it again, not having monthly fees is awesome! That way I don’t feel compelled to have to play it as much as possible to get my money’s worth. The money I did spend on it was well spent and definitely worth it. Will every gamer enjoy it? Probably not, but Guild Wars has a wide appeal that both MMO newbies and vets alike can enjoy. With a few modifications to the game, it could easily become the best MMO out on the market. Very highly recommended and hope to see you in Tyria!
90 (May 30, 2005)
The last few weeks you couldn’t read a website nor a gamemag without noticing the Guild Wars advertising. Publisher NCSoft wants everyone to know that ArenaNet has finally made an mmorpg where you don’t need to pay a monthly fee to keep on playing. They’re exagerating quite a bit with calling this game an mmorpg, but frankly, Guild Wars can’t have enough attention as it still remains one hell of an addiction for anyone who loves online action rpg’s.
90 (Jun 07, 2005)
Guild Wars, si vous ne le saviez pas encore, a été développé par d'anciens protagonistes de chez Blizzard qui ont participé aux développements de jeux tels que la série des Diablo, Warcraft 3 ou encore la plate-forme Hé oui, autant vous dire qu'on ne parle pas de n'importe qui.
1UP (May 10, 2005)
It took a while, but the MMO tide is turning in favor of the gamer, thanks to the arrival of Guild Wars, a game that breaks the massively-multiplayer mold. Developed by ArenaNet (former Blizzard employees whose collective resume extends to games like Diablo II and servers like, Guild Wars simplifies the way we quest, while finessing and improving the genre's game mechanics so that they're digestible to the masses, and satisfying to MMO vets as well.
PC Games (Germany) (Jun 15, 2005)
Guild Wars hat das Zeug zum Evergreen und könnte so populär wie Counter-Strike werden. Dass ich mich mit dieser Aussage heftig weit aus dem Fenster lehne: schon klar. Aber die PvP-Kämpfe sind dermaßen gut, ich kann mir das Jubelgeschrei nicht verkneifen. So viele Skills, so viele taktische Möglichkeiten! Und trotz des komplexen Spielablaufs ein Tempo wie im Shooter. Und jetzt das Kleingedruckte: Damit sich das Spaßpotenzial vollständig entfalten kann, brauchen Sie fähige Mitspieler, die strategisch vorgehen und nicht wild vorstürmen. Suchen Sie sich eine Gilde und stimmen Sie Ihre Fähigkeiten untereinander ab.
IGN (May 11, 2005)
I've been following and playing MMO games for years now, and for the most part, they've essentially been the same type of game. Take a long time grinding, doing "FedEx quests," and traveling; and dealing with server downtime and bugs. Guild Wars has slickly sidestepped most of these issues by being only partly an MMO. The cities and some far-flung locations act has hubs where players can socialize, trade, buy gear, sell loot, and gather up into parties, but everything outside of those relatively small zones is an instanced experience, where you either fly solo, with your four-person party, or with game-controlled henchmen.
GameStar (Germany) (Dec, 2005)
(Checkup) ArenaNet hat also im Laufe der letzten Monate beständig am Spiel gebastelt, es durchgehend verbessert, die Motivation gesteigert. Zusätzliche Events wie PvP-Extreme-Wochenenden, Halloween-Specials oder die aktuelle Weltmeisterschaft (mit großem Finale in Taipeh) halten die Spieler bei der Stange. Die Besonderheit daran ist: Guild Wars blieb bis auf den anfänglichen Kaufpreis kostenlos. Unsere Bedenken , dass sich das wohl ändern würde, haben sich also nicht bestätigt.
Armchair Empire, The (Jun 05, 2005)
For all of the accolades that online RPGs have gotten over the years, there has always been a chorus of gamers who say, “Well, that’s cool and all, but I’m not paying a monthly fee for one of these things.” Enter Guild Wars, which takes this whole pay-to-play concept and tosses it out the window. This in and of itself is a pretty neat approach an online role-playing, but it doesn’t mean a whole lot if the rest of the game isn’t very good. Thankfully that isn’t the case here, as Guild Wars provides wonderful visuals, well-paced battles, a story that players actually want to learn more about, and a very strong player versus player component, all of which can be enjoyed with others, or all by your lonesome if you’re so inclined.
Guild Wars not only offers a totally different style of gaming, it executes on its novel concepts with surprising efficacy. If the prospect of dealing with a bit of mediocre questing isn't a huge turnoff, then you'll no doubt have an amazing time with Guild Wars. Just don't go into it expecting to satisfy your raging leveling and loot addictions.
Gameplay (Benelux) (May, 2005)
Guild Wars levert online hack & slash gameplay van de bovenste pank. Diablo 2 fans weten wat hen te doen staat!
PC Action (Jun 17, 2005)
In GUILD WARS bestreiten Sie spannende Kämpfe gegen Drachen und Mitspieler - ohne auch nur einen Cent extra abzudrücken. Im Gegensatz zu World of Warcraft, wo man Sie monatlich zur Kasse bittet. Wettkämpfe sind nicht mehr aus Online-Spielen wegzudenken. Und so dreht sich in Arena-Nets Rollenspiel Guild Wars alles um spannende Spieler-gegen-Spieler-Streitereien. In gewaltigen Arenen hauen Sie sich mit anderen Zockern fast wie in Unreal Tournament 2004 die virtuellen Köpfe ein. Statt mit Raketenwerfern und Laserwummen verarbeiten Sie die Gegner mit Schwertern und Magie zu virtuellem Hackfleisch.
85 (May 14, 2005)
Noch größer ist der Spaß allerdings mit Freunden: Zum einen ist man dann nicht auf die leveltechnisch unter euch liegenden Mitläufer angewiesen, zum anderen kann man mit menschlichen Mitspielern kommunizieren und nicht zuletzt rufen auch die spannend in Szene gesetzten PvP-Kämpfe zu den Waffen. Hier entscheidet die gezielte Abstimmung der mehr als 150 Skills über Sieg und Niederlage und bringt damit ein taktisches Element ins Spiel. Selbst kleinere Macken wie die Monster aus niedrigen Stufen, die euch ungeachtet eures hohen Levels angreifen sowie die unerklärlichen Begrenzungen in manchen Abschnitten mindern den Spielspaß nur unwesentlich. Kurzum: wer nach einer kostengünstigen Alternative im Online-Rollenspiel-Bereich sucht, wird um Guild Wars nicht herum kommen.
The separate PvP section of the game further enhances what is already a tremendous undertaking, and helps to make Guild Wars one of those titles you could easily pour weeks and weeks of your life into.
Gamezine (May 11, 2005)
Pour résumer, Guild Wars est le must-have du moment sur PC, et le restera un bon moment grâce à l’absence d’abonnement mais également car il ne nécessite pas une config’ trop élevée, et aussi par un charme inégalable.
85 (Apr 29, 2005)
Sans être un MMORPG au sens premier du terme, Guild Wars est le titre qu'attendait de nombreux joueurs. Ce hack'n slash online dispose d'un gameplay aux petits oignons, d'une réalisation soignée et il fait même preuve d'originalité à plusieurs égards. On regrette juste que la limitation du niveau du personnage soit trop vite atteinte. Mais puisqu'on ne doit pas payer d'abonnement pour y jouer, il serait dommage de se priver d'un titre de cette qualité. Indispensable !
GameStar (Germany) (Jun, 2005)
Gute Güte! Kann mich mal jemand aus den Turnieren zurück ins normale Leben holen? Oder nein, besser nicht. Ich habe noch eine Rechnung mit Korea offen. Und mit Amerika. Ernsthaft: Die PvP-Kämpfe in Guild Wars sind genial und stehen einem spannenden Team-Shooter in nichts nach. Wenn es gar mit der Gilde losgeht, sträuben sich mir die Nackenhaare vor Aufregung. Eine gute Taktik und schnelle Reaktionen sind dann mindestens so wichtig wie die Waffen in meiner Hand und der Heiler im Hintergrund.
85 (Jul 05, 2005)
Guild Wars is not an MMORPG--that should be established right off the bat. Veteran MMORPGers might find this absolutely unbearable while newcomers to the genre find it the best reason to play. All the action takes place in areas opened privately to each character. The only way other characters can interrupt this solace is to band together in a party of limited size. On the one hand, this means low-level players won't have to worry about high-level characters popping out of nowhere, stealing their items and killing the monsters they need for leveling. On the other hand, players who get their jollies doing that sort of thing will find themselves severely denied. The only "MM" parts of this "ORPG" are the various towns and outposts that speckle the map--And what a map it is.
PC Powerplay (Jun, 2005)
Kurzweilige Kämpfe mit den Waffen und Zaubersprüchen eines mittelalterlichen Fantasy-Rollenspiels: Ncsoft zeigt, wie man Teamgeist, Taktik und Spielspaß vereint.
Na een weekendje spelen vonden we het al tijd om het Woord aan u te verkondigen: Guild Wars is mooi, speelt prettig en is na aanschaf van het spel volkomen gratis om te spelen! Had je nog meer argumenten nodig?
81 (Jun 07, 2005)
In the end Guild Wars is one of the best games, MMO or otherwise, to hit the shelves in a long while. It provides gripping combat, artfully told story and brilliant visuals as only a top notch contender can do. It's few minor shortcomings have little effect on the game as a whole and ArenaNet's dedication to the game, considering the lack of a subscription fee, is a bright star in the world of online gaming. Look for Guild Wars to be around...and be popular...for a long time to come.
RPG Site (May 31, 2006)
I still play Guild Wars to this day. I'm much more of a casual player, having only two level 20s and one level 7, and I'm only one mission from beating this game at the time of writing. I love not having to grind. I love not having to go corpse hunting. I love not having to dedicate all my time to this game. I love not having to gather the best loot. I love being able to play freely and enjoy it without a monthly fee. Guild Wars is a definite must-have for MMORPG or RPG lovers who don't want to pay monthly.
Legendra (Apr 18, 2007)
Comme nous venons de le voir, Guild Wars propose un système agréable et bien pensé. Les nombreux rebondissements survenant durant votre aventure, viendront pimenter le scénario plutôt classique mais qui vous tiendra suffisamment en haleine pour vous empêcher de décrocher. Après, il n'appartiendra qu'à vous de vous enfoncer plus ou moins dans l'histoire en acceptant les quêtes proposées qui révèlent un monde plus complexe qu'il n'y paraît. Les professions sont aussi différentes qu'intéressantes à jouer et possèdent toutes leur propre charme. Si vous êtes à la recherche d'un MMORPG et si vous n'avez pas forcément envie d'y passer une quantité d'heures astronomique avant de pouvoir en profiter, je vous conseille de tenter l'expérience.
Factornews (Apr 21, 2005)
Guild Wars fait souffler un vent de nouveauté sur les jeux en ligne. Le mix improbable décrit en début d’article fonctionne à merveille et chacun pourra y trouver son compte. Les joueurs occasionnels pourront faire les quêtes et missions à leur rythme sans subir le fardeau de l’abonnement, et les joueurs avides de compétition trouveront avec le Tombeau des Rois Primitifs et le Guilde vs Guilde des challenges à la hauteur de leur soif de victoire. Seuls les joueurs cherchant une vraie expérience massivement multijoueurs (et des raids à 50) ne trouveront peut être pas leur compte.
Games TM (Jun, 2005)
It´s fair to say that anyone with both a PC and decent internet connection should certainly be hunting down a copy - the Guild Wars experience is one that should definitely not be missed.
Game Revolution (May 12, 2005)
While Guild Wars has little in common with an epic MMO like World of Warcraft, it does provide a wide array of online RPG content for a mere fraction of the cost. You can log in and quest with henchmen, kill mobs with friends, screw around in arenas, enter tournaments with guild-mates and endlessly agonize over the distribution of your skills and abilities. The story isn't compelling, the PvE gameplay isn't deep and it definitely won't feed you grapes, but this double-edged sword mostly cuts the right way.