Guild Wars is a new multimedia online game with role-playing elements. It was created by ArenaNet with the participation of NCSoft, known for its WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo.
The online game is based on the Streaming Technology, which implies downloading of certain program files of the game client from Internet, while the rest of gaming content is downloaded automatically as the player proceeds to next game levels. The game client is available on the compact disk as well. To play the game, users should install the game client on the personal computer and stay connected to the Internet. It is understandable that good broadband connection is necessary to feel comfortable for playing Guild Wars online.
Online status of the game means that thousands of people are playing on the same server, but at the same time each player can trade, communicate with other players and form game teams only within the borders of virtual cities and fortresses. Leaving the area is possible only in teams of eight persons, for the purpose of carrying out certain game missions or just for wondering in the neighborhood. In this case game server generates a special zone for each team with the closed access for other players. Thus, playing Guild Wars, you will not encounter any unexpected strangers, but this game will certainly get every player involved in a real epic adventure with a fascinating and dynamic plot.
Basic game strategy in Guild Wars to some extent resembles classic role-playing game, like WarCraft, in corporate mode. The game offers its players individual fighting and battles in small teams of four players, but the real game feeling appears only when playing within a guild. Each guild consists of eight persons. Some online battles involve up to six guilds and require not only team tactics or players' qualification, but also a strategic approach to each battle situation. As in a real battle, it is very important to choose the right time for attacking, waiting in ambush or retreating to home base.
Guild Wars offers its players a traditional Deathmatch, when two teams are fighting against each other, missions to capture the flag, and Domination fighting. One of the most interesting moments of playing online is that the central game computer can bring together in one battle teams not only from different countries but also from different continents.
Role system of Guild Wars game provides a wide variety of game roles, qualifications, abilities and spells, which can be obtained as rewards for completing missions or winning over certain enemies.
Multimedia features of the game are absolutely great. Sound effects and graphics are really impressive and help to create unique gaming atmosphere. Guild Wars can be strongly recommended to everyone who likes online role-playing games.