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Look, first of all for anyone who is thinking of buying Guild Wars, don't pay the full $50 retail price. There is a huge Ebay seller who simply sells the Keys to start your account for only $29.95 and he sends it within hours or sometimes even minutes after you pay via email. No shipping. No tax. And the game client is available FREE at the Guild Wars website. So that's all you need to play this game and get yourself an account. The only things you'll miss is the pretty retail box, and the instruction manual.
For me, however the $29.95 I spent to play this game was a waste of money. This is NOT a true mmo. Thr graphics, while shiny and pretty with lots of colors also pissed me off. I'm sick and tired of this 3D gaming crap that looks so two dimensional. Sure it's a 3D world, but the characters, npcs, and mobs all simply look like 2D stickers placed over a background to me. It's like they have no mass at all. Compared to a game like DAOC, I honestly think that DAoC blows the graphics away, simply because the characters and mobs in DAoC seem to have some mass and actually look like they are IN the world, not like a 2D sticker just placed over a pretty background. Maybe I'm confusing people, but surely someone knows what I mean by this. The graphics are also way too cartoony and seem to lack and feel of realism what-so-ever. Even Ultima Online and Asherons Call (1) seem to feel more real and immersive this this kind of game.
I was further pissed off by the lack to go where ever you want to. You can't jump. You can't really get off the main trails. You have no open country freedom like so many older mmo games. I hate this. If I am going to play an mmo, I wanna feel like I have complete freedom, not be limited to go left or right only or feel like I am playing in a world that is really nothing but a big maze where I can't go wherever I want.
In games like AC or DAoC or even in the ancient UO, if you attacked a mob, it actually looked like you were swinging a sword or weapon at that mob. In this game, it looks much more lame and over animated with explosions and lights going off everywhere. Reminded me of the old, old cheap made for TV batman movies where you saw cartoon words like BAWAAM and POWIE going off overy strike. Totally childish, unrealistic and un-immersive for me. Look, if I want all this fancy crap, I'll play Tekken on my PS2. If I want to play an MMO, I want a little more realistic type of fights.
I like a lot of mmos fine. I am honestly not trying to be a troll... but for anyone who likes hardcore mmos games, and likes games like Ultima Online, Asherons Call, Everquest, or Dark Age of Camelot... I would be surprised if you wasn't completely turned off by this game. It almost seems to turn mmos into some pokymon razzle dazzle game for kids who simply don't have the patience for a real mmo.
It's a good game for what it is. But it's not a real mmo. Not even close. Games like this is the reason the whole mmo gaming industry has turned to such crap the last three or four years with no real good games out.
Just my two cents... even though I know I get flamed for giving my honest opinion of what I think is one of the most over-rated games I have even seen.