Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Game Review


About The Game 

Guild Wars 2 claims to be unique in the genre by featuring a storyline that is responsive to player action, which is common in single player role-playing games but rarely seen in multiplayer games. A dynamic event system replaces the traditional questing, to make practical use of the riffle effect to allow players to approach quests in different ways as part of a persistent world.

Developer aims to be more dynamic to the combats by promoting synergy between the profession, by using the environment to become their weapon and reducing the complexity of magic style system than its procedure to the original game.

As a franchise to Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2 features the same lack of subscription fees that distinguished its predecessor from other commercially developed online games of the time. Guild Wars 2 uses a heavily modified version of the proprietary game engine developed for Guild Wars by ArenaNet. The adjustment includes real-time 3D environments, enhanced graphics and animations, use of the Havok physics system and purchase is still required to install the game. The developers say the engine now does justice to the game’s critically announced concept art, and that concept art will be to give into the way the story is told to the player.


Game Features

Guild Wars 2 allows a player to make a character from a combination of five different races and eight professions. The five races are the humans and charr which is introduced in Prophecies, the norn and asura that introduced in the Eye of the North, and the race exclusive to Guild Wars 2 the sylvari. The professions are divided into armor classes: the scholars equipped with light armor, the adventurers with medium armor, and the soldiers with heavy armor and these three professions do not appear in Guild Wars. There is no wholly commited healing class as the developers felt that making it necessary for every party to have a healer was restrictive.

The race and profession of the player determines the skills they can access. Like the previous Guild War, the game uses a skill based combat system. Players must select only 10 skills from a much larger pool. However, unlike Guild Wars, skill slots have predefined roles: the first five skill are determined by player’s weapon and profession, the sixth is for healing, the seventh to ninth will be skills with no defined roles that are unlocked as the player improved, and the last slot will be for an “elite” skill, that you also need to unlock.

Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game published by NCsoft and developed by ArenaNet. The game set in the fantasy world of Tyria. The games follows the re-emergence of Destiny’s Edge, which a disbanded guild that wholly comiited to fight the Elder Dragons, a Lovecraftian species, that taked control of Tyria in the time; since the original Guild Wars. The game takes place in a lasting world with a story that progresses in instanced environments.

After a few years ArenaNet decided to release an expansion for the game soon. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the 1st expansion pack for Guild Wars 2. Equipped on the idea that the journey is the achievement, the Heart of Thorns expansion continues the Guild Wars 2 tradition of challenging the conventions of MMOs to fulfill the promise of what online worlds should be.

The Mastery System: is a progression of new mastery system. Exploring new training opportunities for your character who’s’ beyond level 80 and master abilities like tearing the bark off of heavily armored Mordrem or hang gliding in the jungle and building new collections that earn precursors to a legendary weapon.

The Heart of Maguuma: A new adventures awaits you in the hearth of Maguuma jungle with new events and storyline, a new boss battles, and a new region with high amount of vertically built into the maps that made of three distinct Biomes

  • The core- the jungle floor itself.
  • The roots- the deep of the jungle
  • The canopy- way up above, where the Pact fleet is scattered across the top of the jungle.

Specialization: fundamentally changing the way each profession plays by unlocking the access to previous unavailable weapon, different traits, skill and new unique profession mechanics. For example a Ranger Druid can equip a staff or a necromancer can equip a great sword, a specialization which will transform your profession into something new.

New Profession: the Revelant, a new profession that channel legendary powers and control the power of mist to slaughter foes and unleash chaos on the battlefield, equipped with heavy armor.

Guild Halls: work with other guild member to claim and grow your guild hall in the hearth of Maguuma. Provides a home where players can gather and organize their guild missions and events. Guild Halls will be locations entered and discovered in the world map. This is to ground the story of the guild halls and their experience in the jungle.

PVP (Player vs. Player)

New Stronghold Game Mode: collecting supply to hire soldiers, man the trebuchet to defend your guildhall, and assault the front of enemy’s gates to defeat the guild lord. The evolution of guild versus guild, use our new guild team feature to team up and battle to the top of the leaderboards. Players can also hired heroes who can be won over to their side to join the assault and help destroy the guild lord. Fortress offers an entirely new way to play competitive PvP in Guild Wars 2! The game type will be available in custom arenas. No decision has been made about competitive play and players can able to set team size as they do currently.

WvW (World vs. World)

New Borderland: experienced battlefield combat like never before. The new Borderlands map where each keep has its own different in nature is WvW’s latest core addition,. To pass over dangerous heights with traps that blow your foes to the depths below and ferocious defenders to help keep the enemy at bay. Map achievement will be much significant than ever before, as they’ll open new play mechanics, tactics, and strategies that you’ll want to use to your world’s advantage!

Game Trailer

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