A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Heroic fantasy-themed storyline generally has player defending the good guys and beating up on the bad guys. Players learn strategy and teamwork in group play.
Violence & Scariness
Bloodless fantasy violence. Players kill computer-controlled monsters and fight other players to the death with medieval-style weaponry, i.e. swords, bows, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character costuming can be racy, and clothing can be removed down to underwear.
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Online interactions have potential for unwanted topics. Profanity filters block some language in chat, but not all.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters can purchase and consume alcohol, which causes screen to blur and character to behave erratically for a short time, mimicking drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that combat is an integral part of this massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), and players will attack and kill computer and human-controlled opponents with swords and other medieval weaponry. There is no blood. Parents also should be aware that costumes can be mildly racy and players can take off their character's clothes down to their underwear. Like all MMOGs, Guild Wars is an online game with online communication can be unpredictable. Parents should take note that, unlike other MMOGs, this game does not charge a monthly subscription fee.
Is It Any Good?
Outside the main storyline, players can fight against each other in player-versus-player (PvP) combat. Unlike many MMOGs, successful PvP play does not depend on players having better equipment or higher skills. In PvP mode, characters are outfitted with the highest level of equipment and skills, so that success in combat is largely dependent on the players' strategy and teamwork, and not just on the quality of their gear.
Guild Wars is a MMOG in a very loose sense of the term; the only thing that's "massively-multiplayer" about it are the large towns where players can meet to go on quests or PvP. The actual game areas are "instanced," meaning that teams get their own copy of the world to quest in. The upside of this is that it keeps costs down; the downside is that random encounters with fellow adventurers happen only in the city areas, providing less opportunity to form casual pick-up groups. That said, the benefit of playing such a game online is that players can team up with other players to tackle more challenging obstacles.
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