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Guild Wars 2

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
Guild Wars 2 Game Poster Image
Beautiful fantasy MMO with rich story but violent combat.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn teamwork and collaboration by playing this massively multiplayer online game with others. Kids have to work together in order to defeat some of the harder foes. There are also collaborative (albeit violent) games that kids can participate in. Guild Wars 2 takes kids on a cooperative journey where teamwork is the key to defeating baddies in combat.

Positive Messages

Messages are generally positive as quest givers ask players for help to combat evil in the land, albeit in a bloody fashion. Players are the good guys.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters in the game are heroes.

Ease of Play

The tutorial eases players into the game and actions are quickly learned. However, as players advance, the game gets deeper and the complexity increases.


Players have to kill creatures (fantasy monsters such as griffins, minotaurs, and giant insects) as well as human enemies to advance in this game. They will use magic spells and weapons like swords, firearms, and explosives. Blood can be seen in some underwater scenes where attacks result in blood-clouds, and in some video cutscenes. Enemies killed in melee-style attacks can be seen in death throes and issue sounds of pain.


Players can strip their characters down to their underwear and choose to wear sexy clothing.


There are many voiced cutscenes in the game and the words "ass" and "bastard" are used. This is also an online game, and although there is a profanity filter, it can be bypassed. 


The game has to be purchased, but there isn't a monthly subscription fee to play. Instead, there are cosmetic items available in the cash shop for purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters can enter taverns, and buy and consume alcoholic drinks. When they get drunk, the screen will blur. There is also a drinking mini-game, which ends when the first character passes out or his health meter reaches zero.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORG) where combat is required in order to advance. Players will kill humans, humanoids, animals, and monsters controlled by the computer as well as other players, with fantasy, medieval-type weapons as well as magic. The game also has alcohol consumption and a drinking mini-game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySophianne Kalinakov July 21, 2013

More Detailed Review and Suggested Update to Ratings

Positive Messages: This game encourages cooperation. The heroes are those who help others, who defend the weak and help those in need, and who do what is best... Continue reading
Parent of a 12, 14, 17, and 18+ year old Written byMatthew, Parent January 24, 2013

I Can No Longer Trust CSM

No. Just no. I have played the game myself and I can positively say that the game is 100% gore-less and the humanoids you "kill" are knocked out when... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFezesAreCool January 27, 2013

Best MMO currently available, 11+

This is definitely the best MMO available at the moment. Fun combat that is 1000 times better than World Of Warcraft's (see my review). The only inappropri... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysplatterhou5e February 13, 2013

Great MMO

First off, you commit violence in practically EVERY VIDEO GAME ABOVE 7+! If you want to be a stickler and not let your kids play a great game, then there is som... Continue reading

What's it about?

GUILD WARS 2 is a sequel to the original Guild Wars and advances the story of the mythical, fantasy world of Tyria. Set some 250 years after the defeat of the Great Destroyer in the Eye of the North expansion, the various races must unite in order to defeat the elder dragons who are set to take over the world. Guild Wars 2 is a true MMOG with an open and persistent world. Gamers have a personal story and quest line, and they will create a character from a combination of eight races and five professions. The race and profession determines the skills the character has access to and like the previous game, Guild Wars 2 uses a skill-based combat system where players choose the skills they want to bring into combat with them from a wide pool.

Is it any good?

Guild Wars 2 has a fully fleshed out story and players have a personal story line to play through, which is determined at character creation by selection of pieces of story that form the character's background and personality. The game art and animation is second to none and realistic enough to keep immersion high. Voiced cutscenes using the player's character keep players involved as the story unfolds, and dynamic events make the world seem alive. While there were some issues at launch with server stability and the player auction house, the game is fun, immersive, and there's plenty to do (crafting, trading, socializing, exploring, mini-games) outside of combat. The trend of dancing in town squares continues in Guild Wars 2 with the large number of dance animations that are available.

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