Guild Wars 2

Common Sense Media says

Beautiful fantasy MMO with rich story but violent combat.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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

Language

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. 

Consumerism

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.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy and safety concerns. The game is teen rated with open chat (but a profanity filter is in place) and tools to help players form groups known as player guilds. Many guilds have some form of voice communication protocol that can be used, forums where information can be exchanged, and often some information exchange is expected as players form a cohesive group.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Social Studies

  • power structures

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Social Studies

  • power structures

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Carolyn Koh

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about personal safety while online. What should you not share online? How can you trust someone you just met online?

  • Families can also talk about online etiquette and behavior. What effect does online anonymity have on people's behavior?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:NCsoft
Release date:September 3, 2012
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:T for Blood, mild language, use of alcohol, violence (Windows)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysplatterhou5e February 13, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 something wrong. Video games are violent because ON VIDEO GAMES IT'S FUN! People who play video games should be old enough and mature enough to know that it's just a game, and not something to be influenced by. There is nothing wrong with a bit of alcohol. It's hardly gonna influence kids to become alcoholics is it? I would not trust commonsensemedia because they are needlessly overprotective and try to ban any video games with any violence at all. See reason people!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 12, 14, 17, and 18 year old Written byMatthew, Parent January 24, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 you kill them. If you say this is 14 and up than you must say that any Pokemon game is 14 and up. In Pokemon and in Guild Wars 2 you 1. Attack other people and animals with lights, sparkles and special effects and 2. Knock other players and humans out to defeat them. The combat is in no way violent enough to get an age rating higher than 7 much less a ridiculous 13. There are one or 2 times where you compete in a drinking game, however this hardly endorses alcohol and certainly does not constitute a level 4 of the Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking section. Sadly, I can no longer trust Common Sense Media due to this review and will have to find another source for safe, sensible media choices for my children.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byFezesAreCool January 27, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 inappropriate stuff is a tiny bit of unrealistic blood and stuff people say in chat but there's a profanity filter (I think). This game has some learning potential because unlike some MMO's (like World Of Warcraft) it encourages teamwork because everyone who helps to kill a boss or complete a quest gets the SAME amount of XP, this eliminates the petty squabbles I got into in World Of Warcraft with other players because one of us "stole" the other ones XP by finishing off the monster. The final thing I want to say is that there is NO SUBSCRIPTION FEE (another thing I hated about World Of Warcraft)! I highly recommend this game to anyone 11 or over. I can't stress how much I recommend this amazing game over the piece of s**t that is World Of Warcraft.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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