A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Players can strip their characters down to their underwear and choose to wear sexy clothing.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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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