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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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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- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
Social Studies: power structures
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: NCsoft
- Release date: September 3, 2012
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, mild language, use of alcohol, violence
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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