Guild Wars: Factions

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Fun, fee-free role-playing game for teens and up.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Promotes teamwork and strategy. Some quests involve helping others.

Violence

Intense but bloodless battles with swords, axes, hammers, and other weapons against computer-controlled creatures as well as other human players.

Sex

Female and male characters can be scantily clad -- easily found hacks reduce them to underwear.

Language

Filters block some cursing while chatting. Of couse, players can get around this with a little creativity.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players can purchase hunter's ale or win it through quests. Consuming enough blurs the screen, imitating being drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a role-playing game featuring constant (but bloodless) battles with enemy creatures and other players using swords, axes, hammers, etc. Characters can be scantily clad. The game does encourage teamwork and strategy. Parents should also be aware that it is played exclusively online; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1 year old Written byusaf1a8xx January 27, 2009

Great game for people 13-99!!!!!

I own all 4 Guild Wars installments and they are fun, imaginitive, have great graphics, and are very immersive! A must own in my opinion. The game does allow... Continue reading
Adult Written bysoccer girl7 April 9, 2008

Hey I haven't played this

Um i haven't played this, and I don't own it. I was just wonderin if the next reviewer could tell me if u have 2 play online w/ other ppl online, cuz... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2009

If everything is coming your way your on the wrong track

If you have something wrong which is your problem don't give it to other people to sort out it's family buisness .And if it's your problem but yo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byski123 April 9, 2008

Very fun RPG

This game is very fun. Great for fans of fantasy or RPGs. Sure to keep you entertained if you are by yourself or with friends. It is very fun playing with frie... Continue reading

What's it about?

As in the original, GUILD WARS: FACTIONS offers a huge online world to explore, filled with mythical beasts, massive mountains, and cities teeming with other players. In this fictitious world, players constantly battle enemy creatures and other online players. In this installment, play takes place in a new land and there are two additional classes. The main difference here is that guilds can form alliances, taking sides in a war that's splitting the continent.

In role-playing mode, players develop a character through quests and battles. Player vs. player mode starts players off at the highest level with decent weapons and skills. Players battle it out in games such as capture the flag. To defeat a rival guild or an opposing team, players must use strategy and teamwork rather than depending on superior weapons and armor.

Is it any good?

This game is more family friendly than other massively multiplayer online role-playing games. For one thing, there's no monthly fee, and you don't need to buy the original game to play this installment. The game also alerts players when they've been playing for an hour, two hours, and so on.

The downside? When navigating to a city, players often lose the other folks they were playing with, and it can be difficult to get back in the same group. Also, some places in the game force players to play with random teams, instead of with known friends. In the end, though, Guild Wars: Factions is a fun, cheap alternative to other games in this genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the future of online-only games. Do you feel that online games are going to become the main way games are played? If so, how do you feel about it? What advantages and disadvantages are there to online-only games? Are there any dangers?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Arenanet
  • Release date: June 23, 2006
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Violence

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