Posts Tagged ‘Guild Wars’

Guild Wars Wars: NCSoft’s Security Scandal

Tip-tap-tippy-tap-tap-tap. That’s me treading carefully so I don’t wake the vicious, slumbering Litigation Beast. Not that it’d necessarily wake up anyway, but some people have accused NCSoft’s response to a recent security scandal (related to MMO player accounts) of having a slight whiff of porky-pie about it. As those accusations aren’t proven, I’m wearing my Ballerina Shoes of +4 vs dangerous sweeping statements.

These are the key facts to this story: 1) There’s been a sudden, large spate of apparently hacked Aion, Guild Wars, City of Heroes et al accounts. 2) there’ve been reports of an apparent security hole in the NCsoft master account (an umbrella login for multiple NCsoft games), which has caused some players to find they’d somehow logged in as other players. Could these two things possibly be related? NCsoft says no. Hmm. Where’s Poirot when you need him?
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Guild Wars 4th Birthday: Eric Flannum Interview

It’s an anniversary. Four years today the original Guild Wars: Prophecy came out. Seeing this day approaching, we grabbed the chance to have a quick e-mail exchange with designer Eric Flannum about all that time and even let him include “®” symbols in his answers, as the birthday boy can do such things. We also resist trying to make Eric talk about Sacrifice, the other splendid game he was involved with, because this is Guild War’s special day and it’s hardly the time or the place. Questions and answers are found below in an instanced area below.
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Guild Wars Free Trialified

Possibly winning some sort of award for longest time between a game’s release and it getting the demo treatment, Guild Wars now has a free trial wotsit. While you need to sign up for NCsoft’s mildly irritating PlayNC master account thinger, you don’t need to give out credit card details. So if you’ve yet to sample Arenanet’s well-received subscriptionless, PvP-heavy fantasy MMO, now’s your chance. Don’t let the fact that only one member of RPS thinks Guild Wars isn’t oddly characterless and overly mechanical stop you. (Pauses for angry protestations). It’s fine! Just not my cup of elf-tea, y’know?

Meantime, has Guild Wars 2 been delayed as a result of publisher NCsoft’s ‘restructuring’? No-one seems entirely sure.

Review: Guild Wars: Eye of the North.

My, what a lot of colons. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a game mix up its punctuation a little, a throw in a semi-colon even an interrobang? I digress. PC Gamer have lobbed my review of the first real Guild Wars add-on pack online. In it, I say things like…

Even a couple of years after launch, Guild Wars remains unique in the pantheon of online RPGs. No monthly fees. No perpetual level grind. No integrated PvP. No races. No open communal adventure areas. No jump button.

And then go on to mock my own usual rants about Guild Wars, which I’ve done far too many times and won’t bore you with for now. Go read.

Don’t buy Guild Wars: Eye of the North!

Until you read this anyway.

(That was cheap – Subconscious Ed)

Excuse my patchwork armour. I haven't got around to upgrading with the dyes I fancy.

Shuddup. Anyway – Guild Wars: Eye of the North went live this weekend. I’m playing through for a review at the moment, and I had to – due to an Hilarious Internal Communication Error – actually go and buy a copy. This made me pay a little more attention to a Special Offer thing that Guild Wars has been waving in my direction every time I’ve booted it up recently. It’s a free mission pack, set around four sections of the Guild Wars Mythos (We get a Gwen: The College Years mission, basically). You get it when you spend more than Seventeen quid (or twenty-six dollars for our not-getting-abused-due-to-exchange-rate colonial friends) either in the Guild Wars in-game store or the PlayNC store. In other words, buy the expansion pack direct from them and you get extra content the chump in the street doesn’t have. Laugh at the chump in the street! Laugh at him with his sweaty features and charmless, extra-contentless demeanor.

Well, laugh at his sweaty features and charmless extra-contentless demeanor in a few months, as you can’t have it yet. The pack will become available in November to anyone who spends the amount of money before October 31st. In other words, when you can actually have it, it’s too late to actually buy it, and you’re relying on trust that they’re actually going to bother finishing it and not just slack off down the pub. Which is an interesting way to go about things, certainly. More details here.

Eyeing Up Eye of the North

You may be pleased to know that it hasn’t been all intricately documented whining about really brilliant videogames this August Bank-holiday weekend at Rock Paper Shotgun Towers. As I said a couple of posts back, I’ve been playing Guild Wars: Eye of the North on its preview weekend. And I’ve had a lot of fun. Let’s see a picture of my character, having a lot of fun.


Yay! It’s like Rainbow Islands, except with less Rainbows or Islands or Rainbow Islands.

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Ascalon Friends Reunited

Been playing through the preview weekend of Guild Wars: Eye of the North. More eventually, but something amused me and I wanted to share. What some would consider spoilers under the cut, but since it’s one which was included in Arenanet’s trailer for the expansion pack, it really doesn’t matter.

Dude, she's your mom. Well, no, but you know what I mean.

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For those (not) about to BioShock

Well, there’s got to be someone out there who isn’t planning on going through Bioshock this weekend. I’m among you, actually. I’m instead going to be spending my time playing Guild Wars, as they’re having a preview weekend for their forthcoming Eye of The North Expansion.


While the game proper goes live on August 31st, they’re giving people who’ve pre-ordered the game 72 hours of running around and generally trying to power their way through as much content as possible from the 24th to the 26th. And, most importantly, all progress and achievements will be absolutely valid when the game goes properly on, so you’re not wasting your time. Clearly, this is an attempt to get as many pre-orders as possible, but that’s just a fine mutually reciprocal relationship. Arenanet get lovely, lovely money. You get to wander around the newbie zones on August 31st and wave your magical equipment at them braggingly.

That said, for Eye of the North, it’s worth nothing that the newbies won’t be newbies. This is the first of the Guild Wars games that is a genuine expansion – in that you need a level 20 character to access it. If you don’t… well, you should. Guild Wars is excellent, and if you haven’t already, I’d recommend you start at Nightfall. But if you don’t, there’s always that Defcon weekend. Or some other game.

Oh, we can’t escape it.