I didn't make it!
OK ive heard this game is pretty good but I want a little detail of what it is. Its a role playing game yes but how does it work. Is there skills to raise? If so how many and what kind of skills? is the community good? please explain this game good for me before i buy it because i dont want to waste money i cant afford. Hows the online? Does it have offline?
17th June 2002
Yes, there are skills and attributes to improve as you gain levels (the level cap is 20, by the way, so it does not take an inordinate amount of time to reach). Attributes form the basic statistics for your character, and you get a certain number of 'attribute points' with each new level, which you can spend at will (you can even move your attribute points around later on if you want to change what your character is good at). Skills are abilities you can use during a battle to gain various abilities, such as dealing extra damage, impeding the enemy, healing yourself or your group, and so on. Skill power is usually dependent upon how many points you have invested in a specific attribute (each skill will tell you which attribute it is affected by). There are six professions (monk, ranger, warrior, elementalist, mesmer, necromancer) and each one has a different, specific set of skills and attributes. You can, however, choose a secondary profession early on in the game, which grants you some of the skills and attributes of that class in addition to your own. There are usually about 5/6 attributes for each profession, in addition to roughly 150 skills per profession. The community is not good, in my opinion. You can always get involved in a good, active guild to negate that to some extent however. Upon joining a decent guild you can basically block out the general population and only deal with your fellow guild members, which means you don't have to deal with the unfortunately large number of obnoxious, ignorant and arrogant players out there. There are always decent people hanging around of course, but for every one of those you can guarantee there are two not-so-decent people nearby. It is all online. There is no offline mode -- you cannot even start the game without being connected to the internet. There isn't usually a large amount of lag, though, except for crowded towns and cities where large numbers of players tend to congregate. Even the American server, with all its players, doesn't seem to struggle too much -- and as far as I am aware, the European server has sorted out whatever lag problems it used to have. There are reports of dial-up 56k people playing it with no problems, though they may suffer a little during the patches.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
We have a guildwars forum if you are intrested. ;)
Let me move it from GG to GW for you.