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Wednesday - October 24, 2007

GW Factions - Review @ Ten Ton Hammer

by Inauro, 23:09

Ten Ton Hammer reviews Guild Wars: Factions and concludes:

Despite a few niggling complaints I still have with the original Guild Wars system, I found the Factions really stood up as a quality stand-alone product. Though not as thorough or intriguing as Guild Wars: Prophecies, Factions still can be looked at as a quality addition to the Guild Wars line and a very fun product overall. With its rich PvP system and updated PvE experience, Factions brings a more efficient experience to the Guild Wars journey, which also detracts from the overall experience of the storyline. All in all, Guild Wars: Factions remains a power-house stand-alone product and can be explored by new and veteran players alike.

Source: Ten Ton Hammer

Friday - December 01, 2006

GW Factions - Review @ Games Radar

by Dhruin, 21:18

Games Radar has followed up their Guild Wars critique with a Factions review.  This time the score is 8/10:

While the new character designs look great, we were disappointed in how they played. The Assassin played like a second-rate Warrior. Their attacks looked impressive with lots of acrobatic flips and lunges, but their skills didn’t seem to pack enough of a punch. We were also a little underwhelmed with the Ritualist’s summoning abilities which called forth a mass of pathetic transparent spirits that couldn’t really hold a candle to the Necromancer’s undead minions.

Wednesday - August 30, 2006

GW Factions: GC Impressions @ GameSpot

by Dhruin, 22:46
GameSpot has impressions from Guild Wars: Factions, based on a Leipzip GC viewing:
The first headline additions to the game are undoubtedly the two new professions that you can choose to undertake. They are the dervish and the paragon, and more details can be found in previous GameSpot coverage.

What's more, you will be tasked with the exploration of a whole new continent, called Elona, which, in terms of environment, will have a North African feel to it. Sure enough, our look at one of the tutorial quests for the game was set in a sandy yet temperate zone, in which the player needed to complete a series of trials set in a massive stone temple.

Monday - August 28, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ Strategy Informer

by Dhruin, 22:38
Strategy Informer let us know about their review of Guild Wars: Factions, which sports a score of 7.7/10:
Now, in my personal opinion, once all the general graphics, models and textures have been done, the graphical effects can make or break the game. I enjoy good graphical effects (or anything shiny) and so these are the most appealing to me. Fortunately for the game, I approve of the effects, in fact not only that, I am also quite impressed. Okay, they are not in a world of their own (so to speak) but they are none the less an excellent addition to keep everything flowing visually.

Friday - August 18, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ ic-games

by Dhruin, 00:04
Head over to ic-games to for a <a href="" target="_blank">review</a> of GW Factions. The score is 89% and here's a snippet:<blockquote><em>Anyone unsure about playing online shouldna "!t be, Guild Wars Factions takes you by the hand and gently teaches you the finer points before finally allowing you to head out on your own to take on the world. Feeling lonely? You also shouldna "!t be, as youa "!ll also be able to create and join guilds to take on the a Ubigger and baddera "! creatures out there that you normally wouldna "!t be able to take on solo. The greater the danger, the higher rewards youa "!ll ultimately receive, because of this grouping at times becomes a necessity.</em></blockquote>

Friday - August 11, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ WomenGamers

by Dhruin, 22:48
WomenGamers takes a <a href="" target="_blank">look</a> at Guild Wars: Factions from their perspective and finds it worthy of an 8/10 score:<blockquote><em>Guild Wars is a fun game. You can chose from a wide variety of characters to play. Everything is very customizable. You can set up your character to look and fight however you wish. The monsters and enemies are good fodder for axe, sword or spell. The game's AI is smart enough to be challenging and simple enough to make the fights funny. The game has a general look that is classy, clean and upscale. The gorgeous graphics and music make it a cohesive game experience. You can play however you like to. If you want to wander around looking at architecture and listening to music you can. If you want to get all fired up and fight oncomers in an arena, you have that option as well. What makes a game into a world is the options that it offers. Guild Wars provides a range of freedom toa  play.</em></blockquote>

Source: Blue's

Thursday - August 03, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ GotFrag EXE

by Dhruin, 23:01
A review of Guild Wars: Factions from the perspective of an action site can be found at GotFrag Exe. The score is 88% and here's an introductory snippet:
After playing Guild Wars for a while, I can now understand how even busy people can have time to play. Guild Wars represents a paradigm change from the standard model of "pay to play" gaming world. That's right, there is no monthly fee! A lot of people might wonder how such a model for a could be profitable, but if you read Jason Baker's preview on Factions, you'll know that the developers have a different way of looking at things. They believe that gamers want to play a variety of games, so they've structured their model to allow it.

Source: Blue's

Thursday - July 27, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ ActionTrip

by Dhruin, 01:09
ActionTrip has reviewed Guild Wars: Factions, scoring a healthy 85%:
With the latest stand-alone game in the Guild Wars universe, Guild Wars: Factions, NCSoft shows they are unwilling to part from their unique design philosophy for the franchise, regardless of how the competition may be doing. All jokes about their gay-looking character models aside (yes, Rangers still look like "Wham" male groupies), one can only commend NCSoft for setting up a great infrastructure for Guild Wars. You buy the product; it's not subscription-based, the servers appear stable and they are set up in such a way so that you always end up in "realms" (or "districts" as they call them) with the highest population of players, and the patching process is extremely efficient. To top that off, the community team is constantly coming up with PVP-oriented competitions and new content.

Monday - July 17, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ Primotech

by Inauro, 22:58
Primotech has posted a review of ArenaNet's Guild Wars: Factions. Snip:<blockquote><em>Factions is the first formal, purchasable add-on to last summera "!s epic online role-playing game, Guild Wars. For those unfamiliar with the Guild Wara "!s universe, there is a storyline that pits players against enemies as well as a large player vs. player and guild versus guild (GvG) arena based portion of the game. The PvP affects the PvE world, depending on which nation controls the arena at any given time. Characters chose a primary and secondary profession, giving them access to over 100 skills. However, only eight can be equipped for any given mission or battle, requiring players to really focus on what they want to accomplish. </em></blockquote><a href="" target="_blank">More...</a>

Source: Primotech

Friday - July 07, 2006

GW Factions: Review @

by Dhruin, 22:53
88% is the score for Guild Wars Factions in Computergames' <a href="" target="_blank">review</a>:<blockquote><em> Aside from the two new professions, the Asian theme and the new continent of Cantha, another feature of Factions is the mission system for the storyline. In Prophecies, each completed mission granted you one skill point and the completion of a secondary object meant that you received a bonus of 1000 experience points (XP) a  this was indicated by the swords over the city where you received the mission. Factions works in much the same way, except besides skill points and XP you also receive gold. Moreover, you dona "!t have to complete a secondary objective, but finish the mission in a certain amount of time. If you complete it in less than 30 minutes youa "!ll receive 1500 XP and 150 gold instead of the standard 1000XP / 100 gold. If you finish the mission under 20 minutes, youa "!ll receive 2000XP and 200 Gold, at which point there will be three swords over the city you got it from.</em></blockquote>

Saturday - July 01, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ Game Chronicles

by Dhruin, 23:29
Guild Wars Factions has been <a href="" target="_blank">reviewed</a> at Game Chronicles. The score is 9.1/10 and here's a snip:<blockquote><em>This may explain why I so love Guild War: Factions a  the new expansion to last yeara "!s best selling MMOG title, Guild Wars. Instead of falling back on tired Middle Earth clichés like orcs and elves, the developers at ArenaNet chose instead to draw upon the settings and myths of ancient China, Korea, and Japan. Players get to explore the mythical land of Cantha, a world of mist-shrouded temples and palaces inhabited by strange creatures such as oni, kappa, naga, and kirin (think evil unicorns). If youa "!ve ever wanted to play a samurai defending villagers from an army of bandits, or a ninja assassin carrying out dark missions on behalf of the emperor, then Factions will help you fulfill that Toshiro Mifune or Jet Li fantasy.</em></blockquote>

GW Faction: New Patch Notes @ Official Site

by Dhruin, 23:21
The Guild Wars Factions site sees news of two recent updates, launching the Dragon Festival and fixing a couple of minor hiccups - head here for the notes.

Tuesday - June 27, 2006

GW Factions: Dragon Festival Event

by Dhruin, 01:50
The Guild Wars site brings news of an upcoming Factions event called the <a href="" target="_blank">Dragon Festival</a>:Guild Wars FactionsTM Dragon Festival<br><br>June 30, 2006 7:00 GMT a  July 5, 2006 7:00 GMT<br><br>In the spirit of celebration, adventurers on the continent of Cantha are cordially invited to the Dragon Festival, a summer festival with all the trimmings!<br><br>After the destruction wrought by the Jade Wind, the newly crowned Emperor Hanjai (the eldest son of the assassinated emperor) oversaw the settlement of Shing Jea Island and the expansion of Kaineng City. The following summer, Emperor Hanjai dedicated a new Dragon Festival to commemorate the survival of the Empire of the Dragon.</em></blockquote>

Friday - June 16, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ RewiredMind

by Dhruin, 07:48
A very short review of Guild Wars: Factions is on offer at RewiredMind. The score is 9/10 and here's one of the four paragraphs:
Factions introduces two new character classes, the Assassin and the Ritualist. Having played the Assassin on the beta weekends and being more of a warrior-orientated player in the first place, I thought that I would step out of my comfort zone and go with the magic-using Ritualist. Oh my goodness. To use a common turn of phrase 'they're teh bets and completely pwn'. The animation of the spirits that you summon, struggling against their chains and then realising that they have to do your bidding, is one of the best characterisations I've seen in a game for a long time. The power that they give the Ritualist as well as the range over which they give it is amazing, with the Ritualist becoming somewhat of a long-range support specialist.

Source: Blue's

Thursday - June 15, 2006

GW Factions: Reviews

by Inauro, 07:08
Computer and Video Games and GamingGroove have both posted reviews of Factions, ArenaNet's first Guild Wars expansion.

Computer and Video Games.
Aficionados of the original Guild Wars - now known as Prophecies - will be aware that it's the MMORPG that you can eat between other games without ruining your appetite. Dispensing with the levelling-up trudge of killing small animals, it's an action-packed affair that you can play in short, controlled bursts without any negative impact on your character. And crucially, there's no subscription fee.

Factions is of course Chapter Two (of several planned) and is available either as a 'standalone product' or as an upgrade to your already installed Guild Wars. There's only one game client, so my Factions character now sits alongside those from Prophecies in the menu. Of the two new classes available, the Assassin is a swift and deadly killer - with minimal armour - and the Ritualist is able to summon up an array of spirits at the drop of a wand.
However, in the case of Guild Wars Factions, you're looking at a totally different beast. From the outside, the game looks and plays like a MMORPG. But, in fact, it is not. Why? The mechanics are different: Factions servers act like a matchmaking service, providing "lobbies" within certain parts of the game. Players gather in these towns, a visual chat room, if you will, and sell goods and hook up for quests. It all looks like a MMORPG game until you leave the town; once that happens, you're on your own. This is where the MMOG splits away from the MMORPG. Factions looks like a persistent world, but it's not. You won't pass live players along the road. You won't accidentally invade a group's camping trip. The only time you fight alongside a human is if you've joined a party; everyone plays the same local "map," but only those players within the party.

Wednesday - June 14, 2006

GW Factions: Interview @ AVault

by Dhruin, 08:24
ArenaNet's Jeff Strain has spoken to The Adrenaline Vault about Guild Wars: Factions. Here's part of an early question:<blockquote><em><b>Jay T: Factions is a stand alone game, and players do not need the original Guild Wars in order to play Factions. Why did Arena.Net make Factions a stand alone game when every other MMO developer just makes an add-on to the original game?</b> <br> <br>Jeff Strain: Well, I think there are a couple of reasons. First and foremost, we really think it important to make sure that for a game thata "!s going to be around for many, many years, we want to make sure that people that are coming in late, that ita "!s very easy for them to get in. If Guild Wars Factions is out on the shelf, and you didna "!t buy the first one the first time around, and youa "!re like a SI keep hearing about this Guild Wars, whata "!s it all about?a ? We want you to be able to just buy Factions and play it rather than having to go and get the base game and get all the expansions and have this huge financial investment right up front. Fact is therea "!s people who just wona "!t do that. But they will buy a game, go home and try it out. Ita "!s important to us to not only have our existing fan base from campaign to campaign, but also attracting new people into it as well. That was probably the primary motivator, make it easy for people to get into the game and play it.</em></blockquote><a href="" target="_blank">More...</a>

Saturday - June 03, 2006

GW Factions: GWFC Event @ Official Site

by Inauro, 02:46
ArenaNet has announced a new Guild Wars Factions Championship event to be held in Leipzig, Germany this summer.
Has your guild recently formed or did it finish the season outside of the top five? Do you want a final chance to compete for big prizes in the Guild Wars Factions Championship at Leipzig, Germany this summer?

Take on the best guilds from around the world! Show off your skills in front of the international press! Win the GWFC Open event and your guild will be on its way to compete for $100,000 in cash prizes!

Source: Guild Wars

Saturday - May 27, 2006

GW Factions: Review @ Yahoo Games

by Inauro, 01:18
Yahoo Games chimes in with a review of Factions, ArenaNet's first expansion for its award winning MMO, Guild Wars.
Guild Wars' mostly-an-MMORPG approach has always made it a hard game to categorize. Sure, it's massive, multiplayer, and online, but it lacks the monthly fees and repetitive gameplay that all too often characterize the genre. So it's appropriate that Factions, in essence its first expansion pack, doesn't quite match the traditional definition of an expansion either.

First up, you don't need the original game to play it. You can buy Factions, start a new character, and begin exploring Factions' new continent, Cantha, straight away. Factions characters and those from the original Guild Wars campaign, Prophecies, can interact with each other. Factions also comes with 300 new skills, piles of new equipment, monsters, guild features, warring factions for players to ally with, and so on.

Source: Yahoo Games

Information about

Guild Wars: Factions

Developer: ArenaNet

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Unknown
Combat: Unknown
Play-time: Unknown
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
· Homepage
· Platform: PC
· Released: 2006-03-28
· Publisher: NCsoft