The most amazing thing about Guild Wars doesn?t concern gameplay or graphics, though those two things do play a large role in this game. The biggest feature about this online game is that it is absolutely free to play after you take it home from the store. Though not a true MMORPG, the basis of Guild Wars remains totally online. Players join up and create a character much like any other MMORPG, but after that, it's all mission based. Whether you want to tackle these quests solo or with a group of people is totally up to the player, and there is no shortage of action to get someone started.
By joining an actual Guild, the player can quickly find friends to help them along their conquests. However, this isn't necessary to play the game. Lone wolves will fare just as well, either by selling their skills to other players or just by becoming a general bad ass.
The game isn't limited to just quests and missions, either. Player vs. player combat is always encouraged, and battles containing up to 50 people can ensue at one time. Traveling long distances is also a thing of the past, as you and your party are teleported directly to your quest when everyone is ready to go.
Maybe not as large in scope as other online games, Guild Wars definitely makes up for that with its community centered gameplay. You will invariably meet other people along your journeys, make allies and enemies, and from the looks of things, have a pretty good time. And hey, it's free once you actually buy the game, which something that is pretty hard to beat these days. And since the dev team is composed of ex-Blizzard guys, this is definitely one to watch.