I bought this game last week and have not played anything else since. It is the first online game I have tried - due to the fact it does not require a subscription fee - and is proving to be a first class title. Okay, so lots of the quests seem to be "find the so-and-so item and take it to so-and-so" or "go and slay the something-or-other" variety, but surely this is what gaming is all about? A nice, enjoyable time of things!
This game has plenty to recommend it, too. Six different character classes to choose from (although only one race - Human - which is explained in the rule book) and the gameworld is large, with plenty of places to visit, loads of things to kill and a multitude of items and other treasure to find. Just what a good role-playing game should offer. Combat is simple and quick, and so satisfying when you slay an opponent. You can even create up to four characters - although you can only play one at once, as this is a single-character RPG - and purchase more character slots online for £2.99 each - although if you purchase either of the other "Guild Wars" titles (Factions & Nightfall) you get two character slots per title for free.
Other player-characters only appear in settlements rather than in the wilderness (which is populated solely by monsters and NPCs) although if you join up with other players to go questing, you can all go out of town together, and complete the various missions as a group, which is reminiscent of table-top RPGs, and really good fun.
I have only sampled the co-operative play yet, although there is also a player-verses-player mode available too.
In summary, if you enjoyed games like both "Dungeon Siege" RPGs, "Baldur's Gate", "Neverwinter Nights" and "Diablo", you really cannot go wrong here, particularly for the price and the fact you will not have to pay anything else for the game, ever. Unless of course you also purchase "Guild Wars: Factions" and "Guild Wars: Nightfall", which add whole new continents to the gameworld and lots more items and skills - although they are not necessary and each of the "Guild Wars" 'sets' is a single game in itself.