Posted 25 July 2007 - 04:32 PM
Guild wars is a MMORPG, so you can only play it online. When you buy the game,you make an account with either ArenaNet or NCsoft, and thats what you play from. The only cost of the game is the game itself, you do not need to pay a monthly fee to play the game, which is why a lot of people choose it over WoW and others.
I believe that Guild Wars is much better than WoW and other games because of many reasons. First of all, the characters aren't toonish at all like on WoW and you can only play as the human race. Unlike WoW, there is a level cap (how high of a level you can be). The level cap is 20, it may sound like it sucks, I thought it did too, but once you get into the game, you will realize that this is a very good idea. It helps regulate the game play so that you might have to fight a level 120 player or NPC while you are only level 10. You can fight monsters over level 20, but that is not until later in the game. I believe that the highest level of monsters is 32, but that is for the end of the game. To progress in the game, there is a system of missions and quests that you have to do. If you don't want to do all of the missions and quests, you don't have to, but you may not be able to explore certain areas of the game. I'm not sure how it works on WoW and others, but there are towns and outposts where you go and interact with other players, sell things to merchants, buy things, and much more. If you want to go do a quest, mission, or just go fight monsters and farm (killing monsters and getting loot to sell) with other players, you can create a party of up to 8 players. If nobody is available to create a party with, you can use NPC henchmen, who follow you around and kill things with you, or heroes, which are available in Nightfall, the third campaign of Guild Wars. When you start your character, you pick the class that you want your character to be. There are 10 different character classes which are Warrior, Ranger, Monk, Necromancer, Elementalist, mesmer, Paragon, Dervish, Assassin, and ritualist. Once you pick your character class, you can choose a secondary class. Once you choose your primary profession, you must stick with that profession. There are sets of armor that are only available to your character class, not generic armor that anybody can wear.
There are many differnt aspects of the game, I just gave you the few basic ones to give you a better understanding of the game and how it works.
Hope I helped,