Ratings: Graphics & Audio: 20/25, Gameplay: 23/25, Creativity 21/25, Fun 19/25
Continuing the fantastic adventures of the Guild Wars series the expansion Eye of the North adds some great story driven content along with some fantastic new lands to roam and fight in. The Eye of the North is an expansion to the existing Guild Wars universe and requires one of the three original Guild Wars games; Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions or Guild Wars Nightfall.
To enter the expansion they have used the great storyline of an additional mission from one of the cities of the three Guild Wars games. You follow your individual mission to find yourself in Tyria but in the north area that has been previously unvisited by Guild Wars fans with no way to return. This brings about the first area of caution that is required; don’t leave home without your equipment.
Once in the expansion you will not be allowed to return to the other areas of Guild Wars with that character and you will not be allowed to buy or sell equipment until you’ve proven yourself in battle in the new lands. You also need to be level 20 in order to enter the Eye of the North so don’t bother trying until you are.
The Eye of the North is a large structure that mysteriously appeared in the Far Shiverpeaks and is the center of the new disturbance and activities of the area. The story is a continuation of the original Guild Wars story even with some familiar characters but it is not necessary to have been through that previous edition to understand this new one.
The story follows a new destructive race that has erupted in the lands and you have to defeat them by gathering forces and fighting battles together against these new enemies. Several of the first missions will be to gather these forces and find others that might band with you as well as some smaller missions. The newest race to arrive on the scene wants to destroy the entire land of Tyria so you must band together if any one race wishes to survive the upcoming wars.
Whether you follow along with the story through the main missions or skip through all the story driven cut scenes you will be in for a great time defeating ancient foes and new ones. The expansion brings not only new lands but new character races along with plenty of new skills for each class of character.
The Eye of the North expansion does not change the game or add all kinds of new things but it does bring a new level of adventure and questing to the Guild Wars universe, after all every character and foe you run into will be above level 20. In order to fight and win your way through the entire Guild Wars Eye of the North expansion you will need every bit of that experience and plenty of fellow adventurers. The quests can be plenty difficult and even with the added heroes that you partially control the missions can be difficult.
The gameplay is your pretty straight forward Guild Wars fare with plenty of main missions finding out what the new threat to the lands are but there are also a wide variety of side quests just like in the Guild Wars games. You can be traveling through lands far away from any towns and find quests for a wide variety of adventure in the harsh lands to the north.
Graphics and sound are equally good for the story driven parts of the game as well as all the side missions with a good all around attention paid to every part for an overall well built role playing game. Again Guild Wars Eye of the North does not break new ground but they have continued the tradition of a great adventure with attention to detail paid to all parts of the game.
The games engine may be an older one but the graphics look very good with textures and effects that look great. The voice acting for the story sections are very good as well as all the sound effects and other audio. The entire game has been added to and everything looks and sounds equally well.
The entire expansion revolves around adding new content in the form of one large quest with all its multiple parts of missions using the story line and the entire spectrum of side quests for the player versus environment gameplay. There has been no additional content as far as new professions but the real missing content is no additional player versus player additions. The expansion does a great deal with adding new content to the Guild Wars game as well as that content being at a higher difficulty for the more experienced and perhaps bored players.
Guild Wars Eye of the North is a fantastic expansion to the Guild Wars experience. Adding plenty of content using a great story line or the additional side missions the expansion has plenty to keep adventurers busy for many hours of Guild Wars fun. I highly recommend Guild Wars Eye of the North for additional Guild Wars content and fun.