Guild Wars 2 is a different type of MMO. The world is persistent. Meaning, the world is ever growing, ever changing, even when players aren’t around. This gives the game a beautiful, real time, 3D experience.
GW2 is another high fantasy MMO that takes place in the world of Tyria about 250 years after the events of the first Guild Wars. The legendary guild, Destiny's Edge, was disbanded. And in their absence the 5 dragons that slept beneath the Earth were awakened, terrorizing the people and wreaking havoc on the lands. Players are tasked with finding members of Destiny’s Edge and reunite them so that they can form once more.
Character customization is more in-depth than other games on this list. Players first choose one of five races which, like WoW, affect a few variables, including having race-specific abilities, starting area specific to that race as well as appearance and lore.” Then they select gender, which has no bearing on gameplay at all. Next, players will select one of 3 professions that offer a subclass or sub-profession. After a player names their character, they will answer a set of questions which give’s their character a bio.
With PvE, players can explore 26 zones, 9 dungeons and 6 cities. Instead of having universal questlines, players have a personal storyline based on their bio, race and profession. PvP in GW2 is intense. Players can engage in structured PvP arenas or World v World which is a combination of PvP and PvE.