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An Epic Free Weekend in Guild Wars 2

As anyone that knows me knows, I once was a huge MMO player. Originally, I played a lot of Asheron’s Call and World of Warcraft, but I’ve also dabbled in many of the other online games as well. I had played the original Guild Wars for a few months back when it initially released. And due to my relationship with IGN, I was lucky enough to beta test Guild Wars 2, but I never got too far with either game. Last month, Guild Wars 2 announced that they were going free-to-play in preparation for an upcoming expansion, so I thought I’d download it and take it for a spin.

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The game starts off much like every other MMO. I was placed in a starter town, and a bunch of onscreen tool tips held my hand as I ran around the map. I saved some farmers, collected some tools for the workers, and performed other minor tasks. Somewhere around level 5, I ran into a large group of players that happened to be passing through. Brother Drake invited me to join their RP adventure as they trek across the lands.
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Many Decades of King’s Quest

One evening back in 1989, after my father got home from work, we went to a local PC computer user’s group. Our family recently built a PC, and they were showing off a new game called King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella in its full 256 color glory. The first King’s quest was released 6 years prior, but at the age of 10, this was my first memorable graphical roleplaying adventure. Unfortunately, our computer at home couldn’t handle that many colors (we had a green screen), so at that time I still needed to keep dreaming.

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It wasn’t much later that King’s Quest V was released and I just had to have it. I begged my parents to purchase me a copy, and I would tag along with my father to his work so I could load King’s Quest V on one of the more powerful systems at the office and play all day. King’s Quest V was truly my very first graphical point-click roleplaying game.
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DA2: Questing Alongside Felicia Day

Dragon Age II continues to deliver seemingly rushed content with the latest DLC entitled Mark of the Assassin. This is an ongoing theme from the critically acclaimed Dragon Age II series. Even the developers have noted that some of the landscape art and content was reused a bit much in the Dragon Age sequel, but unfortunately this was not fixed in the last round of updates where most of our adventure takes place in the forest outside of Kirkwall.

That isn’t to say Mark of the Assassin isn’t worth playing. The fourth of many DLC packages to be available for Dragon Age II, Mark of the Assassin puts you alongside the Queen of Geeks, Felicia Day. If you like millions have a small crush on this gaming hottie, the idea of playing alongside her in a roleplaying game, even if only for a few hours, is worth it.
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Since 1999, Stephen "Sprawl" Russell has provided written video game and convention coverage for industry leaders such as IGN Entertainment, Beckett Media, Voodoo Extreme 3D, NCSoft, Stratics, Gamespy, Curse Gaming, Wikia, and the Vault Network.

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