Eye of the North New Game Features

By: Tom Kranz

Eye of The North is the first true expansion in the Guild Wars series of PC Games. As with the other installments of the series, Guild Wars: Eye of the North has absolutely no monthly subscription fees. The unique thing about EotN is that it can act as an expansion to any of the 3 previous standalone campaigns - Prophecies, Factions and Nightfall. The expansion takes place just about 6 years after the Prophecies installment. 3 Years after the Nightfall campaigns, and 8 years after the Searing story.

Items & Characters:

The expansion is aimed at established players, who own and have played through at least one of the three main campaigns. It introduces:

- 40 New Armor Styles.
- Numerous non-set and set-profession-specific armor items.
- 100 New Skills Specific to Profession.
- 50 PvE skills.
- 10 additional heroes (1 per profession).

For the Rangers, there are also new Animals capable of charming (Mountain Eagle, Raven, White Wolf, White Moa, Black Wolf, Polar Bear, Albino Rat, White Crab, Iguana, and Rainbow Phoenix). There are also rare and special animals, like the Black Moa and the Rainbow Phoenix, which require special quests to be completed and special conditions to be met.

Guild Wars Eye of the North Maps:

GW:EN shares the same world map with Prophecies, but introduces new maps for dungeons, which are unique to the expansion. Dungeons maps are blank until you've completely discovered them. Until then you must rely on the semi-accurate maps that you can find near the entrance of any particular dungeon that will help you navigate to dungeon bosses, dungeon keys, and doors.

Dungeons play a much bigger role in the expansion compared to previous titles. Even the EotN maps have been upgraded to accommodate the new map features dungeons bring. Dungeon maps resemble the normal map you see in the game, but with special mapping features, and items of interest (like doors, stairs, and quest goals) marked out on them.

The Hall of Monuments:
In the Hall of Monuments you can save achievements, titles, weapons, armors, and other character information. This feature is presumed to be put in place so those who want to hold onto their characters when Guild Wars 2 eventually releases can do so.

New Story Arcs:
Eye of the North features 4 new story arcs. Asura Title Track,
Deldrimor Title Track, Ebon Vanguard Title Track, Norn Title Track, and the Master of the North Title Track. The Depths of Tyria have 18 dungeons alone. The game ends with the defeat of the Great Destroyer.

Mini Games:
3 New Mini Games (Dwarven Boxing, Polymock, and The Norn Fighting Tournament).
Each game will reward the winner with different amounts of reputation, experience, and items.

Eye of The North makes a great expansion to an already solid series. GW:EN brings multiple new styles of game play to the Guild Wars world, as well as hours upon hours of extra game play. Eye of the North gives a sneak peak of whats to come from Guild Wars 2.

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