Guild Wars: Eye of the North Gameplay Features

By: Tom Kranz

Most of your time in Eye of the North will be spent in dungeons going as deep as 5 levels each. Some dungeons add puzzle aspects to the game to a slight degree and require to collect keys to advance to the next level of that particular dungeon. Each dungeon will have it's own boss on the final level of that dungeon. You must defeat this special boss to clear the dungeon. The completion of a dungeon will reward all in the party some decent loot.

The maps in Eye of the North vary slightly from previous games. In Eye of the North mission maps typically will display overlapping the region map. On the region maps, undiscovered regions will be transparant, revealing just a little. Mission maps on the other hand are completely blurred. Only after you completely explore the dungeon will you be able to have full view of the map. If you leave a dungeon unexplored it will be reverted to black when you return.

GW: Eye of the North does provide you with a little help when exploring dungeons. Usually somewhere near the entrance into the dungeon you can find a dungeon area map that will highlight important areas of the dungeon. Since dungeons will usually require keys and the defeat of the dungeon boss, these area maps in Guild Wars Eye of the North will highlight both of these with icons.

Each time you complete a dungeon you will be rewarded with a new completed page in your quest logbook. You can then exchange completed quest logs to one of the Title Track factions for massive amounts of reputation and experience points.

The maps in Eye of the North, and really the whole expansion seems to resemble Blizzard's Diablo series. Dungeons have always held a major role in Guild Wars games and have become a major staple of the game in the expansion, similar to Diablo's dungeon crawling.

Guild Wars: Eye of the North Mini games:

Eye of the North brings the addition of mini games to the Guild Wars universe. Different factions have their own mini games that are used to earn bonus reputation points in that particular faction.

Dwarven Boxing is obviously similar to boxing which is played against a computer controlled opponent. A "K.O." is required to win a round.

Polymock is a game that is strangely similar to Pokemon. Each player is allowed 3 creatures to do their battling.

The Norn Fighting Tournament is my favorite mini game of all. This mini game is very much like your regular fighting game such as Street Fighter. You must win a majority of the six total matches to win the rewards.

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