Black Friday deals are well underway so we are looking to dig up a few deals that stick out and spread the good word. In the case of MMO games that aren't free to play, Guild Wars 2 Standard Collection stood out as one of the best deals.
Guild Wars 2 is one of World of Warcraft's main competitors for the MMO market, with ArenaNet priding themselves for having a AAA quality MMO without requiring a monthly subscription from its users. The main sources of revenue for the company remain cosmetic microtransactions and new expansions.
The vanilla bit of Guild Wars 2 is free to play, but that is also arguably the weakest part of the game, since storytelling only picked up quality in the first expansion, which is Heart of Thorns and got even better with the second one, Path of Fire.
Purchasing both expansions is well worth the price, which would be $49,99 / €49,99 in total, but with Black Friday kicking in, potential players can get them for 50 per cent off the price. Therefore, one of the best MMORPGs on the market can be purchased in full for $24,99 / €24,99, with no monthly subscription required.
The website can be kind of confusing as it will initially offer only Path of Fire and will prompt you to add Heart of Thorns after you click continue. When you click on add Heart of Thorns, you can apply a promo code, which is "BlackFriday50" in this case, without the quotation marks. Make sure you apply the code only after adding all the stuff you want in your purchase, so the site can properly discount all eligible items.
Since this is a sequel to the original Guild Wars from 2005, Guild Wars 2 contains some exclusive, but strictly cosmetic, in-game rewards that can be earned through farming titles in the original game. The first one consists of three standalone campaigns - Prophecies, Factions and Nightfall, as well as one expansion which is Eye of the North.
These games are also discounted by 50 per cent on Steam, with each campaign and expansion standing at $7,49 / €7,49. In case you want to go title hunting in Guild Wars for those fancy cosmetics in Guild Wars 2, the best deal would be buying the trilogy, which will net you all the standalone campaigns for $14,99 / €14,99. Eye of the North expansion remains a bit tricky as it's only sold alone and can't be found in any bundles.
As you may notice from the screenshots above, ArenaNet puts a lot of focus on pretty graphics with a more realistic art style as opposed to World of Warcraft's cartoony vibe. Bear in mind that the screenshots were taken in medium-high settings so Guild Wars 2 can offer even more eye candy. Even the original Guild Wars aged rather well in the graphics department, as you can see in the gallery below.