Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2
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Windows
August 28, 2012
OS X
August 28, 2012
 Guild Wars 2 at Wikipedia
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General information

More information Game Status Updates - Game status update page of the official wiki, posted with the latest information from the developers.
More information Guild Wars 2 Forums - The official Guild Wars 2 forums, hosted by Arenanet (Multiple languages available).
More information r/GuildWars2 Subreddit
More information Guild Wars 2 Guru - Fansite with a large community and active forum.
More information Guild Wars 2 Support - Comprehensive list of error codes and fixes.
More information Guild Wars 2 Wiki - Official wiki for Guild Wars 2 - accessible in-game using the /wiki command.
More information GuildHead - Item database, skill editor and interactive map from the Wowhead founders.
More information The Guild Wars 2 Database - Comprehensive item, skill and recipe database by Curse and Guild Wars 2 Guru.
More information Guild Wars 2 Build Editor - PVP character build editor, with linkable builds.

Contents

[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail
Developer Website
Amazon.com
Green Man Gaming
GameFly
Humble Store
Information All versions unlock on the Developer Website.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GameSave Manager Native Syncs settings.

[edit] Video settings

Video settings menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.png AMD owners have to use Flawless Widescreen
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Fixed FOV. For old calculation use -useOldFov parameter in target.[1]

You can use Guild Wars 2 Camera Tool to hack this

Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native In the resolution menu.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible 16x; other settings can be forced in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native FXAA and SSAA available.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Has Vsync and Frame Limiter options.
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Unknown
Mouse acceleration Unknown
Mouse input in menus Unknown
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

[edit] Performance

Guild Wars 2 is a graphically and computationally intense game. Despite the relatively low "Recommended" system requirements, the game would not run well on these systems and requires better hardware than what has been stated. However, ArenaNet are constantly trying to improve the performance of the game.

[edit] Drivers

Recent driver releases from AMD and Nvidia have improved the performance of Guild Wars 2, significantly so for Nvidia.

[edit] CPU Speed

With the complicated technologies at work in Guild Wars 2, it has become a very CPU intense game. The game has a sweet spot for performance at 4 cores, but will utilize more and requires quite a bit of power to run smoothly. As shown in this article, current generation AMD CPU's struggle to play the game, even when given the best available hardware. Older generation (Phenom and below), perform significantly better in this regard. The only solution, short of buying a different CPU, is to significantly overclock. A Reddit thread discussing the issue can be found here.

Another way of improving CPU performance - especially with first generation Intel i3, i5 and i7 processors - could be turning off core parking, a feature in Windows that automatically turns off CPU cores when they are not used to save power. Here is a forum post describing the process.

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] In game fills with white from all sides

Can occur with AMD graphics cards when trying to override application AA/AF settings. Go to Catalyst Control Center > 3D Application Settings and set AA and AF to use application defaults.

[edit] Cannot connect to the Internet

Allow an exception for Gw2.exe in your system firewall.

[edit] Error Codes

There are several common error codes that may occur when attempting to play the game. Error codes starting with 7, 42, or 58 pertain to an inability to log in. Troubleshooting steps for these errors and others can be found on this support page.

[edit] Command Line

These arguments can be added after the last quotation mark in the target in the properties of your Guild Wars 2 shortcut.

  • -autologin
If client is set to remember Account Name and Password the game will login on launch.
  • -bmp
Forces the game to create screenshots as .BMP files. Use for creating high-quality screenshots at the expense of much larger files.
  • -diag
Creates, at startup, a detailed diagnostic logfile which contains data about connection tests and hardware information, located in the installation folder or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Guild Wars 2 (NetworkDiag.log). Useful for determining what is wrong when Guild Wars 2 is not functioning properly.
Important: The program terminates after the logfile is created; since Guild Wars 2 will not be able run with this parameter on, make sure to remove it once Guild Wars 2 has finished creating the logfile.
  • -email <string>
Sets the e-mail address, as specified in <string>, on the log-in screen. Combine with -password to create an auto-log-in shortcut for a specific account.
  • -fps <number>
Sets maximum frames per second parameter, as specified in <number>.
  • -image
Forces the game to download all known updates.
  • The program terminates after the update is completed; Guild Wars 2 will not be able run with this parameter on.
    • Recommended: Create an extra Guild Wars 2 shortcut (e.g. "Guild Wars 2 Updater") specifically to use this command line switch.
  • -image updates gw2.dat; after updating, that file can be be transferred over to other machines.
    • There can be up to 25 gigabytes of data to download. Once -image completes, the exact file size of gw2.dat will vary across installations.
  • -mce
Start the client with Windows Media Center compatibility, switching the game to full screen and restarting Media Center (if available) after the client is closed.
  • -noui
Disables the user interface, producing the same effect as when one pushes Ctrl+Shift+H in-game to toggle it.
  • -nosound
Disables audio system completely.
  • -password <string>
Enables auto-log-in if <string> is the correct password for the account, and either (A) is used with -email or (B) details have previously been saved using the "Remember Account Name" checkbox. This argument must not be preceded by any other argument.
Warning: Putting your password in a shortcut or a batch file makes it easily accessible to everybody with access to your computer. Never use this option if you are sharing your computer with other people whom you do not trust.
  • -perf
Displays performance indicators such as; Triangles, memory usage, frames per second and transfer rate in bytes per second are displayed in multi-colored text in the middle of the right side of the Guild Wars 2 window.
  • -repair
Start the client, checks the files for errors and repair then was needed.
  • -useOldFov
Changes the FoV back to how it was originally.
  • -windowed
Forces Guild Wars 2 to run in windowed mode.
Note: You can easily switch to windowed mode by pressing Alt+ Enter or clicking the window icon in the upper right corner while the game is already running.
  • /clientport <number>
Forces the game to run through a specific port, useful when your ISP is throttling certain ports and causing lag. Port 80 is recommended when using this switch

[edit] System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 or better
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or better
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB available HDD space
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 7800, ATI Radeon X1800, Intel HD 3000 or better (256 MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)
Information These are the finalized system requirements at launch, but as with any MMO these may change over time.[3]

References

  1. Guild Wars 2 Forum - Game Release Notes - Game Update Notes – November 15, 2012
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. https://buy.guildwars2.com/en/
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