Fresh, exciting, and fun but comes up just shy of greatness.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
could choose to repeat some of the game events for that precious experience, but you are never forced to do so. You can choose to help do massive world event quest chains or you can gain some experience killing creatures. Alternatively, there are a number of mini-game type events, such as a shooting gallery activity (to name just one), that you can try your hand at to gain some experience and earn new gear unlocks.


Positives
+ Plenty of verticality in the new areas, giving plenty of venues of exploration and ways to fight.
+ The story is very engaging.
+ New class and new specializations.
+ The new Guild Hall locations are massive in scale and incredibly impressive.
+The combat and gameplay mechanics from the base game are just as solid as ever.
Related Information
Title: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
Platforms: Windows, Mac (Reviewed on Windows)
Website: http://heartofthorns.guildwars2.com/
ESRB Rating: T for Teen (Blood, mild language, use of alcohol, violence)
Disclosure: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns was provided to Total Gaming Network for review purposes.