Classic Guild Wars 1 just got a huge graphics update

    
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This week, classic Guild Wars 1 has gotten its first real update in the years since going into maintenance mode. As we noted on Tuesday’s podcast, the update follows player feedback and requests in the original game’s recent AMA, which apparently took even ArenaNet by surprise (though it shouldn’t; this game is beloved for a reason!).

The patch notes tell the story: It’s primarily a graphics settings update, but it makes a huge difference to the 2005 MMORPG. In addition to getting better window support and improved anti-aliasing options, the game now boasts a level of detail toggle setting that makes the distant world look gorgeous.

“A new ‘Advanced’ option checkbox has been added to the Graphics options panel. This will replace the ‘-lodfull’ command line option that was added recently. Model LODs will always use the highest available LOD (Level Of Detail), regardless of distance, including the disabling of ‘imposter’ models. The max draw distance will be doubled. Ground cover vegetation draw distance will be pushed out even further.
Terrain LODs will almost always draw in highest.”

Big cheers to ANet’s Stephen Clarke-Willson for making it happen. Now, we’re expecting lots of GW1 screenshots for One Shots over the next few weeks!

Source: Reddit, wiki. With thanks to April!
MMO.it’s Lorenzo “Plinious” Plini took some fabulous before-and-after shots and generously agreed to allow us to show some of them off right here!

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Veldara

Even to this day I still find Pre-Searing to be breathtaking visually, that’s what impresses me about the Guild Wars series, they have a timeless aesthetic that really ages well.

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jeabus23

Wow this is the best birthday present i didn’t even know I wanted. Re-installing now!

Alyn
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Alyn

GW 1 great great soundtrack and nice memories for me. So happy they’ve updated the graphics! Some good news for me today. LOL, I needed it!

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I stop and pause when I hear GW1 music in 2. The moment moves me and I fall off a ledge to afk and listen. Then some nice ahole rezzes me. DAMN IT!!

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Randy Savage

Now just add the ability to jump

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McGuffn

/jump works if i remember correctly.

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Randy Savage

Can you macro it to your spacebar?

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xpsync

I played this at launch for a few months, nothing but fond memories.

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hardy83

Cool. Always wanted to get into the first game, but since ANet actively doesn’t want me playing their games because they are a terrible company, I hope those who still like them as a company enjoy the game.

From what I gather the original has a lot better writing and story than GW2.

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ghostlight

Agree completely on this. I found the whole story of the ‘searing’ and the fall of Ascalon, and the conflict between Jora and Svanir, far more compelling than anything in GW2, though to be fair the GW2 writing did seem to improve a bit with Paths of Fire.

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Duey Bear

The improvements to GW2 started with LW Season 3, but yes, Path of Fire is amazing and Season 4 is looking to be more of the same. It’s not going to happen, but it would be nice if the core story got touched up a bit (maybe with some more transitional quests).

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

AWESOME!

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ghostlight

Very cool, ty for head’s up on this Bree. I’ve been wanting an excuse to go back to GW1, and in any event never came close to finishing. I tend to agree with those who say that in some ways GW1 was superior to its sequel.

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Veldan

Seeing a video of this reminds me how good a game Guild Wars was (is?). It’s just unparallelled. I don’t feel like going back but I’ll always miss it. And I’ll always hate that they went in a totally different direction for GW2, making the original Guild Wars the only game of its kind to this day.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Just checked it. Noticable difference. Even got desire to play GW1 again abit.
New graphics update isnt activate by default btw. You have to turn on “advanced” option