“ Genre: Strategy / Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal Interactive „
Warcraft 3, The Frozen Throne. This is the expansion pack for the legendary game Warcraft 3. The expansion pack contains new additions and units for each race, an entire new race 'the Najas', a whole new Horde mini-campaign following the story of the hero Rexxar and of course the conculed campaign of the Night Elves, where you get to meet Illidan Stormrage in his new state.
The game is extremly solid, there are very little bugs if any and has been programmed extremly well. The CGI movies are colourful, bold and action packed and the gameplay is fluid, interesting and fun.
The new multiplayer ladder also is a whole new challenge for gamers, there is an entire league dedicated to just The Frozen Throne, with special features and improvements only available from this expansion pack.
This game also has a very important role in setting the story for the new World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, as this is where it all begins.
You must install Warcraft 3 reign of chaos into the computer before installing this. I would advise u to do Warcraft 3 campaign first before playing this game campaign as the campaign is a follow up of the warcraft 3 campaign. The campaign is very fun as it really gave u a challenge . The first time u play this , i advise u not to use any cheats at all. For those who can not finish the mission, read the game guide. There are more units in this game and 2 new races but u can only use them in mission or in battle net . You need a internet connection to go to battle net. Most people who have Warcraft 3 frozen throne would more likely play in battle net as there are a lot of different kinds of maps in there. Its better to go and play battle net and ignore the campaign as you will have more fun in battle net.
For many the expansion pack for Warcraft 3, Frozen Throne was the greatest thing that ever happened to them. I myself was excited to try out the game. New heroes and units to try out in the new races! How exciting!
The very first thing I experienced with the expansion was the gross balance issues with the new human hero. The fire monstrosity that could leech your mana severely, in an infinite manner *while he was leeching your mana the cooldown time was shorter then the spell duration so you could chain them, and that spell drained you good*, the fire spell that at level 3 could destroy your main buildings without much trouble, eradicate entire armies with ease.
It got so bad the players would almost immediately go to the human race at every game. The first to train their new hero to level 10 was generally the one who won hands down. The new heroes were smitten like children in comparison.
You could not imagine my disappointment. I carefully closed the game, and vowed to never return until that problem was fixed, seeing as I never bought the game to play in single player mode *well, to learn the ropes, but that was about it*. In about a month the fix came and that new hero was cut down to size, making the game once again more enjoyable.
Gameplay and the such are all still very much like the first, the expansion didn't change it up too much while still providing a few interesting new strategies because of the new units and heroes.
Music was as always, rather good, nothing spectacular, but good.
Had a rough start, but still, one of the best games you can play.
You might ask why I am writing a review on a game/add on that is now over 4 years old, a virtual century in computer game production, especially when World of Warcraft has almost taken over the world in this genre.
Well, firstly, because I am still playing it, as that in itself is a mark of a great game, that people are playing it for years. Secondly, because the cult players are still making maps and modifications for the game which means it stays fresh.
Many folk go out and buy new games and 'forget' what they can get on the budget shelf, I dunno why, this game is still terrific.
What is it?
For those that do not know it is a fantasy strategy game, an expansion pack to Warcraft 3, along the same lines as Command and Conquer and any other number of similar games. One plays a role, builds up forces and destroys other forces, yet it is so much more than this.
You play as one of four 'races'; Humans, Orcs, Undead, or Night Elves, and start with varying levels of 'bases' such as a town hall; you have to mine gold and chop trees to earn virtual credits which you then use to build more buildings, different types of characters, with different weapons.
You can increase their weaponry, armour, build 'hero's' that increase in strength, skills and spells (spells are fantastic) as they win battles. You can also 'buy' different spells, different hero's and fortify your buildings, it is a lot easier than it sounds.
All the races have distinct characteristics and nice humourous touches included in the voices and mannerisms, someone had great fun with this. There is also some 'hidden' little bits of humour which I wont spoil for you, find them for yourself; oh, okay here is one, find a cute little animal that is wandering, such as a seal and click repeatedly on it, for at least 20 times and see what happens.
The Game itself:
You can play the campaign as each race, which is, as it sounds, a campaign, where you progress through story lines until (if) you make it to the end, quite tough, especially on the higher AI levels. Then when you have done that you can play a 'custom campaign'.
You can also play a 'custom game', my personal favourite, where you; choose a map, AI level, number of enemies and simply go for it. This is where you can download any number of maps and modifications and enjoy new and different ways of playing.
Great, same as Warcraft 3 I play this game on a 128 MB graphics card which plays fine, and the graphics are bright and quite fun in a cartoon animated way, you can zoom right in as you are playing top down at a slight angle.
Sounds and Voices:
Those that have read previous game reviews of mine will know that I generally turn the music off as it is quite annoying and distracting, this is no different.
As mentioned before the character voices are fun, any character, when 'clicked' makes a response, click the same character and it responds again, some characters have about half a dozen responses, some are hilarious, such as the Human rifleman who says things like "wheres my drink" in a Scottish accent followed by "It's in my belly".
This Warcraft 3 add-on can be bought for a couple of quid now and it takes a minimum of 50 hours to complete all missions, that is without the 'custom' games and campaigns, so incredibly good value for money.
More or less non existent now as everyone is playing World of Warcraft so there is not much point in me reviewing this, though there are still a few diehards playing online, generally the same guys (usually guys) that play Dungeons and Dragons.
- Warcraft 3 the original game, don't forget, this game is an add-on.
- 400 Mhz Pentium 2 (most people have a more powerful PC than this these days)
- 128 MB of RAM
- 8MB video card
- 550 MB hard drive space
- 4 speed CD-ROM
So basically any PC that is less than 5 years old should be able to run this adequatley.
Fantastic game combining role playing, strategy, fantasy and action, stands the test of time well, and I love the spells!
Great fun to play, some humour, lots of ways to play, different AI levels, play in the air on the ground, hide, run, attack, defend. If you like Command and Conquer or that genre, an absolute must. Maybe the 'scope' of the environments are a little dated, but then maybe I am being too picky.
In my opinion, one of the top ten all time great PC games, that aint gonna change anytime soon.
This is an updated version of an earlier Ciao review, same member name.
Warcraft 3: The Frozen throne is the next in the long series of Warcrafts (Warcraft 1, Warcraft 2: Orcs and Humans and Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos) So of course this serves as an add on to Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, but does it measure up? is the developer blizzards new child a genius or an abortion? lets wait and see...
Well, first we must look at what is actually in the add-on. When i first got the game (unfortunatley i was not in the beta, but as i pre-ordered it from a website that does very cheap games, i got it quite early) i already had great expectations, as i had been reading up on its contents, and was delighted to discover that the previews were true; this isnt just another lame sequel to get coins like certain games COUGH*the sims*COUGH. This is almost like a new game, with 5, yes 5 new campaigns, each with around 20 levels to feast your strategy-hungry eyes on. But is your machine a vicious enough beast to carry this new game? The specs are as follows:
400 Mhz Pentium II (or equivalant)
128 MB of RAM
8 MB 3D video card (TNT, i810, Voodoo 3, Rage 128 equivalant or better) with Direct X 8.1 Support
550 MB HD space (in addition to the warcraft reign of chaos installation)
4x CD-ROM drive
With these primitive enough specs you will be able to play this beauty well enough, but if you really want to have a good gaming experience then i recommend this:
256 MB of RAM
32 MB 3D video card
DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card (for the beautiful background music ;-))
2. JUDGING A GAME BY ITS COVER
When i slid my new baby out of its brown paper packaging, i was pleasently surprised to see a very evil face of a human with white hair and armour on, depicted in the same style as the Orc on the Warcraft 3 : Reign of Chaos (ROC from now on) case (only half his head is on the case)
the game is a 12 + and is identified to be multiplayer. I turn the case over too see some delightful screenshots and information detailing what is new, and in BIG letters EXPANSION SET TO THE GAME OF THE YEAR (if youve got it, flaunt it!) so i was very satisfied with the outside, but lets see whats inside...
3. THE MANUAL
The manual has the same picture as on the front case (exactly the same style as the warcraft: ROC manual) which i was pleased with. Looking at the lower left corner i noticed the immortal bane of unorganised gamers existence: a cd-key. This security measure is good in 3 ways:
1. it stops blizzard being conned by people copying cd's
2. it means more profit for blizzard
3. it means sometimes messy people such as myself are motivated to keep organised so we do not lose such valuable pieces of information!
The manual is an average-sized 24 pages, which is understandable as the warcraft 3: ROC manual is 68 pages long, and that contains most of the information. The manual for The Frozen Throne (TFT) informs you of all the new stuff, and wait for it; pointless but has to be done: credits. NOW, ONTO THE GAME!!!!!
I didnt want to class this as a whole section because it start to waffle on, so im just going to keep this short and to the point. The installation was easy to navigate through, and showed some screenshots of the game that i will be playing after the process has finished. It was a quick installation and i was very satisfied with it.
3. THE GAME! THE GAME!
There isnt just a few new things on this add on, there are in total over 20 new units, 30 new maps, and many more other features. I was ultimatley delighted to find that the game comes with a map maker/editor that sadly takes a bit of time getting used to. The gameplay was the same as before, smooth, basic menus that no-one could get confused on even if they had a paper bag over their head, and of course the graphics. But the graphics had improved since then, making it a realy beauty. So i could witness all 4 playable races in graphical beauty:
After completing the first campaign i tired of whooping computer butt so i took to the skies......
Battle.net is blizzards piece of software that hosts all their games, but particularly the warcraft series. After creating an account which was reasonably quick and easy (once i found a username that wasnt taken) i started to investigate. i found out that you can play 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4, you can play arranged teams with friends, you can even play custom maps, created in the afformentioned map editor found in the warcraft directory. NOTE: BE CAREFUL GOING INTO THIS SECTION AS IT IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND I HAVE FALLEN INTO THE WORLD OF COMPULSIVE GAMING AND HIBERNATING IN MASS PURCHASED HAMSTER BEDDING WITH MY PET CORDLESS KEYBOARD JIM.
I thank you for reading this review, and i hope you found it useful. TFT is on sale on most online stores for as cheap as £15-£20, so it wont set you back that much. I was really proud of Blizzards new creation, and it has made my faith in the developers even stronger (almost as strong as i recommend this game to you)
Probably one of if not the best strategy game ever made released an add-on, yay! If Warcraft 3 wasn’t enough for you, then this amazing add-on prolongs the great story. Warcraft 3: For those of you who have never heard of Warcraft 3 or the Warcraft series. Its basically a typical isometric view strategy game with the basic micromanagement for mining gold and chopping wood. Then you use the supplies to train units and build buildings before you go show the opponents’ ass the business end of your shoe. There were four major races in W3 which were: Humans: who were probably the most annoying to play with because they were led by asshole paladins Orcs: big green ugly fuckers who are incredibly strong and stupid (see lord of the rings) Night Elves: blue-skinned, pointy eared, mother nature freaks (tree-hugging hippies if you will) Undead: by far the most rewarding to play as. Being goods no fun, evil kicks ass. Anyway, the great thing about the single player campaign is that you play as each one in the story. So you basically get to see the point of view of all the races. It starts of with the Humans just wanting to kick some Orcish ass, then goes on to how……. Actually I don’t want to ruin the story. But trust me the story has so many twists and turns in it. The story is what drove the game for me. As you complete a new bit there’s a cut scene and something happens making you want to start the mission just to see what happens next. Another thing which separates W3 from a normal strategy game is the fact that you have heroes which gain experience with each kill and gradually get stronger and can do more spells and stuff. There are loads of spells which can be cast, not only by your heroes but also by your wizards, sorceress’s and other magic dudes.
Theres loads more to W3 but I wont go into that otherwise this review would be in the wrong section! Frozen Throne: To add to the coolness of the first game this one has loads of stuff. Firstly, obviously, theres a new campaign which takes off where the game stopped. Basically to do with rogue former elf guy who has aligned with a demon to destroy the frozen throne which houses the Lich King. There are also the undead forces who are trying to save the Lich King (Prince Arthas from W3), as well other people like humans and an undead elf hell-bent on revenge sticking their oars in. Like W3 you get to play as each involved race in turn starting with the night elves, then the blood elves, then finally, the undead. You also briefly get to play as the Humans and the Naga (explained later). Again I’ll stress how inventive this aspect is because you get to the point where a race you were controlling before becomes your enemy in later levels and you just get to see the story line from each aspect. The story line is so rich that it really makes no difference who you are playing as (who’s side of the story you are viewing it from), just that the story line advances with each mission completed. There’s plenty of twists in the story as loads of unexpected stuff happens as well as backstabbing and the like to give a great build up to a dramatic climax. The ending is open so there maybe a Warcraft 4. The game also includes two new races: as mentioned, the blood elves who are a lot like the humans with a few slightly different units. Also there is the Naga who are an original race as they are sea creatures so can build all their buildings on sea or land as well as being able to travel across both. There are a few new spells and units but I think the main reason for the add-on is for the new campaign
(and what a great one it is) and the impressive new tweaks made for single and multiplayer skirmishes to make this game the most tactically advanced strategy game. It allows a lot more complex formations and orders to be given to units to allow you to use the strengths of your army to crush far larger armies with just clever strategy. The main campaign is also well developed, with most games you get the same old build a base and crush the enemy scenario with maybe some added party based missions where you get the units and go ruin someone’s shit. In this however, although the mentioned do occur there are loads of other types of interesting missions such as controlling two different races at once. There are also really cool original ones like the one where you have to build watch towers along a path way to protect a portal for 30mins while the enemy sends a barrage of troops every so often to destroy that portal. Your success depends on how cleverly you place the towers. There are plenty more RPG-style questions to give you a break from the straight out strategy such as one where you control a hero and have to guide your hero through a dungeon Diablo style (well it is made by Blizzard). One weird thing is the fact that the Orcs are completely irrelavent to the story which is odd considering the series is based around the Humans Vs Orcs scenario. Although there is a bonus campaign which involves the Orcs although that features you playing as one character and kicking some ass more like an action game which adds to the variety. Graphics: The graphics are the same as Warcraft 3 which is excellent. Depending on the capabilities of your graphics card and monitor, you can a get a pretty good resolution. Also the graphics for the spells are really amazing. One really nice touch about this game is the kind-of interactive cut scenes where s
ay for example going to a certain point on the map triggers of a cut scene. Say you went with enemies following you and you were fighting while the cut scene was triggered. If the cut scene is based around that area, you can actually see the fighting in the background which is sooo cool. Music and Voice acting: The music is great with a nice metal tune at the end, but the voice acting is out of this world. They definitely got pro’s in to do the voice acting as it is truly amazing. The voice acting for the cut scenes are great but in game they are also excellent. Whenever you click on a character it chooses a response such as “yes?” or “your bidding, master” etc picked out of a random pool of about 5 phrases. Each different type of unit has their own saying. Also a nice extra is if you click on them repeatedly, they will say other stuff which is usually funny such as the Sorceress can say “click me baby one more time (Britney parody)” and the Necromancer “I see undead people (6th sense parody)”. Each different type of unit as about 5 funny phrases. Difficulty: There are only two settings for difficulty (normal and hard) and I would say that this is pretty hard. Although the learning curve is not steep, it’s pretty easy to grasp. A lot of the missions require you to be concentrating, as the AI is so good the enemy will not hesitate to screw you in the ass when you let your guard down. This especially so for the base building games as the quicker you attack, the weaker his defences will be (up to a limit though of course). Some missions do even have a time limit although some of them are that you have to survive for a certain amount of time. Also you cant just send in your troops into battle, you really have to use at least basic tactics such as put your archers at the back etc, and
this is made easy by you being able to assign groups to shortcuts on your keyboard. Length: For an add-on the time it takes to complete this game is insane. Some missions can take hours wheres there are a few that take 10 minutes. There are 28 campaign missions @ say an average of 2 hours per mission, which is 56 hours approx gaming time. I have to admit I used the “warp speed” (units build instantly) and “give extra resources” cheat on the base building missions as I can’t be bothered to spend hours on a mission. Multiplayer: Cant be arsed to play it online but apparently, with the new tweaks to combat this add-on provides, its one of the best online strategy games (not to mention the huge cult following). Requirements: - Warcraft 3 the original game, this is an add-on only! remember? - A reasonable PC I have a 1.7 gig CPU, 256 RAM and a GeForce 3 Ti 500 graphics card. It ran fine but the loading time is horrendous for loading a mission so try not to die too much! Verdict: This add-on is complete, great story, level design, tweaks to the game, voice acting, graphics, and value for money (it will take you ages to complete unless you cheat like me). Each of those five points is worth a star hence *****! Thanx for reading!
Warcraft 3 was a amazing game which consisted of four races; orcs, humans, night elves and the undead. Each race has its own unique advantages and disadvantages making the game interesting and rich with variety. The graphics on just warcraft 3 are extremely good for a game of its age. The actual add on (frozen throne) has been named expansion pack of the year for justified reasons. The add - on has much more units then just warcraft 3 and features different special characters, improved AI technogoly and many more modes. One of the key successes about warcraft 3 and Frozen Throne is the ability to play people online, called battlenet. You can design custom games, play against computer at different levels or just click one button for a quick game. Warcraft 3 uses a unique design and works on the basis that the more wins you get the higher you rise by levels thus playing harder people. The actual game is unbelievably straight forward and easy to pick up, your workers help build buildings which design units for your armies but the catch is everything costs and that is why some skill is needed in this game, speed is definately needed on the expansion pack. The game still focuses on hero's being the most important unit and protecting your base yet trying to wipe out your oppenents is not entirely original but still envigorously exciting and with twists and turns throughout the game, sets it apart from other so called similar games. The expansion pack to warcraft 3 is brillant because it revolves around the same story line and theme yet comes up with surprising and genuine ideas to make the game more interesting. More units, better upgrades, a whole variety of modes sets this expansion pack apart from warcraft 3 and clearly indicates that it is well worth the money. The graphics and gameplay shoot ahead compared to the first game and show a clear contrast between the two games. Personally i recommend this game to all because it is time-consumi
ng, enjoyable and recommended by thousands of people, the game is absolutely genious and surprisingly not very repeticious so it will not get boring no matter how many times you play it. The original warcraft 3 and the expansion pack has brilliant reviews and ratings and after playing the game contiunously i recommend it to all ages as it is requires tactics, knowledge and strategic moves which is good for all ages.
After the memorable Warcraft 3 - Reign of chaos, Blizzard produces an add-on for it - Frozen Throne. There is no wonder that it is a sound success. They wondered us with Hell Fire, Lord of Destruction, Brood War and now with Frozern Throne. There are new units. Each race has 3-4 extra units and 1 extra hero. You can build shops and buy items. There are a ton of extra neutral units and a new race - the Naga, although you cannot play with it on custom game. The food limit was pushed from 80 to 90. Not a pretty impresive thing, but for the ones who like a map full of units, the limit can be set from the map editor to 300 units. The story line continues in the campaigns. Ilidan returns, with new forces, the remaining of the High elfes hunger for mana, the humans are on the way to extinction and the undead are led on the way to the Lich King's hideout under the command of Arthas, with Burning Legion out of the picture(well, almost). The orcs settle to a harsh land and try to create a new community. I wont say more because I don't want to spoil your fun. The music is great, annoing things like having to have free sapce in the inventory to take a tome then just to read it are gone, a lot of new artifacts are scattered on the magic land of Warcraft. To sum it up, Frozen Throne is a very good add-on, maybe better than what Brood War was for Starcraft. Every RTS player should have this game.