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I started playing this game on the PC many years ago when it was a relatively new concept. It took me a while to get used to the 'look' of the game after being hooked on a similar role playing online game called guild wars. Once I got over the different look of the game I soon became hooked.
The horde and the alliance are rival factions who live unharmoniously in Azeroth. They have 4 races each to choose from and there are several classes in each race to chose from. So you can opt to be a healer, a tank (damage taker) or a DPS which is Damage per second. Basically, you hurt the enemy. When you have selected your race and Class, you can then pick professions from which you can earn in game money and help your character. These are very indepth and range from Armour making to alchemy to help boost your character statistics.
If you chose to go Horde or Alliance you will be invited to join a 'guild' at some point during your gameplay which is like a team of people working togther to complete a mission, dungeon or quest. Joining a guild can be very benificial although I presonally used to prefer solatry gameplay or with friends. The level cap when I started to play was 60 (I believe it's 80 or 90 now with expension packs, of which there are many), and I loved working on maximising my characters professions.
I would recommend this game for older players, not children as some of the language can be nasty (there is an ingame language filter though) and it is addictive! The downside to this game if the £9 per month Blizzard charge to use their servers, which used to go down for weekly maintainence in the eary hours of wednesday mornings.
.* INTRODUCTION *.
I have been playing this game for a while now, after my brother in law came round one day and told my hubby to get it installed on his computer, I took one look and thought I could enjoy playing that, so ever since then me and my hubby play it. It is the best game I have played in a long time but it is also addictive and very time consuming if you let it be. There is a lot to this review, so excuse me if its to long to read, but I will break it down to make it easier to read.
.* Character set up *.
This is the first you need to do once installing the game, we once you have selected the realm you want to play, there are many to choose from but once you have made that selection your character is bound to that realm unless you want to pay to transfer it, which is £15 a time. Anyway back to the character set up, there is where you will choose the race and class of your character that you would like to play and level, choose wisely. There are 2 different factions to choose either alliance or horde, all with their own starting areas, alliance will start at one end of the map whilst the horde will be on the other.
Humans, dwarfs, gnomes and nightelfs, is the characters you can choose from being alliance, all have their own classes to choose from, also again pick wisely.
Orcs, forsaken, trolls and tauren characters for the horde again the same as the alliance all have their own classes to choose from.
Choose your character by race and see the classes available for that race, once you have selected the desired class, then you can do up your character, changing hair styles, earrings, colour of skin, etc. Then it is time to hit the game and level.
.* QUESTING /LEVELLING *.
Here is where the game begins, you will start in your own race starting area, and available to you will be quests, which you pick up, complete, and take back to receive your reward. Most of the quest can be quick and simple; others can be hard and difficult. So may need a group to help you out. Each mob you kill will provide you with loot and xp (experience) some of loot is for the quests completion, others can be anything from an apple - armour, and you can also pick up the odd bag for your inventory if you're lucky. You battles through the levels, grabbing rewards, loots, and experience, remembering to train your character every couple of levels to keep the character strong for the levels ahead and enhancing it. Anything you loot and don't want or need then you can sell at a vendor. The quest vendor does show up on your mini map so you will always know where to go.
.* PROFESSIONS *.
At level 10 you will be able to go to the main town and select your required profession, to help with the character building. There are quite a few professions to choose from and all help in different ways. You have the gathering professions, crafting professions, and also the secondary professions, You may only choose 2 of the primary professions, but you can take all 3 of the secondary professions. Let me give you a brief insight of the professions and what they do.
Primary professions - Gathering
Gathering profession are what it says, you go gathering material to help with the crafting, these include, skinning, mining, and herbalism. Now you can either match these with the required crafting profession, or take 2 gathering professions, its entirely up to you how you want to work the professions. Most people that take 2 gathering professions mostly do that for gold, by selling there materials to other players or on the auction house.
SKINNING enables the character to skin animals, to loot leather, which is used for most of the primary crafting professions in some way or other. In order to skin anything you need to purchase a skinning knife which you can be bought from a tradesman or general goods guy. This skill is also great for money making as like I say most of the primary professions need it in some way.
MINING enables the character to mine ores from rocks, sometimes even looting gems; mining is a skill that requires a mining pick to mine. The ore is shown on the mini map so it can be easily traced by miners. The ore can be smelted into bars depending what you need it for. This is also a great money maker. Mining is required by blacksmiths and engineers to complete their crafts.
HERBALISM enables your character to pick flowers for the use of the alchemists for their potion making. Herbs can be collected anywhere in your surrounding area and is also shown on your mini map, so it is easy to find them. This is also a great money maker.
All the gathering professions each gives the character a buff when reaching a certain level in the skill, which helps the character through the game.
Primary professions - crafting
The crafting professions are normally requiring a gathering profession to complete their crafting; nothing can be crafted with the gathering profession, unless you have other characters on the game that will compensate. Or you can buy the materials off other players and the auction house but all will cost you gold. The crafting professions are blacksmithing, engineering, alchemy, tailoring, leatherworking, and enchanting, like I say you cannot craft anything unless you have the required gathering professions.
ENGINEERING will need the mining professions which will enable you to make things like goggles, explosives, guns and mechanical pets.
BLACKSMITHING also needs the mining skill, as this enables you to craft mail and plate armour, weapons, shields, and weapon enhancements. Great if you want to make your own armour.
ALCHEMY will require the herbalism skill to make potions, drinks, flasks and oils; alchemy can help any character in the game with its potion making. And can boost the character in many ways.
TAILORING requires the skinning, but not for a big part of the tailoring, it only requires the leather for making belts and boots, so you could get away with paying a little for the leather either off other players or auction house, but if you do choose skinning then any leather you have left over or don't need then you could sell for a healthy amount. Tailoring allows you to make your own armour for cloth wearers only, can also make bags for your inventory and for professions, which are a need the game and sells very well, can also make enhancements for armour during the higher levels.
LEATHERWORKING requires the skinning skill; leatherworking cannot craft anything without the skinning and the leather you get from it. You can make enhancements for other player and just for yourself, bags for professions, and leather and mail wearers. You can also make armour kits which can boosts your players armour and can also be traded or sold to other players.
ENCHANTING is a profession on its own and doesn't require a gathering skill to craft anything, enchanting is what it means; you can enchant your own gear or other players for a price, You can also make wands to help with characters that are able to use them, oils that gives small buffs, in order to enchant anything you need such things as dusts, shards and essences, these can be looted from disenchanting armour and weapons, or you can buy them off the auction house. In order to enchant the character must make there own rod.
You have to keep on top of the skills that you have taken in order to get higher level. This means you have to train at the professions trainer and train to craft more things. It does cost gold but at the same time I you craft something that you cannot use then you can always sell it to players or on the auction house.
.* DUNGEONS, RAIDS, ARENA'S AND PVP *.
Dungeons are only available to your character at level 15, where then you can hop into a dungeon using the dungeon finder on your bar. You will then be able to choose either a specific dungeon or a random one, now if you choose a random one you will get a bag with a goodie in it. Sometimes they are helpful other times not as it can be the same item as you got before or something not relevant to your class. Dungeons are also good for rewards, money, loots and experience, you will be able to pick up quests for the dungeon just inside the dungeon, giving you even better rewards then you would receive levelling. Once you're inside the dungeon you will automatically be placed in a group with other members, as you cannot run a dungeon by yourself.
Raids are even better but harder then the dungeons, but offer even better loots and rewards. I cannot comment so much on this as I have never been in one since been playing. There are 10 men, 25 man raids, so you are again automatically placed in the group required. Although unlike dungeons you will have to really good epic gear to do these raids as otherwise you won't be able to run them.
PvP is a battle ground type play between horde and alliance, I actually find this can be either fun or not. You play for honour points which can be spent at a vendor to purchase weapons or armour. Alliance are at one side of the map, whilst the hordes are at other, there is blowing up the opposite base, or capturing the flag. Don't tend to go in these often.
Arenas are something I have not experience in my gaming time, so I cannot comment on what they are about. I do know they are awarded arena points to spend on armour and weapons, and you're fighting the same side unlike the pvp battlegrounds.
.* TALENT BUILDS AND TRAINING *.
Training is available every 2 levels from level 2 at your personal class trainer, this will enable your character to use more abilities, armour in some classes and weapons. Keep up with your training it's a must do in this game otherwise you will die so many times and then the game will become annoying. The training will strengthen your character to get through the levels and dungeons you enter. Again you will have to pay for training there is no way out of it.
Talent builds are also available to you but only at level 10, and will receive a talent point when you level up, you can spend that talent point in the talent build of your choice, you have three talent builds for every character, spend your points wisely and carefully, although you can erase the talent points you do have to spend gold to do it. The talent builds are different for each class, some will have damage, healing and tanking build, whilst others will have just damage, or damage and healing, and you have to think on what role you want to play your character, to where you should spend your points. Talent builds will increase your characters spells and abilities.
.* INVENTORY, BANK, MAIL AND AUCTION HOUSE *.
You start the game with one bag, which in some cases referred as inventory. You can collect bags through looting, crafting, or buying from bag vendors or even bought of the auction house. Everything your rewarded and loots go into this bag, anything you don't need you don't have to keep you can sell to a vendor for coins. The bank is available to you for storage through the game, a slot is already open for you to use, if you want more storage then you have to buy the slots, also a bag to put in the slots so you can use the storage. Mail boxes are always close by, and always one in the main towns usually situated near the bank, mail boxes enable the player to send and receive goods, or messages, you cannot store gold in here that stays in your bags. The auction house is a buying and selling place for materials, armour, weapons, bags, food, drinks and potions and other stuff. The auction house enables you to sell your stuff to other players within the game through a shop so to speak, you can also buy things off here to help with your armour, crafts, and more storage.
.* AVAILABILITY/PRICE *.
I bought my copy of world of warcraft, for £30 from argos, you can pick it up from amazon for £24.99, or from play.com at the price £16.95 so not bad price really. Or you can download it straight to your computer from the website but unsure of the cost. You also have to pay £8.99 per month to pay this game online, i know it might sound alot but it really isn't if you enjoy playing the game.
.* SPECS NEEDED TO RUN THE GAME *.
You will need to have at least windows xp or vista installed on your computer. At least an intel, Pentium D, or a AMD athlon, processor, NVIDIA, gforce 6800 or a ati radeon xi600 pro video, 2gb of memory, at least 25gb of storage space, you need an internet connection as the game is online play only, you will need a dvd rom to install the game, keyboard and mouse are necessary, and at least a resolution of 1024x768 is required.
.* INSTALLATION AND RUNNING THE GAME *.
The installation process can be a lengthy process as even though it a new game there are updates to the game to, o can take hours to install rather then minutes but you wont be disappointed in the game, so it is worth the wait. Once you place the dvd into the drive it will automatically run the cd, and it guide you to set up the game to your computer, once it as installed then you will have a game icon on your desktop, just click that then you there and can start playing the game.
.* GRAPHICS AND SOUNDS *.
The graphics are brilliant on this game very clear and very crisp, but I do think its down to more the graphics card in your machine that will do that rather the game. There are options in the game to tweak your video and sound settings to your desire of playing.
.* FINAL THOUGHTS *.
I have played this game for a while now like I have said in my introduction, although I still feel a noob in the game, compared to other players. Some people in the game are very serious about the game and can get quite aggressive verbally, others are to childish and can begin to annoy you. There is plenty more to the game but this was all the basics that I have written about, if this as convinced you to buy the game then I have done well, if not then I hope this was a good read all the same. This game otherwise known as wow, is a very popular game all across the world, and mad by blizzard, there are many expansion packs out there to buy as well.
This game is great for any person who likes a MMORPG, as it has a wide variety of things to do throughout it. When first starting to play, you are able to play as two different races, the Alliance side where you can play as a dwarf, gnome, human or the Horde side where you can play as orc, tauren, troll or forsaken.
There are also many classes to play such as the druid, hunter,mage, priest or rogue. Having this wide variety of characters and classes with the ability to personalise your character, gives you the wide ability to be able to make perfect character suited to your favourite playing style and look.
With great visuals and running plots throughout the game, it allows you to become fully immersed within the game. When playing this game, the graphics are very noticeable as some are either so bright and inviting or really dark and scary. There are two main continents to visit, Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, with various cities to visit at different levels.
To progress in the game, you must complete quests for different people to gain experience and improve your status with their country. From Level 10 onwards, you can also participate in dungeons to gain experience points. When you gain levels, you are also able to improve your character through talent points. All these put together gives you something to want to achieve throughout the game (aside from the hundreds of achievements waiting to be earned throughout the game)
Playing WOW with your friends makes for a better experience, as you can team up and make characters that complement each other (e.g. one attacker and one healer). Throughout the game there is also a handy chat box allowing you to be able to talk to your friends and put in commands for your character. You are also able to join guilds to meet new people and form groups to do dungeons with.
This is a great game to play either by yourself or with friends, as there is so much to do within it. There is much much more to do within the game itself, that my review simply could not contain it all without being an essay. Quests are always varied and as the levels progress you are able to do much more.
I've played World of Warcraft or "WoW" for years! At times, I've loved it, at times I've hated it, but what I'm going to do is give you a balanced overview of the game.
First off - The idea; "You are a Hero, complete quests, slay beasts earn honour...etc." It is all in all a BRILLIANT game. The graphics are pretty top notch, the PVP (player versus player combat) is also outstanding. With exciting quest and story lines there are endless hours of fun in it. It is a great hobby to have, there are loads of different aspects to the game, raiding (10 or 25 player team combat), player versus player, questing, levelling, professions, guilds. All sorts of things.
There are the downsides as well - First off, it costs money, A) to buy the game and B) to subscribe to it. But in honest opinion for what your getting it is well worth it. Secondly, the people in the game, now to be fair I have met some honestly lovely people in WoW but I have also met my fare share of Idiots and Jerks. Be prepared for Childishness, unreliability and sometimes down and out rudeness from the part of what is most likely a thirteen years old sniggering at his keyboard. The biggest problem with the game however in my opinion is that it is HIGHLY addictive. I was addicted to it for two years, day in day out 10 hours + play. So be careful about how much you like it.
Would I recommend this game? Hell yeah! There is a free trial available on their site, give it a go, I did and I loved it.
If you have played a PC game or even turned on a TV in the past 5 years you probably heard about this game. Word of Warcraft is by far the most played game on the PC. The game is in the category of MMORPG which is Massively multiplayer online role-playing game Game. Now, that doesn't mean that to play this game properly you have to role play and get into character every time you log in. The game actually has specific "realms" for that type of play. World of Warcraft lets you play the game how you want. Whether you want to quest until you hit the max level or maybe fight against other people in Azeroth. The game is hours of fun and you will never get bored of playing. Currently, the maximum level is 85 with Cataclysm being the newest expansion. You don't have to own all of the expansions to play but to experience the entire game and use everyone of its features you will need to purchase the three expansions. I have played World of Warcraft for about three years now and I must say it is my favorite game. I am still not bored of it and there are new expansions released just about every year or so to keep you busy.
Are you single? Are you currently unemployed? Yes?
The WoW may be for you!
Ok I may have went too far, however there is examples of real people becoming both of the above due to WoW. This game has tens of millions of accounts worldwide for a reason. It's very addictive, enjoyable, but addictive. The game itself doesn't need a particularly powerful pc to play, making it open to all, and is set in a world beset by a struggle between the denizens of Azeroth and The Horde who arrived from another plane looking for a place to live. The game has a lot of lore, there is probably weeks if not months of novels and short stories depicting the trials and tribulations of the main characters and their histories.
With all this background you can imagine that the game itself is large. Although this current editon (vanilla as it's called in game) is the first iteration and you have 2 areas open to you, Kalimdor and Eastern kingdoms. You can play as horde or one of the native races. You basically start as a lvl 1 and through to about level 10 you will be located in your races starting zone till you gain some game skills and some abilities. Prior to start you will have to choose your class, warlock, Mage, warrior, paladin, hunter, priest, shaman, Druid and rogue. You will visit class trainers who will provide you with abilities as you level and various quest givers provide objectives for you to complete to gain xp. More xp, more levels, more abilities till you reach the cap, which in this version is level 60
Well, what can I say. This game truly is amazing and utterly addictive. I was first introduced to World of Warcraft by my partner who had been an avid player for a number of years. Wasn't sure at 1st I would like it as I'm not normally into games where you kill things, however I loved this. Its not your standard war came which is what I orginally thought. It is purely based in fantasy and you get to choose an array of characters to be such as Gnome, Worgen, Elf, Human, Dwarf and more. You can also choose to be Alliance (goodies) of Hoard (baddies). You can have upto 10 characters at a time so each time you play could be different. Each race has it own starting area and then as you progress through the game you move out to the world, and the higher level you become the more areas you will be able to reach. To begin with when you are a low level some areas are just too dangerous and you will be killed. The world itself is massive, I have been playing for a couple of years and I still haevn't been everywhere or done all the quests. They are constatntly bringing out new updates for the games to ad new quests etc for you to do so even for the avid players there are stil things to do. You also have skill to take up such as skinning, leather working, archeaology, first aid, cooking, mining, tailoring. This are an additional where you can make things to increase your armour, heal yourself or to sell in auction to give yourself more cash to buy other products you require - such as pets! They also haev achievements which trust me will take hours and hours and hours to compelte. For me they are a secondry as I still have so much in the world I can do but for those who are addicts they are nice feature to keep you playing and to haev something to work towards. What I enjoy most in this game is the compelte variety for in what/who you can be and the powers you then get - the combinations are endless and really worth exploring to find your favourite. I love to be a hunter myself!! This is def worth a trial and beware its very addictive - before you know it you'll be loosing days of your life!!
Fantastic, addictive, ever expanding game from Blizzard! Everything everyone expected to grow out of the Warcraft games and can leave you playing for years without it ever growing old! This, the first installment of the game is well priced, despite it's £8.99 a month subscription fee due to its constant release of new features, never ending questions, fantastic player vs player game modes, and ability to play with your friends and explore Azeroth and beyond! Definitely worth downloading the free trial version first to see if its your thing and move onwards from there! It's wide range of classes, races, story lines, and climatic clips will keep you gaming until the early hours of the morning on a regular basis! Since the initial release there have also been three expansion packs released; The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich Ling, and most recently Cataclysm with literally hundreds of dungeon encounters to work your way through!
I'm relatively new to the World of Warcraft so bear with me when reading this review. I'm not some guy that's been addicted for 5 years and has 18 different characters at the maximum level; essentially I'm a noob. However, I feel that being a noob allows me to give a more general and realistic review than someone who has let this game consume them for hours on end; I can make it easier for you to comprehend (hopefully). I will begin with the pros of this game:
First of all the game is humongous; there are tens of thousands of quests for you to complete; billions of items to collect; and millions of other people to play with. This brings me to my next point, which is the PvP (Player Versus Player). It is fantastically fun with this game, and done much better than in other RPG. There actually is a sort of skill factor here, something many similar games are lacking when you fight others.
Another very fun part of this game is the dungeons. Basically you sign up to play a dungeon and wait for others to also sign up in that dungeon, then you go play and collect items, gold, and experience. Every dungeon player has a role, whether it be tank, healer, or damage. It's pretty much wave after wave of enemies that you're fighting off, and it really is a blast.
Something else I enjoy that they have is the achievements. Every time you do something that fulfills the requirements for it, you earn both the achievement and achievement points. These don't really do anything other than bragging rights, but are still fun to collect. It also gives you something to do after you have reached level 85, for the game can get boring then.
The first thing I need to note about the cons is the WoW community. Now first off let me say that millions of the players online are fine people. Sadly though, the very few jerks who will find online can really dampen your feelings towards the large majority of regular players. I purposely switched servers twice after I started playing just to get one that wasn't too crowded. Why? Because many older players like to make it near impossible for newbies to complete quests. If I had to kill 10 of these beasts; the older player would kill all of them in seconds, leaving me to sit there and wait (and of course as soon as more spawned they would kill them off right away). Or another situation was where I needed to kill a certain boss. At the time it was challenging for my level 10 character, but to this level 85 bully of a player, it was easy. Every time the boss would respawn, before I could kill it, he would destroy it in 2 hits. And so that makes me say that World of Warcraft is not a very noob-friendly game.
The other thing I don't like about the WoW community is the people that get too worked up over the game itself. I mentioned above that I think dungeons are a lot of fun to play. The worst thing though about dungeons? The fact that there always seems to be some loser that just never shuts up about how everyone else in the group sucks, how he deserves certain items, etc. It's ridiculous. I mean, it's a game that is meant for fun, so why start trying to make other people feel bad? Did you really need the "Ring of Azeroth" that badly?
Lastly is the cost. World of Warcraft is quite expensive in perspective to other popular MMORPGs (in fact, it is x2 as pricey as RuneScape, one of the biggest competitors). I will defend WoW though, in saying that although it is much more expensive than any other game like it, this game truly has waaay more to do in it than many other comparable games. Plus, I always say that if you can't afford the $15 (approximate price per month), your money probably should be going towards some of the more important things in life such as food, water, clothing, not computer games. Even ones as fun as WoW.
Warning: may contain minor spoilers
Developer & Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Release date: November 23rd 2004
Genre: MMORPG, Fantasy
Target audience (age rating): Teen, however appeals to people older aswell
Copies Sold/Subscribers: 12 million as of October 2010
Price: Varies, roughly around £10
The Game play
* What it did right - Unlike many other games on the market, WoW gives you the freedom to do whatever you want as soon as the game starts. Although each race is given a separate starting area you are able to go anywhere within the world as soon as you create a character (however you will most likely get killed), but Blizzard hasn't put you into the deep end and made you entirely independent from the start. The first few quests teach you the most valuable skills in the game to a new player, which is just how a game is meant to be. They have designed your character to slowly get more powerful and gain new spells as you gain levels, and have made enemies which are to low/ high a level to yield no experience or honour, which means you have to go to different areas and find new places to quest and level, but the quest system has been designed to take you through a path which allows you to get right up to the highest level by leading the quests onto a new area. The game allows you to play how you wish to play, if you want to fight players of the other faction to gain experience and honour then you can with the battleground system, and now you can find players from other realms to do dungeons with if that's your thing. They also have different realm types (PVP, Normal, RPG, PVPRPG) to suit different players, and they allow different experiences, I myself am an RPG player so I chose an RPG realm, however I decided to try out the PVP realms and found my play style entirely different as you had to be aware so you didn't get ganked (killed) by a skulled horde or alliance (which is very annoying!)
* What it did wrong - Although the game itself is very fun and addicting, I found that levelling from 40 - 50 incredibly boring and a drag, however after level 50 the game then spiced up again as the quest zones were more interesting. After a while WoW started to lose its competitive side, and after reaching level cap for my character and my professions I didn't get the same excitement from the game as I did when I first started out, however with the release of expansions allowing you to get to higher levels the game was made exciting once again, until I reached level cap again! In my opinion this is the biggest thing that Blizzard got wrong, and granted, it may be a blessing for some other players but I find that it takes the skill and strategy out of the game for getting good rewards (the best gear), they made Battlegrounds give you experience for losing, which makes you play more because you know whatever happens you can still get the gear you want if you play it enough.
* Differences to existing games (and why they chose to make them) - World of Warcraft offers you a huge world to explore from many different perspectives; also they have an achievement system which gives a sense of accomplishment and something to aim for from the start of the game. From the age of about 10 I have been interested in computer games and I started of playing Flash games before moving onto to another MMORPG called Runescape, made by Jagex®, the game allows you to play for free, but offers you to pay for a membership to get extra things, unlike WoW which you have to pay for a subscription to play, however WoW has significantly better graphics and a smoother playing experience, as well as a bigger world and well organised quests which makes paying for a subscription fair. I think that WoW and Runescape are incredibly similar games (with exception of the interface of course), however the way you play is entirely different, WoW is more about working together to beat the hardest boss, whereas on Runescape it is perfectly possible to beat the hardest boss on your own. The quests on WoW lead on from one another to take you through the game whilst levelling, however on games like Runescape the quests are randomly placed and it is about discovering them in certain locations.
Level design: Huge world with expansions changing and improving things to make the game better
Hidden extra's (Easter eggs, etc.): Not really noticeable ones, only on the description of items which make you laugh
Interface: Initially, very good, well laid out and easy to use for new players. It is also entirely changeable with add-ons which are usually free and can help personalise the game to better suit your needs.
How it felt to play: It is a very smooth running game and I did not find any difficulty picking it up quickly, it was very fun to play but after a while it seemed repetitive but then things were spiced up again. You can change the graphics to suit your needs and I found very few 'glitches' throughout my playing experience (mostly getting stuck in a rock, etc.)
Controls: Basic W, A, S, D controls, however they are changeable for the more complex or advanced gamer, the mouse and action buttons (1 - = on your keyboard) make it easy to adjust to and I found it very easy to remember what button does what (for example 'L' brings up your quest log
Difficulty: Integrated help system for help there and then instead of having to go through a manual or wait days for an email response. The game gets progressively harder as you get further into it, but then your character gets more powerful as it levels, which creates a nice balance. For each class there is a number of quests which specifically teach you how to use certain spells and abilities, in cataclysm one of the first few quests tells you to learn a spell from a trainer and use it on a dummy, which is incredibly helpful for new players.
Ratings: I would give the game an 8 / 10 because it is so addicting yet easy to play. IGN rated it a 9.1
This review was originally posted on Ciao, by myself (Warda010)
World of Warcraft is a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) boosting an impressive 11 million players worldwide is set in a make believe world called Azeroth. Created by Blizzard Entertainment Warcraft boosts an impressive series of games leading to this one. The game is solely online so you will need an internet connection to play but with most homes having this it's not much of a problem.
World of Warcraft has 3 new expansions adding content to the game that you have to have in order to play. Azeroth is split into two original continents, The Easten Kingdom and Kalimdor which both are as large as each other to explore. Two factions' control the areas are Alliance (good) and Horde (evil) .I have played this game for more then 6 years now and still love travelling around the areas.
You start of at level 1 and can rise to level 60 with races such as
Alliance: Humans, Dwarfs, Gnomes and Nigh Elves
Horde: Orcs, Trolls, Taurens and Undead.
There are these classes available to play Mage, Warlock, Shaman, Druid, Warrior, Paladin, Hunter, Rogue and Priest.
You can't communicate over faction and the idea is you're at war with each other. You can create up to 50 characters so you can experience all the roles available and factions to bring a whole new game to your screen.
The game play is very user friendly with everything adjustable to how you want to play. All the quests are very easy to understand and follow explaining so much about the story of Warcraft.
Graphically the game exceeds greatly from many online games creating a magical and beautiful world to explore. The depths of where you can go and see range from frozen lands to scorching deserts or even plagued woodlands. The world hosts 6 major cities, 3 for each faction which you can trade, meet people and even chillaxe at a bar and drink beer till you can't walk. The world is how you make it fun or boring is up to you.
The music really brings a meaning of its own to the game, classical instrumental peaces make you feel right on edge in some parts while thoroughly happy in others.
Only downside to the game is you have to pay a monthly subscription of £8.99 in order to play. This is expensive but considering it's the only game I play £8.99 a month is better the £40 I would spend on a 360 or PS3 game. You get a month free when purchasing the game so always good to try out and if you don't like it (Which you won't) you can always stop playing.
Minimume Specification to run this game.
- Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
- 1 GB or more of RAM
- NVIDIA® GeForce® FX or ATI RadeonTM 9500 video card or better
- 25.0 GB available HD space
- 4X DVD-ROM drive (Downloadable Installer also available)
- Broadband Internet connection
So if your system is anywhere near this then you should have no problem at all.
After playing this game for over a year now I thought it was time I wrote a review on the best MMORPG I've ever played on. The games that huge I don't ever know if I'll be able to explain all in this review. It was created by blizzard entertainment.
The basics are as follows World Of Warcraft characters are made up of the Alliance and the Horde, the Alliance characters are human,dwarf,night elf,gnome, Draenei and Worgan. The Horde characters consist of Orc,the undead, Tauren,troll,blood elf and goblin when you have cataclysm a death knight also becomes available. Also with races you also get to choose a class to be which is as follows Mage,warlock,priest,warrior,hunter,rogue,paladin,shaman and druid, however certain characters can only become certain classes. My favourite class is Mage and warlock as I prefer characters that can use magic to fight. One final thing to note about your characters is they can also choose to take up two professions in the game which can give them little extras through out the games these are as follows Alchemy,blacksmithing,cooking,enchanting,engineering,first aid,fishing,herbalism,leatherworking,mining,skinning,tailoring,jewelcrafting and inscripton, My favourite profession is herbalism as its quite easy to level up in. one final added bonus is every time you level you get a talent point you can use on levelling your character and making their spells stronger.
The game play is absolutely huge in this game as their loads of lands to travel to and huge areas of land to travel around when doing quests which you discover as you travel to different regions. I think graphics on this game are amazing too as theirs quite a few little stories in the game where you get to watch what's going on in the game and you learn a bit more about the ongoing war that's going on between the alliance and the horde. I'm totally addicted to the game and easily stay on it all day and every day if I didn't have a job to go to.
A few things I should point out now is world of warcraft costs to play I pay £8.99 a month but I can definitely say its work the money you pay. Another thing to point out also is warcraft takes up a lot of space on your computer as there is quite a few updates for it every time they release a new game for it. I would recommend this game to anyone children and adults included however I must warn it can be very addictive so be careful you don't end up getting too addicted to it. I'd definitely think this game is 10 out of 10 :).
Thank you for reading my review
this game is the best MMORPG i have ever played i joined world of warcraft in november 2005 before patch 1.9 the gates of ahn qiraj and have watched this game grow into what it is today. the world known as azeroth is huge and il give you an example how big the game really is on the island of eastern kingdoms i went on my horse from silvermoon city all the way down to booty bay in stranglethorn it took me about 5 hours to do in total which is wow excuse the pun.in the original warcraft only horde could be shamans and alliance could only be paladins that has since changed but if you have watched lord of the rings movies there are plenty of things in game you can relate to in warcraft, the races for example.The alliance have gnomes,dwarfs,humans and night elfs and the horde have orcs,trolls,taurens and undead all of these races have racial abilities that can help in player vs player or in professions.
the main things people do in warcraft is raiding which is playing the story of warcraft fighting monsters with upto 40 of your friends which is amazing as alot of tactics and strategy goes into a raid encounter, and my favorite part of warcraft is the player vs player which is battlegrounds where players fight players in 10,15 and 40 man battlegrounds, there is also many other things you can do in warcraft than raiding and player vs player, you can also level professions like blacksmithing and mining for example where you travel the world mine ores and smelt them into bars to make certain types of armor and items which can be sold for gold or at the auction house which is amazing it's like a wow version of ebay where you buy items for in game gold.
this game is the best MMO that i have ever played and i still play it today the game is so cheap to buy including all current expansions well worth a buy you can even try it for 10 days free!
What's a MMORPG? It's a Massively multiplayer online role-playing game so you need to have one ADSL connection, buy the games and pay a monthy fee.
The game provides you to play in a big world opposing the Alliance to the Horde. You will travel in Azeroth and Kalimdor while raising your character to the maximum level that is 60. The graphics are simple but nice so you dont need to have the latest PC to play the game.
When you start the games you have to choose a faction (alliance or horde), chose a race and a class.
Available race for the Alliance :
Avaible race for the Horde :
Available Class :
Once you have done your choise you will have to raise your character by doing quest or farming "mobs". You will have acces to Dungeons for 5 players during your aventure. Once you have reach the level 60 you will have acces to 10 and 40 player dungeons that are called raid.
In the games you can also learn some professions, they can help you to stuff you character or make some Gold.
Professions are : Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Engineering, Jewelcrafting, Tailoring, Leatherworking, Mining, Skinning and Herbalism. You can learn 2 of these one but you can also learn Fishing Cooking and First-aid.
The games plays in 2 times, first your character leveling after that you will have acces to the end game where you will stuff your character for doing raids.
It's a very good games but you will have to spend a lot of time to see all the game. Since World of Warcraft Blizzard have made new extension "The Burning Crusade" and "Wrath of the Lich King" that offer news dungeons, quests and classes. The maximum level also increase to 80.
The 7th December of this year a new extension will be sold "Cataclysm"
World of Warcraft is a huge mmorpg. You can interact with people from all over the word. The game consists of of many different classes such as Orc,
blood elf, humans and many more. The current max level is 80 although it could sound a lot for some people it is quite easy to achieve and fun too. The options are endless you could be a night elf druid, rouge etc.
An aspect I love about the game is the fact that they are two different factions. Alliance and horde. There is a big competition against those two factions. Most players also take it seriously.
There are also three different types of realms that fit each and every player. One of them is called "PVE" which means player vs environment. Theirs also "PVP" which means player vs player meaning while doing some quest and you spot an other player from a different faction you may kill them.
Each race has a different benefit such as the blood elf for example it has 10 more enchanting levels and Orc's have a boost of accuracy with axes.
There are also tons of different mounts that can be acquired by ing ame vendors or by monster drops.
An other really fun aspect of this game is teamwork once you reach a certain lvl you may do dungeons. Dungeons consist of usually 5 party members. There is a tank the player which pulls all the monsters to him since he can take more damage and has more hp. Then theirs the druid or priest a player which can heal other players. There others are attackers who attack the monsters while the tank is taking the damage.
The if you never played this game you are really missing something. There are so many options in the game that it cannot be explain and there is no words to describe how good it is. Ive been playing it for over 2 years and I'm still not even close to being bored there's always something new.
Adventure together with thousands of other players in an enormous, persistent game world; create and customise your own hero from the unique races and classes of the Warcraft universe; explore an expansive world with miles of forests, deserts, snow-covered mountains, and other exotic lands; visit huge cities and delve into dozens of vast dungeons. Enjoy hundreds of hours of gameplay with new quests, items, and adventures every month!