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This was the long awaited first expansion pack for the excellent MMORPG for PC, World of Warcraft.
This game allows you to take your characters through a further 10 levels and opens up a large number of additional instances and zones.
The gameplay is as good as ever and some of the new zones are really fresh, I particularly like Zangarmarsh myself - lots of swamps and fireflies. You can also buy the ability to have a flying mount in these new areas, and two new races are now available to play - the incredibly cool-looking Draenai (Alliance) and the slightly effeminate blood elves (Horde).
Some of the end content is only really accessible if you are a serious gamer, however - there isn't quite so much for the casual gamer, or at least not as much as I had hoped. And while some of the areas are very interesting and attractive, this is not the case for all of them.
Still definitely a must-have if you are a Warcraft aficionado, but I feel that it would have been much better if there had been more to do as a solo player or as a casual gamer.
If you're looking to invest in a couple years spent locked in your room furious gettering away at keys and barking orders to your fellow teammates via Vent (Ventrilo chat), sounding like a total doofus, alienating real life friends and responsibilities, then the World of Warcraft Battle Chest is for you!
Included in this handy dandy bundle are the original crack replacement, er, World of Warcraft, the expansion to the game called The Burning Crusade, a month of play time, and guide books that teach you how to play more efficiently and waste more of your time. You can currently find the battle chest for around $60-$70 retail, because Blizzard wants your money every month to pay that WoW subscription. They know that when you have all the pieces to the puzzle, all that's left is to supply the original pictures, which is in this case the suscription fee per month, which is $15. So not only do you have to buy all of the games and materials, but then you have to pay for the privilege to play online.
If you're looking to get into this game because of peer pressure or because you think that it might be cool, then this is a great way to get started. However, I would warn against it. This is a horrible deal when you think about ti.
For the uninitiated, World of Warcraft, or WoW, is an MMO that everyone and their brother is playing at the moment. You assume a fictional, mythcial character and complete quests, go on pointless raids, and level your character. No, you don't finish the game. You just keep playing and playing, trying to get the best equipment and growing your e-peen (sorry if that offends).
All in all, there is no real point to the game other than the fact that you socialize, party up with strangers, and ignorant people who have nothing better to do than scam you, make fun of you, or devote their lives to this pathetic game. The graphics are only subpar and have a painfully stupid cartoony feel. Having played the game minutely during the beta and watching videos forced upon me by others quelled my appetite. I have no desire to play this game, because nothing about it is really worth your attention. It may seem like a good idea, but really it's going to do is rob you of $15 every month, and could possibly turn you into some kind of withdrawn member of society. Something about this game turns people into mindless drones who ignore the outside world and do not know when to quit. Children have been neglected for this game, lives have been taken , and relationships have been ruined. I am very much an advocate for video games, but this is one that I have never heard anything positive about save for friends proudly proclaiming they hit the level cap or got some stupid rare equipment that I really couldn't care less about.
WoW is the heaviest-populated online game going right now, so if you decide to play then you won't be alone, but remember that if you decide to pick the battle chest up, real life will always trump video games, no matter how much they mean to you.
In my opinion, though? Run far away from this product, and avert your eyes. It honestly destroys lives. Don't believe me? Get to researching.
World of Warcraft: The burning Crusade is the first World of Warcraft expansion released in 2007.
The burning crusade offers:
- A new level cap of level 70
- New skills and proffesions
- All new quests, raids and areas
- Flying mounts
The new alliance race are called the Draenei. They're an alien race who came to azeroth to escape their home. Draenei's can now play as a Shaman which you could never do as an Alliance before! The starting area is certainly alot better than the old races, quests and landscape quality have improved quite abit. The race models are somewhat upgraded too but it's mainly just the animations of the races that have improved and not the overall look.
The next new race are the blood elfs, former nights who have become corrupted through magic. The blood elfs also feature a new starting area and allow you to play a paladin on the horde side. Blood elfs are probably my favourite characters due to their stylish anime styled look, plus paladins are cool right?
Once you reach level 58 you can go to the new land; outlands. Here lies new areas, quests and the all new flying mounts (although you can only fly them in outlands and not outside of it) Flying mounts are also very expensive for the fastest versions which is another annoying thing for me. Take note that no one does raids at level 60 anymore so it's almost forced to buy this expansion, same goes for the new one; wrath of the lich king! Alot of the monsters here are just reused ones with new textures which blizzard tends to do alot. Most of the content isn't new either, but it's something to do if you already reached the endgame. You may find it a little repetative and grindy as I did. Blizzard got a little lazy here and I was expecting more, but it's still something every WoW fan should have.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. This is the first expansion pack for the MMORPG World of Warcraft, giving you access to new areas, weapons and features that are exclusive to The Burning Crusade. So whats new? Level 70 is the new level cap, Two new races are available, a brand new Battleground to fight in and hundreds and hundreds of new quests.
The new Horde race is the Blood Elves, having a magical background they're primarily offensive but can play as a Paladin which used to be an Alliance only class, while the new Alliance race is the Draenei which gains access to the Shaman class.
Outland is the new area released with TBC, a unique new area where Horde and Alliance share the entire area with only a few safe zones where guards will help you. PvP is active here while you are leveling up so be careful!
You can work your way upto level 70 and gain yourself one of the new flying mounts, which lets you roam the skies of Outland.
The original World of Warcraft game has rather famously killed eight people (due to over-playing and subsequently forgetting to eat) and ruined the nine million or so subscribers social lives. Unfortunately (or luckily?) World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (or WoW: TBC) is unlikely to change any over that. Yes, that's write: the best MMORPG has got even better.
The main differences are that the level cap is now raised to 70 (from a previously rather low 60), lots more dungeons are available, there are two new races (blood elves, which are Horde and rather similar in appearance to Night Elves, and Draenei, which are Alliance).
The main new feature is the new world: Outlands. While this isn't as big as the Eastern Kingdoms, it's certainly not pokey. Indeed, it takes several minutes to fly your flying mount (which are available as a dragon, gryffin or wyvvern) from one end to the other (the flying mounts are either 150% of 300% speed increase).
Combat etc is similar, as is the monthly subscription of around £5-8 a month (depending on whether you pay for 6months, 3 months or one month at a time).
The new dungeons are good fun, and similar to dungeons of old. There are no more 40 man raids, the maximum dungeons are now only 20 man, which mean that lots of the smaller guilds now get a chance to experience what proper raiding is like.
Overall, WoW: TBC is an excellent game. It combines all the best features of the original Warcraft games with even more. The only bad points are that any items etc gained at level 60 are now obsolete as level 70 items are far better, and even more social lives are going to be ruined!
The first expansion for the Massive Multiplayer game World of Warcraft, many changes and a great amount of content are delivered with this expansion pack, including two new races: the draenei (Alliance) and the bloodelves (Horde), and makes a tremendous change in the game: now the horde can have paladins and the alliance can have shamans! We are given a huge new continent to explore (Outland) and have the possibility to advance up to level 70, it is very rich in story, it adds many new quests, instances, battlegrounds and raids, and it introduces flying mounts to the game!
Many more changes have been included in this expansion, making all classes necessary to advance through the dungeons, once again Blizzard delivers a high quality game experience!
This has been the fastest selling expansion ever released, it makes a great game even better, the downside, is that many of the old content has become obsolete. What are you waiting for? Get it right now!
With more and more expasions coming out its hard to know what to buy and if its worth it, the first thing id advise is only buy this expansion if you have already tried and enjoyed the original wow game also you need to be aware there is 1 monthly fee that acompanies wow , if you are aware of both those facts then this expansion comes highly recomended,first of all it gives you 2 new classes to play second of all it opens up a huge new world to play in as well as the original world , the colour and game play is fantastic and the new world is vibrantly coloured with lots of new dungeons to explore, you can play solo or join a guild there is a huge online comunity also if you want to try it first you can get a free trial from wow however its a huge file to download many teenagers play this beware tho not all the adults that play take this into consideration
The Burning Crusade was a triumpth and so much more than just an expansion to the world wide phenomenon, World of Warcraft. I was and still am one of the 9million people currently playing the game and loving every second it provides.
Where to begin? well for those who are unfamiliar with this MMORPG (Massive, Multiplayer, Online, Role-playing, Game), it's basic outline is that there is this 'World' full of magic, heroism and bravery in which you controll your character(s) through litterally thousands of quests, 70 levels and with an estimated 50,000+ items which have all been created by the Blizzard team (makers)over several years of constant enhancment to the game. Think of a 'Lord of the rings' setting and this game falls politely into it.
Back to the review, and 'The Burning Crusade' (Tbc) which when it was released sold over 1.3million copies in the first few days, making it the fastest selling game of all time, in my opinion is worthy of that title. The expansion offered a whole new continent to explore, and the chance to battle through to level 70 (when the previous level cap stood at 60). When i say continent, i mean continent - the games land mass pritty much doubled, and seeing as the game has very few loading screens, the freedom feels endless and excites you everytime you log in.
The expansion also allowed you to play as two new races, adding to an already large collection of races and classes available (From Trolls to your average Human). The Burning Crusade created the 'Draenei' race for the Alliance (Good folk), basically a tall, strong lizard like creature which looks extremely good in certainarmour, and very bad in others. The 'Horde' (Evil side) got the 'Blood Elves', a dark race similar to the Elves of the Alliance, but much less friendly.
A key part to the Burning Crusade, and a factor which has existed since the beginning of the game several years ago, is the abillity to 'make friends' and play in groups. This isn't a load of rubbish believe me, you will come into contact with an endless supply of people you love and people you hate, for each servers population is ever changing with up to 100,000 people capable of playing. 'Instancing' and 'Raiding' are common activities where players will interact and come together as a team to succeed in some very intence play. You will fight through dungeons with up to 25 players, slaughtering all kinds of beings. Guilds are another area where players get the chance to make friends and organise activities such as instancing. Guilds themselves will progress through certain high-level raids, proving their strength and earning valiant rewards (new armour, mounts and gold etc).
Something i feel needs to be mensioned is how a person would controll their character(s) through the world. It begins very slowely and quickly builds in pace. You arn't thrown into the world and expected to be the hero you will eventually become over-night. Abillitys start basic and then gradually you are able to customise your character in litterally any way you feel fit. At level 70 you will have hundreds of spells/shots and moves to use and over time you will become gradually more efficient at controlling them.
'PVP' (Player Verses Player) is where players from the 'Horde' and 'Alliance' are given the chance to fight in some truely epic settings called 'Battlegrounds' (these become available after level10 is reached by your character). The biggest Battleground consists of 40 players vs 40 in a snowy mountainous region where buildings are destructable and NPCs also join in the fun of a huge online war. If you have better armour then you are ofcourse more likely to survive the fight, or kill more horde players than your companions. But PVP is mostly about fun and also recieving rewards for your heroism from 'Venders' who see you as being worthy or some very powerful objects.
Its not all about fighting. If prefered a player can relax in one of their factions major cities, where attack from the enemy is very unlikely. Auction houses exist there, players can trade and sell items, making profet by finding and selling objects, or even creating items like potions, armour and weapons themselves through using a profession.
Anything goes in World Of Warcraft, thats why this game is so unique and huge! Its an epic adventure that has fueled me for 2years and will continue to do so for a very long time to come.
I wish I could write more, there is so much more, seriously try this game and be amazed.
overall - The best game ive ever played, by far.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade takes up where World of Warcraft left off, with the races of the Horde and the Alliance continuing to rebuild their lives among the shattered lands of Azeroth. Amid the fragile peace that exists between the factions come rumors that the Burning Legion's age-old war against Azeroth ? the so-called Burning Crusade ? has been rekindled and threatens to consume the world in another firestorm of war and strife. Old allegiances fall and new ones rise as both the Horde and Alliance look to new friends in this time of need.