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World Of Warcraft


$20.00 Released November, 2004

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Customizable interface with addon mods. Great interface. Excellent, interesting, and unique storylines.

The Cons:Time and money sink. A lot of obnoxious people (most people have used this game as an entry point into the MMO scene). Different versions are tied to their regions, i.e. an American version of the game cannot play on European Servers and vice versa.

Design a character from one of two factions, the Alliance or the Horde. There are eight races to choose from (all races can be both Female and Male) in the basic game and ten races with "The Burning Crusade" expansion.

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Currently there are eight playing classes (see below), but this is subject to change when the new expansion "Wrath of the Lich King" is released later in 2008.

You basically roam around inside the dynamic online world called "Azeroth" killing beasts, monsters, giants, dragons and even other players of the opposing faction if you so wish, while completing tasks (quests) to earn virtual money and items to improve your character and take it to the next level.

There are currently a total of 70 levels in World of Warcraft, you start at level one and as you progress in the game you gain levels, making your character more powerful with better character statistics (strength, stamina, intelligence, spirit and agility) and abilities/spells (depending on what class you choose/roll).

World of Warcraft is the most played game of the MMORPGs, connecting a huge amount of realms over several continents and countries. With over ten million subscribers --and growing-- you're sure not to adventure alone, but can of course if you prefer not to adventure with other people.

World of Warcraft has always been the gateway MMO for a lot of people new to the genre, it is a fairly simple game with a fast learning curve, the game only becomes as advanced as you want it to get.

The user interface is very simple and easy to understand, but for people that want a different look, or more advanced control there are custom user interfaces and interface enhancements to download from various World of Warcraft Interface sites. But for the inexperienced, the basic UI will take the new player to the highest level without any real need to change your UI.

Classes & Races

The Alliance consist of:

  • Dwarves (Hunter, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Warrior)
  • Draenei (BC only) (Mage, Paladin, Priest, Shaman, Warrior)
  • Gnomes (Mage, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior)
  • Humans (Mage, Paladin, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior)
  • Night Elves (Druid, Hunter, Rogue, Priest, Warrior)

The horde consist of:

  • Blood Elves (BC only) (Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Warlock)
  • Orcs (Hunter, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior)
  • Tauren (Druid, Hunter, Warrior)
  • Trolls (Hunter, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior)
  • Undead (Mage, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior)

Both factions now have the same classes (after BC was released), the classes are the following:

  • Druid (Able to Shapeshift into various animals to benefit him or herself)
  • Hunter (A tamer of animals and most commonly a ranged DPSer)
  • Mage (A DPS class that focuses on magic spells to deal heavy damage to it's enemies)
  • Paladin (The holy warrior that is a combination of a caster /healer / warrior with it's heavy armor, healing magic and combat magic.
  • Priest (The primary healer, but can also be dealing damage if he or she is talented in that direction)
  • Rogue (Uses the shadows, moment of surprise and stealth to deliver heavy blows to it's enemy)
  • Shaman (With the use of totems that buff yourself or your group, also provide excellent for combat aid.
  • Warrior (Primary tank class, but can be talented to deal melee DPS)
  • Warlock (A caster with the ability to summon a demonic pet and a combination of DoT spells and heavy damaging spells like a Mage)

Tradeskill

There are also several trading professions in the game such as:

  • Alchemy
  • Blacksmith
  • Enchanter
  • Engineer
  • Herbalism
  • Jewelcrafter (BC Only)
  • Leatherworker
  • Skinner
  • Tailor

User Reviews (33)

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Pros
  • 18

    Customizable interface with addon mods

  • 16

    Great interface

  • 16

    Excellent, interesting, and unique storylines

  • 16

    Huge playerbase (amount of people playing)

  • 13

    Make your own adventure (not stuck on one storyline)

  • 11

    Voice emotes and dances unique to your choice of race

  • 11

    Bonus experience for casual players tries to balance leveling curve vs grind

  • 10

    Excellent customer service in the game and on the phone

  • 2

    Rewards from raid bosses make it very satisfying

  • 2

    New content is frequently added

  • 2

    Good PVP system

  • 2

    Battlegrounds and Arena PVP

  • 2

    Tons of players

Cons
  • 13

    Time and money sink

  • 10

    A lot of obnoxious people (most people have used this game as an entry point into the MMO scene)

  • 8

    Different versions are tied to their regions, i.e. an American version of the game cannot play on European Servers and vice versa.

  • 7

    Frequent Updates (interface mod incompatibility)

  • 6

    Monthly subscription fee (about $15)

  • 4

    Your friends might make fun of you (but who cares? its a great game)

  • 1

    Long hours of killing the same mob over and over again.

  • 1

    Collecting money for better equipment and items can be frustrating and take very long

  • -2

    There is no cross-realm chatting (save for Battle Grounds/ Arena)

  • -3

    Quest are to simple. ex. "Go over here and pick 5 apples" or

  • -4

    Equipment binding system and isolated market places make the economy frustrating at best

  • -8

    Your friends will definatly make fun of you

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Charon9
Charon9: #world_of_warcraft I played Everquest for a LONG time (8 years?) and never liked the 'grind' that it takes to keep up. WoW is way different, EQ with training-wheels (some say) and I agree, it is MUCH more suited to the casual part-time gamer who can get almost the same rewards (no great gaps in ability to invest time).

From playing both I can say that WoW is responsive to customer feedback and review so you end up with a gaming enjoyment instead of the grind of other games. Mar 3, 08
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GT-D
GT-D: #world_of_warcraft Alliance all the way :P - I can certainly see playing horde, but it really depends on the server. On some the horde to alliance ratio is way in the favor of alliance, also racial abilities and such are generally better for alliance.

Also on PVP servers (which I don't play on - if I want to PVP theres the arenas and battle grounds - getting randomly ganked and body camped isn't my idea of fun) the unequal populations really makes a big difference.

Wouldn't have gotten into WoW were it not a great way to get my wife started playing games... helps that its very cooperative. Sep 27, 07
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onyxravine
onyxravine: #world_of_warcraft Horde all the way! I don't know how anyone could play Alliance.... Apr 3, 07
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SilenceOmo7
SilenceOmo7: #world_of_warcraft I have never played this game, but I really want to. I love games like this. So I guess that makes me a nerd, but dwarves are stupid, so I wanna be an elfin nerd. Nov 14, 06
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