Video Games Reviews
WORLD OF WARCRAFT - Video Game Review
by Ruibo Chen
World of Warcraft is by far the best and largest MMORPG
out yet. World of Warcraft follows a long history of
the original strategy game warcraft. There were 3 popular
titles that were released previously that were also
an extremely big hit. Warcraft, Warcraft II, Warcraft
III and the 2 expansions "The Frozen Throne"
and "Reign of Chaos". The release date of
the game was on Nov 23, 2004. A year after its release
and there are about 4.5 million subscribers and still
growing stronger each day world wide.
World of Warcraft takes you to a 3D environment in the
World of Azeroth. The World is the largest virtual environment
ever created. You can explore through deserts, forests,
mountains and more. It may take months before you can
finish traveling through all of Azeroth. There are of
course mounts such as horses, gryphons and other animals
that can help you travel through Azeroth.
Along with the great 3D environment you are able to
customize your characters looks in the highest of detail
ever possibly invented. There are next to an infinite
combination of faces, eyes, texture, size, weight, coloring
to choose from. Unlike many other MMORPGs, you're bound
to find a twin here and there but the possibilities
have gone unlimited with Blizzards character creation.
World of Warcraft consists of 2 fueding realms, the
Alliance and the Horde. Each realm may choose from 4
different races. Alliance members may choose Human,
Dwarf, Night Elf, and Gnomes while Horde members may
choose Orc, Tauren, Troll and Undead. Along with the
8 races there are also 9 classes that you may choose
from which are the Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest,
Rogue, Shaman, Warlock and Warrior. Each player also
has the ability to choose a profession for their character.
A profession is very helpful to the players as it may
help them create great armors, weapons, items and other
equipments. A player may choose 2 primary professions
and as many secondary professions as they like.
Blizzard has been updating World of Warcraft much more
than their previous games that required connection to
Battle.net. Quests, items, fixes and other great enhances
are being added or changed to improve gameplay. Unlike
other MMORPGs, the quests of WoW are made to help leveling
and is much pleasurable. It is not as repetitive as
you are required to kill the same monsters and the constant
travelling back and forth to speak to a dozen NPCs.
Like most and all MMORPGs, WoW has their own game economy
and ingame shop/auction house. Their currency is based
on copper, silver and gold. World of Warcraft gold is
most commonly used to purchase weapons, armors, items,
skills, spells and travelling. While selling back items
to a NPC shop is easy, the returns are unfavorable.
Majority of the players would sell off their unwanted
items to other players at a highest rate than what the
NPCs will offer.
PvP has been by far the most thrilling theme of most
MMORPGs. World of Warcraft includes PvP servers and
non PvP servers. As Blizzard continues to update the
game, their most recent patch included the battle grounds.
A zone where the Horde and Alliance comes together and
competes. The winner will receive special rewards and
methods of increasing their overall character status.
Blizzard has taken ideas from many different games and
combined them all into 1. It has yet been by far the
most successful MMORPG to this day and still growing
rapidly. With a subscriber base of 4.5 million players
world wide, I'm sure the game will continue to be popular
for over a decade.
About the Author
Ruibo is an avid game player and wants to help other
gamers out there play the best they can. He created
a website which provides many guides, news, databases
and many useful information for World of Warcraft players.