- Platform: Windows 7 / XP / Vista
- Media: DVD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
|The game's beautifully rendered locations are filled with small details, such as flying birds and flowing water.|
The game looks magnificent. There's plenty of detail and variety to the landscapes and interiors, and the artwork has a refreshingly playful style. There's not a lot of variety in the character creation process, but with all the skills and proficiencies to combine in the game, World of Warcraft focuses its customisation not on the appearance of your character but rather on the character of your character. The game lets you adopt any two trade skills, regardless of character race or class, and combine those skills in useful ways. If you choose skinning and leatherworking, for example, you can fashion bags from the carcasses of monsters you defeat, which will allow you to carry even more inventory items.
You can sell the items you make, find, and loot through a variety of outlets. Like any role-playing game, World of Warcraft has merchants who will buy your cast-off items for fixed prices, but you can also sell to other players at your own price through in-game chat or by leaving it with one of the auction houses located across the map. This virtual free market is a game within the game, like Monopoly somehow inserted into the middle of Chess. You can even send items C.O.D. to other players via the game's mail system.
In other online role-playing games, starting players have to invest dozens of hours whacking at small prey and doing other odd jobs one at a time to gradually "level up" to more interesting challenges. World of Warcraft lets players accept a variety of quests -- up to 20 at a time without penalty for abandoning any of them before they're complete. The makers boast 2,000 existing quests with more being added, many of them noncombat in nature. Where some games only grant experience through battle, World of Warcraft grants experience for exploring and fulfilling quests too.
A Level Playing Field
There's also a built-in handicap for casual players where your character enters a rest state when you log off from the game. The longer you're logged off (up to a week), the bigger the experience bonus you'll get when you return to battle. An enemy tagging feature -- the player who lands the first attack on an enemy claims the loot for himself or his party -- prevents onlookers from swooping in and pilfering items from a monster that you brought down. That resolves a common complaint of other titles.
|Icons and pop-ups help put complex controls easily within reach.|
All of this makes for a very complicated game, but the well-designed interface puts all the game's elements into icons either visible framing the action or within a simple keystroke. The enemy's artificial intelligence is quite strong too: Monsters will join nearby fights to aid their comrades, switch targets strategically mid-battle, and ambush players. The map system fills in details on places you've visited, so you always know where you are and where you've been.
Overall, World of Warcraft is a game that's easy to learn, challenging to master, beautiful to watch, and tons of fun to play. --Porter B. Hall
|Operating System||PC: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) |
Mac: OS X 10.7.x (latest version) or newer
|CPU||PC: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+ |
Mac: PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo processor
|PC: Dual-core processor, such as Intel Pentium D or AmD Athlon 64 X2 |
Mac: Intel 1.8 GHz processor or better
|Graphics Hardware||PC: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transfor and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM, such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce2 class card or better |
Mac: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 64 MB VRAM, such as ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce Ti 4600 class card or better
|PC: 3D Graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capabilities with 128 MB VRAM, such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better |
Mac: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM, such as ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better.
|Memory||PC: 512 MB (1 GB for Vista) |
Mac: 1 GB
|PC: 1 GB (2 GB for Vista) |
Mac: 2 GB
|Hard Drive Space||15 GB of free space|
|All Platform Requirements||Keyboard and mouse, required for controls. Other input devices not supported. Active broadband Internet connection required to play.|
You were meant for more. You were meant for epic adventure. Maybe even greatness. To charge your enemies without fear. To live boldly and run with comrades you never knew you had. To experience the impossible. Descend into the World of Warcraft and join millions of mighty heroes in an online world of myth, magic, and limitless adventure. An infinity of experiences await.
World of Warcraft is an online game where players from around the world assume the roles of heroic fantasy characters and explore a virtual world full of mystery, magic, and endless adventure.
Among other things, World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the high-fantasy universe of Warcraft centered around persistent online personae in a world of magic, mystery, and limitless adventure.
Create your hero
Build your own unique hero from one of thirteen player races and ten different classes, then rise to epic heights of power as you challenge the deadliest evils and claim the greatest rewards in the land.
Form powerful alliances
Play solo or enlist fellow heroes to join forces with you as you negotiate the vast, battle-scarred landscape of a world at war.
Embark on epic quests
Engage in thousands of custom quests, with more being added all the time. Confront Illidan the Betrayer, shatter the Lich King’s undead armies, and much more.
In World of Warcraft, each player character has a specific set of skills and abilities that define that character’s role. In a group context, there are three main roles: tank, damage dealer, and healer. A warrior can choose to serve as a formidable ‘tank’, or protector. Some classes are limited in the kind of role they can play: warlocks and rogues, for instance, are strictly damage dealers. Some character classes, like the druid, can capably fulfill all three roles. Role-play also means that you play the role of a character living in the game’s fantasy world. How much or how little you role-play is up to you.
World of Warcraft is a truly massive game. Between the original game, regular patches that add new content, and five full-fledged expansions--The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria (all automatically applied to your Battle.net account upon registration), and Warlords of Draenor (sold separately)--hundreds of hours of gameplay content await you.