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World of Warcraft (Mac/PC)
World of Warcraft (Mac/PC)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely addictive, people who are naturally competitive beware!, 25 July 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is EXTREMELY addictive and can have you staying indoors, sitting at your computer instead of going out to the cinema with your friends quite easily. I wouldn't reccomend this game to people with less than 2MB broadband and 1.8Ghz processor on their computer as a lot of the time, ESPECIALLY in main cities such as Stormwind and Orgrimmar, gets very laggy and you find yourself entering the city for the first time, thinking "wow" then it takes you 20 minutes to get to the city centre. Also you have to download quite a lot of patches which can take a fair amount of time. Now, to cover the idea of it not being "Newbie friendly", it IS if you have the common sense to read the "Gaining your first level" chapter of the manual. This basically tells you that when you spawn your newly created character for the first time, there's a bloke with an exclamation mark above his head that will give you your first quest. This quest involves killing a few creatures then getting a reward. BOOM! (Gold sparkly things fly around you) Level 2. Sound difficult? No. Fair enough, if you download a free trial then you won't have a manual, so here I am telling it to you. Now, with this whole flooded chat channel idea, if you click on the chat options which are above the chat box then you can disable the "Trade Channel" which is often the chat channel that's spamming up your chat box.

After playing this game for 6 or so months I'd got two of my characters up to level 70 (The maximum level you can get to after you get the Burning Crusade expansion pack) I was getting quite bored of the whole having nothing to do scenario and stopped playing. After not playing for 2 or 3 months now and having bought a new computer during that time, I find my self reordering WoW to start fresh, the claws of addiction dragging me in once more.

Now, don't be fooled, this game isn't the sort of game you can say "Oh, I've got an hour to spare while I put the chicken in the oven, might as well play some WoW" because it isn't. You'll end up going back to check on the chicken after you think your hour's up and finding it cremated.

One word; COMPETITION! The thing about WoW and many other MMORPG's (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) is that the competitiveness of the game keeps dragging you back for another 1, 2, 3 hours so you can get that extra level, that extra item, that extra kill until you end up almost giving your life to this game.

And about the character creation being simple, Morgan, yes you have been spoiled by Oblivion :)


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