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An outstanding add-on to an outstanding game�..
on 3 September 2003
It has been many months since the burning legion was defeated on Mount Hyjai. The Night Elves have vanished into Ashenvale to begin the healing of the land, The Orcs have settled in Kalimdor looking to call this there new homeland, the human survivors have settled along the barrens and Arthas has crowned himself King of Lordaeron has begun to wipe out the remaining pockets of humanity from the fallen Alliance.
The Frozen Throne is about to change everything. Illidan the fallen demon hunter now searches for the Frozen Throne and so does Arthas. The Blood Elves who were once the proud Elves of Quel'Thalas are few in number and with the destruction of the Sun well have a hunger for magic that they cannot quench, which drives the Blood Elf leader to make a number of difficult decisions about the Elves future. The Orc leader Thrall is still seeking a new land for his people to call home.
The expansion set creates up to 9 new missions for each race like the original except for the Orcs. This means that you are getting a game pretty much the same length as the original only with fewer film sequences. The Night Elves, Humans and Scourge are set in the main scenario and one must be played to the end to access the others. The Orc have very little to do with the main story of the Frozen Throne and so have been give there own little story as a "bonus". The Orc story is very hero driven as you will play just as a set of heroes for all of the Orc Campaign. There are no characters that you will see or hear throw the entire game unlike the original and most of the drive of each races story evolves around new characters that are rarely supported by returning heroes from the past game. This fact plus that each race has it's own objective that only hints at the whole story means that it sometimes appears to be less "solid" story wise than the previous game but that doesn't mean that the story is below par or a bad one. The story pans out well with only a few "shady" parts that are a bit questionable but nothing too bad to detract from the overall thrust.
Only a hand full of these new missions involves you building up a base and battling the enemy. Nearly all of the other missions have you commanding a set amount of units and a number of tasks to complete so this might be a little off putting if you enjoy base building and resource gathering. This fact however shouldn't put you off buying the game. Some missions, like the original, only allow you certain units which not only introduce you to the new units and the abilities but means that you have to develop tactics around these units.
Each race gets a "vault" building which is similar to a goblin merchant, the hero units are allowed to buy certain items from a vault depending on their race. These items can be very useful to the player for a number of reasons. There are also a number of added upgrades for each race as well. A new hero and two new units are added for each race. The heroes and the new units go with each army well. Each race is only allowed to have 3 heroes so a player must choose which heroes to have in their army. A new set of creeps has been added not only to the existing map types but to the Mercenary camp as well. Not only that but 5 neutral heroes can now be obtained at a Tavern each has its own abilities and can fill in gaps that your army does not have or bolster an already strong attribute. One thing that many Warcraft players will be happy to hear is that you can have ships...but you have to purchase them from a shipyard and they are very few in the main campaign. Also the ship battle is quite basic and not as engrossing as the Warcraft 2 game.
The game also includes a few changes from the original. The price of gold/lumber for certain buildings and units have changed as well as some of the animation and graphics for a few units. For Example the Orc Catapult has been replaced with a Demolisher which looks different but is sensually the same unit. Three new tile sets have been added and the World Editor has been revamped which makes it easier for a creative player to create a scenario.
The game is very enjoyable and if you are not careful you will find that you have spent hours playing as you have become enwrapped in the game. The multiplayer has become more fun with the new units and creeps as well as the new maps that have been added for you to select. If you enjoyed playing the original Warcraft 3 game then I can safely recommend this game to you. Blizzard have a well deserved reputation of creating quality games and even better expansion sets and this one does not break that mould. The only problem with the game is that on Normal difficulty setting the game can be too easy. Players who want to be challenge or experienced Warcraft players should play throw on the hard setting.