12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2011
As of patch 4.2, this is now included free of charge within the basic World of Warcraft game. This means you get all the benefit of buying THIS VERY PRODUCT for free, including Outland and Jewelcrafting.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2011
Why on earth is this item still being sold? It's now totally obsolete!
Since v4.2 was launched, Burning Crusade content, including Outlands and Jewelcrafting, is now available to every player without charge. You'll never need to pull a disk out (it will automatically download to your game), and you don't need any nifty codes to activate content.
Do yourself a favour, put your payment card away, log into the game, get to Level 58, then head straight through the Dark Portal. Oh, and see you on the other side :)
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2011
Where to start? How about the the original Warcraft game and how awesome it was. It was an innovative Strategy game that was launched back in the 90's, with a great storyline and awesome missions. You even had the option of choosing the human (alliance) or the orcs (horde) races. The second edition "Tides of Darkness" had enhanced graphics and gameplay, and came out during the same decade. It and was a blast. The 21st century version of the game came out as Warcraft III, followed by an expansion. The most incredible features of Warcraft III included awesome 3D graphics, new races (dwarves, undead, elves...), "neutral" armies/enemies, online play, and most importantly, as you should know, the usage of heroes - which I believed sparked the idea of creating an online RPG (Role Playing Game) with just heroes... --> which is WOW!
World of Warcraft is enormous... in fact it could almost be considered too big. I remember reading a review where someone mentioned the size of the world of WOW territories put together amasses to the size of Switzerland. Just give it a thought for a moment. Switzerland - the whole country!! Whoever embarks on this RPG adventure should be aware that this is not a game that can be finished. That is the whole point of online RPG's (MMORPG - Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). There is no set "objective" in this game, other than enjoying it, and that depends on what sort of gamer/person you are. This means you might find different ways of enjoying this game compared to other people, but rest assured there is an infinite variety of options in WOW to achieve that.
What I enjoy most is exploring every single corner of the land in order to reveal what the map looks like. In doing this, you will encounter roads and paths full of different creatures and monsters leading to a variety of caves, mountains, wells, villages, cities, watch posts, houses, and an ongoing etcetera. Eventually, you will come across NPC's (Non Player Characters) who sell goods and give quests. Upon completing quests, you will gain experience, and upon gaining experience you will become stronger. Quests can be anything from a humble task of carrying goods form one place to the other, to killing a specific number monsters. This is a rewarding experience as you will get money and/or items (weapons, armor, etc) that evolve your character in skills and performance. Ultimately, you will interact with other players and will eventually form a virtual friendship with them, help each other in quests and trading items.
This is all too good though. The problem for most users who are "in love" with the game is that they spend too much time on it, literally. Some people I know have spent so much time on it because they could not get unhooked, that they ended up losing touch of friends and living an unhealthy lifestyle: they slept very little and in wrong patterns because they'd stay up all night, they'd eat very badly (mostly microwaveable meals or take-aways because they could not be bothered to spend time cooking) and they did not exercise whatsoever. I've even heard of some people ending their relationships over this game.
When I started, I had the 14-day trial on the original edition of WOW, and on the 8th day I quit. I saw it was becoming too addictive for me as I wanted to improve my character as much as I could and would try to do every single quest. I found it hard to stop playing as there is always something to do right in front of you, like killing that one last raptor which will finish a quest, or mine that copper vein over there... you don't realise bit everything in WOW leads to something else, and by the time you realise you'll have played for 2 hours and not even done something you wanted to do in the first place.
I have rejoined because 5 of my best friends are playing it and have invited me to experience playing this game with friends, which is supposedly more fun as you know the people you are playing with (and there is no trust issue).
I think the trick in WOW is to enjoy every bit of land and every moment you play. If you just aim at becoming level 70 you will not enjoy the game and by doing this you will have missed the whole purpose of any game. Do not hurry towards achieving higher levels by boring yourself with quests and actions you would not do normally. Do not belong to a group/clan that uses you or does not give you game satisfaction. Do not forget you are in front of a computer!
Cutting a long story short: have fun, enjoy the game in your own way, do not play too much otherwise you'll end up boring and stressing yourself out of it and end up angry. Do not worry about your level as there will always be someone better than you and there is nothing you can do about that - just comfort yourself in the knowledge that, probably unlike them, you've got a life!
Regarding this battlechest, i think it is incredibly good value! it comes with two awesome and really helpful fun-to-read strategy guides too!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2011
Yes all the Burning Crusade content is now free BUT it is still cheaper buying it from amazon and using the game key on the blizzard upgrade site then paying for it through them (if you get what i mean lol)
i recently started playing wow after a few years and started with the starter editon (the free version) and to get the full version (if you want it) you need to either use a game key from a retail version or download it from the blizzard store. its cheaper getting it from amazon ^^