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Great game but horribly addictive,
This review is from: World of Warcraft (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Warning before I start - the Mists Of Pandaria expansion is a tedious, boring slog full of childish panda characters and juvenile dialogue. Don't waste your money on it unless you are three years old. The review below is for the rest of the game in general.
This is a massive game that allows you to take endless quest lines in any order your character can handle. I've been playing it since the second expansion, so a few years. It quickly becomes addictive and many people have to force themselves to take breaks from the game so real life doesn't suffer. I have played RPGs of one kind or another since the 1970s and this is the first one that has hooked me to the point I really did need to take a break or become addicted.
From the social multi-player side of things I have had the following experiences, which are common to many people :-
Although many adults play, the majority are kids. The kids are extremely rude most of the time, use endless foul language and don't tolerate "noobs". If you need to team up with random players to complete dungeons (which you have to do most of the time) then they just tear through as fast as they can and kick anyone from the group that they think is slowing them down. Dungeons used to be big challenges but the game has become unbalanced over the years so that low-level dungeons are no longer a slow, enjoyable and very tactical crawl. Now they are just a race to blitz as many mobs as you can, as fast as you can, to get the dungeon on your "achievements" list and level up.
You can join a guild of like-minded people and run dungeons and raids (harder dungeons) with them instead of random players. However like any organisation in the real world the guilds become infested with politics and personal animosities over time. Also many guilds do not raid regularly so the big rewards in the game are lost to you. The real "raiding guilds" want experienced raiders and lots of time commitment, so it's a chicken and egg situation if you want to raid. There is a newish web-site called Openraid that now offers an alternative way to sign up with a group and it falls somewhere between the two in-game guild styles of raid recruiting.
You can however (over time) meet some nice people here and there and team up with them. You can also solo any non-dungeon quests and also some dungeons once you get good enough gear. Generally you do need a guild though, as so many levelling and equipment/mount perks come along with them.
From the game play side of things I have the following experiences :-
Nearly all of the quests are of the type "Kill 10 of these, now kill 15 of the bigger ones, now kill 20 of those" etc. etc. But because the areas are so large and the creatures quite diverse it is entertaining enough. Also there are many classes of character you can play, so learning to kill the same things with a new toon (character) is an interesting challenge. Dungeons take your survival skills to another level and raids to the hardest level in terms of skill at playing your class.
There is also a player versus player (PVP) mode which obviously is real-time combat against other players, or groups of players. This really is a challenge!
In the end the quests get repetitive and boring but the raids are the things that provide the challenge and addiction once you have tried most player classes, unless you are more into PVP. Along the way you can also take up trades like smithing or collect mounts (horses, dragons etc.), or look for "pretty" armour to pose in and other juvenile pastimes.
All in all a good game for the money with never-ending permutations. However once you are at the top level with all of your toons there is not much to do. That's where the game falls down, the content can't be delivered quickly enough to keep up with levelling. The only thing Blizzard seem able to do is give you endless very repetitive quests to do for certain non-player factions, in order to gain reputation and get a few special bits of gear or skills. But these become mind-numbingly boring after a very short time. So the game is good while you are levelling but there is nothing at the end to keep your interest.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2013 16:46:40 GMT
Christoper J. Bunce says:
I'm just really curious. . if I pay £4.99 for this box-set I get the original game with Burning Crusade + Wraith of the Litch King + Cataclysm Expansions? All for £5?
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