A Massively Magical Online Role Playing Game,
This review is from: World of Warcraft (Mac/PC) (Video Game)
I've always been a great fan of the Warcraft series of games, and I wasn't disappointed when Blizzard finally released the World of Warcraft - their Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG).
If you've never played a MMORPG before - you're in for a treat. Unlike many solo computer games, where you are pitted primarily against the game AI, in the MMORPG - as the name suggests - you team up with other players online to complete quests or do battle with opposing factions in Blizzard's magical realm of Azeroth.
And what a world it is! A gigantic warcraft universe of Elven forests and Undead dungeons; of Dwarven halls and Orc cities. And of course - there be dragons. The landscapes are beautifully crafted and rendered, blending seamlessly from one region to another. You'll want to ride for hours on the back of a Griffin just to admire the view as you wing your way high above snow covered landscapes and volcanic chasms.
But if the scenery doesn't grab you, then some surly Orc probably will. For this is Warcraft and you must choose a side - Horde or Alliance. There's dragons to slay, Orcs to bash and cheap beer to be had at the Pig and Whistle, Stormwind, should you tire of questing and just want to point and laugh at the Elves with friends over a pint.
I've been playing the game for some time now and it has never failed to keep me entertained. My first and favorite character is a human Alliance Mage of Stormwind that has reached the grand level of 60. But I've created many other alternate characters (alts) on different servers, of different factions, races and class; the combinations are numerous with each character having to be played a different way, learning different skills and completing different quests. There are still combinations I have yet to try.
So, if you are thinking to try the game there are a few things to consider: there is no standalone version - no Internet connection, no game. In addition, after the trial period has ended, you must pay a monthly fee to continue to play. If these two things are not an obstacle, then you only have the final issue of occasionally leaving the land of Azeroth and returning to the real world where the day-to-day problems are more mundane.
For the Alliance!