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World Of Warcraft Battle Chest (PC/Mac)
|Price:||£15.88 FREE UK delivery.|
- FREE WORLD OF WARCRAFT( PC-MAC-CD ROM) USED WITH KEY CODE
- WHEN YOU BUY FROM " FARNIL TRADER " LIMITED TIME ONLY
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- Platform: Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: DVD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft didn't invent the online role-playing genre, but it certainly benefits from the missteps of other titles that have come before. A mind-boggling array of improvements in graphics, gameplay, networking, and interface -- really every category -- makes this game the crown prince of the genre, a great starting place for newbies, and a challenge to any other MMORPG currently in the works.
|The game's beautifully rendered locations are filled with small details, such as flying birds and flowing water.|
World of Warcraft takes place just four years after the real-time strategy Warcraft series, which chronicles a 25 year struggle between the Alliance (humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves) and the Horde (orcs, tauren, trolls, and undead). Even though there's tons of accumulated story to the series, new players should not be daunted. The background is there for you to explore, but you don't have to tread a lot of Azeroth history to get into the action.
The game looks magnificent. There's plenty of detail and variety to the landscapes and interiors, and the artwork has a refreshingly playful style. There's not a lot of variety in the character creation process, but with all the skills and proficiencies to combine in the game, World of Warcraft focuses its customisation not on the appearance of your character but rather on the character of your character. The game lets you adopt any two trade skills, regardless of character race or class, and combine those skills in useful ways. If you choose skinning and leatherworking, for example, you can fashion bags from the carcasses of monsters you defeat, which will allow you to carry even more inventory items.
You can sell the items you make, find, and loot through a variety of outlets. Like any role-playing game, World of Warcraft has merchants who will buy your cast-off items for fixed prices, but you can also sell to other players at your own price through in-game chat or by leaving it with one of the auction houses located across the map. This virtual free market is a game within the game, like Monopoly somehow inserted into the middle of Chess. You can even send items C.O.D. to other players via the game's mail system.
In other online role-playing games, starting players have to invest dozens of hours whacking at small prey and doing other odd jobs one at a time to gradually "level up" to more interesting challenges. World of Warcraft lets players accept a variety of quests -- up to 20 at a time without penalty for abandoning any of them before they're complete. The makers boast 2,000 existing quests with more being added, many of them noncombat in nature. Where some games only grant experience through battle, World of Warcraft grants experience for exploring and fulfilling quests too.
A Level Playing Field
There's also a built-in handicap for casual players where your character enters a rest state when you log off from the game. The longer you're logged off (up to a week), the bigger the experience bonus you'll get when you return to battle. An enemy tagging feature -- the player who lands the first attack on an enemy claims the loot for himself or his party -- prevents onlookers from swooping in and pilfering items from a monster that you brought down. That resolves a common complaint of other titles.
|Icons and pop-ups help put complex controls easily within reach.|
All of this makes for a very complicated game, but the well-designed interface puts all the game's elements into icons either visible framing the action or within a simple keystroke. The enemy's artificial intelligence is quite strong too: Monsters will join nearby fights to aid their comrades, switch targets strategically mid-battle, and ambush players. The map system fills in details on places you've visited, so you always know where you are and where you've been.
Overall, World of Warcraft is a game that's easy to learn, challenging to master, beautiful to watch, and tons of fun to play. --Porter B. Hall
|Operating System||PC: Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista (with latest Service Packs) |
Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or newer
|CPU||PC: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+ |
Mac: PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo processor
|PC: Dual-core processor, such as Intel Pentium D or AmD Athlon 64 X2 |
Mac: Intel 1.8 GHz processor or better
|Graphics Hardware||PC: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transfor and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM, such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce2 class card or better |
Mac: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 64 MB VRAM, such as ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce Ti 4600 class card or better
|PC: 3D Graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capabilities with 128 MB VRAM, such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better |
Mac: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM, such as ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better.
|Memory||PC: 512 MB (1 GB for Vista) |
Mac: 1 GB
|PC: 1 GB (2 GB for Vista) |
Mac: 2 GB
|Hard Drive Space||15 GB of free space|
|All Platform Requirements||Keyboard and mouse, required for controls. Other input devices not supported. Active broadband Internet connection required to play.|
- World of Warcraft Classic Game
- World of Warcraft Strategy Guide
- The Burning Crusade expansion pack (automatically applied to your Battle.net account upon registration)
- The Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack (automatically applied to your Battle.net account upon registration)
- One month of game time (automatically applied to your Battle.net account upon registration)
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In commenting on this well packaged and bargain priced box set I should point out to other fellow newbies that there is a VERY large learning curve involved before you can even begin seriously playing the game.
The books enclosed are comprehensive and detailed (although with tiny print) but by now made outdated by the many updates to the game. However, there is good support from the Blizzard website and a vast amount of material is available out there to inform you on the intricacies of WOW community.
And on the subject of updates, after installing the two DVD program disks, which was a quick and easy process, I was asked to perform a series of updates before I could begin playing the game, nearly two gigabytes of downloads. Not even fast updates - on my 8M broadband connection I was obtaining download speeds of around 100k from the Blizzard servers. The full series of downloads would take some six or seven hours as the rate fluctuated up and down.
When it is all over, the downloads and the study sessions, then WOW is an amazing experience. But you do have to ask yourself if it is all worth it.
However since this purchase I have watched the game slowly go downhill as the game has been ruined and the subscription base is plummeting. Oh the irony how I'm writing a review on a game I gave up playing in November 2012 a game I had spent years playing and probably would still be playing if the recent content hadn't been designed for the age range of 7-13.
This game was awesome, once.
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. This is precisely 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. How to enjoy it 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 this.
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 on-going 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, and 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 re-joined 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 bored 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!
Unlike the original releases, this box set comes with a single DVD for each game rather than upto 5 CDs, so installing it is much simpler and less time consuming.
What they don't tell you is that the version on the discs is not the current one being played. There is no way it could be, it evolves so fast. At the moment World of Warcraft is at version 2.4.2 and, having just reinstalled the game from the Battlechest discs, I am now having to download a 1.1Gb (yes, Gb) patch. Depending on your connection speed, that could be quite a wait before you can play!
Amazon currently sells the base game and the expansion for £9.98 each, making this pack cheaper to buy, plus you get the guides throw in effectively for free making it a very worthwhile buy.
If you've never played WoW before then I suggest heading to their website, where they offer a 10 day trial. Make the most of those 10 days to get a feel for the different races and classes, then buy this pack to continue playing for the best price.
Apparently, WoW has over 7 million registered users. That many people can't be wrong, so give it a go and see if you don't enjoy it yourself.
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