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World of Warcraft (Mac/PC)
- Adventure together with thousands of other players in an enormous, persistent game world
- Create and customize your own hero from the unique races and classes of the Warcraft universe
- Explore an expansive world with miles of forests, deserts, snow--blown mountains, and other exotic lands
- Visit huge cities and delve through dozens of vast dungeons
- Enjoy hundreds of hours of gameplay with new quests, items, and adventures every month
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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.|
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About the game itself, I bought this back in 2005, and I'm still playing it regularly. I don't generally pay monthly fees for games or get them when they're at their full price, but this is one series I make the exception for. As many things are, it is better with friends, but even if you play alone there are plenty of opportunities while playing to meet new players to team up with, or you have the option to play solo if you prefer. The gameplay is varied with the ability to group with other players to fight difficult enemies in raids or dungeons, fight other players in battlegrounds and arenas or one-and-one duels, complete quests with friends or alone, or just level up several characters and experience what the world (of Warcraft!) has to offer.
Personally speaking, I am fond of the stylized appearance and prefer it over realism (which sometimes borders on uncanny valley in newer games). Several expansions later and its pushed the games graphics to show better water, lighting and shadow effects, but without alienating those with lower-end computers. Other things I love about this game include the variety of things to do once you've reached the level cap (I'm fond of collecting mounts and pets, as well as doing daily quests and earning achievements), the music, and the ability to customise how I play by downloading addons from reputable websites.
Of course, it's not a game for everyone. Those who aren't interested in MMORPGs, paying per month for a game, or don't like the medieval style fantasy setting, should definitely avoid. If it sounds like it could be for you though and you've not yet given the game a go (or haven't since the latest expansion packs were released) I would highly recommend it.
If you are buying this for a prezzy...my best advice is..:
Hide the computer a few days b4 xmas or birthday..make any excuse up & download everything...but test it!!! lol Then you will be sure to have an agro free few days!
I played for a good week or two for 3-6 hours a night and I've finally gotten over the 'hump' and haven't had the urge to play in a good couple of days. There's so much to do in WoW that you'll never get bored, and it gets even better once you join a group that can help you out with some of the bigger quests you get given.
Great selection of things to play as and you can make as many as you want. I'd say the only downside is having to pay monthly for it (although you get the first month free) But with any game if you like it enough you'll pay for it.
It's a captivating, joyous and unending MMORPG, and with 4 expansions to explore will last you for years.
The major downside to this is that it becomes addictive to an almost destructive degree.
For those uninitiated with MMORPGs: you cannot complete this game, so don't even try. If you played for 12 hours a day, every day, it would take dozens of years for you to do everything with every class/character combination available. There are events, for example, that happen once a year that must be completed to gain rewards, and if you manage to achieve all but one of the prerequisites before the time runs out then you have to wait another year to try again. Not a year in game time - an actual real-life year.
The other major downside is that you currently need to buy this game, the Burning Crusade expansion, the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, the Cataclysm expansion and the Mists of Pandaria expansion, then pay a fixed rate monthly subscription fee before you can properly access the game.
Expensive it most certainly is. Boring it most certainly isn't.
Five stars for the sheer size of the game and the enjoyment it offers. I had a fantastic time playing WoW, met some great people and made some genuine life-long friends. I wouldn't recommend it though - you'll waste months of your life in here. Seriously.
Edited to add: Apparently I have made a mistake and there is now no need to buy the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions. When you buy the original game you now get the first two expansions thrown in for free, which is good. You still need Cata and MoP and your monthly subscription though, so it's still very expensive.
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