Review by Janus5000

"Storm Earth and Fire Heed My Call!"

Blizzard Entertainment has made great games for almost 10 years now. Their series include Warcraft, Diablo, The Lost Vikings, Starcraft and some others that I forget... but that is unimportant. Just last year, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos was released, causing Blizzard fans to be happy. Then in July 2003, a great event took place that would rock the world forever. Life would never be the same.

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Reign of Chaos' expansion, was released.

And what a game it is. From the great gameplay to the impressive graphics and sound quality, it is a great game for days to come.

''Wow these graphics are so... detailed!!''

Frozen Throne features some of the best graphics for a computer game. Many of the unit sprites are very detailed, not quite realistic, but detailed. The same is true of their faces. The units look a little too animated and cartoonish, but still, good work blizzard. The buildings are just as good; not realistic, but detailed and very unique. The grasslands, cities, glaciers, and dungeons all have very detailed floors, walls, and other objects, like trees and rocks. Overall, I give graphics a 9/10.

''Sounds good. Even the units talk!''

Yes the units talk. And they say some pretty funny stuff too. One or two of them may be annoying and a little cartoonish like the graphics, but mostly just funny or downright weird. The units have fitting voices too. Also units attacking each other sound good, like... units attacking each other. Swords sound like swords hitting things, same with rifles, bows, and any other weapon that hits something. The overall themes that play during the game are good, but I tend not to notice them. So I give sound an 8/10

''Well it has a plot! That's almost a felony!''

The plot is all right. It's about an evil demon trying to destroy some undead people and some elves come in and there is a big battle.

...Okay so that wasn't being descriptive. I'm not giving away any spoilers!

I would give the plot a 6/10

''Dude, none of those things matter! Gameplay makes a game!''

Very well then.

The gameplay sounds simple. You start with a little base, use workers to make it bigger, train a huge army and a hero or two, then wipe out your opponents. Simple, right? WRONG. The gameplay is relatively complex. There are four very different races to choose from: Humans, Orcs, Undead, and Night Elves. The time changes from day to night, and some units get special advantages based on the time. Units all cost some quantity of gold and most cost some lumber, or wood, as well, so you'll need workers harvesting those. Also, each unit takes up a certain amount of ''food'' based on how powerful it is in combat. If your total amount of food is too high, you will go into ''upkeep''. During upkeep you will gain less gold per worker harvesting. This can be a problem unless you build a second base. Though it is wise to anyway since once your gold mine runs out you will need more. Also, for some gold and lumber, you can upgrade some units' attack power and armor. And like many other games, you can play online with other players and improve your on-line record. When on-line, you can improve your skills alone, with a team, or in a free-for-all. Also there is the map editor where you can make your own scenario and share it to the masses online. The possibilities are endless. You can even create your own heroes and skills for them.

''Heroes?''

Yes, Warcraft III is sort of an RTS(Real Time Strategy)/RPG(Role Playing Game) hybrid. There are special units called heroes that you can get at special buildings called altars. Each race has four different heroes with three primary skills and an ultimate. Heroes can gain EXP, level up, and learn new skills or improve already known skills. Heores gain EXP by killing unfriendly units, like the enemy's army or neutral units called ''Creeps''. Some creeps drop items, and the diversity of the items is great. They could summon some units for you, replenish hit points, make you invincible for a while, etc. Also, on some maps there is a building called a tavern where you can recruit five neutral heroes with different abilities, including... THE DRUNKEN PANDA!! He may be one of the funniest heroes in the game.

''Is this game actually, y'know, FUN?''

This game is fun. End of story. Gameplay gets an 11/10 (1 point extra for the drunken panda)

Overall Scores:

Graphics: 9/10
Sound: 8/10
Plot: 6/10
Challenge: 10/10
Fun: 10/10
Originality: 11/10
Drunken Panda Bonus: 10/10
Replay: 10/10
Overall: 9.25 which rounds up to 10/10

Pros:
-Some great graphics
-Good sound quality
-Great unit voices
-Fun and unique
-On-line play is always fun and challenging
-Great replay value
-Drunken Panda

Cons:
-Mediocre plot
-Graphics and sound slightly cartoonish and annoying
-Someone gave this game a 2/10
-It's probably sold out

The Last Word: Buy this game NOW. You will not be disappointed.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 01/20/04


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