Review by Kelvin742
"Great and Addicting MMORPG"
I've played many online games such as Runescape, Knight Online, Conquer Online, Silk Road Online, and others. WOW is a game that's different and more enjoyable.
The graphics are great. I didn't give it a 10 because I was actually surprised when I saw the character models. They aren't the most realistic, but they give a happy mood when playing the game. It's a spread between real and cartoonish looking, like advanced Maple Story Graphics. In a few years with the expansions, they might look even better.
I keep the sound off most of the times. When I first played, the sounds were good but it became boring and repetitive. There's always an MP3 player. The setting matches with the music which is nice.
This is the best part of the game. It is so complex. There are professions to choose from such as Skinning, Enchanting, Tailoring, Engineering, etc which you level to make new items which sometimes you can equip or sell for cash. This is great for money making which takes out the boring farming for certain items method. Like any other game, you can farm for cash by killing a specific monster for a special item and sell it in the Auction House, a place where people buy things. Leveling might be slow, but there are so many quests, from solo to groups, involving killing certain number of monsters or hunting a high lvled monster, to just talking with people which makes you get to know the world of WOW better. You can solo your way to 70 with any class.
The controls for this game are the best. You can set keys to 1-0, and the - and = buttons. You can change keys in the options menu and there is even a choice to run forever. This will help in PVPing dearly.
Raiding is the single most unique element in WOW. It pretty much defines WOW and many people will say that this is where WOW really begins. The real raids start at lvl 70, where you go to certain instances and kill bosses to get better gear such as elites and legendarys with more effort. There are other items you have to raid for called "Tier Sets" which have an activated bonus when you wear a certain number of them at one time. The best tier is Tier 6. A great feature is that you roll for the items you need after you kill the boss, highest number wins. This is fair and hacking isn't possible since the rolls take place server-side.
There are many classes to choose from which makes the game less boring, since you can create a new character and start over. There's the defense and melee of a warrior, the range of spells from a mage, the healing effects of the priest, the cunningness of a rouge, and the all-around of a druid, which has abilities of multiple classes. There are talent trees which lead your character to a certain group. For example, a mage can go frost, fire, or arcane. This will lead to faster casts, more power, and crit chances.
PVPing is pretty fun here. You can go to battlegrounds and win special badges which you can buy stuff. There are two sides: Horde and Alliance. They hate each other, so when you see one of the opposing faction, you have two options. Run or kill. This can be annoying when you're leveling, minding your own business, and someone kills you, but when you level up, you can get payback.
The key to success is good community. WOW has it and it is needed when raiding or else the boss will kill everyone and no items are gained and you would have wasted your time. There are guilds which you can join who can help you whenever you have questions.
This game is one of the best MMORPG's out there. $15.00 might be too much to ask for some, but you get your money's worth. The vast majority of NPC's, instances, and quests will keep you busy for a long time.
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Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 09/02/08
Game Release: World of Warcraft (US, 11/23/04)
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