Review by McGuyDie
"Nothing short of a perfect achievement."
Blizzard has came out with many games in the past. Starcraft and Warcraft were both R.T.S. type games., but this is Blizzard's first attempt at the MMORPG genre. In 2001, Blizzard announced that they would be releasing a game of that genre. In 2004 they came out with the new game, World of Warcraft. Many people think unanimously, that the game has been extremely successful, and was well worth the wait for many reasons.
The graphics are nothing less than revolutionary in this game. A huge variety of lush environments dot the world of warcraft, and it amazes me how much minute detail Blizzard programmed into the game. Every race is programmed and designed differently, and their worlds and cultures and all worked into the parts of the game. Every one of them has a different design, and the individual characters models can be changed when you create the character. The equipment is amazing. Every single piece of equipment is excellently designed and amazingly innovative, each with it's own name and design, providing an enriching experience. Things like the shopkeepers reactions after talking to them, or the various emotes that are programmed into the game. The best parts of this game that astound me most are the cities, from snowy Ironforge, to the plains of Thunder Bluff, all the way down to the city Stormwind. But the Graphics of a game are not all about environments, they are also in the arrangement of screens, such as the toolbars, and the interface. These elements all combine so perfectly together, making the interactive world, and helping you to feel all the more into the game.
Although the story of Warcraft is good, you can't say the same about the story of World of Warcraft. However, this doesn't change the fact that World of Warcraft deserves a perfect 10. The reason for this is that MMORPGS aren't designed to convey a good story, and WOW still conveys this element, making the experience even more enriching. The basic story is the Conflict between the Alliance, which consists of the Humans, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Night Elves. These races are in a constant struggle with the Horde, consisting of Orcs, Trolls, Tauren, and Undead. World of Warcraft is centered around the conflict of these races, and fighting for their dominance.
An MMORPG is Gameplay, without that, the whole purpose is defeated, and make no mistake, the gameplay in WOW is flawless. There are a wide variety of weapons, each with their own effect and names. As you go up in levels, the equipment, naturally, gets more and more advanced, and rare items are classified "Green items" and are rarer than their plain white counterparts. When a player starts, they can pick a race, each with a few fairly important differences between them, and more importantly, a class. A class basically defines how you are going to play the game.There are 9 classes, Druids, Hunters, Mages, Paladins, Priests, Rogues, Shamans, Warlocks, and Warriors . The Classes are limited to certain races, such as Orcs not being able to become mages, and Dwarves cant be shamans. Another thing you decide when you enter the World of Warcraft is the kind of server you play on. The 3 servers are Normal, PvE(or RP), or PvP. Normal is the server you play on if you want to get a feel for the game, you can attack enemy faction NPC's, and no other people can attack you if the PvP function is not on. PvE is for players who want to assume the role of a particular character, and venture around as them in the expansive world. Lastly, and my personal favorite is PvP! PvP is Player versus Player, which best describes PvP. PvP is the battle of the Alliance and Horde, and in contested areas, anyone can attack you at any time, providing the biggest challenge. Most of the time on WOW you will be completing quests, which reward you with items, experience and money. Quests are assigned by allied NPC's, and in PvP, enemies can kill the NPC, making you wait 15 minutes for the re-spawn! Money in world of warcraft translates well, and the three currencies are Copper, Silver, and Gold. 100 copper makes 1 Silver, 100 silver makes 1 Gold. I haven't even begun to describe the full amount of gameplay in World of Warcraft, you'll have to play to find out!
The sound in this game is honed to perfection, everything that makes a sound, for the most part, turns out exactly as it would in real life. A sword will slice, and arrow will twang, a hammer will smash, and a gun will bang. The music in this game is also perfect, as it was in Warcraft, and the tracks are different for every city, like the constant pounding War Drums of Orgrimmar, or the gentle singing in Chapels.
World of Warcraft has been keeping fans waiting for 3 years, and in those short years, WoW has created a masterpiece that, in my opinion, is absolutely nothing short of perfection. If you are new to the MMORPG genre, then get this game first and foremost. It's the first MMO I've ever played that didn't feel like I was at work! Overall, WoW is an astounding achievement that will be remembered for a long, long time.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 04/19/05
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