Written on: 04/10/2005 by illonavamp (2 reviews written)
Interactive and interesting content
I read the previous review and, whilst I agree, mostly, it didn't really help the non World of Warcraft user to decide whether to pay money for it.
I'm what's considered a casual gamer: I've never played an online game, and I don't own any other games consoles or tee shirts relating to any games.
However, a friend bought this for me and it was for that reason I thought I'd give it a try.
For the non-gamer: There are two factions you can choose from, and each has four races: Alliance (Humans, Night Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes) or Horde (Undead, Orc, Troll, Tauren). Of these, you can choose to be a certain class (Warrior, Warlock, Rogue, Mage, Shamen, Priest, Hunter, or Druid) - apologies if I've missed any.
You choose your professions which help you earn money to buy newer/better armor and weapons as your character progresses, and then you can sell to other players, auction your stuff, or sell to in-game vendors. These are all the underlying factors to set your character off to a decent start.
To gain experience and levels you fight monsters, and you quest (someone tells you to go kill 20 dragons in exchange for a reward). You can do this by going it alone ('soloing'), or you can group with other players.
You can also choose whether you want to level in a PVP environment (fighting the opposing faction), or PVE (fighting beasties). As your level increases, your quests get more challenging and you are introduced to dungeons and instances.
Of course, I can't say with any qualification that this is the most interesting game I've played; the last game I played was about 15 years ago on a Sega.
However the fact that it's had my attention since March of this year, gives it a certain amount of credit.
Yes it costs money to play, but the fact that it's captured my attention and interest for that long means that it's captivating entertainment, and a good measure of escapism gets my vote.
The graphics are outstanding, the story lines are great, and I think if I played it for the next year I'd still be finding new things about it.
Of course there are the hardcore gamers out there who will nonchalantly call you a 'noob' if you happen to make a mistake in a dungeon, or get your group killed in PVP, but really, those basement kiddies aren't really the focus.
I'd recommend this to anyone who's thinking about getting a PC game who hasn't before. It's superb.
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