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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game, but use caution, read this post., May 11, 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: World of Warcraft Battle Chest - (Obsolete) (Video Game)
This is a very long post, but well worth it if you're seriously considering this game.

Pros:

First and foremost this game is a milestone in the both the MMORPG and online gaming industry. With over 11 million subscribers, it's the largest online game to date, and for good reason.

The graphics, while cartoonish, indulge you in a moving work of art with flowing waterfalls, freezing tundras, and shadow-ridden caves. The world itself is simply huge (though surprisingly easy to navigate), spanning across four continents (one in outer space), and leaves the gamer with an unparalleled sense of citizenship. Once you log into World of Warcraft, you truly plug into a hidden universe.

The music is truly worthy of mention. When you first launch the game, you are met with a symphony of heart-pounding drums, violins, bassoons, or what-have-you. The music/ambience then changes frequently throughout the game depending upon your current location and really adds an element of class to the experiences of stepping into a haunted mine, or riding up to the gates of a citadel.

The gameplay ranges from simple to slightly complicated depending upon your class selection, but always maintains the smooth controls that are oh-so-user-friendly. You can select from 9 different classes at the start (another is available further on in the game), each of which have their own roles to fulfill by either Healing, Tanking (taking the hits for other less-hardy classes), or DPSing (DPS: Damage per second, a term used to explain classes adept at dealing damage). Also with the introduction of "dual-spec," a character is able to switch between two customizable talent builds (determines your main role: healing/tanking/dps, through the selection certain talents) at the drop of a hat.

The most basic gameplay consists of leveling your character from 1 to 80 via the completion of quests, invading of dungeons, and slaying of monsters, all of which grant "experience," and move you closer to the next level. If you grow wary leveling, it is possible to "que" into a battleground from anywhere in the world. There are four different types of battle: capture the flag, protect the resources, defend/attack the keep, and control the territory. You compete against real players controlling real characters on different computers, which is typically referred to as "PVP," or player versus player.

Once you have reached the maximum level, the fun has just begun. You will continue advancing your character by upgrading his or her equipment (or "gear"). Raids, dungeons and "heroics" offer thousands of powerful monsters that, when killed, give weapons and armor that strengthen your character. Dungeons and heroics are typically conquered by five players effectively working together to defeat the obstacles and creatures within. Raids follow a different suit, requiring 10 to 25 skilled players able to communicate and coordinate themselves in order to (hopefully) kill the most difficult monsters in the game.

Another option to the post-leveling stage (or "end game content") is coordinated PVP. Beside the four available battlegrounds, the game contains four "arena" maps offering extremely competitive play in the form of 2v2, 3v3, or 5v5. If you are successful, the rewards are some of the most powerful upgrades in the game.

Guilds, world events, seasonal events, mounts, professions, mini-games, parties, transportation and real-time economies are just a few more of the many other unnamed aspects to this game. Some things are simply best if discovered.

Cons:

In recent times, the game has found difficulties in PVP in terms of equality. Some classes seem to always be more powerful than others, however, the developers of the game promise that they're addressing this situation.

It is fairly expensive if thought of as simply a video game. The game runs at (I believe) $15 a month, or $12.99 if you pay for 6 months at once. By the time you've purchased the original game and the two expansion packs, you're out $100+, which doesn't include subscription fees. The cheapest route to take is to purchase the Battle-chest (the first two games), the second expansion pack (soon to be added to the Battle-chest) and a large chunk of game time.

A key thing to consider in terms of price is that you're buying much more than a game. You're paying for the new content which is released almost every two months, the server maintenance, and in-game customer support. Also, keep in mind, that this game will (probably) entertain you for much longer than a TV or DVD or Console game. Sure, an XBox game is only $59.99, very cheap compared to World of Warcraft, but within a few weeks/months the XBox game will become dull, whereas this game will have already released new content to be conquered.

*This is why I only gave it 4 stars*
The game is addicting. Extremely. Dangerously. No, seriously, if you have any history of alcohol/drug/gambling abuse, you should reconsider, or at least be informed prior to purchasing.

I offer to you this solution: first, download the 10 day free trial. Next, keep a log of the amount of time you spend on the game during these 10 days. It's expected that you will 1-3 hours a day initially, but will quickly fall into the 4+ hours as your trial nears its end. After the 10 day trial, take a look at how much time you've spent on this game. Some might find themselves in "good shape," with only a couple hours of play time. Most will find that they've spent an upwards of 30 hours (or much more) on the game in only 10 days.

Determine for yourself if you truly have that much free time to spend on a video game. If you do, wonderful, then this is the game for you, and I hope you enjoy your experience. If you believe this is too much time to spend on a game, don't fret! Within the account creation process, you will be able to set up "parental controls" for the availability of play. It is in this device that you can limit your playtime to a healthy and sustainable amount.

I hope this was helpful.
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Initial post: Dec 21, 2010 11:28:06 PM PST
HolyMarluxia says:
Your review is impressive.... I play more console games than pc games and I wanted to know what's the hype with this game. so I'll do what you said and download the free trial first!

Thanks for the info!

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 1:02:07 PM PST
Cerdac says:
Thank you so much. I really want to play this game but I just develoed a great social life i dont want to mess up. You gave me a way to do both. It feels strange being my own parent!

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 5:38:53 AM PDT
A customer says:
I have to validate and stress again the major danger of this game as this reviewer says:

"The game is addicting. Extremely. Dangerously. No, seriously, if you have any history of alcohol/drug/gambling abuse, you should reconsider, or at least be informed prior to purchasing. "

This is a very cool game in many ways. It is a very enjoyable diversion from real life for A FEW HOURS here and there. The trouble is too many people get sucked in and this becomes their life, that's pretty sad really.

Other than that major danger, I give this game 10 stars. I am sure it will improve over time and the minor complaints people have will be worked out, the game, no matter where it goes from here, will forever be dangerous to those with addictive personalities-that's a fact and something you must keep in mind.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 7:00:15 AM PDT
Christine says:
My husband got this game for his son 3 years ago. Since it was an online game he 'checked' it out first and before he knew it, he was a lvl 30 warrior...lol..however, when he had a surgery and was not able to move around much, this game was well worth the $15 a month. I even started to play it, and it is a very good game to play where you get to kill monsters, demons and such. It reduces my stress level a lot. During the long cold winter months, this game is great. What else is there to do when its freezing outside? I do play less now then I did in the beginning, but for the amount of money it cost me, it is still worth it. I have now a lvl 85 Palladin and a few lower lvl toons. I still have a social life, believe it or not. Thanks for the very detail review and keep on playing :-)

Posted on May 24, 2011 1:12:28 PM PDT
Dave says:
This game can be very addicting, I know people laugh at that and think, "Drugs are addicting, not video games!"

But, I spent nearly five years playing this game, and it dried up my social life among other things. Now, I definitely accept all responsiblity for that, I'm not going to blame a game on my decisions, but Blizzard has perfected a formula of gaming that entices you to want more; that's their job.

I laughed when I read:

"The graphics, while cartoonish, indulge you in a moving work of art with flowing waterfalls, freezing tundras, and shadow-ridden caves. The world itself is simply [...] and leaves the gamer with an unparalleled sense of citizenship. Once you log into World of Warcraft, you truly plug into a hidden universe.

The music is truly worthy of mention. When you first launch the game, you are met with a symphony of heart-pounding drums, violins, bassoons, or what-have-you."

because the original reviewer hit it right on the nose. When you first enter into this game, and walk into the cities full of other players... it feels like a completely foreign universe that you yourself have discovered while incognito. The music and scenery (depending on what settings you have your graphics on) just grab you instantly, and doesn't let you go.

There is a reason this game has the most widely diverse community of gamers, from the hardcore-latenight raiders to the stay-at-home mothers who spend some of their free time on the game.

To boot, I was strictly an FPS gamer before 2006. I thought MMORPG's were of no interest to me and retained a certain stigma of nerdism - man... was I wrong?!

All in all, the game is what you make of it. An expansion since this review has been released, Cataclysm, and recently I quit the game because of funds and lack of interest with the newest expansion. However, once I get the extra cash to throw around, I'd like to control my gaming hours on the game and reacquaint myself with it. For now, it's the PS3 and the anticipation of Skyrim.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2011 1:45:37 AM PDT
Harry T. says:
I feel exactly the way you do, except for me it's BF3. I'll be playing WoW until then though.

Posted on Jul 16, 2011 8:47:59 PM PDT
Heylola2 says:
Also, I am not sure how long this one pack thing will be offered, or it it's always going to be now, but RIGHT NOW you can play to level 20 free. If you don't feel like paying, you can level up to 20 and then make a new character. You as a person gain a lot of experience in the game, and it's free the whole time! I currently have about 8 characters around level 20... :]

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:54:53 PM PST
Michael says:
Subby said that it's over 100 dollars for all WOW games, but Cataclysm + Witch King + Battle Chest is $77 combined currently. I'm waiting until Black Friday and I'll bet that there will be huge discounts.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 10:42:01 AM PST
L Hoover says:
Another notation to this - around Christmas Blizzard always offers the game very cheaply through their website - I think right now the "Battle Chest" (Original WoW + Burning Crusade) is $5, Wrath is $10 and Cata is like $25-$30. If it's close to Christmas or you can wait, thats the time to do it!

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 6:53:27 PM PST
Savor_Savvy says:
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