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Solid expansion pack and MMO
on September 27, 2007
This is the first expansion pack to the incredibly popular online game "World of Warcraft", or "WoW", which is required to use this product. As far as MMO expansion packs go, Blizzard really focuses on quality, not quantity, which is great, both in terms of making the game experience enjoyable, as well as not trying to get as much money from their customers as possible.
This expansion introduced many substantial changes in the mechanics of WoW, so if you quit the game before BC (Burning Crusade) was released and are looking to return, quite a bit will be different. Many of these changes were for the better; for example, the introduction of competitive pvp arenas has revitalized and greatly increased the quality of pvp (there are even some WoW pvp tournaments for money now). Like any MMO, the very end-game content is still often bugged, unbalanced, or improperly tuned, but these problems are really only experienced by less than 1% of the player base. What makes WoW and BC so great is the sheer variety of polished content there is to experience. The properly tested content is lots of fun, and many people will tell you that this game, like many MMOs, is very addictive. Whether that's good or bad I'll leave for you to decide.
So why only four stars, instead of five? For me, the greatest drawback of this game is the dramatic shift in the style of this game when you reach the maximum level (currently, level 70). Up until level 70, it's possible to enjoy all the content by yourself, or casually in pick up groups of five. But at level 70, content becomes very group-oriented, which can come as a surprise to many people, and finding a regular group of reasonably skilled and dedicated players becomes more important. If you want to experience the end-game raid content (for groups of 10 or 25 players), then this becomes absolutely essential. Unfortunately, Blizzard does not offer great guild support, either in-game or on its websites, which can make experiencing end-game raid content difficult and possibly even frustrating for many people. As a result, the depth of gameplay which you can only experience in organized, large groups, can be unnecessarily difficult for many players to see first-hand.
Nevertheless, there's still plenty to do and enjoy in this game. If you're new to WoW, odds are it will take you anywhere from 300 - 700 hours of gameplay to reach the maximum level, so it's probably still worth the money to buy WoW/BC if you're new. World of Warcraft will keep you plenty busy, and it'll give you the chance to spend lots of quality time with your friends, or give you the chance to meet many new friends online.