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- Customers DO NOT need to purchase this item in order to access the content in World of Warcraft
- This content is now included for free to all players that purchase the base game
- We only recommend purchasing this if you are interested in having a copy of the box as part of your gaming collection
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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.Read more ›
With the assumption that you've decided you want to play WoW, all the way through to lvl 70, this is the pack for you. You get WoW and expansion, which would cost 50 bucks if bought separately. You also get two strategy guides, but the strategy guide for the expansion (see my review for it here World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Official Strategy Guide (World of Warcraft)) is terribly lacking, so we're really looking at one valuable guide, one crappy guide. What you also get, and not even the box mentions this, is the game on DVD! Oh, how many times I've installed and reinstalled the original WoW on multiple computers at home and at my friends place, swapping disks. Well, no more! Unless you were lucky and bought the original Collector's edition World of Warcraft Collector's Edition and World Of Warcraft Burning Crusade Collector's Edition, you're stuck with 4 CDs each instead of 1 DVD.
Overall, I would buy (in fact, I did).
Update December 2009:
I've bought my 4th copy of this battlechest (yeah, I try to enlist friends and families to play WoW, so call me the Wow drug dealer....), which arrived the week before Thanksgiving 2009. Instead of 2 DVDs (one for WoW and one for The Burning Crusade), you now get everything in one DVD, with the two activation codes both printed on separate labels on the DVD cardboard sleeve.Read more ›
I'm not usually into long play games like this, but after seeing a bunch of different things about the game (including a very funny South Park episode) I decided to check into it a bit further.
I will say the game is much more fun if you can play with people you know, but you don't have to. I've found almost every person I've met in the game to be very helpful and understanding to new players so it makes it easy to get into the game and get what you want out of it.
I'd encourage people to definitely do the trial software and see how you like it, but I'm confident most people that play video games will find some portion of this entertaining.
First, you must know that this box doesn't contain all you need forever, but it's a good start as long as you know this....you can play 'for free' for a trial of ten days (maybe a month in some cases, depending on what free trial you get?) but then..it's FIFTEEN DOLLARS A MONTH TO PLAY.
What do you get for that money?
You get to make I believe it's NINE characters which I will go into later. This means mom can make one, dad can make one, the kids can each make one, then you can even make a few more.
Once you have those characters, you must delete one to be able to make one new one (or switch realms which I wont go into at all)...BUT only ONE PERSON can play at a time. So if Dad is playing his Warrior, mom can't play her mage until dad is done. Thus...you end up with three accounts like me :)
Next, you DO NOT HAVE to buy Wrath of Lich King or Burning Crusade now! Or ever..but those expansions allow what used to be a max level char of 60...to go to 70 and so on. I know you have no idea what that means if you are new to WOW...just know you don't need them yet.
So, you get this, load it, load patches (let me insert something important here. If you do not have a GOOD computer with a GREAT graphics card, dont bother with warcraft. This is a HUGE game with basically streaming video and intense graphics. If you try the free time, it's a good way to know what will slow down your game etc...like the big cities usually will. My brother in law had an e-machine that was 'only two years old' and it slows and stalls all over the game.) and now you are ready to go...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Battle Chest is a good bundle for those that are just getting into World of Warcraft. This is basically the starter bundle, that includes the original game, and the first... Read morePublished 6 months ago by User_22
Played for 10 years, this game could only be better if they would put up a legacy server. Would be fun to start over with the old and actually have to do it instead of skipping... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Daniel Dzielski
Great game! You can purchase this still, but it is a bit different now for the battle chest. This was a great starter in my day, when I got my fiance started, this was his. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronna Linn