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  • Summary: Four years have passed since the aftermath of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and a great tension now smolders throughout the ravaged world of Azeroth. As the battle-worn races begin to rebuild their shattered kingdoms, new threats, both ancient and ominous, arise to plague the world once again. World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. Players assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world. Being "Massively Multiplayer," World of Warcraft allows thousands of players to interact within the same world. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, players will form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory. A dedicated live team will create a constant stream of new adventures to undertake, lands to explore, and monsters to vanquish. This content ensures that the game will never be the same from month to month, and will continue to offer new challenges and adventures for years to come. [Blizzard Entertainment] Expand
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  1. Positive: 56 out of 57
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  1. 100
    There’s always a hesitation in giving something 10 since you are essentially saying that it’s perfect but as things stand now that’s exactly what World of Warcraft deserves.
  2. Incredibly addicting... They’ve just cleaned up your standard Dungeons and Dragons style online RPG and made it super fun, extremely refined, and exceedingly accessible to gamers of all levels.
  3. Part of what makes this game so remarkable is it doesn't assume that all you have to do in your busy life is play this one game, and so it delivers a high-quality experience regardless of how much or how little time you're able to invest...A stunning achievement that will make you feel privileged to be a game player.
  4. Broadly speaking, in MMOs you hit things, then fashion things to make your hitting more effective. World of Warcraft does that better than anything else on the market at the moment. [Jan 2005, p.96]
  5. This game has kept me glued to the screen longer than any other MMORPG and that's down to the fun-factor.
  6. 90
    Like "Warcraft III" before it, World of Warcraft is less about cataclysmic evolution and more about refinement.
  7. Fix your game, Blizzard. Listen to your players, actually cater to the high end, fix bugs that need fixing, and don’t leave your playerbase hanging for months on end. Then I will give your game a higher mark.

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  1. SaticX.
    Feb 13, 2007
    Look, this game isn't for everyone. If something constantly needs to be happening for you then you might find yourself frustrated at times with the pace. But folk, it is a roleplaying game. It is not supposed to be non-stop action. It's supposed to make you work and think, and the rewards you earn (levels, equipment, reputation) are hard earned. If you're a gamer that needs instant gratification from the secon you log on until you shut down then go elsewhere. I've only had the game for a month, so I can't speak as to how buggy it was when it was first released. But I have had nearly 0 technical problems. I haven't had a need to contact customer support or the GM's so I can't tell you how good their service is. But if I don't need to talk to them the why should I care? Last word. If you like RPG's this game is definitely for you. Period. Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2014
    This is the gold standard of MMORPGs and is the foundation to which all other MMORPG games will be built upon in the years to follow. World of Warcraft is a vast yet tight game experience that only gets better with friends and perfect strangers playing together. The amount of content to play through and all of the things you can do, competitively and cooperatively, is unparalleled. Add in the fact that you can play this game through several times as different classes and get a very unique experience every time and you have a game that can steal all of your free hours without remorse or regret. Though it has now been a while since the game launched, there's still a slight allure to World of Warcraft. Should Blizzard ever follow up on it with a new iteration of it, say a World of StarCraft entry, there's sure to be a repeat of history. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2011
    The time when World of Warcraft was THE MMO. It wasn't the down-booted bantha crap that is now. This was the time when the game made you actually think about tactics, professions and others. Hell, if you compare the mounts' level and prices, you should know what I mean: Vanilla: Lvl40: around 100g,normal mount. Cataclysm/WOTLK: Lvl40: less than 100g and EPIC mount. Getting Items was another thing. When I got my first epic item, I was incredibly happy (I still remember which item it was). In newer expansions: Completely unexperienced kids running around in Full Epic because they did a heroic with some other kid who MIGHT had some XP in the game. I even had a full-epic off set from the stupid Triumph badges that dropped from heroics. To sum up, If you feel yourself as a beginner in MMOs, you might wanna try the newer Expansions first, but when you're tired of the no-challanges, you'll defineatly wanna try one of the Vanilla Private servers. Expand
  4. ewjfcxhjzfsgda.wjsdadashjda
    Oct 6, 2006
    This game has only 1 bad thing about it, you sometimes feel like you have nothing to do after completing a goal, like a big quest, but very fun and great online, also interesting. Expand
  5. J
    May 9, 2005
    This was a good game and all, but I eventuall;y returned it to my friend because it just did not spark. The online fees kinda put a dent into my paycheck. Some of the hero skills came right out of Warcraft III and I was hoping for some new and creative ones. Also, I noticed pieces of the Warcraft III story missing. The game is ok and deserves occassional play but I really can't get into it. Maybe Starcraft Ghost will be better, if it ever comes out. Expand
  6. AnonymousMC
    Mar 3, 2008
    At first it is fun. But then it gets repetitive (kill this,kill this to get these kill these so you can get this). In the end the only enjoyable part was pvp. In my humble opinnion if they put in a system thats lets you go strait to pvp (like guildwars has). I think it would be much more enjoyable Expand
  7. StevenM.
    Jun 16, 2007
    Terrible, waste of time, money, and your life. Seriously the worst game ever made. Nothing original and nothing a rational minded gamer would like

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