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  • Summary: Players last visited Northrend in "Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne," when Arthas Menethil fused with the spirit of Ner’zhul to become the Lich King, one of the most powerful beings in the Warcraft universe. He now broods atop the Frozen Throne deep in Icecrown Citadel, clutching the rune blade Frostmourne and marshaling the undead armies of the Scourge. In Wrath of the Lich King, the forces of the Alliance and the Horde venture into battle against the Scourge amid Northrend’s howling winds and fields of jagged ice. Wrath of the Lich King adds a rich variety of content to an already massive game. New features in the game’s second expansion include: Death Knight Hero Class: Create a high-level Death Knight character -- the game’s first hero class -- once certain challenges have been met. Increased Level Cap: Advance to level 80 and gain potent new talents and abilities along the way. Northrend: Explore the harsh new continent of Northrend, packed with new zones, quests, dungeons, monsters, and items -- and do battle with the undead armies of the Lich King. "Inscription" Profession: Learn this exciting new profession and gain unique ways to permanently enhance spells and abilities in the game. Siege Weapons and Destructible Buildings: Take the battle to another level with new player-vs.-player game mechanics and new battlefields to wage war on. New Character Customization: Change how characters look and express themselves, with different hairstyles and dance animations. [Blizzard Entertainment] Expand
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 47
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  1. 100
    Wrath of the Lich King takes the best-of-breed MMO and improves everything about it. It's a work of supreme confidence and quality that is twice as fun and ten times as beautiful as classic WOW, not to mention anything else in the genre. But above all else - in the breathtaking sweep of Northrend, in the assured, epic storytelling, in the constellation of brilliant quests - it is a grand adventure. Perhaps the grandest adventure in all gaming.
  2. Wrath of the Lich King has all the components necessary to hold the attention of the gaming community for several years to come...or at least until Blizzard decides which game we're going to be playing next.
  3. If you have a computer with internet and think you might enjoy playing games, do yourself a favor and try it.
  4. 91
    Wrath features more than enough content to keep me busy for a while yet. And if WOW's current track record maintains, things can only get better with time.
  5. With Wrath of the Lich King Blizzard shows the world how a MMORPG should look like. The add-on offers enough for both the casual and the hardcore gamer and is a must for every World of Warcraft player. We predict that it's gonna be a long and cold winter.
  6. The second World of Warcraft expansion doesn't do anything for new players, but there's plenty of great content for anyone who's reached at least level 55.
  7. A fresh continent to explore – what else do you need? Even with all the simplification this add-on brings lots of fun and new challenges. [Issue#173]

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  2. Negative: 35 out of 114
  1. DanielB.
    Dec 13, 2008
    10
    I've been playing the xpac since it came out and honestly I love it so far. I leveled to 80 pretty fast because I've had a lot of free time lately and it's been so cold. The new pvp zone Wintergrasp is a lot of fun, but it only runs every 3 hours, which is pretty lame. There are a lot of DK's running about, but it's new and expected, I'm sure it will die down in time. The zones are gorgeous and quests this time around are awesome. It's just fun to do them. The 5 mans are beautifully done and fun as well. I'm not in an endgame guild, so I can't comment on the content in that area, but I'm sure harder content will be available in upcoming content patches. All in all I think it's been a great xpac. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2010
    10
    World of Warcraft once again manages to astound gamers across the world, bringing it to 12 million active accounts. Rightfully so. Though the graphics aren't great, they still manage to beautifully illustrate the worlds of Azeroth and Outland, and enable a wide range of PCs and Macs to operate the game smoothly. The game play is straightforward and full of funny little parodies of the real world, and professions are fun ways to explore the world make a little extra money. The game may have lost its difficulty over the years, but there is always a place where the hardcore player can enjoy themselves. The music and lore is of very high quality as well. An awesome game that almost anyone can enjoy. Expand
  3. Matt
    Apr 16, 2009
    9
    Excellent addition to the game. The additions to the dungeons kept me entertained and looking forward to what blizz has in store for future patches.Even though Naxx and the T7 armor sets were recycled from pre-BC content, it allows those who weren't raiding pre-BC, or those who weren't in a guild that had progressed far enough in pre-BC endgame to experience a very fun raid dungeon experience. The 10-man option for raiding allows a whole new audience to enjoy the endgame dungeons, those who are crying over it being "watered down" are elitist, self-righteous pricks that don't want dreaded casuals interfering in their SERIOUS endgame. It's a game. Lighten up, people. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2010
    7
    Maybe it's nostalgia or just pure burnout but I did not have as much in wotlk as I did in vanilla or tbc. I think the developers went too mainstream and focused to much on the profit model giving players anything they ask for by just putting a price tag on it. While not all that came with this expansion is bad, many things have really irked me enough to take a long break from the game. Expand
  5. MrGamer
    Nov 23, 2008
    6
    The good: DeathKnight was cool, new story, lots of cool things to try. Nice start off story. Working for the LK as a bad guy was fun. The Bad: Then bam...the lich king lays us off and we have to re-due mass quest in outworld? Can't go to the new land because everything there is too high. Start fresh with newbie profession? Lame. There is a mechanic issue here too. In the begging LVL 55 to 58, you kick ass and feel like deathknight. After your boss is gone, kicking ass becomes really hard and you feel like one moment you are hero, next avg slub joe. Being a death knight and working for the litch king was very cool, but basically ending it as your boss is gone and now your unemployment, really? We play these games to escape the current events. Is the lich king secretly a GM exec? Not really worth $80 (wife's account and mine), $20 sure. I am feeling let down, and bailing. Expand
  6. MalteB
    Jun 5, 2009
    3
    i've played the game since The original WOW was released. I LOVED The Burning Crusade and i played non stop but when Wrath of the lich king was released everything went wrong the game went boring. Everything was easy and deathknight were overpowered and beated the shit out of all... Expand
  7. SeanM
    Jul 12, 2008
    0
    Fail. Take their money and let them stay hooked. As for me I know this game is just more of the same. WoW is still bad and will always be. A few petty adjustments and addons does not compensate for its lack of real gameplay. I seriously hope that Diablo 3 is nothing like WoW. Thanks for trying Blizzard. Expand

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