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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 runePlayers 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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  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Fantasy, Fantasy
  • # of players: Massively Multiplayer
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 47
  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. While the majority of the content is geared towards higher-level players, there is still a lot of fantastic content for any WoW gamer. If you’re a fan, then there’s no reason that you should not have this expansion.
  4. Gamers.at
    91
    It doesn’t matter if you’re hardcore, casual or “normal” – if such a thing even exists among WoW-Players – the Wrath of the Lich King will frostshock your heart in a good way. [Issue#17]
  5. With its spectacular design, dazzling polish and ever-compulsive gameplay, World of Warcraft seems destined to remain the everyman's pick of PvE-focussed MMO for the foreseeable future, and with the implementation of new PvP mechanics, Blizzard is no doubt looking to tempt back players who jumped ship to Warhammer Online and Age of Conan as well.
  6. All of the new additions that Lich King provides are expertly executed and will provide hours of new content to seasoned players.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    80
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 132
  2. Negative: 34 out of 132
  1. Mar 14, 2019
    10
    This is the best expansion so far. The snowy landscapes, it's like the world of Scandinavia, I'm a fan. I love the Argent Tournament dailies.This is the best expansion so far. The snowy landscapes, it's like the world of Scandinavia, I'm a fan. I love the Argent Tournament dailies. And my favorite raid of all time is Icecrown Citadel and my second favorite raid is Ulduar.

    Lich King (Arthas) we meet again. More and more unforgettable memories from Warcraft III.
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  2. May 15, 2012
    10
    WoW will forever be known as 'THAT MMO'. The first MMO to make MMORPGs a mainstream game. It was and forever will be the biggest game of it'sWoW will forever be known as 'THAT MMO'. The first MMO to make MMORPGs a mainstream game. It was and forever will be the biggest game of it's generation and forever to come. Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. Mar 28, 2013
    8
    I used to enjoy World of Warcraft. I played every single day, one hour on weekdays, two on weekends. This was the best expansion. I reallyI used to enjoy World of Warcraft. I played every single day, one hour on weekdays, two on weekends. This was the best expansion. I really want it back. There were very few bad things about this. The Death Knights were very fun to play, and Northrend looked very beautiful. If I wrote this a few years earlier, I probably would have given it a 10/10, as I thought WoW was "the best game EVAR" up until Cata, but looking back now, I probably won't enjoy it as much as I did back then. It was a good expansion, and I don't understand how it has such a bad user score. I really want to play this again, but Blizzard changed WoW so much, it's not the same as it was in WotLK. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2012
    7
    There were some very enjoyable raid encounters in this addon but overal it was far too easy and honestly wow started to get dumbed down andThere were some very enjoyable raid encounters in this addon but overal it was far too easy and honestly wow started to get dumbed down and get boring with this addon. Took only a few days to reach max level. While leveling up the "normal" difficulties of instances already felt like pure waste of time and the "heroic" versions were very easy to finish first time playing them soon becoming absolutely obsolete. Gold had no value anymore. Any player not beeing fully equipped with epic items after like one week at max level got called noob. The complete gameplay changed to repeating boring quests in boring instances on daily base to collect for pointless item updates. Well and once you were half finished collecting your items blizzard just released a new content patch with new items, nerfed old icontent and made all your past "efforts" regarding items and achievements wortless. Expand
  6. Luke
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    My sister introduced me to WoW and I've been playing on her PC for about two months. I have had fun during this experience. This game My sister introduced me to WoW and I've been playing on her PC for about two months. I have had fun during this experience. This game has been addicting, though, more than anything else. But, after getting a warlock into upper 60s and an over-powered death knight to the mid 60s, I'm saying enough. I've realized that through the modest amount of gaming I have done, I have never had as unsatisfying of a gaming experience as WoW. Other types of games reward you when you personally gain skill; it is satisfying to use that skill to defeat the computer or human opponent. With WoW, you only become better by playing more because you rank up and getting better gear. So there is the constant desire and EXPECTATION of killing monsters and completing quests to level and gear up. Because this is an expectation, you never truly enjoy it, you are always thinking about the next level or piece of equipment. With other games, I can sit down for half an hour or an hour and be satisfied by my exercise of skill and the result of such and walk a way and not have a need to play for a few days. With WoW, I've spent a couple hours here, a couple there, trying to find this same feeling. I thought I was having fun, but never had the sense of enjoyment or accomplishment like other games. Again, this is because you don't get better at the game, you just spend time to make your character better, and you don't gain satisfaction from doing so, rather you only expect your character to get better because of your time commitment. Overall, I feel like I had fun with WoW, but understand that I fell victim to Blizzard's design. I'm fortunate to only have spent a couple of months sucked in when others have spent years. It was a good lesson to learn, but one that I hope not many more people will not waste too much time finding out for themselves. 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. AFail. 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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