World of Warcraft
Ever since its release in 2004, World of Warcraft (WoW for short) has been the golden standard of the MMORPG genre. With a heavily quest-driven progression system and simple gameplay, WoW appeals to a large audience. The cartoony graphics may at first deter players but after some play time, they come to life and truly immerse players into the world of Azeroth. In WoW, players of all classes can easily progress alone but must work together to complete instanced dungeons that reward the best pieces of equipment. This style has helped World of Warcraft remain popular across the world and it continues to attract casual and hardcore gamers alike. Those familar with the Warcraft series will recognize the locations and important NPCs featured in WoW. Players can do battle with Illidian, visit the Orc’s capital of Orgrimmar, or explore parts of the world only hinted at in previous Warcraft titles. But before anything else, players must chose which of the two factions they wish to join — the Horde or the Alliance.
Though World of Warcraft has had multiple expansions, all players now have access to the game plus all expansions, from The Burning Crusade to Mists of Pandaria, as part of the game’s purchase. Warlords of Draenor, the game’s latest expansion, must be purchased individually to access content from level 90 to 100.
If you’re looking for a world that you can become truly immersed in, look no further than World of Warcraft. There is a massive amount of content for any stage of the game and players will always find themselves with things to do whether it is traveling to a new area to level, participating in PvP battles, or trying to acquire some of the best items in the game. There is more than just a game waiting for you in Azeroth – there is an entire world!
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade – This expansion introduces players to the new races of Blood Elves and Dranei, as well as a new playable area called the Outland where players can participate in a series of quests to either aid Illidan or bring upon his downfall.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Now the Lich King, Arthas Menethil, has emerged from Icecrown Citadel to claim the world as his own. Players from both the Horde and Alliance must band together in Northrend to make a stand against the evil ruler. This expansion introduces both a new playable area, Northrend, and a new hero class, the Deathknight.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – This expansion set follows the return of the evil Dragon Aspect Deathwing the Destroyer—formerly known as the ancient guardian Neltharion the Earth Warder—who causes a new Sundering as he makes his cataclysmic re-entrance into the world from Deepholm, the elemental plane of earth. This expansion introduces many new high level zones, as well as the Worgen and Goblin races.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Panderia – This expansion introduces Pandaria – where players will discover the continent and level up, helping to solve problems and figure out what happened for the past 10,000 years and why – will be included entirely within the initial expansion release. Included are the playable race called the Pandaren and the new Monk class.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor – This expansion brings about the era of an Old Horde, forged with steel rather than fel blood. A union of great orc clans, the Iron Horde, tramples the planet Draenor beneath terrifying war machines. Players must mount a charge on Draenor at this pivotal moment to save the world. Included is the new playable world of Draenor.
World of Warcraft: Legion – In this expansion the Tomb ofhas been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth-and they’ve already located the key to his return. With the Alliance and Horde devastated, adventurers must take up legendary artifacts and weapons used by the heroes of old, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Burning Legion before Azeroth’s last hope dies. Included is a new continent, the Broken Isles, and a new hero class, the Demon Hunter.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth – In this expansion Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion’s crusade—but even as the world’s wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend. As this age-old conflict reignites, join your allies and champion your faction’s cause—Azeroth’s future will be forged in the fires of war. Included are two new continents and six new races, three for each faction.
The Alliance: Humans, Gnomes, Night Elves, Dwarves, Draenei, Worgen, & Pandaren
The Horde: Orcs, Trolls, Undead, Tauren, Blood Elves, Goblins, & Pandaren
Druid – The most versatile class. Druids are effect support characters but can also call upon their feral nature and shapeshift into powerful beasts.
Hunter – The archer class of WoW, Hunters prefer to attack from a distance and lay traps. Hunters can tame beasts and fight in melee range when the need arises.
Mage – Masters of the elemental arts, Mages have high damage potential but suffer from low defense.
Paladin – Holy warriors who can wear plate but can also cast supportive spells to aid their allies in battle.
Priest – The main supportive class in WoW. Priests have the most powerful healing spells but can also inflict heavy damage with shadow related spells.
Rogue – The premier melee damage class. Rogues can dish out a lot of hurt in a short period of time but suffer from lower defense and health compared to other melee classes.
Shaman – In touch with the spirit world, Shaman’s use totems to channel energy towards those around them — be they friend or foe. Shamans are a hybrid class capable of both melee and magic attacks.
Warlock – Sinister spell casters who use the diabolical arts to summon demons to serve them. Warlocks learn curses and DoTs that weaken and damage their opponents.
Warrior – The primary melee fighter and tank. Warriors in WoW can do much more than absorb damage, properly trained they are capable of inflicting heavy damage.
Death Knight – The first ‘Hero Class.’ Introduced in the Lich King expansion, Death Knights start the game at level 55.
Monk – Released with Mists of Pandaria, the monk class is a hybrid that is capable of powerful tanking, melee DPS, and melee-healing.
Demon Hunter – Released with Legion, the Demon Hunter class is capable of tanking and DPS, and starts the game at level 98.
- Status: Released
- Release Date: Nov 23, 2004
- Business Model: Subscription
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
- Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
- Category: Stand-alone
- Genre(s): 3D, MMO, Adventure, RPG, Fantasy
- Platforms: PC, Mac
Editor's Score: 3.5/5
- +Long-spanning game with large amounts of content.
- +Vast amounts of lore and places to explore.
- +Large amount of dungeon content.
- -Subscription required.
- -Too many daily quests.
- -Crafting system is not worth time.
- -Loot system’s only purpose is to continue raiding.
- Recommended System Requirements:
- OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 (64-bit, fully updated).
- CPU: Intel Core i5 2400, AMD FX 4100, or better.
- RAM: 4GB
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, ATI Radeon™ HD 5870, or better.
- HDD: 35GB
- Description: World of Warcraft is a 3D fantasy MMORPG based on Blizzard's popular Warcraft franchise. The game has enjoyed international success since its launch and is credited with bringing the MMORPG genre to a wider audience.
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