Wednesday, November 5, 2008

World of Warcraft

Instead of beating around the bush, I'll start with the critically acclaimed giant of the MMO world. There is a reason this is the first MMORPG to get such a mass media regonition. With millions of subscribers, you will never have a problem finding people to play with. With quests ranging from giving a guard his equipment to fightning popular Warcraft characters such as Illidan Stormrage, Lord of Outland. However, WoW is not without its flaws, especially for "hardcore" RPG fanatics. One of the game's strength's is it's ease of play, and almost arcade like feel. It's easy to pick up, customize your ablities and level. However, this also means it lacks the large amount of depth and difficulty that older MMO's had, such as EverQuest. You'll quickly find yourself at the peak of what you can do. While I think World of Warcraft is one of the best, if not the best, MMORPG out there, I quickly became bored after I got my character to max level and got the best gear that one can get.

The Good
  • Large player base, you'll rarely (if ever!) fight alone.

  • Easy to start out, even if you're new to RPGs.

  • Player Vs Player content is a blast and gives unique weapons/armor.

  • Runs great even on older machines.

The Bad

  • Graphics are somewhat too cartoonish.

  • Character model customization is small.

  • Most Raid encounters can take several hours to complete.

Overall, I give World of Warcraft a 9.5/10 score. It has some minor issues, especially the lack of customization to your character model. I would love to see the use of armor dyes, and more detailed editing with face and body. Still, this is a fast paced game that deserved to be tried out. Now.

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