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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire. Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

  • Two New Playable Races – Goblins and Worgen
  • Level Cap Increased to 85
  • Classic Zones Remade
  • New High-Level Zones
  • Flying Mounts in Azeroth

List Price: $ 39.99
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World of Warcraft Battle Chest

Experience the World of Warcraft! 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. And now, World of Warcraft and its Expansion Pack “World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade” are combined in one package with additional items!

  • Includes both the World of Warcraft base sku and the Burning Crusade expansion pack
  • Official Battle Chest strategy guides: one for Burning Crusade and one for World of Warcraft
  • Game manuals
  • WOW guest pass (14-day trial)
  • Blizzard catalog included

Rating: (out of 120 reviews)

List Price: $ 39.99
Price: $ 26.72

World of Warcraft Battle Chest Reviews

Review by Mitchell M. Tse:

I bought this for my son, since I had only bought him WoW without the expansion.

With the assumption that you’ve decided you want to play WoW, all the way through to lvl 70, this is the pack for you. You get WoW and expansion, which would cost 50 bucks if bought separately. You also get two strategy guides, but the strategy guide for the expansion (see my review for it here World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Official Strategy Guide (World of Warcraft)) is terribly lacking, so we’re really looking at one valuable guide, one crappy guide. What you also get, and not even the box mentions this, is the game on DVD! Oh, how many times I’ve installed and reinstalled the original WoW on multiple computers at home and at my friends place, swapping disks. Well, no more! Unless you were lucky and bought the original Collector’s edition World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition and World Of Warcraft Burning Crusade Collector’s Edition, you’re stuck with 4 CDs each instead of 1 DVD.

Overall, I would buy (in fact, I did).

Update December 2009:

I’ve bought my 4th copy of this battlechest (yeah, I try to enlist friends and families to play WoW, so call me the Wow drug dealer….), which arrived the week before Thanksgiving 2009. Instead of 2 DVDs (one for WoW and one for The Burning Crusade), you now get everything in one DVD, with the two activation codes both printed on separate labels on the DVD cardboard sleeve. Not very different, but it’s nice that they at least save a bit of plastic by packing it all in one disc. Still comes with one month of play included, contrary to what the one comment on my review claimed.

And until they release a new battlechest that will include Wrath of the Lich King (which I doubt Blizzard will do until right after they release their next expansion [to be titled Cataclysm {which I preordered my max of 3 from Amazon already!}]) this battle chest is still the deal to buy. Also, in my opinion, including the Burning crusade makes sense, since it does include 2 new player races as well as their corresponding zones in Azeroth, which can be played from the beginning, whereas pretty much all of Wrath of the Lich King isn’t available until you’re at least lvl 55, and then Blizzard sinks in the extra hook. Would have been nice if there was a battlechst that included all 3, since that would have potentially saved me money, but oh, well….

Still greatly recommended for the person wanting to start playing WoW.

Review by Kule Noorth:

This is a very long post, but well worth it if you’re seriously considering this game.

Pros:

First and foremost this game is a milestone in the both the MMORPG and online gaming industry. With over 11 million subscribers, it’s the largest online game to date, and for good reason.

The graphics, while cartoonish, indulge you in a moving work of art with flowing waterfalls, freezing tundras, and shadow-ridden caves. The world itself is simply huge (though surprisingly easy to navigate), spanning across four continents (one in outer space), and leaves the gamer with an unparalleled sense of citizenship. Once you log into World of Warcraft, you truly plug into a hidden universe.

The music is truly worthy of mention. When you first launch the game, you are met with a symphony of heart-pounding drums, violins, bassoons, or what-have-you. The music/ambience then changes frequently throughout the game depending upon your current location and really adds an element of class to the experiences of stepping into a haunted mine, or riding up to the gates of a citadel.

The gameplay ranges from simple to slightly complicated depending upon your class selection, but always maintains the smooth controls that are oh-so-user-friendly. You can select from 9 different classes at the start (another is available further on in the game), each of which have their own roles to fulfill by either Healing, Tanking (taking the hits for other less-hardy classes), or DPSing (DPS: Damage per second, a term used to explain classes adept at dealing damage). Also with the introduction of “dual-spec,” a character is able to switch between two customizable talent builds (determines your main role: healing/tanking/dps, through the selection certain talents) at the drop of a hat.

The most basic gameplay consists of leveling your character from 1 to 80 via the completion of quests, invading of dungeons, and slaying of monsters, all of which grant “experience,” and move you closer to the next level. If you grow wary leveling, it is possible to “que” into a battleground from anywhere in the world. There are four different types of battle: capture the flag, protect the resources, defend/attack the keep, and control the territory. You compete against real players controlling real characters on different computers, which is typically referred to as “PVP,” or player versus player.

Once you have reached the maximum level, the fun has just begun. You will continue advancing your character by upgrading his or her equipment (or “gear”). Raids, dungeons and “heroics” offer thousands of powerful monsters that, when killed, give weapons and armor that strengthen your character. Dungeons and heroics are typically conquered by five players effectively working together to defeat the obstacles and creatures within. Raids follow a different suit, requiring 10 to 25 skilled players able to communicate and coordinate themselves in order to (hopefully) kill the most difficult monsters in the game.

Another option to the post-leveling stage (or “end game content”) is coordinated PVP. Beside the four available battlegrounds, the game contains four “arena” maps offering extremely competitive play in the form of 2v2, 3v3, or 5v5. If you are successful, the rewards are some of the most powerful upgrades in the game.

Guilds, world events, seasonal events, mounts, professions, mini-games, parties, transportation and real-time economies are just a few more of the many other unnamed aspects to this game. Some things are simply best if discovered.

Cons:

In recent times, the game has found difficulties in PVP in terms of equality. Some classes seem to always be more powerful than others, however, the developers of the game promise that they’re addressing this situation.

It is fairly expensive if thought of as simply a video game. The game runs at (I believe) a month, or .99 if you pay for 6 months at once. By the time you’ve purchased the original game and the two expansion packs, you’re out 0+, which doesn’t include subscription fees. The cheapest route to take is to purchase the Battle-chest (the first two games), the second expansion pack (soon to be added to the Battle-chest) and a large chunk of game time.

A key thing to consider in terms of price is that you’re buying much more than a game. You’re paying for the new content which is released almost every two months, the server maintenance, and in-game customer support. Also, keep in mind, that this game will (probably) entertain you for much longer than a TV or DVD or Console game. Sure, an XBox game is only .99, very cheap compared to World of Warcraft, but within a few weeks/months the XBox game will become dull, whereas this game will have already released new content to be conquered.

*This is why I only gave it 4 stars*

The game is addicting. Extremely. Dangerously. No, seriously, if you have any history of alcohol/drug/gambling abuse, you should reconsider, or at least be informed prior to purchasing.

I offer to you this solution: first, download the 10 day free trial. Next, keep a log of the amount of time you spend on the game during these 10 days. It’s expected that you will 1-3 hours a day initially, but will quickly fall into the 4+ hours as your trial nears its end. After the 10 day trial, take a look at how much time you’ve spent on this game. Some might find themselves in “good shape,” with only a couple hours of play time. Most will find that they’ve spent an upwards of 30 hours (or much more) on the game in only 10 days.

Determine for yourself if you truly have that much free time to spend on a video game. If you do, wonderful, then this is the game for you, and I hope you enjoy your experience. If you believe this is too much time to spend on a game, don’t fret! Within the account creation process, you will be able to set up “parental controls” for the availability of play. It is in this device that you can limit your playtime to a healthy and sustainable amount.

I hope this was helpful.

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World of Warcraft

Vivendi (72212) World of Warcraft PCWorld of Warcraft didn’t invent the online role-playing genre, but it certainly benefits from the missteps of other titles that have come before. A mind-boggling array of improvements in graphics, gameplay, networking, and interface–really every category–makes this game the crown prince of the genre, a great starting place for newbies, and a challenge to any other MMORPG currently in the works. The game’s beautifully rendered locations are filled with small details, such as flying birds and flowing water. A History of Conflict
WoW takes place just four years after the real-time strategy Warcraft series, which chronicles a 25 year struggle between the Alliance (humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves) and the Horde (orcs, tauren, trolls, and undead). Even though there’s tons of accumulated story to the series, new players should not be daunted. The background is there for you to explore, but you don’t have to tread a lot of Azeroth history to get into the action. The makers boast 2,000 existing quests with more being added, many of them noncombat in nature.
The game looks magnificent. There’s plenty of detail and variety to the landscapes and interiors, and the artwork has a refreshingly playful style. There’s not a lot of variety in the character creation process, but with all the skills and proficiencies to combine in the game, WoW focuses its customization not on the appearance of your character but rather on the character of your character. The game lets you adopt any two trade skills, regardless of character race or class, and combine those skills in useful ways. If you choose skinning and leatherworking,

  • This game requires a monthly fee, and an internet connection to play
  • Create and customize your own hero from the unique races and classes of the Warcraft universe
  • Explore an expansive world with miles of forests, deserts, snow-blown mountains, and other exotic lands
  • Visit huge cities and delve through dozens of vast dungeons
  • Adventure together with thousands of other players in an enormous, persistent game world

Rating: (out of 868 reviews)

List Price: $ 19.99
Price: $ 12.50

World of Warcraft Reviews

Review by Walter Milford:

This game is, quite simply, the best Fantasy MMORPG I have ever encountered. Having played during the entire 11 day Stress Test, I can honestly say it will probably be around even longer than EverQuest. This work of art has all the magic of EQ, without the many frustrations that finally caused me to give up on EQ (such as extreme grind, a very punitive death penalty, and being forced to group at high levels).

The graphics in WoW are awesome. Some people complain about the “cartoonish” colors, etc. I find these graphics to be very pleasing to the eye, and extremely well detailed and arranged. Guess this just shows that it isn’t possible to please everyone, particularly those who go out of their way to find a flaw in other people’s creations. To me, it is just right.

I won’t elaborate on the basics of the game, such as the 8 races and 9 classes. Others have already covered them. Rather, I will focus on some other areas that are important to older players (I will soon be 60 years old, and no longer have the lightning-fast hand to eye coordination and sharp vision I once enjoyed).

There appeared to be no need for extremely quick reflexes in this game, but instead a player needs to use strategy and planning to avoid getting in over one’s head. The wonderful hotkey bar across the entire bottom of the screen was very helpful and well thought out. Kudos to Blizzard for making such a great interface. The screen is not all cluttered up like it is in most games.

The game runs on a 24-hour clock, so it is dark nearly half the time. Blizzard wisely chose to not make the game black as night in most locations. It is possible to play effectively in caves and other usually extremely dark areas, without benefit of an external light. I thought this was a very wise decision and really enjoyed playing in those locations for the first time ever in an MMORPG. Some players complain that it is too bright. I would say to them: Turn down your Gamma control in the game if you like. Many of us do not have your young night-vision, and we are paying customers too. I think that Blizzard got this part just right.

The quest system in this game is better than I have ever seen. I actually liked doing quests, something I haven’t previously enjoyed. Also, quests give lots of experience, and since they can usually be done on a casual basis, they don’t require the same level of one-track focus that they do in other games I have played.

During this “way too short” Stress Test, I decided to try a variety of different characters and locations, so played the following characters: Night Elf Druid, lvl 12; Tauren Hunter, lvl 13; Human Mage, lvl 8; Human Warlock, lvl 6; Gnome Warlock, lvl 6; Troll Shaman, lvl 6. Unfortunately, I have a full-time job and could only devote about 40 hours a week to the game. The initial leveling rate is quite quick, with it slowing down a lot at about level 12. Just about right, IMO.

The game is bug-free, for the most part. It is way more bug-free than SWG is even today. I would be willing to pay a subscription now, if it would “get me my game back!”. There are only two problems I see with this game:

1. Even though the Stress Test ended at 6pm Sunday evening, three days later I am still going through withdrawal and still have no desire to play on my two City of Heroes and three SWG accounts.

2. World of Warcraft is still not out, so my pre-ordered copy hasn’t arrived, nor do I know when that will happen. The sooner, the better, IMO. There is no doubt in my mind that this game will be way more popular that EQ2, which I also plan to try. Hopefully WoW will arrive first.

I for one really appreciate these Reviews that Amazon has. I find them very helpful. The only problem I see with them is that there are only FIVE stars in the rating system. This is a shame, for World of Warcraft certainly deserves a TEN.

Review by Seth Mclagan:

I just spent the last week playing the World of Warcraft Stress Test Beta, and I can tell you that it was better than I expected. Even though the game wasn’t finished, it still has many features that make it head and shoulders above every other MMORPG I’ve played.

Now, I, like many others, have been waiting in ancicipation for this game to come out, and when I had the chance to play the stress test, I was elated. Considering the majority of my MMOG experience is in EverQuest, I will list a few of the improvements (at least what I see as improvements) over the MMORPG “norm.”

1) Experience from completing quests is noticable, and the rewards from completing them are worthwhile. I was always frustrated with EverQuest’s quest structure, and the only reason to do a quest was for the item quested for, not for the experience gain. In WoW, it is possible to gain more experience from completing a quest than from killing a monster.

2) Experience progress is anything but vague. Every time a character kills a monster or completes a quest, the experience points are clearly given, and a meter with the character’s progress within a level is clearly marked with numbers. So it’s impossible not to tell how much experience killing a monster was worth. No more questionable meters with random values.

3) The world is easy to get around in. And it doesn’t take an hour to get where you need to be, if you know where you’re going. This was one of my biggest problems with EverQuest, because, as a semi-casual player, sometimes I don’t have the time to run for an hour to complete a quest, or, in some cases, die, then have to make a corpse run and take twice as long as it originally was supposed to take. Which leads me to my next point.

4) Death is reasonable. If your character dies, its ghost spawns at the NEAREST graveyard, so there is no need to manually bind your character somewhere. Also, there is no XP loss if you choose to run your character over to its corpse. In my opinion, the death system is one of the best, as you can choose to lose XP by ressurecting right at the graveyard, or just run to your character’s corpse and revive there with no experience loss. And before you can ressurect your character in a graveyard, it will let you know exactly how much XP will be lost. This replaces the 3 hours of grinding time needed to replace the lost XP.

5) An XP grind is perfectly possible, but not necessary. It is very possible to level up consistently without having to play for 5-7 hours a day. Between XP from killing monsters and the great quest completion XP, I was able to level a character to 17 in 3 days of semi-casual play. Now granted, those were the first 17 and the easiest, but it’s also possible to gain a level a day, almost unheard of in EverQuest.

To make a long story short, this will be a great game, but there is still a lot of work needed to make it release-ready. Since there is no official word yet on its release, I wouldn’t hold my breath, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.

-Bullroar

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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack

Fans of World of Warcraft, prepare for Blizzard Entertainment’s next installment — World of Warcraft: Wrath of King Lich. In this latest expansion, something is afoot in the cold, harsh northlands. The Lich King Arthas has set in motion events that could lead to the extinction of all life on Azeroth. The necromantic power of the plague and legions of undead armies threaten to sweep across the land. Only the mightiest heroes can oppose the Lich King and end his reign of terror.

The tuskarr, a walrus-like race of nomadic fisherman, inhabit the icy Borean Tundra. View larger.

Half-giant warriors, the vrykul, once inhabited the land. View larger.

You’ll enjoy exploring Northrend and all its environments and dungeons. View larger.

Explore Northrend and battle the Lich King with World of Warcraft’s first hero class character — The Death Knight. View larger.

One of many new environments, Dragonblight is an arctic wasteland surrounded by dense forests. View larger.

Many strange and terrifying creatures inhabit this frozen continent. View larger. Enter the Death Knight
This expansion adds a host of content to the already massive existing game world. Players will achieve soaring levels of power, explore Northrend (the vast icy continent of the Lich King), and battle high-level heroes to determine the ultimate fate of Azeroth. As you face the dangers of the frigid, harsh north, prepare to master the dark necromantic powers of the Death Night — World of Warcraft’s first Hero class. No longer servants of the Lich King, the Death Knights begin their new calling as experienced, formidable

  • This expansion pack REQUIRES the original World of Warcraft game and The Burning Crusade expansion pack in order to run
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of King Lich expansion pack for PC and Mac opens the new continent of Northrend
  • Death Knight is Warcraft’s first hero class and is available for any player with at least a level-55 character
  • Northrend offers new environments, including Dragonblight, Grizzly Hills, Borean Tundra, and Howling Fjord
  • New creatures inhabit the icy continent, such as Nerubian Viziniers, Plague Eruptors, Shoveltusks and Flesh Giants

Rating: (out of 192 reviews)

List Price: $ 39.99
Price: $ 29.99

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack Reviews

Review by J. C. Amos:

I have been playing World of Warcraft since a month after it came out. Not quite consistently, as I’ve taken a couple of 6 or so month breaks in that duration, but I’ve been there through all the changes. Having started playing the game again 2 years ago when Burning Crusade came out and being pretty disappointed, I have to say that restarting the game again this time with Lich King has been a much better experience. At first, I only got the expansion because all of my friends and all the old folks from my guild were getting back together. So I figured that even though I wasn’t really looking forward to getting into the game again, at least I’d have the fun social aspect of it. But I’m having more fun playing the game with this expansion than I have had since the game started and everything was new.

So does that mean that the game has totally changed and we’re playing a whole new WoW? Not exactly. It seems that this is the expectation that a lot of people are having. I’m reading a lot of negative reviews saying that this is more of the same. Well, unfortunately for them, it is. It’s the same game, just more of it. There are still plenty of obnoxious people with bad manners and even worse skills in English, still plenty of quests that involve killing mobs and gathering items, still an opposing faction that kills you while you’re questing (for me there is anyways) and so on. But in my opinion, the new content in Northrend has much more depth, much more detail and is just plain more fun than anything I experienced with the Burning Crusade Expansion. It really seems that Blizzard took their time in making the quests much more unique and varied as well as many other aspects of the content.

A lot of people jump on WoW to plow through the quests and instances and get to level 80 as soon as possible. Why? There probably won’t be another expansion for 2 years, so what’s the rush? That’s my feeling about that anyways. I find that when I play the game more sparsely, I’m able to appreciate the time that was put into it and also prevent myself from getting burned out. I pay attention to a lot of things in games that other may not care about at all, such as environment and music. The new zones in Northrend look really cool (at least by the standard that WoW looks considering the graphics are outdated in general, but with an MMO that’s not really a problem for me.) With the first zone in Northrend, Borean Tundra, I was just impressed by the scope of the place: four flight points, 130 quests, NPC ships raiding NPC towns, undead crawling out of the earth, gnome planes flying all over the place… It was all a little overwhelming. And I didn’t find that much annoying repetition as I did the quests there, despite the fact that there are twice as many quests in that zone as there are in the first zone of Outlands. In fact, some of the quests were pretty innovative. And the environment for the second zone I went to, Howling Fjord, was simply amazing to me. The boat ride into the huge cove with the towering canyons, waterfalls, all around was unlike any WoW environment I had seen. Continually as I go into each zone, everything about Northrend just seems bigger and more grand than anywhere else.

Another thing that’s impressed me with the expansion is the music. Most of the up-tempo quasi Lord of the Rings style score has been replaced with more mellow and melodic fare. From the first boat ride into Northrend you’ll hear a somber but really amazing fiddle tune and much of the music in the many zones matches that tone. It’s sometimes a little odd to be in the midst of slaughtering enemies to the sounds of fiddle and pipes in the background, but somehow it all works. A lot of the music throughout the rest of the world has been changed and enhanced for the better as well.

These things aside, everything else about the game seems to be enjoyable. PVP is one of my favorite WoW pass times and there’s no shortage of that here. Admittedly, the Wintergrasp PVP zone isn’t quite as huge and amazing as I’d hoped, but it’s still fun, as is the new battleground. The instances are more attuned for my liking, since I rarely get a time to play video games for more than an hour or two at a time. The new smaller, more easily accessible dungeons are much more fun and like a lot of the quest lines, they’re actually pretty fun and unique.

So perhaps it was the fact that I bought it with low expectations, or maybe it’s just because Blizzard really put out a good product, but I really like Wrath of the Lich King. If you’re looking for the childish and a**hole players to disappear, looking for less questing to do, less… Warcraft, then you’re looking for another game. This is still World of Warcraft, but now it’s as good or better than it ever was.

Review by B. Dyer:

For the most part, this is by far the best incarnation of WoW yet. Northrend is joy to quest in since it looks nice, has excellent lore (at least for the alliance) that involves you like never before, and a new class that is really fun to play. However, after awhile the novelty of all this new stuff wears off and you’re left with the end game content to keep you playing. As someone who can’t raid, I was really looking forward to getting to run the new heroics and things. However, Blizzard’s new philosophy on the “difficulty scaling” of the game has pretty much completely changed the way end game content runs. After less than a month of playing, my friends and I were tearing through the heroics like nothing. Its hard to get psyched for new gear when you can already dominate in what you have. Heroics in TBC were basically hard as heck raids for 5 people, and I miss that. Heroics aren’t the only casualty to the new system: I’ve never seen so many people with the best gear in the game before just running around. My friends that do raid have nothing left to do, and are now just epicly gearing out all their alts. That situation will be fixed with patches, but it stinks to have to just wait for everything. This is basically the first time playing the game I (and my friends) were left with nothing to do except level alts. I can’t really comment on the pvp state of the game since that’s not my thing (bg’s are the most frustrating thing ever… especially on Alliance).

In summary, exploring the new world for the first time is fun, but that’s about it. If you can’t raid and aren’t obsessed with pvp, find an alt you love or be prepared for boredom.

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World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Time Card

The World Of Warcraft 60 Day Time Card Lets gamers enter the world of Azeroth for 60 days of real-time combat in an incredible fantasy setting.

  • Box contains Game Card only.

Rating: (out of 129 reviews)

List Price: $ 29.99
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World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Time Card Reviews

Review by Nam Nguyen:

The price as the time writing this review is for 2 months, that gives you about .50 per month. The cheapest you can get from WoW official website is .99/month, only IF you pre-paid for 6 months.

So pre-paid for 2 months at .50/month vs pre-paid 6 months at .99/month, you do the math.

I had to say I was a little bit turn off by what Blizzard did to me few minutes ago, I posted on their forums the link to this Amazon deal, it was deleted in 3 minutes. I know they’re trying to protect their monthly fee, but it’s kind of childish and immature, IMO. Just let you guys know here, you’re the judge.

Review by bixodoido:

Okay, this is pretty straightforward. By paying for WoW using these prepaid game cards you get the game cheaper than if you pay month to month using a credit card. On top of that you get the added security of not having to give your credit card info for your subscription. For parents of young people who play the game this is even better, ensuring that your personal information will stay hidden in case the account is hacked. And remember, these cards ship free if you buy over worth, so keep that in mind. Overall this is just a great value, and a cheaper way to feed your MMORPG craving.

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World Of Warcraft Expansion: Burning Crusade

Blizzard Entertainment took online role playing by storm with their hit title, World of Warcraft. With mind-boggling improvements in graphics, gameplay networking, and interface — really every category — this game became the crown prince of the genre. World of Warcraft players will be excited by the approaching release of the new expansion pack: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. This pack expands the already massive, award-winning multiplayer online role-playing game by tremendous bounds, adding new races, lands, battlegrounds, professions and items, and much, much more. Although no release date has been set, here is sample of what you can expect from The Burning Crusade.

The Burning Crusade is the highly anticipated, unreleased expansion pack for Blizzard’s “World of Warcraft.”

What lies in Medivh’s tower? View larger.

Blood Elves emerge as a new race in The Burning Crusade. View larger.

The Blood Elves seek the golden destiny that has been promised to them. View larger.

Warcraft’s newest continent: Outland. View larger.

Once a beautiful land, Outland has been ravaged by war. View larger.

Outland is a vital strategic location. View larger. The expansion pack features an increase in the level cap to 70. There are two new playable races, including the magical Blood Elves that you can read more about below. The other race has not yet been released by Blizzard. There will be new starting zones in Quel’Thalas and beyond. Another eye-opening addition is the entirely new, unexplored continent of Outland that is reachable through the Dark Portal. Plus, you’ll find many new high-level dungeons to explore in Azeroth, Outland,

  • This game requires a monthly fee, and an internet connection to play
  • Two new playable races, including the magical Blood Elves
  • An entirely new continent, Outland, can be reached through the Dark Portal
  • Hundreds of new quests, items, monsters, and more
  • Pack increases the level cap to 70

Rating: (out of 180 reviews)

List Price: $ 29.99
Price: $ 17.00

World Of Warcraft Expansion: Burning Crusade Reviews

Review by Bobbie Lynn:

This expansion pack introduces the new continent of Outland. This continent can only be accessed with a character that is at least level 58. If you’re either just starting to play World of Warcraft, or you have no characters even close to level 58, you may just want to wait to buy the expansion at a later time.

However, the expansion also grants you access to two new races, the Draenei (Alliance) and the Blood Elves (Horde). You won’t be able to create characters of either of these races if you don’t have the expansion. So, if you want to play one of them you’ll need to get it. If you’re a new player who’s just trying out the game, I’d suggest just getting the basic version and playing one of the original races, rather than spending the extra before you even know whether you like the game.

You should also be warned that if you’re upgrading from the original version of the game, even if your copy is already fully patched, you’ll have to install the patches again after installing Burning Crusade. This is because they printed the CDs with version 2.0 of the client you use to play the game, but they’ve issued patches after that which you need to log into the server (up to version 2.05 as of this writing). If you look in the Patches sub-folder of your World of Warcraft folder on your computer, you should already have some of the patches present and be able to simply double click them to install. If you were to try to log in before doing that, you’ll have to redownload the patch before it installs instead, which will naturally take more time.

Some people have complained about lag, crashes, and lines to log into the more popular servers. These are all short term problems. A lot of people are very excited about the expansion, and so there are far more players than usual logged in at once, which is straining the servers. Give it a week or two after release and it should begin to settle down.

For the basic version of WoW, the level cap is 60. If you install the expansion, the cap is increased to 70. If you have a level 60 character and want to continue to advance, you MUST upgrade your account with the expansion pack.

Additional level brackets for the Battlegrounds (Player vs Player areas) have been added to accomodate the new higher levels in the game. Also, a new battleground called Eye of the Storm has been made available for characters of level 61 and above. Additionally, around the zones of the new Outland continent, there are PvP tasks you can perform such as taking over control of towers, with the faction that controls all of the towers in a zone gaining a small bonus such as a 5% increase to damage anywhere in that zone.

They’ve also added a number of new instances/dungeons. The new ones have two settings, allowing you to go through them at either ‘normal’ difficulty, or ‘heroic’ difficulty. The heroic setting makes the enemies tougher, and provides increased treasure rewards. This keeps the instances useful for advancement over a larger span of levels than would normally be the case.

Most players will find that, as they do quests in Outland, they quickly begin to get armor that’s superior to what they’ve previously been using. The monetary rewards in the new areas are also increased. Additionally, professions have been expanded to cover the additional levels in the game and tailoring has been expanded to include specialties similar to the way blacksmithing and leatherworking work.

Flying mounts are available on the continent of Outland for those who purchase them. However, these are not available to be used in the two original continents. This is because those areas were designed with the intention that they would only be accessed from the ground and a lot of work would have been required to make all of the quests and visuals work as intended if characters were permitted to fly around freely.

Be cautious about buying this item used. Each copy of the expansion includes a key code that is required to upgrade your account to allow access to the new content. If you buy a used copy of the software where the seller has already used that key to upgrade his account, you’ll still be able to install the software upgrade, but the lack of an unused key will mean that you won’t be able to apply the upgrade to your account that’s required to actually access the new content.

If you install the expansion on a computer where more than one account is used (for example, if you and your spouse each has your own account) then you can only use the key to upgrade one of those accounts. The other account will continue to work, but it will not be given access to the expansion pack content. Therefore, you need to obtain one expansion pack for each account you or your household has if you want to access the new content on all of them.

Edit: As of January 22, 2007 Blizzard has announced on their forums that they’re working on allowing players who already upgraded using the basic expansion to then also upgrade using the collector’s edition in order to get the limited edition pet. You’ll have to call Blizzard’s billing service line with the unused collector’s edition expansion key, so it’s slightly more work than upgrading directly with the CE, but it can now be done.

Review by Robert Rowland:

For those of you who are wondering if you should buy the BC expansion and how it is faring on the live servers, let me put your mind at ease. The servers are up, the game is wonderful, and the new content puts the original content of WoW to shame. This is an expansion that Blizzard should stand up and be proud of!

Contrary to other players experiences, I played the expansion for about 10 hours of the first day of its official live release (not the beta), and it is not buggy. The lag in the Outland can be a bit much at times, but then again when every level 60 on your server is in one zone trying to do quests, what do you expect? The mobs are constantly respawning at a rate so fast that once you kill the mob a respwan happens almost instantly (due to the frequency of kills in the zone). I have seen only one “evade” mob bugging out, and been disconnected twice in 10 hours, each time for less than a minute. With the score and breadth of the expansion, these are small problems that will not hamper your gameplay in the least (unless you are a Mr. Grumpy-Pants).

The bottom line: buy the expansion if you play Warcraft. You won’t regret it.

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World of the Warcraft Atlas: Wrath of the Lich King (Brady Games – World of Warcraft)

BradyGames’ World of Warcraft Atlas: Wrath of the Lich King includes the following: Every region map used in Wrath of the Lich King. Includes exclusive hand drawn town maps, with callouts for everything in town: mailboxes, vendors, trainers, and quest targets. Provides exhaustive index with complete listings of all NPCs, named enemies and unique creatures–along with their grid locations for easy cross-referencing. Find: Class Trainers, Profession Trainers, Vendors, Quest NPCs, Shops and Inns, and Herbs & Mineral Deposits. Platform: PC Genre: MMORPG

  • ISBN13: 9780744010510
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 11 reviews)

List Price: $ 19.99
Price: $ 8.20

World of the Warcraft Atlas: Wrath of the Lich King (Brady Games – World of Warcraft) Reviews

Review by Nancy Rector:

I have loved all their atlas’s. The book had all the basic info you look up all the time and its in one spot without searching the web and I love the detailed city maps. People seem to complain that its not something it was never intended to be. Sure you can get a lot of the into all over the web. I prefer to pull out my atlas’s to quickly and concisely find what I need. The travel routes alone were worth it to me! Large hardbound color book fro ? Its awesome!

Nancy

Level 77 Human Mage

Review by M. Hoffmann:

I was long seeking and found some awful good literature for offline reading and of course better skilling and improving my chars at WOW! Five stars. :-)

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World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))

This is the third instalment of “World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion”. This new strategy guide, complied from a crew of some of the most experienced World of Warcraft players in the game, covers the dungeons and raids for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The tried and successful tactics will guide you through every World Dungeon in the game, with strategies for normal and heroic modes. Find attunement, quest chains, boss statistics and battle strategies. Packed with player strategies for the most dangerous raids – tested and true they will provide the advantage you need. Group and raid basics will help you get your attacks off the ground, offering solutions to simple problems as well as guidelines to govern mistakes and malcontent. It also includes armour sets, maps, monster abilities, quests and rewards. It is created for the PC.

  • ISBN13: 9780744011081
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 4 reviews)

List Price: $ 24.99
Price: $ 13.85

World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)) Reviews

Review by A. Backhus:

I own the first two of this series of books and this one isn’t as good. The best part about these books is how they list the boss abilities and what needed to be done to counter them. Nothing like that in this one. They would give you the name of the ability, how much damage it might cause, and that’s about it.

They rammed all of the info about what loot drops into a huge runon paragraph that is a headache to look through.

The entire book isn’t laid out very well at all, and the boss on the cover isn’t even touched on.

Maybe instead of wasting 1-2 pages with a huge picture of the boss, they could have gotten into better detail about the abilities and what needed to be done to succeed.

Review by David T. Crauswell Jr.:

In terms of color and graphics, this is the best visually of the three dungeon guides. Unfortunately, though, its usefulness is very limited. In fact, some of the information in the guide was dated even at the time of publication, such as using Emblems of Heroism and Valor to obtain gear even when these were obsolete. Shortly after publication, Icecrown Citadel opened and the Emblems of Conquest drops became Emblems of Triumph, the Looking for Group feature completely changed, and all the daily dungeon quests were removed in favor of a daily random dungeon quest. Even so, there are still typographical errors and just plain wrong information scattered throughout the book, such as the number of bosses in Naxxramas and omitting how to handle all of Lord Jaraxxus’ abilities in Trial of the Crusader. This is especially disappointing as these problems were also present in the first two guides, but Brady Games seems to have not learned from their mistakes. And while it does give a brief run-through of the Frozen Halls 5-man dungeons and the Icecrown Citadel raid up through Sindragosa, this would be the section most end-game players would really be wanting to see yet will not be able to find here.

On the positive side, the guide gives the reader information needed to negotiate each instance and raid in any role. Someone playing a ranged DPS character may master running Trial of the Crusader in that role, for instance, but find that the fight is far different as a tank, healer, or melee DPS and need this guide to quickly bring him/her up to speed. It also covers the Burning Crusade content that was released after the publication of Volume II (Zul’Aman, Magister’s Terrace, and Sunwell Plateau) but it does so from the perspective of doing these instances as level 80 instead of the original level 70, since naturally most players doing them now would be at the higher level limit. The new level 80 Naxxramas section is not nearly as detailed as the one for the original level 60 instance in Volume II, though the current version is considerably easier in relation to its level than the old one was and does not really need an exhaustive breakdown in any case.

Overall, this is a good bathroom reader to make people wonder why you’re taking so long, but anyone using it certainly needs to use online resources to update and correct the contents.

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SteelSeries Limited-Edition Zboard Keyset Wrath of the Lich King

This SteelSeries Zboard Limited Edition Keyset (WotLK) is customized for the World of Warcraft® expansion, Wrath of the Lich King®, but will also work together with any other World of Warcraft® PC game. After mounting the keyset to the SteelSeries Zboard base, the gaming experience will enhance drastically due to specific keys assigned for Raiding and Player vs. Player (PvP) gameplay. Strategical placement of color-coded labelled keys and one-touch macros for frequent commands like roll, duel and invite, will help provide immersion, mastery of the game and help increase the users actions per minute (APM).

  • Compatible with any World of Warcraft® PC game
  • Color-coded labeled keys for commonly used commands
  • One-touch macros for raiding and PvP gameplay
  • Requires Zboard Gaming Keyboard.

Rating: (out of 15 reviews)

List Price: $ 19.99
Price: $ 15.12

SteelSeries Limited-Edition Zboard Keyset Wrath of the Lich King Reviews

Review by Gerry Strafford:

Let me first say that I agree with Carlee, having reviewed the description for this item if you were not already aware of how the ZBoard works, this is misleading. This product is merely a “keyset” for the ZBoard. The ZBoard base has all the wires and connectors to your computer, and your keysets can be lifted out and changed on a game-by-game basis (or the regular keyset layout included with the base.) They make quite a few variations of the keysets for different games.

That being said, and having been a ZBoard user for some time, I greatly enjoy the layout and functionality of this keyset. I have often found myself at a loss when returning to regular keyboards at friends houses since I am so used to the (vastly improved) layout offered on my ZBoard.

Review by D. Moring:

This product requires a Zboard for use. The product on Amazon.com states this nowhere. While it does show that buyers frequently buy a Zboard, if you are unfamiliar with Zboards you most likely would not realize this. I ordered this product at the beginning of December as a Christmas present, and it didn’t arrive until two weeks after its original estimated delivery date, which was long after Christmas. I was ok with the delay until I opened the package to find it wasn’t what I thought it was. I have no idea how good the product is, because I can’t use it. Maybe I should have just bought it directly from WOW. This was a disapointing performance on Amazon’s part.

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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector’s Edition

The Lich King Arthas has set in motion events that could lead to the extinction of all life on Azeroth. With the armies of the undead and the necromantic power of the plague threatening to sweep across the land, only the mightiest heroes can oppose the Lich King’s will and end his reign of terror for all time. Learn the craft of spell augmentation with the new Inscription profession. Brave the harsh new continent of Northrend, the icy domain of the Lich King. Engage in epic siege warfare, deploying mighty siege engines to lay waste to destructible buildings in your path. Transform your hero’s look with new character-customization options, including new hairstyles and dances. Explore perilous new dungeons filled with some of the deadliest creatures — and greatest treasuresWorld of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King You’ve turned the tide against the demonic evils of Outland. Now the Lich King Arthas has set in motion events that will lead to the extinction of all life on Azeroth. With the undead legions of the Scourge threatening to sweep across the land, you must strike at the heart of the frozen abyss and end the Lich King’s reign of terror for all time… Rise as a Death Knight:
Master the necromantic powers of the Death Knight-World of Warcraft’s first Hero Class. Create a new Death Knight character with a starting level of 55 and break the chains of the Lich King to forge your own destiny. Battle to Level 80:
Power your way through new quests and dungeons as you seize ever greater abilities. Assault the terrifying Wrathgate, war in Lake Wintergrasp, uncover the secrets of Dalaran reborn, and much more. Brave the Lich King’s Domain:
Discover

  • Master the necromantic powers of the Death Knight — World of Warcraft’s first Hero class
  • Learn craft of spell augmentation with new Inscription profession
  • Explore vast new continent and perilous dun filled with deadly creatures
  • Transform hero’s look with new character-customization options
  • Requires the orginal World of Warcraft game (sold separately)

Rating: (out of 50 reviews)

List Price: $ 69.99
Price: $ 99.94

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector’s Edition Reviews

Review by Harrison Brock Schaerr:

for a fraction of the price that alcohol, cocaine, or acid will…

And therefore, represents a quality value to all those in the market for addictive substances.

Review by C. Weathers:

You can all see from the product details what comes in the box, so I won’t rehash it all for you, but one thing not mentioned is that in the special pack of cards for the trading card game, I got one “loot” card with a scratch-off code you can use to get stuff in the game. That was pretty sweet. Also the pictures of the mouse pad do not do it justice. My wife told me if I get the dragon pet in game, that she gets the mouse pad. It’s very high quality, and looks amazing, almost like they used holographic type paint for it.

The gameplay itself is great. I’ve been so busy playing my new Death Knight and leveling their trade skills, my own lvl 70’s fishing, and cooking… and alchemy… getting achievement points that were released in v3.0.2 prior to the launch etc. I’ve only hit 72. I did however take the first day to just run around and look at everything. The world design is amazing. It’s all themed around cold climate except the southern parts of the two starting areas, but, it’s not like you’re going to run around and look at the same thing from beginning to end, there is tons of zone variety. Crystalsong Forest is my favorite so far, I plan to spend a lot of time there for sure.

UK and the Nexus are the first two instances, they are solid. UK is like a cross between a really big Shadowfang Keep and Deadmines. Nexus is like… geeze… I dunno… a blue Underbog crossed with Tempest Keep. So they definitely made it a point to distinguish this content from old world just like they did with Outland in The Burning Crusade.

They added a bunch of new enemy and neutral NPC models to the game, which is nice. I was disappointed with the rehash and redesign of several old world mobs in TBC. Most of what I’ve seen in Wrath so far is all new, and that’s definitely a welcome change.

*EDIT* The same can also be said for the quests. It’s still mostly, gathering and mob farming, but there are a lot more, “go here, use this item to do x” quests as well as some completely new quests that center around a new vehicle engine. There’s an alliance quest in Howling Fjord where you get in an airplane, actually pilot the plane around an open mine picking up bags of minerals with a grappling hook, then flying them back up to the top to drop them off. There’s another in the Borean Tundra where you hide in a mine cart, wait to get carted behind enemy lines, get on their boat and use a huge cannon to fire into several enemy brigades. You actually get to aim the cannon and there are a couple different actions while in the cannon. This new system has thus far proven to be a welcome addition to the typical mmo game play. *END EDIT*

All in all I am very pleased with this collector’s edition, and would recommend it to anyone with a few extra bucks to spend, that enjoys extra “real world” loot so to speak.

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