World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
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Game Reviewed: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platform: PC (also on MAC)
ESRB Rating: T
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Wrath of the Lich King sold 2.8 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. It broke the record of sales in a single day previously held by its predecessor ‘World of Warcraft – The Burning Crusade’.
As a member of the Horde or Alliance you take your character to Northrend fighting monsters, demons and humans along the way. You can do this by yourself or with other people that you share the server with. The eventual goal of this expansion is to fight the Lich King. The Lich King is a former Paladin (holy warrior) who turned to evil. He leads an army of undead (think zombies) trying to conquer everything and enslave everyone as an undead minion.
The game is a role-playing game that can be taken to different levels. Everyone has a specific “job” when working as a group. Depending on how well everyone does, their job has a direct effect on the success of the group that you are in. Role-playing is when you pretend to be the person that you are playing as if you were to step into their shoes. This can be the way you control your character to the way you talk. You have the choice of questing by yourself or questing in a group to complete much harder tasks. The amount can be anywhere from 2 – 25 people in a group at a time.
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There is a big unknown dynamic to this game because you are interacting with other people. You are subject to what they say and do in the game. This includes language and other activities such as drinking alcoholic drinks in the game which allows your character to become drunk in the game. The game will blur the screen and when you type it will mimic slurred speech trying to make drinking a humorous activity.
One of the new aspects of the game is the new class: Death Knight. When Creating a Death Knight you must complete a mandatory set of quests. This includes killing innocent people who are begging for your mercy. Some ask you to spare them because they have kids. Unlike most quests in the game you cannot skip this quest; you have to kill the villagers. However, at the end there is a redemptive quality where you choose to turn away from that “life” and join the fight against the Lich King.
There is a lot of fighting in this game. Your goal is kill whatever the objective is. The only exception is when you play as a healer. A healer keeps the people in your party alive.
There is nothing that comes directly from the game; however you may experience bad language from another real life person who is also playing the game. It is unregulated as to what can be heard from other players. I have personally heard some very graphic things while using voice chat.
Some of the armor can be very suggestive. Players can strip their characters to their underwear (it happens) and run around in populated areas.
There is a lot of magic that is used in this game…Almost everyone uses magic in some form. Some characters use magic for good and some for bad and some more than others. Warlocks channel their power from a dark source in the game. Monsters also use magic. Magic cannot be avoided in this game.
Wrath of the Lich King like the previous versions of World of Warcraft promotes teamwork and there is quite a lot of reading that occurs when you read what needs to be done to complete quests. Problem solving on how to complete quests are important because there are many different ways to complete a single task, some better than others.
World of Warcraft is very addicting. It is also very time consuming. There will be times where it is needed to sit down and play for 3 or 4 hours to complete some tasks in order to get the full experience of the game. Personally I would consider this more of an adult game, however there are a lot of teenagers and younger that play.