The wildly popular multiplayer and cooperative fighting game
World of Warcraft is a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game with millions of players spread across the world.
In 1994, Blizzard released an RTS title called Warcraft: Ors and Humans. This game would spawn several sequels over the span of the next ten years before finally transitioning into the MMORPG that soon became the world's best.
One of only a handful of negatives about this game is that it requires a subscription and active internet connection to play. Once you've installed the game, you must visit Battle.net in order to create an account and buy a subscription. Once you've done that, you'll be given a username and password to enter when you launch the game.
When you first login, you'll select a server, or realm, and create your own custom character. What you decide at this point will affect how you play the game. For example, if you choose to play as a Mage, which specializes in offensive magic, you're going to have a very different experience from someone playing a Priest, who focuses on healing the group that protects him.
If you decide to enter a PVP server, you'll have to deal with the possibility of attacks from other real players from the opposing factions of the World of Warcraft. The Alliance, which tends to represent the positive side of the conflict, battle the Horde, which tends to represent the negative.
Your character will be dropped in an appropriate city per your faction, and from there you have the freedom to explore the huge open world filled with quests, friends, enemies, and more. You can freely talk to other players to learn more about the game or simply chat, and you can travel as far as your level allows.
The primary objective of the game is to raise a character to the maximum level. In the original version of World of Warcraft, the max level was 70, but it has since been raised many times and will be over 100 with the release of the next expansion. You increase your level by completing quests and by killing computer-generated monsters. As you increase in level, your stats will increase proportionately. You'll also start to find better equipment more suitable for you newfound strength.
Players who are careful with their spending can save up the in-game currency to buy premium items reserved for those at the highest levels. These might include special weapons or flying mounts that let you roam the world with much more freedom. When you reach the highest levels, you'll be able to enter dungeons and raids, and these elite quests are designed with such difficulty that it takes a group of 40 players in perfect harmony to finish them.
World of Warcraft features some of the most entrancing graphics you'll ever experience. Since the game is fully open-world, the landscapes are captured in expressive detail that lets you know you could really go there. There are numerous climates and terrains to explore, like sprawling desert plains, overgrown jungles, and ice-peaked mountains.
World of Warcraft is an MMORPG, which means "massively multiplayer online roleplaying game". The universe of Warcraft was first created back in 1994, but the WoW that most players now know and love was released in 2004. The game has four expansions, with a fifth scheduled to be released in 2014. At its peak, World of Warcraft boasted seven million subscribers, and it is still the most popular MMORPG.
Players logging in to WoW for the first time are given a choice of server. Choosing the right server or "world" is important, because there are worlds which pit the player against the environment and NPC (non-playing character) opponents, and then there are player versus player worlds in which you'll do battle against fellow gamers. There are also roleplaying worlds, where players can roleplay their characters. Once the player has chosen world type combat, there's the choice of factions and races to consider. The player base of WoW is divided into Alliance versus Horde. Players from one faction cannot speak, mail or group with players from the other faction.
Once the faction has been decided, the player must choose between a few "races" of characters when starting World of Warcraft. Examples include Orcs, Undead and Tauren on the Horde or Humans, Dwarves and Night Elves on the Alliance. Each faction starts in a different part of the world, providing different gameplay to the two sides.
Players can be warriors, healers, or fighters, or combinations of a few of these types. Warriors can play as tanks, specialized to withstand damage for groups of players in open world questing environments or inside the dungeons and raids within the game. Healers restore health to other characters, and damage-per-second or "DPS" characters dish out high levels of damage to opponents. World of Warcraft uses a standard grouping of one tank, one healer and three DPS characters for dungeons. Together, this group fights to take down mobs of NPCs and unique bosses, who are typically tougher and require a group to defeat.
Once a player has chosen a side, picked a race and selected the role he or she would like to play in combat, the newly created character is given a unique story based on its chosen race. This character will begin at level one, with limited weapons, armor and bag space. The character earns experience points and levels up by performing tasks or quests for non-playing characters, and by exploring the world. There are also player versus player battlegrounds that players can participate in after they reach a certain level. These battlegrounds provide a player with experience points. There is more to the game than just warfare however, as characters can perform tasks such as cooking, fishing and mining. These tasks enable a character to create things that can be used or sold for the game's currency. Characters can join groups called guilds to quest and play alongside fellow gamers.
With each new expansion of the game, the leveling cap has been raised. As of the fourth expansion, a character can reach level 90. The benefits of leveling include flying mounts, higher level weapons and better armor.
-Unlimited gameplay through different factions
-Varied play through diverse roles within the game
-Increased challenge through dungeons and end-game raiding
-Monthly subscription fees
-Can't be played offline
-Can be addictive to some