World of Warcraft has been on the market since 2004 but the game is still rising in popularity with more and more gamers. Personally, not a fan of World of Warcraft at all, but I don’t fault anyone who knows how to enjoy games like this in moderation. So this is the nearly obligatory World of Warcraft review every video game lover has to give.
The character creator:
If you’re someone who just enjoys creating interesting looking characters you are going to be very displeased with the World of Warcraft character creator. It’s extremely limited in skin tones, hair colors, hair styles and just about everything else. If you want an MMORPG with actual choices, and characters that don’t all look alike, give City of Heroes a try instead.
For the most part the classes are all pretty matched in power. Obviously each has their own specialties, but most of the time, no class is severely overpowered in comparison to any other. Each month though, you may notice a new class seems to have suddenly risen above the others the slightest bit. Blizzard is constantly re-evaluating the specs and skills of each class and either nerfs or buffs them to make things more ‘fair’. This usually skews things a bit in one classes favor, but not severely so.
The current rising class this month is the mage class, but by next month it will be entirely different so don’t fret and don’t run out to make a mage thinking you will forever be all powerful.
Guilds are as diverse as the people who play the game, because they are the ones who created the guilds. They range from social hangouts that do very little in the way of raids, have few, if any rules, and really just act as a ring of friends all the way up to guilds with strict rules about how you play your character, when raids will be held, who must help whom and deadlines to meet or be booted. The groups in between are usually the ideal guilds for players who want to have a presence in the game, but aren’t going to cancel a date or spontaneous romantic meeting just to be there for a raid.
But why join a guild in the first place? Well the guild receives experience for each mission completed and you receive a particular standing (also called guild rep) within the guild based on how much experience you helped receive. From there, you get perks such as a bonus to leveling, new mounts, better gear, extra PvP rewards and much more.
The reason I am so wary of World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs is because of the chance of addiction. No other video games seem to cause the same level of addiction that MMORPGs cause. Because there is that sense that people, real people on the other side of your computer screen, need your help it is easier to rationalize spending a great deal of time playing.
If you have an addictive personality, it may be best to avoid this type of video game all together, as you will be much more easily drawn in than the casual gamer who has no addictive qualities. If you feel your gaming is interfering with your life, but you don’t know how to fix it, speak with your doctor and be prepared to get psychiatric treatment.
If you can play without harming your life, alienating your loved ones or any other problems though, then World of Warcraft may be worth the money you pay each month.
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