World of Warcraft, or WoW as most people know it, is a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the 4th title based on Warcraft’s Universe and it takes place four years after the events of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. This game is by far the MMORPG that counts with more subscribers nowadays, keeping a World Guinness Record for the most popular game in its genre. The game has four expansion packs: Mists of Pandaria, Cataclysm, Wrath of the Lich King and The Burning Crusade; and there is also one more expansion coming: Warlords of Draenor.
In this role-playing game, you will have to create your own character and choose one of the available roles to start forging you own path in the world of Azeroth. Players are free to travel across the huge map completing quests and dungeons to level up their characters and get better equipment for them. You can also learn a profession and craft your own items, weapons or armors. Possibilities in this game are almost endless.
First of all, you will have to choose your server for playing World of Warcraft. Depending on your choice, you will have to fight against the other faction or not. PvP servers enable this open-world Player vs. Player combats; you will have to stay sharp while questing or farming, because you can get ambushed by the enemy faction. However, normal servers require you to activate PvP mode if you are looking for some trouble. On the other hand, there is other kind of server in which you will have to act and talk like if you were a true character of the game, these are the Role Servers. If you like to chat with higher level characters calling them “your highness”, this is your place. Then you will have to choose your side.
In World of Warcraft you can join the Alliance or the mighty Horde, and each side has its own races to choose. You can create a human, a Gnome, a Night Elf or a Dwarf for the Alliance or an Orc, a Tauren, a Troll or an Undead for the Horde. Besides, expansion packs unlock new races: Blood Elves and Goblins for the Horde, Draenei and Huargen for the Alliance and a neutral race, the Pandarian.
Once you have your server and your character, you will have to choose your class. There are several classes with different roles. You can be a healing Priest or specialize yourself in the use of shadow arts and crush every single enemy. Same thing happens with the Shaman; you can become a healer for your party or use the fury of the elements to punish your enemies. The Paladin and the Druid can both act as a tank, a healer or a DPS (Damage per Second), being the most versatile characters in the whole game. Other classes just have a single role, like the Warlock, the Hunter or the Mage, but they have different talents to specialize. For instance, the Mage is able to unfold the secrets of the Arcane Magic or develop its Fire Magic skills, igniting enemies with combustive flames.
When your character is ready, you can start questing to level it up. Some quests are important while others are just side-quest to help you with gold and experience, and some of them will reward you with a rare item when you complete them, so you should prioritize those. Items are divided into several categories according to their rarity and quality. White items are common, Green items are uncommon and they give you additional stats. Blue items are rare, and are usually dropped by dungeon bosses. Purple items are Epic; this tier of items is what every single player aspires to get for a character. Orange items are Legendary, however, you don’t see one of those every day, since you have to be the luckiest man in the world to get one of those.
Dungeons are the best way to improve your gear in World of Warcraft. You will have to group with 4 more players to enter a dungeon. Then you will have to defeat several “pulls” (groups of mobs) in order to get to the bosses. Those will drop rare items and will give you loads of experience. To beat dungeons, your team will have to count with a tank, a healer and some DPS characters, so the tank can soak the damage from the enemy while the DPS characters get rid of them as fast as they can and the healer keeps the life of the party high.
Players can also travel across the map using the flight paths or riding their own mounts. Every race has its own way to travel. For instance, Night Elves can ride Saber Mounts while Trolls are proud Raptor riders. You can get some really exotic beasts to ride by defeating bosses, but the drop rate is minimal, so you will have to spend loads of time to get them. On the other hand, although the interface of World of Warcraft is pretty complete and intuitive, you can modify it by installing addons. Those can affect several parameters, like the skill bar, the minimap or even the floating combat text. Some addons are heavy to download and can also help you to farm materials for your professions (like Gatherer) or change the whole HUD so it looks better, like XPearl.
World of Warcraft 4.3.3 Features
Here you can see some of the features of World of Warcraft:
- 8 different classes to choose, 3 more are unlockable through expansions
- Choose your side: join the Horde or the Alliance and defeat the other faction
- A vast world with different environments to explore: Jungle of Feralas, The Barrens, Darkshore, etc.
- Customize your gameplay using addons
- Ride exotic mounts and reach the battlefield stylishly
- Level up your character and equip it with the finest gear
- Duel other players fighting in the battlegrounds or the arena
If you are interested in this game and you need more information before you download it, feel free to check the developer’s website.
The minimum system requirements to download and install World of Warcraft are listed below:
- Operating System: Windows XP or higher
- Processor: Intel Pentium D/ AMD Athlon 64 X2
- RAM Memory: 2 GB or higher
- Video: ATI Radeon X1600 or Nvidia Equivalent
- Hard Disk: 25 GB free space available
- Broadband Internet connection required