Game Evaluation World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade CIS 487Alex Zammitt
Basic Information • Game Title: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade • Company: Blizzard Entertainment • Genre: Massively-multiplayer role playing game • Price: $29.99 • Requires Original World of Warcraft: $19.99 • Monthly Subscription Options • $14.99 – One Month Recurring • $41.97 – Three Months Recurring ($13.99 per month) • $77.94 – Six Months Recurring ($12.99 per month)
System Requirements • System Requirements for PC • OS: Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP (Service Pack 2) • Processor: Intel Pentium3 800MHz or AMD Athlon 800MHz • Memory: • Minimum: 512 MB RAM • Recommended: 1GB RAM • Video: • Minimum: 32MB 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting, such as an NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or above • Recommended: 64MB VRAM 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability, such as an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 class card or above • Sound: DirectX-compatible sound card
System Requirements • System Requirements for Mac • OS: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer • Processor: • Minimum: 933MHz G4/G5 • Recommended: 1.8GHz G5/Intel • Memory: • Minimum: 512MB RAM • Recommended: 1GB DDR RAM • Video: • Minimum: NVIDIA or ATI graphics processor with 32MB VRAM • Recommended: 64MB VRAM
Installation • Original World of Warcraft must be installed first and fully updated • 5 CDs • Many updates need to be downloaded • Burning Crusade • 4 CDs • A few patch upgrades need to be download • May take a few hours
Expansion Feature Overview • New Zones • New Races • New Dungeons • Level cap increased to 70 • New arena-based Player vs. Player Ladder System • 3 New Cities • Flying Mounts • New profession: Jewel crafting • Socket items
Artwork of New Races Draenei Blood Elf
Player vs. Player Arena • Arena sizes: 2 vs. 2, 3 vs. 3, 5 vs. 5 • Win games to improve your team’s rating • Points are awarded each week based on your team’s rating • Turn in points for powerful weapons and armor
New Dungeons and Raids • Many new 5-man dungeons to explore • “Heroic Mode” dungeons • Dungeons originally designed for lower levels are retuned for players at the level cap. • Features harder encounters and upgraded loot. • Raid size reduced from 40 to 25 in the expansion • New high level armor sets found with in raid dungeons
Story Line • "The Burning Crusade" refers to the Burning Legion's ongoing efforts to destroy life throughout the universe. • To date, the Burning Legion's exploits have been documented in Warcraft III and in our War of the Ancients novel trilogy. • As part of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, players are able to travel through the Dark Portal to confront the Legion on otherworldly battlefields. (From www.worldofwarcraft.com)
Player’s Role • Quest your way to level 70 • Use professions to aid your characters success • Improve characters weapons and armor • In a party there are 3 basic roles • Tank: His job is to protect other party members by making the creatures attack him • Healers: His job is to keep the party alive • Damage dealers: Kill things as quickly as possible
Manual • The Burning Crusade’s manual is only 20 pages long • Majority of game play is learned through in game tutorials and hints
Sound and Music • Each zone has its own music • Realistic background noises • Many “Bosses” have their own voiceovers that are triggered throughout a fight
User Interface Overview • Simple • Easy to find important information • Fully customizable • Blizzard supports and encourages players to develop custom “add-ons” to help game play and to customize their own interface.
Game Review • What’s fun about the expansion? • 2v2, 3v3, 5v5 Arena’s • Many new challenging raid encounters • Being able to fly makes for easier travel • Same feeling as the original but with lots of new content to explore • What’s bad about the expansion? • A complete fresh start, anything accomplished before the expansion doesn’t really matter. (This could be a good thing for some players) • A lot of the graphics are reused from the original World of Warcraft • Appropriate Audience • The Burning Crusade is rated T for Teen • 13 years +
Game Review (continued) • How does this game compare to other games in the same genre? • Focus on interacting with other “live” players • Similar leveling system found in many online role-playing games • Similar features of other online games (Quests, experience, leveling, killing monsters for experience, magic) • Design mistakes and bugs • There are bugs and mistakes found within the game • But the game is constantly improving, many of the bugs are fixed with patches shortly after they are reported
Summary • Pros • Lots of new content to explore • Flying Mounts • New PvP features (Arena system) • Cons • Reuse of old graphics for creatures and armor • Flying mounts only usable in the new zones • Is the game worth purchasing? • Yes! Many hours/days/months of game play • How could the game be improved? • In my opinion, the game is overall very solid • Fixing the little bugs that exist and creating new content is the best way the developers can improve the game.
The End • Any questions?