Review by DeckardCain

Reviewed: 02/05/07

The expansion, great content with hardly anything original, unique, or new.

The MMORPG, World of Warcraft, has now added its expansion, The Burning Crusade. Over seven million individual players have a WoW (World of Warcraft) account, and many of them have already got their expansion installed and exploring the new content added. Blizzard has been successful once again in making their money, but is this going to satisfy our players greatly? My answer is no.

The gameplay is slightly different, but generally is almost the same. With the expansion, you are able to level up your character through the Dark Portal which leads to the outlands, filled with demons, monsters, horde and alliance NPCs and also players to interact with. From level 60, you can now go up to 70, which takes about a couple of weeks if you play a decent amount of time per day. While you’re leveling up, you can do quests and obtain green and blue weapons/armors which can literally replace some of your tier 2 epic gear.

The expansion also allows you to make Blood Elves and Draeneis, which are new races that can play the Paladin and Shaman classes that weren’t able to be played on the opposite faction before. This will add a different taste in PvP as well as PvE environments. Many players are not satisfied with this change because it isn’t exactly anything “new”, a key element in an expansion. They expected for a completely new class, but they are disappointed to see a simple change with no effort in creating something unique. On the good side, this fixes the Horde and Alliance imbalances that many have complained about so much. The expansion also offers the profession of Jewel crafting, flying mounts, new skills, and much more to add a noticeable difference in your gaming experience.

In PvP, there have been plenty of PvP areas added in the Outlands, and also a new battleground called Eye of the Storm for players to interact in combat. With Shamans on alliance and Paladins on the horde now, players will soon challenge them and test their skills against their powerful spells.

The new instances in TBC are completely new; giving everyone new challenges, new quests to complete while they level up, and allows them to have a fun time while they are at it. The mobs from the instances drop extraordinary gear, much powerful against anything you’ll find back in Scholomance, Stratholme, and even some raid gear from Zul’Gurub in your early 60s.

There is not much new to the graphics, other than the new content added. Blood Elves are skinny, with glowing green eyes, and strange hairdos and Draenei are blue-skinned, with a tail, and just look very weird, it’s just hard to look at them and see it being normal, even in a game like this. The new starting areas look more detailed then other starting areas, such as the NPCs and their outfits having a special, unique touch added to the great colors on it. The critters, monsters, and pretty much all the new things look so much different than the usual stuff you see.

And with graphics not being too much new with the expansion, the sound and music is worse. You will not experience anything that will motivate you to quest, kill players, or anything. Just listen to the music while you’re flying on the griffon... boring, that’s what you’ll think. Draenei and Blood Elf sound emotes sound poorly done, I can’t imagine anyone that laughs as annoying as the Blood Elves do, it’s just impossible. Almost nothing new added and no improvements to the sound and music. Blizzard definitely failed here.

If you have World of Warcraft already, I’d suggest getting the expansion as well to add maximum playability. If you’ve never played World of Warcraft, then you should experience the original game first with a trial account. Paying $15 a month can be frustrating, and paying $40 more for an expansion with such poor effort added in it is a waste if you are not addicted to the games like others.

Gameplay: 7/10
Graphics: 6/10
Audio: 5/10
Replayability: 2/10
Price: 3/10
Final Score: 4.6

Rating:   2.5 - Playable

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