Players last visited Northrend in “Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne,” when Arthas Menethil fused with the spirit of Ner’zhul to become the Lich King, one of the most powerful beings in the Warcraft universe. He now broods atop the Frozen Throne deep in Icecrown Citadel, clutching the rune blade Frostmourne and marshaling the undead armies of the Scourge. In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the forces of the Alliance and the Horde venture into battle against the Scourge amid Northrend’s howling winds and fields of jagged ice. Wrath of the Lich King adds a rich variety of content to an already massive game.
Blizzard is back with more war. Find out what else is new in this World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King video review.
New features in the game’s second expansion include:
* Death Knight Hero Class: Create a high-level Death Knight character — the game’s first hero class — once certain challenges have been met.
* Increased Level Cap: Advance to level 80 and gain potent new talents and abilities along the way.
* Northrend: Explore the harsh new continent of Northrend, packed with new zones, quests, dungeons, monsters, and items — and do battle with the undead armies of the Lich King.
* “Inscription” Profession: Learn this exciting new profession and gain unique ways to permanently enhance spells and abilities in the game.
* Siege Weapons and Destructible Buildings: Take the battle to another level with new player-vs.-player game mechanics and new battlefields to wage war on.
* New Character Customization: Change how characters look and express themselves, with different hairstyles and dance animations.
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To quote the IGN video review: “With Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft’s play style has been tweaked to be more accessible, addictive, and deeper. Any longtime player is sure to be pleased with what Blizzard’s done here since it gives the higher level population a wealth of new content for play as well as improves the overall look of the world. And let’s be honest, if you’re going to spend hundreds of hours in a virtual space, it helps if it’s pretty. It’s an MMO system that works, as the game’s success underlines, but you’ve got to ask yourself after four years how long this kind of momentumcan last. Perhaps within the next two years, or by the time the next World of Warcraft expansion is released, there’ll be a clearer answer.
As for now, Blizzard is more than content to build on World of Warcraft’s formula, improving and refining nearly every aspect of the game, delivering new quest systems, a better and more focused narrative, loads of new goals to chase by yourself or with friends, and made acclimating to its world’s complexities a process generally free of the headaches of something like CCP’s EVE Online. Those who’ve yet to jump in should absolutely do so; it’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with such a well-run, polished product that offers so many reward strata and diverse styles of gameplay.”
Presentation — 9.0
Graphics — 8.5
Sound — 8.5
Gameplay — 9.0
Lasting Appeal — 9.0
Overall — 9.0