World of Warcraft?! Yes, really. Those of you with little knowledge of the game will, like me be picturing some Dungeons and Dragons type nerd world where creepy geeks who live in their parents basement work for hours to create mega fantasy characters in order to either fuck other virtual characters or fuck over other characters without even having to leave the house. Thank you South Park. I thought it was about time that I found out what the hype is REALLY about.
If you take a look at the website or pick up one of the World of Warcraft starter kits in a shop you’re faced with a pretty appealing game for any fantasy fan. The artwork is like a hybrid of Lords of the Rings and yes, Dungeons and Dragons and pretty much ticks all the fantasy boxes.
Another super appealing thing is that you can download a free trial of the game which allows you to play up until you reach Level 20 which can be anything from a few days play time to a few weeks. This gives you the perfect length of time to test it out and see if it’s for you. After that you can buy various subscriptions to continue playing, no matter what though your character will remain saved for you to come back to whenever you fancy it, so you don’t have to commit to a long term subscription. Just dip in and out when you’re in the mood.
Set up is a bit long depending on how good your PC is although you can start playing before everything is fully downloaded. If you have a really old computer or crap internet it may not be worth the effort as there is really a lot of stuff needed to fully enjoy the experience.
That’s my character!
Once you’re in you choose a race, allegiance, skill, name and can play with various visual feature of your character such as hair colour and ear shape. Each race, allegiance and skill comes with a different bunch of options and strengths so choose wisely. You can however create multiple characters so also feel free to flick between many if that’s your bag.
Action starts fairly immediately but without loads of restrictions. The beauty of World of Warcraft is that it’s a completely open world so you can pretty much go where you please and pick and choose your missions as you feel like it. There is a natural flow of missions and story if you need guidance but it isn’t the only way to do things which is essentially the biggest appeal of this game.
Screenshot from this gameplay video here. As my computer currently won’t let me open my game to grab my own images. 🙁
If you’ve ever played a PC game before you’ll know that controls can be bit tricky to master especially if you’ve become more accustomed to a PlayStation game pad like me. Warcraft uses a mixture of mouse and keyboard commands which can be customised to your suiting at any time. If you’re playing regularly a mouse over a laptop touch pad is definitely easier. You will end up aching and sitting with your hands at a weird angle if you rely on the laptop touch pad and small keyboard. However, if you’re just testing the game out you can manage.
Graphics within the game are nothing like on the front of the box, but are they ever?! But I’m not complaining because despite some things looking a little retro there’s still plenty of detail to keep you interested and amazed. I also think the quality varies a bit depending on which race you choose. I was a Night Elf which is on of the older options.whereas Miz played as a newer Panda inspired race in which their world seemed more polished. That Panda race is 100% Kung Fu Panda made more badass.
There are so many layers to World of Warcraft but if you’re a rookie gamer like me it’s still fun. You can get stuck into the action with very little tutorial and start exploring without too much experience. This makes me happy and is most likely what make the start of something that I know to being addictive.
The open world and quick sense of achievement keep you motivated to keep going. For more advanced gamers there’s lots of scope for personalizing your character and learning new skills along the way, so really it’s got layers to cater to all levels of gaming experience.
What I was really interested in the community element what with me being a social media nerd. I haven’t experienced this fully yet but you notice it immediately. As you are playing you’re surrounded by other online players all the time who you can interact with if you wish and even form alliances with. The community goes deeper than this though with various levels of intensity that you can sign up to. One example being one set up that only allows you to interact with other character whilst you remain in character adding a online role play element to the game. It’s all very intriguing and the various layers of this game make it very clear why it’s addictive.
I will admit that I was addicted for about a month playing everyday but when you AND your partner are playing it at the same time you quickly become anti social so please handle with care. It is fun and I’d recommend the free trial to anyone who enjoys fantasy games but the immersive, addictive status of this game is certainly not for everyone. I will dip back in to it at some point but right now there’s other things I’d rather be doing such as sorting out this
blog so that it’s something to be proud of again.
Anyone else playing WoW? What are your favourite games? Drop me a comment or get in touch on social @JayneKitsch