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Game Evaluation. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade CIS 487 Alex 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

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game evaluation

Game Evaluation

World of Warcraft:

The Burning Crusade

CIS 487Alex Zammitt

basic information
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
  • 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 requirements4
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
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
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
Artwork of New Races

Draenei

Blood Elf

player vs player arena
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The End
  • Any questions?
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