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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

World of Warcraft:

The Burning Crusade

CIS 487Alex Zammitt


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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)


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Artwork of New Races

Draenei

Blood Elf



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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


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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


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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)


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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


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Manual

  • The Burning Crusade’s manual is only 20 pages long

  • Majority of game play is learned through in game tutorials and hints


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Sound and Music

  • Each zone has its own music

  • Realistic background noises

  • Many “Bosses” have their own voiceovers that are triggered throughout a fight


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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.




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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 +


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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





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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.


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The End

  • Any questions?


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