Saturday, October 6, 2007

RPGs: Diablo to WoW (Part 2)

World of Warcraft is an mmorpg, a massive multiplayer online role playing game. But not just a massive multiplayer online game, it is the most massive multiplayer online game.

World of Warcraft starts out years ofter Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, where the world was left in shatters.

World of Warcraft lets you choose from ten different races of characters, the Draenei, the Blood Elves, the Dwarves, the Orcs, the Gnomes, the Tauren, the Humans, the Trolls, the Night Elves, and the Undead. Each race have their own skills and abilities. From here there you choose 1 of 9 playable classes, Druids, Hunters, Mages, Paladins, Priests, Rogues, Shaman, Warlocks, and Warriors. Each of these classes have their own skills they can use and learn, armor that they could wear, and weapons they can use. Then you must choose your characters profession, which is what your character specializes in, and what your character will do for most of the game. This is all just setting up your character.

With such a massive map of the realm of World of Warcraft, you have to have some ways to get around, for the fact of walking every where is unreasonable, and no one would want to. One way to get around the map is to unlock new flying routes by searching for flying-route locations. After you find the locations, you must speak with the NPC, non playable character, route masters. Flying gives you a sight of the world from above, which means you can see places you want to travel to, that you wouldn't have seen any other way. Another type of transportion is the Alliance Air Transportation. With this you can be flown around by Gryphons or Hippogryphs. Another type of Alliance Transportation is the Deeprun Tram, which is a link between the two great capitals. Some Horde Transportation are Wyverns, which are very similar to Gryphons. Another source of transportation are Vampire Bats, who ferry people throughout Lordaeron. There is also Goblin Zeppelins which Horde players can fly above the world. There are also some forms of neutral transports, such as boats, which can transport both Alliance and Horde characters.

Throughout the game, there are thousands of quests to complete, with a very extensive storyline to follow. You can get experience and level up your character by killing creatures throughout the game, however the best opportunity to get the maximum amount of experience is to undertake and complete the quests. Seeing there are thousands of quests, you have plenty of opportunities to gain experience. The difficulty of the quests provides the player with a challenge of finding other players to help you accomplish your goals of completing the quests. Some quests take up to 25 players to finish the quest and kill a really strong enemy. This means that 25 people would have to work together over a computer. This is a very difficult task, because unlike in real life, where you can physically look at someone and ask them to do something, in the computer world you cannot directly look at them, so you have to rely on practically an open chat of 25 players. This is a far more difficult task than it appears, for the lack of communication. Which means the players must be very experienced and know what to do without people having to tell them what to do.

1 comment:

Nox said...

Seeing as you're writing about WoW, I'm just curious as to what you've actually played. Class, Race, Level, and Realm.

Personally I played a Human Paladin up to Lvl 70 on Moonrunner.

Just a fellow Warcrack addict who's curious ^_^.