With the latest release of Blizzards forth expansion for the hugely popular World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria, I thought I would give the world’s most popular MMO another crack at things, just to see what’s changed in the World of Azeroth!
I have had ALOT of WoW (World of Warcraft) experience before, and I’ve always felt that even though the game play was enjoyable, I could never really stick with it. Essentially this was because I wanted some of the features available with the other expansions such as Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm, without actually coughing up the money. Now, although much is restricted, many of the more exciting features are now available without the necessary expansions. For example, the races of the Worgen, Goblins and Pandarens are playable. But, the new class introduced through Mists of Pandaria, the Monk, is locked. The availability of these races will allow new players to get a sense of the expansions, giving them a very good idea and interesting game play experience which may cause them to eventually pay for the now, relatively cheap (excluding MoP), expansions.
The whole skill system has also had a huge overhaul, completely changing the levelling system that players have known since the games original launch in 2001. Instead of gaining a point to spend on skills every two levels, players have intervals of fifteen levels, which, when reached allow them to choose different options from a list of pre-set skill lists. Granted this came at a bit of a shock, but now players can look forward to the thrill of going the long distance of the fifteen levels to unlock the armada of new abilities that will thrust their chosen characters into the legends of Azeroth!
A new pet system, similar to that of the popular Pokémon games has been introduced. This skill is accessible via an in game trainer, which will allow you to level up your pets, and then pit them against the pets of other players. Now this gives the pets an actual use, rather than having them as a useless aesthetic commodity used to help advertise your characters apparent level. As each pet has their own series of attacks, a larger sense of tactic is needed as players will have to form the perfect team in order to be the best, something which will certainly add hours of game play.
I have always looked upon WoW with a good eye, and recently I have finally decided that it is by far my favourite game. When I was first introduced to the first pieces of information for MoP, I, like the rest of us, snorted in derision! Pandas?! Seriously?! However, I am proud to announce that Blizzard have put me firm in my place by showing how incredible the expansion is. Even though it has not been as nearly as commercially successful as its predecessors, I have no doubt in my mind that its introduction has helped further the realm! With its £8.99 a month subscription fee, World of Warcraft has years of game play left in its life, and despite peoples prejudices, I implore each and every one of you to play.