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World of Warcraft: Great or Flawed?
8:14 AM | Cord Kruse | 12 comments

Gamebiz and Gameplay Monthly recently released reviews of Blizzard's popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. Both reviews delve into the nuts and bolts of the game, but seem to come to somewhat different conclusions in the final analysis. Describing WoW as "one of the best games ever made," Gamebiz gave the MMORPG a 9.5 out of 10. Gameplay Monthly, on the other hand, discussed several of the game's flaws and granted it an 8.4 out of 10.

From the Gamebiz review:

For a reviewer to stop playing all other games for two months and play a game constantly every day clocking up nearly a month of game time, it must mean something. World of Warcraft is one of the best games ever made, and the experiences continue to amaze players throughout the whole game. Some people assume that when you reach level 60 that the game is over, this is as far from the truth as you can get. Once you reach level 60 you’re able to participate in the best instances which allow you to receive the best items to use or simply just to show off. If you’re tired of waiting for the next generation of game consoles, pick up WoW as it doesn’t matter what type of game you like, WoW is sure to find something that you can enjoy, and the monthly fee is incredibly reasonable for what you get out if it.
From the Gameplay Monthly review:
First of all, this game is EXTREMELY REPETETIVE, as any player versus environment combat is pretty much the same with the exception of instances. PVP is also flawed as classes are blatantly imbalanced, and high level players have no penalty for “ganking” lower level players (a level 60 character can kill a group of level 1 character for hours if they want). Blizzard also uses the same communication policy that they have in all of their previous games, which is leaving their customers in the dark as to not enrage their player base if they miss a deadline or say something that may not be 100% true. The omni-conservative policy is extremely inefficient in an MMORPG where the player base has a huge say in the games development. Blizzard has recently increased their patching frequency for new updates, but many servers suffer from constant outages, something that should have been fixed within the first few weeks of launch. WoW also becomes much like other MMO’s as the game completes and one reaches end game, there is almost no variety in content as your only choice is to do high end instanced dungeons or aid your low level friends in their adventures. Gameplay in WoW is an entirely mixed bag, which although probably is the cream of the crop, it is still fundamentally flawed.
For the full reviews and a handful of screenshots click the links below.

Gamebiz: WoW Review
Gameplay Monthly: WoW Review
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