World of Warcraft
The Burning Crusade (Expansion Pack)

Format: PC/Mac

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Age Restrictions: 12+
16 January 2007

You've taken Azeroth by storm. Now a dark frontier awaits. Beyond the Dark Portal, the sinister agents of the Burning Legion have renewed their demonic crusade to consume the magic of the universe and lay waste to all in their path. From the black horrors of Hellfire Citadel, to the opening of the Dark Portal itself - an infinity of new experiences await...

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is so much more than just another run-of-the-mill expansion pack - it almost feels like a new game. The first think you'll notice is the fact that you can either start your game again, from scratch, and experience the world afresh from a totally new perspective, or you can take the characters you've already built and grown attached too, and push their story lines even further.

Having said that, a word of warning if you don't already own the main game. I know this might be obvious, but you'll need to purcahse that before you can play this expansion pack. And if you didn't already know, World of Warcraft involves a monthly subscription if you want to play the full game online as intended.

The first problem with this is that when you purchase games like this the fact that you then have to pay out again each month can seem like daylight robbery - especially if you plan on playing for a year or so. Then there is the fact that the online element may be totally naff. You never know whether the whole thing will be a flop, with the result being you, and a guy from Romania, are the only players that are ever signed in. And what if the publisher decides to pull the online player option in a year? Won't you be left with a pretty pointless game?

Thankfully, this being an expansion pack, you already know that the main game is obviously going strong - a publisher is hardly likely to sink more money into a dead product.

This pack allows you to continue to explore Azeroth and the regions beyond. There are new races to play, new lands to explore and additional levels of power for an existing player's already established characters. In fact the game's level cap has been raised to 70. There are new lands and battlegrounds to get your teeth into as well as airborne mounts allowing you to travel safely over dangerous regions. There are also a host of new quests, enemies and challenges.

I did have a slight problem with some of the new areas, which are only accessible by boat. This made them feel like a tacked on addition to the game rather than an integral part.

On balance fans of the original game will love the additional rich content. This expansion pack adds even more quality content to an already massive game.

Pete Boomer

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