GameSpot gives “World of Warcraft” a 9.5 rating.

If posting on my part slows a bit around here it’s because our copies of World of Warcraft arrived on Monday and Anne, Courtney and I are off pretending to be Night Elves thanks to the generosity of Zak. Both Anne and I got to play around in the beta as well and we’re already hopelessly hooked on the game because it’s that much fun. The folks over at GameSpot appear to agree having awarded it with a 9.5 Superb rating. The opening paragraph pretty much says it all:

Though massively multiplayer online role-playing games have been around for years, it has taken this long for the genre’s breakthrough hit to finally emerge. Here is the online role-playing game you should play, no matter who you are. This is because World of Warcraft brings out all the best aspects of this style of gaming, if not many of the best aspects of gaming in general. It also features many of the specific characteristics that have made Blizzard Entertainment’s previous games so entertaining, memorable, long-lasting, and successful. Of course, the company’s past track record did not guarantee that World of Warcraft could have turned out this well. Such high quality simply cannot be expected, nor should it be missed.

At the risk of turning this into a review of my own (which I plan to write later) I’ll just say that I’ve played most of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) that have been released in the past and have never taken a character in any of them to the maximum possible level in the game because they could not hold my interest for various reasons. Yet with WoW I fully expect not only to max out a character, but probably several of them because so far this game has managed to correct every issue I’ve ever had with any other MMORPG that has come before. Enough said for now.

Update: And in anticipation of this question being asked repeatedly, we’re playing on the Durotan server in the Eastern Time Zone. If I’m playing as a family with Anne and Courtney then my character is a male Night Elf Hunter named Sanctus (currently level 6). If I’m playing with Anne and JethricOne then I’m a male Dwarven Hunter named Balfour (currently level 9).

6 thoughts on “GameSpot gives “World of Warcraft” a 9.5 rating.

  1. I’m on Durotan, A level 20 Tauren Warrior. I will be raiding a town near you soon Sanctus. wink

    I think the reason this game is so good IMO is the ease of use. The commands and the screen layout are very economical and the missions are relatively original. Albeit most of your time is spent fighting you are, in my case, given so many combat options that it takes a while to tweak your style so that your character inflicts the most and endures the least damage. At first, with the initial server downtime I thought that I may only play the free month but now that all is well even in peak time(no more loot lag, yeah!) I intend to play, like you until I level up at least 1 horde and 1 alliance character.

    Do you know if parties can form between Horde and alliance? I know we can interact in neutral cities but I have not tried to create a party yet.

  2. I’m one of those few freaks that plays on an RP server. The game is so amazing because it’s.. well it’s Blizzard (as my husband would say). I have a level 22 undead priest and my husband plays a level 25 unded rogue. Gotta say it’s mighty fun! Glad you’re enjoying it too smile

  3. I was in the closed beta and have been playing since June and I still enjoy the game immensely. I too expect to max out several chars.

    Note, I would suggest to people to use the Cosmos interface from cosmosui.org. Make sure to set the update method to beta. It can be buggy at times, but it gives you extra toolbars, an in game clock, a display of the expiration times on all of your buffs, and much more. I also love than when you loot stuff it places the items to be looted under your cursor making it much quicker to loot things.

  4. I played the beta but if I were to buy the game, I know it would consume my life.  Heh, Blizzard games are comsuming by themselves, let alone a Blizzard MMORPG.

    I guess the fact that I’m broke and looking for a job doesn’t help either.

    Anyways good luck with the game.

  5. I’m playing on Silver Hand (Pacific RP Server.  I’m a 22 Paladin named Laurelanwyn.

    In case you don’t read the WoW message boards and haven’t heard about Cosmos you should check it out.  It’s a UI tool that seamlessly loads into the game.  It’s an awesome tool that completely makes quest management easier (among other things).  You can get it at Cosmos

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