Warcraft: Part 2

Continuation on the Warcraft series.
February 02, 2010
Well, i suppose it has been a long time coming with this article ey? I have tried to post this before but due to the errors that Retrojunk.com when attempting to post an article, i lost all the data, and i really lost motivation after that. But here it is, if you have missed the first article on Warcraft you can find it here:
So lets begin shall we?

Last time we touched on the history of the company Blizzard, the creators of the Warcraft series, and also i talked about Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, and Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness. Now its time to bring in the next generation into this series. Fans eagerly waiting for more then 7 years were finally put to ease with the next installation of the series, in the form of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos! Im going to make the story as brief as possible, because it will bore the crap out of you.

Several years after the second war, the people of Azeroth are finally beginning to re-build the former glory of their respective nations, until when the sky opens and the demonic army known as the Burning Legion invade the world and begin a destructive assault on all the denizens of Azeroth. Meanwhile Arthas, Prince of Lordaeron and a Paladin in service to the great general, Uther The Lightbringer, begins a quest into a strange plague spreading the lands. In the process Arthas learns that the plague is a form of germ warfare, and when this disease enters the human body, it turns the host into The Undead, tactical warfare woven by the demons of the Burning Legion. In his quest to save his people
and defeating this new enemy, Arthas's lust for justice gradually makes him abandon the true Paladin code of justice, and instead, he sees him self going to any means necessary to stop these Demons. When he finds the immortal sword Frostmourne, with its legend of wielding unlimited power, Arthas takes it upon him, believing that it is the only weapon that can give him
the chance to defeat Mal`Ganis, the evil warlord to the Burning Legion (But not the only). Upon confronting Mal`Ganis and defeating him, Frostmourne steals Arthas's soul and transforms him into what he was destined to be. The Lich King.

" I Gotzem me a soul stealing sowrdz"

Hands down to this game. When you play this game from start to finish, you realize why it took them so long to make. There are 4 races in Reign of Chaos that you can play with: The Orcs and Humans, and the Undead and Night Elf. When you play the campaign, you play with all of them, by Blizzard doing this, you really create some awesome connections
with some of the characters, and with some really in depth story telling and amazing cut scenes, you actually feel towards some of the people. For example, if you have played through the entire Warcraft series, you will know of the Orc Grom Hellscream, Chieftan of the Warsong clan. When the Orcs were first corrupted by the Demon Blood by the Burning Legion, Grom Hellscream willingly submitted to the rage and blood-lust that dwells inside him. When Grom and his close friend Thrall, Warchief of the Horde, are on a quest to fight the Burning Legion, they are ambushed by the mighty Pit-Lord Mannoroth, and the conversation goes a little something like this:
Mannoroth to Thrall: "I knew you would come, and i see that you have brought the mighty Hellscream. Har Har, his blood is mine (literally because of the corruption) as is your whole forgotten race!" Upon hearing this, the Warchief Thrall attempts to attack Mannoroth, but even his power does nothing to the giant, and gets
tossed aside like a used condom. Then Mannoroth turns to Grom: Mannoroth to Grom: "The boy believed you could be saved, but he didn't know what burns within your soul, for in your heart you know, that we are the same!" Upon hearing this, Groms eyes blaze with fire and hatred, and his Demon Blood engulfs him
into his famous rage, he charges the Pit-Lord and with a swift move, Groms axe penetrated the armour of the Pit-Lord. But because the same Demon Blood flows within Grom as it did Mannoroth, Grom shortly dies, but not before telling Thrall, that he feels like a fool for willingly submitting to the corruption. Before Grom breathes his last breath, Thrall assures him
"No old friend, you have free'd us all!" Then Thrall looks to the sky and screams in a rage of sorrow.

Grom: "Dont say it Mannoroth...!"
Mannoroth: "Your..."
Grom: "Dont say it!!"
Mannoroth: "Your GREEN!"
Grom: "God damnit! RAWR!"
That is literally one example of the depth of the characters in this game. But the one character i could not stand was Arthas, he annoyed me so much, mainly because he kills off some of the coolest and historical figures in the game, like his mentor, the great Paladin Uther Lightbringer. But i am also glad that they brought back some old characters, such as Medivh, who previously betrayed the Humans, is now trying to redeem himself by warning the races of Azeroth of the coming of the Burning Legion.

But if you thought the campaign was awesome, wait until you try Warcraft Map Editor! I have literally spent so many hours creating all sorts of maps with different creatures, starting points, and themes. I mean you can almost do exactly what the creators of this game did, but making it to the way you want. Anything from races battling each other, to timed events, ambushes, and the list goes on and on. Map Maker lets you create and mimic actual story scenes, it takes a while to get the
hang of the time keys but once you do, you can create some really awesome Maps, and even share them online and to your friends, and then finally play with them using Blizzards Battle.Net online system. It rocks.

The races them selves are all different, and depending on which you race you pick to play with, they all have strong and weak points. Example you ask? I say ok. Humans are good overall, simple advancements and familiar buildings make it easy to get the hang of this race when you are battling. Humans can produce Paladins, to Dwarven Riflemen, flying creatures such as
Gryphons, to Priests and Mages. Orcs are power-houses, they can produce some really tough characters like the bull-like Tauren, and the giant Kodo Beasts, from Shamans, to Wyverns and Trolls. Night Elves are probably the most interesting race to play with. Unlike all the other races, the Night Elves worker class, Will`o`Wisp, doesn't have to go back and forth from a gold mine or trees to farm them, once their stuck on them, they just keep leeching until you command them to do something
else. Also the units are quite unique, for most of the Night Elves units can use the "Hide" skill when night approaches.
From Archers to druids, healers and Demon hunters. But the best thing about the Night Elves is the ability for the actual buildings to sprout up and move around, by doing this, it creates a very tactical approach to warfare.

But the award goes to the sheer awesomeness that is The Undead. Unlike the other races in Warcraft, you cannot build anything anywhere, in order to actually build a structure with The Undead, you must corrupt the land it dwells on first, by building more buildings, the land goes from a beautiful green, to a dry and barren almost black. The Death Knights, the Abomination, and Dragon Wyrms, the Undead have the coolest character. What i loved about this game, is that it incorporates some of the elements of MMORPG's. Every race has 3 heroes you can choose from when you build that race's particular worship temple. Once that hero is created, you can level
him or her up by fighting rogue mobs of Goblins and Ogres, and other such creatures in the wild. The more levels you get, the stronger you become, and the deadlier your skills become. And if your hero dies, you can resurrect it at your temple with the same levels you had before. Rock on!

Well i will stop blabbering now, and you may be wondering why i am not touching on the expansion to Warcraft 3, The Frozen Throne. Simply i don't have the time to go into detail on that, my focus is to tell you the game play and how the game works, where the Frozen Throne just continues with the story of Illidan and Arthas (If you really want to know more, Wikipedia it)
So I will be working soon on the next and last part. The MMORPG World Of Warcraft! Peace yall! :D
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