Monday, September 29, 2008

World of Warcraft - an elite gaming experience

World of Warcraft is a commonly known MMORPG. Its leading edge game design makes it one of the best MMORPGs on the market. As a whole, the game is made up of two key parts, PVE (Player Vs Environment) and PVP (Player Vs Player). Let’s take a look at how each part has a large roll in this game.

First, let’s tackle PVE. In PVE, the objective is to band together with other players and conquer difficult dungeons. This is called a Raid. Raids can be comprised anywhere from 10 to 25 players. Lead by a raid leader, a raid bands together with the common goal of vanquishing challenging bosses and receive the rare treasures hidden in the dungeon. Some dungeons are too challenging to face with out decent gear (items your character wears to make them stronger). To advance to the harder dungeons, raids need to utilize the treasures from the easier dungeons until they get strong enough to move on. This is one of the challenging parts of PVE. The most difficult part of PVE is learning the boss fights. Each boss in the game has different abilities and thus requires different strategies to beat them. Some fights require lots of practice and team work to beat, and can prove to be difficult. Both the difficultly of the dungeons as well as the different strategies of the bosses, add to the PVE experience.

Now let’s talk about PVP. PVP is known as a fast paced battle royal. Two sides of the battle, the Horde and the Alliance, battle for the objective of the battleground. There are four different battlegrounds, Warsong Gulch, Alterac Valley, Eye of the Storm and Arathi Basin. All 4 of these battlegrounds have different objectives.

Warsong Gulch - Capture the flag
Alterac Valley - Destroy the enemies base
Arathi Basin – Capture territories
Eye of the Storm – combination of Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin
The dynamic battles in each battleground keep you on the edge of your seat as fight to win.

The difference between PVE and PVE describe two different game experiences. Some choose to stick to just one side, while others choose to do both. Personally I find PVP more thrilling than PVE but it’s up to you to try out World of Warcraft find out which aspect of the game adds the most to its award winning design.

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