World of Warcraft, as an MMORPG, is in many ways a more accessible and less tedious experience than its predecessors, enabling it to be a more popular and ultimately more fun game. The story is relatively standard fantasy fare, with two factions that have a long history of bloodshed against one another facing mutual threats which, for the most part, do not motivate them to work together. The conflict is fueled by several zealous members on each side, and it's likely that you'll end up hating at least a few of the characters depending on where you stand. Despite this, the story has powerful moments, is interesting enough to drag you in more than the standard Excuse Plot and has well-done side plots. There is no shortage of things to do in Azeroth, from quests to dungeons to fighting players to even special events at certain times of the year. Almost 2,000 achievements exist, and it will take even diligent players years to even get close to unlocking them all. World of Warcraft is more forgiving in many regards than older MMMORPGs. Dying costs a relatively small amount of money rather than experience, aggressive monsters strong enough to slaughter players are the exception rather than the norm, and it's relatively easy to find groups. The gameís difficulty, however, is a bit odd when you compare it to most single-player games. While people contend it is easier than it used to be, which is likely true, raiding requires players to conform to specific rotations and gear sets for acceptable results, and reading guides, rather than being seen as a crutch, is seen as a requirement to even begin. Depending on your group and gear level, you can often raid for weeks without seeing any progress. Many people will claim that itís easy, which unfortunately serves to trivialize your accomplishments if you succeed and makes you feel incompetent if you fail. The player base varies in quality; while many people are obnoxious or incompetent, there are many others who are skilled, helpful and friendly. With the right guild, you can get a consistently good group for PVP or raids, and also make friends. World of Warcraft has highs and lows, and involves quite a bit of hard work, but it is overall a very enjoyable experience.
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