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Burning Crusade Free, WoW Free to Play

The World of Warcraft Website has word that the Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft now comes bundled with the game for $19.99, and is also now available for free to all owners of Blizzard's MMORPG. Also, though this isn't reflected on the site, Blizzard sends word that the game's free trial is no longer time limited, it now allows players to play as much as they want, though they are capped at level 20 (apologies for erroneously saying level 30 at first). The Battle.net forums say: "The restrictions should still all be in place. Trial accounts simply no longer expire." They say more details on this will be revealed soon. Word is:

Starting today, we’ve removed the previous 10- and 14-day trial time restrictions, and players who are interested in trying out World of Warcraft can now play the base game for free up to a maximum character level of 20, including draenei and blood elf characters – all they need is a Battle.net account and an Internet connection. To mark the occasion, we’ve also given the trial a new name: World of Warcraft Starter Edition. Players who had previously signed up for 10- or 14-day trials will be able to hop back into the Starter Edition right where they left off.

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49. Re: Burning Crusade Free, WoW Free to Play Jun 29, 2011, 16:42 Alamar
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 15:43:
Jonny5 wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 14:16:
You obviously are not playing the same WoW I am, No grind at all, plenty of fun quests... Sure if your some ADHD boy rushing to get to end to show off your epics..yea then at end it is grind, But I have played since Cata came out one toon, and I am level 65 today, having a blast doing a lot of fun quests and crafting and other fun stuff in game.

WoW is NO grind till ya hit end game!

I played WoW for 50 levels. It seemed like the only real gameplay motivation was to level or get loot. That doesn't do it for me. On top of that player interaction and impact was limited.

I like MMOs that really benefit from being massively multiplayer. Rather than 25 man raids or whatever I like worlds where every player has an effect. EVE, Ultima Online and perhaps Star Wars Galaxies are more MMOs than WoW is, in my opinion.

WoW can be a grind at any level, and it is NOT a grind for some at ANY level...

Personally, I refused EQ 'back in the day' because it was pure grind... go kill 407213048 mobs to get some xp... no goals, quests, etc... they were few and far between... I like the quest (and story) driven aspect that has always been WoW, and classic is like 500x better in those regards, plus it's cohesive.. Some people missing travelling to the other continent and back 3 times just for one quest, but I found that shit annoying, and I refused to grind mobs to lvl up...

Conversely, I enjoy the combat system, and that's a major factor why I level, and have leveled every class (to 80)... None of them were a grind, because I was enjoying the process of blowing shit up, and experiencing the lore... Sure, the first time is the best... Every expansion has added some kick ass stories and quests (bombing runs were the BOMB, heh, when they first hit... very popular)...

This went a bit off track, but I was initially going to bring up WAR because it's a good example, and while WoW still has 1324982048 players, most are sitting in <insert major city> at max lvl waiting to do shit...

Anyhow, Public Quests were a really neat idea in WAR... and levelling up at launch, assuming you weren't too far ahead of the curve, was great... find random people to help punch out a hard/impossible to solo PQ and that felt fun/dynamic/etc... The problem WAR has/had is that they don't adjust well to varied group sizes, so now that the game is a graveyard in 80% of the world at any given time, PQs (one of their major selling/flouting points is wasted)...

That's also one of the big reasons WoW is now soloable all the way, and yes, too easy, a lot of the time... And it's their own fault, along with all the other new breed of massive where levelling is so fast, two months after launch (like Rift a month ago), no one is around to help, so you need a 'high lvl friend' to come knock out an elite, or dungeon, etc...

As for UO, my experience was, and I mean this literally, 'come here and whack on this target dummy until your skills are maxed'... : )

TLDR? WoW is what you make it : )

-Alamar

This comment was edited on Jun 29, 2011, 16:53.
 
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