Friday, July 1, 2011

World of Warcraft: Starter Edition - Not As Good As it Gets

Yesterday I reported that Blizzard Games dropped the ten and fourteen day trials of their 7 year hit "World of Warcraft" and replaced them with a Level Capped free trial where you could play the game absolutly free until level 20. As with most too good to be true things this is. I'm not gonna sit here and give you a full review of the game seeing as it's been around more than long enough that there are more than a billion reviews on the game. Instead I am here to talk with you about the the Started Edition of the game, ie the trial.

The worst part of this trial is that there are limits to the game. I don't mind a level cap of 20, that isn't bad. But here are a few other limits on the Starter Edition directly from the WoW support site.

*A level cap of 20.
*A maximum of 10 gold.
*Trade skills are capped at 100 ranks.
*Unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player-to-player.
*In-game access to public chat channels unavailable. Players are limited to communicating using only say, party, or whisper.
*Characters will be unable to create or join guilds.
*Characters are not able to send whispers to other characters unless they have been added to the characters’ friends lists or have received a whisper from a character first.
*Characters will not be able to invite other players into a party.
*Characters will not be able to join parties with other characters above level 20.
*Voice chat disabled on Starter Edition accounts.
*Realms experiencing login queues will prioritize players who have full, paid accounts.
*Starter Edition accounts are not eligible for character transfers.
*RealID features are disabled on all Starter Edition Accounts.

At first glance these don't really seem to be a big deal but when you put the all togehter it really hinders a bit of the game experience, stripping you of what the full game is like. The marketing on this made it seem like it would be the full version of the game capped to level 20. In the end all of the Limitations don't make for a true experience, although I honestly can't compare it to the previous trial versions. The game itself I didn't see what the big deal with it is. It didn't fully captivate me. I might fire it up one more time to give it a second shot but it just didn't pull me in. I believe that this trial actually backed up the internet belief that World of Warcraft is dying and in my eyes, this was just another nail in the coffin. If you like WoW, more power to ya. I say go for the subscription one here, and it's rare for me to say pay for a game monthly. I'm more concerned with what the new World of Warcraft by some upcoming developer will be.

Until Next time,

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