In China, because a large number of players do not own the computer on which they play games (e.g. if they play in Internet cafés), the CD keys required to create an account can be purchased independently of the software package. To play the game, players must also purchase prepaid game cards that can be played for 66 hours and 40 minutes.[55] A monthly fee model is not available to players of this region. The Chinese government and NetEase, the licensee for World of Warcraft in China, have imposed a modification on Chinese versions of the game which places flesh on bare-boned skeletons and transforms dead character corpses into tidy graves. These changes were imposed by the Chinese government in an attempt to "promote a healthy and harmonious online game environment" in World of Warcraft.[56][57] The Chinese government delayed the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, due to what it deemed objectionable content.[58] NetEase took over licensing of World of Warcraft from The9 in June 2009 following the expiration of The9's contract,[59] and were able to secure a launch for Wrath of the Lich King on August 31, 2010, nearly two years after its Western release.
World of Warcraft contains a variety of mechanisms for player versus player (PvP) play. Players on player versus environment (PvE) servers can opt to "flag" themselves, making themselves attackable to players of the opposite faction.[25] Depending on the mode of the realm, PvP combat between members of opposing factions is possible at almost any time or location in the game world—the only exception being the starting zones, where the PvP "flag" must be enabled by the player wishing to fight against players of the opposite faction. PvE (called normal or RP) servers, by contrast, allow a player to choose whether or not to engage in combat against other players. On both server types, there are special areas of the world where free-for-all combat is permitted. Battlegrounds, for example, are similar to dungeons: only a set number of characters can enter a single battleground, but additional copies of the battleground can be made to accommodate additional players.[26] Each battleground has a set objective, such as capturing a flag or defeating an opposing general, that must be completed to win the battleground. Competing in battlegrounds rewards the character with tokens and honor points that can be used to buy armor, weapons, and other general items that can aid a player in many areas of the game. Winning a battleground awards more honor and tokens than losing. In addition, players also earn honor when they or nearby teammates kill players in a battleground.[25]
The soundtrack for World of Warcraft was composed and arranged by Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke, and Glenn Stafford and conducted by Eímear Noone. It was released on November 23, 2004, together with the collector's edition of the game. It is sold separately on one CD in the MP3 format. On January 12, 2011, Alfred Publishing produced an officially licensed sheet music series for vocalists, pianists, strings, and other instruments, World of Warcraft Sheet Music Anthology in solo and accompaniment formats with CD. These works include four pages of collectible artwork and vary by number of songs included. In 2018, a remix of the song from the game, "Hymn of the Firstborn Son", was nominated for "Best Game Music Cover/Remix" at the 16th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards.[78]
World of Warcraft received very positive reviews upon release,[80] following a period of high anticipation before launch.[86] Although the game follows a similar model to—and was noted for using many familiar concepts from—the role-playing genre,[10][81] the new approaches to reducing pauses between game encounters were well liked.[21] A common example was the approach to character death. In some previous MMORPGs, a player would suffer a high penalty for character death; in World of Warcraft, a player is able to recover and start playing quickly.[10] Combat was another area where "downtime", or pauses between play, was reduced. By allowing all character types to recover from damage taken, players can return to combat quickly.[21] Reviewers felt that these changes in pacing would make the genre more accessible to casual players—those who play for short periods of time—[21] while still having "deep" gameplay that would attract players of all levels of interest.[20] The concept of a "rested bonus", or increasing the rate at which a player's character gains experience, was also welcomed as a way for players to quickly catch up with their friends in progression.[10]
Es también una conocida clase Híbrida del juego, pero más enfocada a la magia, es una clase que utiliza el poder de la naturaleza. Emplea el maná, a partir del nivel 40 puede usar armaduras de cota de malla y tiene la particularidad de crear tótems y escudos para ayudarlo en la batalla tanto para dañar a sus enemigos como para ayudar a sus amigos. Según su rama de talentos pueden ser buenos DPS a distancia (Elemental) o en cuerpo a cuerpo (Mejora). También puede desempañarse como sanador (Restauración), con la particular de que puede sanar a varios amigos a la vez con cadenas de sanaciones. Es un personaje bastante completo. A partir del nivel 65 puede invocar elementales, ya que son personajes que usan los elementos de la naturaleza (Tierra y Fuego) como poder.
Son asesinos, se especializan en utilizar una gran variedad de armas con las dos manos, aunque el arma icónica de esta clase es la daga. Es una clase clave tanto para el PVE como el PVP por su capacidad de inutilizar a sus contrincantes , cualquiera de sus tres ramas de talentos (Asesinato, sutileza y combate) es compatible para las dos cosas depende de los gustos del jugador. Su rol se basa en énfasis en el sigilo, los venenos y el control. Usa energía como recurso.
Players who purchase Warlords of Draenor Collector's or Digital Deluxe Edition receive an Orc themed card back in Hearthstone.[168] Heroes of the Storm players who reach level 20 receive the Grave Golem battle pet in World of Warcraft and after reaching level 100 in World of Warcraft receive an Ironside Dire Wolf mount in Heroes of the Storm.[169] Starting on March 11, 2016, players who level a character to 20 in WoW, which can be completed with the free starter edition, earn the alternate Paladin hero Lady Liadrin in Hearthstone.[170]

En un principio la acción de Warcraft trataba sobre el bien y la nobleza de los hombres y el mal e inmundicia de los seres verdes invasores llamados orcos. No era una historia muy compleja pero era un pretexto suficiente para poner en combate a muerte a dos bandos contrarios. No obstante, el crecimiento del mercado requería tomar mayor empatía de la afición, y se construyó un universo de mayores posibilidades. La cantidad de razas involucradas en la guerra aumentó en Warcraft II, los humanos se unieron con las razas de los altos elfos, los enanos y los gnomos, formando la Alianza de Lordaeron; mientras que los orcos se aliaron con los troles, los ogros y los goblins, aumentando así las filas de la incontenible Horda. Se incluyeron traiciones determinantes para el transcurso de la guerra, siendo la principal la búsqueda de poder del brujo de Gul'dan, que causó un retroceso a las «mareas de la oscuridad» (los orcos) que costó la victoria a la Horda en la Segunda guerra. Además se incluyó la participación de unidades especiales que representaban leyendas vivientes, grandes héroes como Sir Anduin Lothar o Zul'jin que daban al juego una atmósfera más envolvente y épica.
La Segunda Guerra Mundial: batallas de tanques, ataques aéreos, combates navales. En Call of War tú puedes reescribir la historia. Toma el control de una nación poderosa durante la época de la segunda guerra mundial. Conquista provincias, forja alianzas y desarrolla tu economía. Investiga armas secretas de la segunda guerra mundial y conviértete en una superpotencia. ¿Inteligente alianzas o temeraria expansión, investigación de armas secretas o ataques de asalto? Todo depende de lo que tú elijas. Este e...
Tanques: tienen la misión de atraer los enemigos recibir el daño de estos, ya que tienen la capacidad de aguantar mucho daño y sobrevivir más que otras clases. Son personajes con muchos atributos defensivos (bloquear, esquivar, parar), muchos puntos de vida y armadura para reducir al máximo el daño que reciben. El juego usa un sistema para medir el foco de ataque de los enemigos llamado amenaza. Los tanques son los que más puntos de amenaza suelen obtener durante el combate y, por ende, reciben todo el daño, sin embargo, poseen una capacidad ofensiva muy reducida (es ahí donde se necesita el daño de los DPS). El tanque por excelencia suele ser el guerrero protección, pero con las expansiones, han ido mejorando las demás clases, como al druida guardián, al paladín protección, añadiendo a los caballeros de la muerte para diversificar este rol, los monjes maestros cerveceros y los cazadores de demonios venganza añadidos en la expansión Legion
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