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]

The appearance of the game world was praised by critics. Most popular was the fact that a player could run from one end of the continent to the other without having to pause at a "loading screen" while part of the game is retrieved from storage.[86] The environment was described as "breathtaking". Players found it difficult to become lost, and each area in the game world had a distinct look that blended from one to the next.[21] Critics described the environment as "a careful blend of cartoon, fantasy art, and realism".[81] The game was found to run smoothly on a range of computer systems,[10] although some described it as basic,[21] and mentioned that the bloom light rendering effect can blur things.[20] One reviewer described the ability to fly over long stretches of scenery as "very atmospheric".[83] The user interface was liked, being described as "simple", with tooltips helping to get the player started.[10]


World of Warcraft funciona de forma nativa tanto en ordenadores Macintosh de Apple como en Windows. El juego en caja usa un CD híbrido para instalarlo. Los jugadores pueden jugar juntos sin importar el sistema operativo. No existe ninguna versión oficial para ningún otro sistema operativo aunque puede ser jugado en GNU/Linux o FreeBSD mediante Wine.

El conflicto centrado entre la raza humana y los orcos, que ha dado nombre a la época actual: La Era del Caos. Aunque desde la caída del Rey Terenas, su reino comienza a ser llamado El Reino Del Caos (Warcraft III). Por su parte, World of Warcraft distingue primeramente a los personajes creados como miembros de la Alianza o de la Horda.11​ La Alianza cuenta actualmente con humanos, enanos, gnomos, elfos de la noche, draeneis y huargen; mientras que la Horda la conforman orcos, troles, tauren, elfos de sangre, renegados (no-muertos) y goblins; por otra parte se tienen a el azote o caballeros de la muerte (comandados por el corrompido príncipe Arthas poseído por el rey Lich con un oculto objetivo) y al denominado legión ardiente bajo el mando de los demonios.
To create a new character, in keeping with the storyline of previous Warcraft games, players must choose between the opposing factions of the Alliance or the Horde; Pandaren, which were added in Mists of Pandaria, do not commit to a faction until after the starting zone is completed. Characters from the opposing factions can perform rudimentary communication (most often just "emotes"), but only members of the same faction can speak, mail, group and join guilds. The player selects the new character's race, such as orcs or trolls for the Horde, or humans or dwarves for the Alliance.[13] Players must select the class for the character, with choices such as mages, warriors, and priests available.[14] Most classes are limited to particular races.
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

Seven expansions have been released: The Burning Crusade, released in January 2007; Wrath of the Lich King, released in November 2008; Cataclysm, released in December 2010; Mists of Pandaria, released in September 2012; Warlords of Draenor, released in November 2014; Legion, released in August 2016; and Battle for Azeroth, released in August 2018. Players are not required to purchase expansions in order to continue playing; however, new content and features such as higher level caps and new areas may not be available until they do so.


Years ago, in the ruined temple of Atal'Hakkar, loyal priests of the Blood God Hakkar the Soulflayer attempted to summon the wrathful deity's avatar into the world. But his followers, the Atal'ai priesthood, discovered that the Soulflayer could only be summoned within the Gurubashi tribe's ancient capital, Zul'Gurub. Newly reborn in this jungle fortress, Hakkar took control of the Gurubashi tribe and mortal champions of the trolls' mighty animal gods. The Soulflayer's dark influence was halted when the Zandalari tribe recruited heroes and invaded Zul'Gurub.
World of Warcraft ha inspirado dos juegos de tablero: World of Warcraft: El Juego de Tablero (incluyendo las expansiones Shadow of War y The Burning Crusade)59​ y World of Warcraft: El Juego de Aventuras,60​61​ producidos por Fantasy Flight Games y editados en español por Devir. También existe un juego de cartas coleccionables, World of Warcraft Trading Card Game,62​ y un juego de miniaturas coleccionable63​ ambos producidos por Upper Deck Entertainment, a partir de marzo de 2010, cambió a Cryptozoic Entertainment.
World of Warcraft was recognized at the 2005 Spike TV Video Game Awards where it won Best PC Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best RPG, and Most Addictive Game.[92] In 2008, World of Warcraft was honoured—along with Neverwinter Nights and EverQuest—at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for advancing the art form of MMORPG games.[93] In 2009, Game Informer ranked World of Warcraft 11th on their list of "The Top 200 Games of All Time".[94] In 2015, the game placed 3rd on USgamer's The 15 Best Games Since 2000 list.[95]
^ "Patch Notes 3.3.3". Blizzard. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010. Authenticator Frame: If a player has a Battle.net Authenticator attached to his or her account and selects Remember Account Name at the login screen, the next time that player logs into World of Warcraft, a field to input the Authenticator code will be displayed below the password field.
In April 2015, an alternate way to cover the subscription was introduced. A player may spend real money ($20 in North America and differing amounts in other regions) on a WoW Token, which is sold on the auction house for in-game gold that initially could only be used to add 30 days of playtime.[36] At the launch of the feature in NA, a token sold for 30k gold and 24 hours later sold for 20k gold, therefore the gold amount changes depending on what players are willing to spend and the supply. Subsequently, the amount that an NA token sells for remained selling at above 30,000 gold and the other Battle.net regions are well above that value. Once a player buys a token on the auction house, it is account bound and cannot be resold. In February 2017, the WoW Token can also be exchanged for $15 in Battle.net balance that can be used as credit for purchases in most of Blizzard's games as well as in Destiny 2.[39]
In patch 2.1, Blizzard responded to this by adding additional anti-spam mechanics including whisper throttling and the report spam function. Additionally, trial accounts are prevented from speaking in the public chat channels (although they may speak to players within range or whisper to other players that have first whispered to them), participating in in-game trades, and using the Auction House and the mail feature, among other limitations.
As characters progress in World of Warcraft and take on some of the toughest challenges, many of the rewards received are bound to that character and cannot be traded, generating a market for the trading of accounts with well-equipped characters. The highest noted World of Warcraft account trade was for £5000 (€7000, US$9,900) in early September 2007. The high price was due to the character possessing items that at the time were owned by only a handful out of the millions of active players, due to the difficulty in acquiring them. However, Blizzard banned the account five days after the purchase.[142]
Blizzard routinely applies older expansions to all accounts as new expansions are released. On June 28, 2011, The Burning Crusade expansion was automatically applied to all previous Warcraft accounts at no cost. On September 19, 2012, the same thing was done with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion,[67] and on October 15, 2013 the Cataclysm expansion was also applied.[68] On October 15, 2014, Mists of Pandaria was applied to all accounts following the release of Warlords.[69] On May 17, 2016, Warlords of Draenor was applied to all accounts to coincide with the release of the Warcraft movie that gives a 30-day trial of the game.[70] All The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor content is now effectively part of the original game, with all new World of Warcraft accounts automatically including these expansions upon creation.[67] As of the pre-patch release of Battle for Azeroth in July 2018, all expansions up to Legion are included in the base game.[71]

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.


El sonido fue muy bien recibido, en particular la música de fondo. Asignar distintas músicas a distintas áreas hacía que los jugadores sintieran mayor inmersión en el juego32​ y más interesante volver a jugar.42​ Los sonidos y voces de los personajes, tanto jugadores como no jugadores; así como los sonidos de efectos añadían personalidad al juego.32​
En World of Warcraft un jugador tiene acceso a doce tipos de clases (según la expansión Legion) restringida según la raza que se seleccione.17​ Además de la diferencia existente entre cada clase, estas pueden elegir una rama de talentos entre un total de tres (o cuatro si se selecciona druida como clase), aumentando la diferencia entre estas.18​19​
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