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Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
(hx) 01:00 AM EDT - Jul,23 2003

The long awaited expansion-pack to Blizzard's highly acclaimed real-time strategy has finally arrived. It took me some time to finish it, but now I can confirm that the Frozen Throne is a perfect expansion for an already great game. In my opinion the Frozen Throne is even more enjoyable than the original.

The story continues shortly after the events of War Craft III: Reign of Chaos and focuses on Illidan, the Demon Hunter from Reign of Chaos, and Arthas, the Undead King of Lordaeron. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, yet a new threat has arisen throughout the land. The evil Lich King Ner'zhul has been imprisoned inside the Icecrown glacier, deep within the arctic continent of Northrend. Although the former Orc Shaman lacks physical form, his soul lives on, forever seeking a means to escape his icy prison. As the saga continues, it is revealed that the Night Elf renegade, Illidan, and the traitorous Death Knight, Arthas, seek the Icecrown glacier and the mysterious powers found inside. To save all of Azeroth from the forces of darkness, you must traverse uncharted lands and battle treacherous new enemies while uncovering the schemes of these nefarious beings.

The Frozen Throne features three single-player campaigns (Night Elf, Human/Blood Elf, and Undead), with a fourth Bonus Campaign (Orc). The Orc campaign plays like a RPG game where players must use only heroes to battle through the many missions. The most significant additions to the game are 9 new heroes, each with a complementary set of powerful spells and abilities. Each race gets one, along with five neutral heroes. The new heroes: Blood Mage - a magic based hero, with a devastating area of effect spell which can do massive damage (Flame Strike); Crypt Lord - a new undead hero with good fighting capabilities and a generous amount of hitpoints, good damage, and some interesting attacks (impale, Spiked Carapace, Carrion Beetles, and Locus Swarm); Warden - a new night elf hero, he is an expert at hit and run attacks. It can spin in a circle and hurl knives, causing area of effect damage, it can teleport in and out of battle, and can poison enemies, causing damage over time and Shadow Hunter - the Orcs new hero is very good healing unit from the very start, he has decent attack and hitpoints, and can generally just cause trouble for the opponent with good spells. As I mentioned above, also, five new Neutral Heroes ((Dark Ranger, the Pandaren Brewmaster, ..) have been added, which can be hired to work along with your army. Each of these Heroes has unique spells and abilities and can be hired to fight for any race. The Pandarian Brewmaster, for example, is a master of big damage and getting hit as little as possible.

Of course, also the multiplayer for the Frozen Throne has been expanded on quite a bit. Blizzard has included pletora of new multiplayer maps, as well as a few multiplayer scenarios. Additionally, clan support is finally included in Battle.net, so you can register your clans, invite people to join, and get a special seal next to your name on Battle.net to show your clan affiliation. I'd say that the MP maps are well-built and are more difficult to rush opponents. There are some small improvements to the interface as well. For example, there is now a toggle on the minimap for multiplayer that turns all allies to a unified teal color and all enemies to red.

The Frozen Throne improves upon the already great gameplay of the original which makes for a more than solid addition. The new heroes really compliment each race and the new items add depth to the strategy. I usually don't expect much from any expansion, but Frozen Throne is by far the best expansion for a game that I have ever played, easily rivaling the original Warcraft 3 in terms of length, innovation, and most importantly, fun. Fans of the Warcraft series couldn't ask for a better expansion pack to the latest installation of the series. Blizzard once again shows why they're the best. Any fan of Warcraft III must own this game!

Recommended System Requirements:
600 MHz processor or better, 256 MB of RAM, a 3D accelerator video card * with support for DirectX 8.1 and at least 32 MB of RAM, a 16-bit sound card that is compatible with DirectX 8.1

* Please check http://www.blizzard.com/support/?id=mwr0555p to see if your video card is compatible.


snd: 5/5 - new music to go along with the missions for all the races, some new sound effects, a few minor bugs
gfx: 4/5 - aren't much different from the original - maybe slightly dated now but who cares?, gorgeous opening movie+numerous in-game cinematic sequences, awesome new effects (fire pillars, locust swarms, healing waves)
playability: 5/5 - lengthy main campaign (26 new missions), new units, spells, buildings, new strategies and wealth of multiplayer options (clan and tournament support + new maps), improved interface, improved WorldEditor, good price ($35)
genre: RTS
release: June 2003
developer: Blizzard Entertainment
publisher: homepage
Excellent
Overall: 90%


last 10 comments:

magaposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 00:05
great game, overall.

kiwi@newzealand.co.nposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 08:43
oi!, the game gfx are updated a slight bit, small things like the wings on illidan looked more detailed! and a sparse more facial improvements here and there >:)

DanksthaStanksposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 11:20
personally, I think u are paying 35 bux for something that should have been in the original game. Not enuff new stuff, kind of a ripoff in my opinion.

Alkatrazposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 12:22
Yes but if you buy a copy for 1$ then it's more than worth it. ;] Long live banana republics. BTW The game's a lot better than i expected. I thought it'd be crap like starcraft...

posted - Jul, 23 2003 - 13:50
man, did you say StarCraft is a crap....where did you come from?

Lone Wolfposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 14:44
Huh! I can't believe I just spend my hot-burning cash on this crappy game "WC3FT". Be serious peoples the only eyes popping good news about it, is the new 3D engine and the new twisted storylines. I'm dissapointed BIG-TIME, on WC3:RoC & WC3:FT, because of the LACKS of new units, building, and upgrades. WC3 series has gone crazy by introducing the undeads and the so called night elves this part of doing has ruined the good ol WC legends that should have been. The friggin night elves building are made-off a living trees and it can move too what a suck units. The undeads legions on the other hands are pretty weird and boring to bother to play with. The storylines are twisted and alway on the constant change. On the bottom line WC3:RoC & WC3:FT are just a full of big talks and a ripoff and as far as the fun factors goes I this game is just a plain boring a** game.

Joe Mcmillianposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 15:28
bad game gone good that's what it is because of a dumbass supporters like you crazed pig fans. blizzard teams are getting rich because of you fans. Be smart next times, I myself love the good ol original warcraft series, BUT this new 3D engine one are full-of-shit.

Mike Gambitposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 16:17
Starcraft is crap? woah.. are u for real? Lonewolf and Joe Mcmillan - as well as having very bad gramatical skills you also clearly are morons

John Steedposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 17:00
I think Mike Gambit is correct. Joe Mcmillian is making obivously stupid remarks.

number zeroposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 17:02
i have bad typing skills. not bad gramatical skills. try not to mix up the two.

BILL CLINTONposted - Jul, 23 2003 - 17:25
this game sucks ass. I am not even remotely interested in interacting with this game anymore in any way. thus i will not help you find a walkthrough or play it or even look at it. Fuck this game is banned from my house. you bring it in and i ban you!. its all graphics and no game concept. its more like a movie with no story that has lots of special effects. example independance day. that movie had the worst fucking ending i have ever seen. plus its got will smith in it? the most crappy actor i have ever seen. he's not funny in any regard. THIS GAME IS ALL HYPE

Joe McMillianposted - Jul, 24 2003 - 02:51
This is to "Mike Gambit and John Steed" both of you gays are teaming on me huh! well I'm NOT as smart "ASS" like you two morons. I've spend a lot of my times working to make a living so there you have it's true I sometimes forgotten how spells but not mean I'm stupid. And I'm not a friggin college boys like you two fags. So next time be more kind and you will be respected.

ALI JIBRANposted - Jul, 24 2003 - 05:37
Joe McMillian and Lone Wolf both of you are piece of shit if you say that this game is not good and that dumbass(Bill Clinton)somebody tell him the difference between movie and a good game like WC3.

John Steedposted - Jul, 24 2003 - 12:16
haha there you go again MR Joe McMillian making obviously dumb remarks again. Making claims where gay with no facts to back it up and no conclusive reason for believing that. You don't even offer a premise. Then you assume we college boys. Again another stupid remark based on no facts or any reason. making conclusion based on no fact or supportive reasons is called making an illogical conclusion. Anyone with brains can see your comments are dumb.

Dark-Elfposted - Jul, 24 2003 - 16:18
All the guys that say this game sux...well they suck...coss it's the best strategy game ever...that's why it got the GAME OF THE YEAR award ..you dumbasses

Humanposted - Jul, 24 2003 - 17:57
Dark Elf, the award don't mean shit those editors get pays just to give a "GAME OF THE YEAR" awards so just that it sound good and trying to promote(encourage) so stupid people like YOU will buy it.

Some peopleposted - Jul, 24 2003 - 20:17
Yeah fuck lots of stupid ass games get so called "GAME OF THE YEAR" awards lets get real Dark-ELf. fuck civ 3 got game of the year award and thats crap. They you say something retarded like people who think this game sucks suck.lol! they just disagree with you or have different taste and becaues of that they suck?. suck at what to? as a person? at gaming? again idiotic people making dumbass remarks proving my point that most people are stupid and don't know logic or don't use logic. you talk like a monkey. LEARN LOGIC PEOPLE! I CAN"T STRESS THAT ENOUGH LEARN LOGIC . I AM A LOGIC GOD NO! BUT IM WAY SMARTER WITH IT THAN WITHOUT IT. IM SICK OF LISTENING TO OBVIOUS STUPID MARKS FROM PEOPLE. TOO MANY IDIOTS. LEARN THE CONCEPT OF LOGIC PEOPLE!. Lots of people make illogical conclusions sorry to say it but its true. Unfortuntely some people are too brainwash by religious propagada to use logic.

bloodelf@4life.co.nzposted - Jul, 25 2003 - 03:39
bloodelves own u all!

posted - Jul, 25 2003 - 08:43
if you guys would just wake up and see a game 4 its gameplay not its graphics then maybe u would like wc3 or civ3

posted - Jul, 25 2003 - 11:50
gameplay? hahahh civ3 is so fucking slow. The game takes forever to play. Thats mainly why civ 3 sucks ass. Plus civ 3 does not have enough technology in it.The technology tree should be twice as long as it is. And the Fighter jets don't even work in the game when set to defending a region airspace. Warcraft 3 has no gameplay its all graphics. The races suck. The gameplay sucks but the graphics rock.

Lard Assposted - Jul, 25 2003 - 12:50
take it easy, "comments from" it seem like you are rampaging around with your commentings.

fromposted - Jul, 25 2003 - 13:16
If anybody is looking for a good-time (maybe jerk your dick-off are something) go check out new game called Lula 3D she gotten one of those goddess ASS I've ever seen. Hahahaha, enjoy it guys.

rposted - Jul, 25 2003 - 17:03
warcraft's a game for kids anyways

144floppydriveposted - Jul, 26 2003 - 20:36
"warcraft's a game for kids anyways" Are you on dope? People from all age groups play this game, you retard. just for an example, the complexity of the story is enough so that a kid won't be able to understand

ALI JIBRANposted - Jul, 27 2003 - 03:50
first of all i would like to congrat that so cold (human)as he was saying that award is shit hahaha well done u stupid if getting a award of "game of the year" is so easy that make a game of your own and get a dumbass award and as for (some people-are stupid).He himself is so stupid that if only he knows the logic then tell us about it and about u(from r-r) if u know game which adults can play then tell us not make dumb remarks.

some peopleposted - Jul, 29 2003 - 15:23
"He himself is so stupid that if only he knows the logic then tell us about it". ALI-JIBRAN i don't have time to type 523 pages+ in this small commments window. Your being an unrealistic idiot. Find your a logic book and read it for yourself dumbass. As for "game of the year" awards its just used for marketing. Once the game has been published the company needs to sell. Sure some games are really good and deserve there awards but that does not MEAN ALL GAMES THAT GET GAME OF THE YEAR AWARDS are great. A lot of games that get awards just plain suck. This game is a perfect example of that.

rposted - Jul, 31 2003 - 10:02
...ah,anyways,warcraft still is a children's play

posted - Aug, 03 2003 - 06:31
starcraft is crap? what are you some kind of moron............

rchangel@3xl.netposted - Aug, 03 2003 - 23:02
Don't mistake me. I like the series very much, but also don't get confused by WC3. WC series was NEVER a strategy game (as almost all so called "strategy games"). Build all the units you can and throw them to the enemy can't be considered strategy. Fortunately they a little bit of "roleplaying" (not entirely roleplaying too) in WC3 to make it more interesting.

posted - Aug, 06 2003 - 21:26
WC seris is not a strategy game? haha want the fuck is then barbie's fun house? You one dumb sob. WC series is not as a simple as "Build all the units you can and throw them to the enemy". you have the build the right units, or build the right combination of units, you have to manage the resouces you acquire to build new buildings which give you new abilities. Different units can be used to attack in different ways. You don't start the game with one type of unit. Read the dictionary dumbass and learn what the word strategy means.

some guy who playedposted - Aug, 20 2003 - 18:53
i personnally think that blizzard did a good job on WC and even tho it's a bit though to play it'a still a wonderfull game and i just cant wait to play the frozen thron

THE WISE GUYposted - Aug, 20 2003 - 18:58
STARCRAFT IS THE DUMBES GAME EVER MADE AMD IT'S A DISCRACE TO ALL strategy gameS.THE ONLY GAMES THAT ARE WORTHIE ARE AGE OF EMPIRE ll THE KINGS AND WAR CRAFTtttttttttttttttttttttttt

posted - Aug, 21 2003 - 08:46
you are all idiot its a good game who cares wtf they think...

cronolegsposted - Aug, 22 2003 - 17:22
This game fucking rocks. playing it for a while now the only fault its got is battlenet keep changing the power of each guy............... its good fuckers

posted - Aug, 24 2003 - 13:14
hahah age of empires the game that limits you maximum player count to like 50 guys. hahha yeah whatever that game sucks ass.

waqar {dewsbury}{ wposted - Aug, 29 2003 - 18:19
to blizzard , i love the way u make games , i first played diablo 1 on playstation 1 about 4 years back i thougt it was shit but when i got going i enjoyed playing for hour ,hours n 24 hours. then i got diablo 2 that was a class a1 , 101% excellent game i loved playing that for hours n hours n hours. now i got warcraft 3 it good the way blizzard made that u get abit of rpg , story line , action , and lots more in the game play . what i think about this game is good [another words iv become a fan of blizzards they are good in making rpg games]. now iv got warcraft 3 frozen throne , what i say about this is very good. only thing i havent played is star craft im gonna try it soon ..... iv been playing rpg games since i was 12 , im 23 now i thing blizzard is really gooood in making rpg games with action and adventure, good luck for making good games in the future. this is to all the fuckin cunts out there that hate what blizzard makes.

MEposted - Sep, 01 2003 - 12:30
i dont really care what other peoples say about the game personnaly i find that blizzard did a great job on war craft the sires and i enjoyed every second playing the game.it's a bit though tho but that's the way it really has to be not like some easy shit to mess aroud.I JUST CANT WAIT TO PLAY ANATHER GAME OF WAR CRAFT

Starcraftposted - Sep, 04 2003 - 00:43
I think i like Starcraft more Warcraft 3 cuz a smaller pc spec and game design.

Kingpinposted - Sep, 09 2003 - 19:19
Warcraft 1: good (in its time) Warcraft 2: even better Warcraft 3: poorly done(the hero concept destroys all strategy for the game. it doesn't matter which units you build or in what order, or even how you manage your resources... if you don't have a hero, your screwed.) Starcraft: was good (outlasted most games and was at one time the second best selling piece of software for the PC in the world) Diablo: very good, nice and spooky Diablo 2: not nearly as atmospheric as the original, but still very nice, a great game.

- Praetorposted - Sep, 22 2003 - 19:46
...and i wonder...who's got enough time to bicker about trivial things like these? Some of you guys really need to grow up. Let each person their own opinions. You're such children. People with neutral and positive focus, i respect you. WC and Starcraft are games to play if you have the time. you play them, FOR FUN, not to wage verbal life-or-death wars over them

Empi ESTposted - Oct, 10 2003 - 16:11
It s very cool game its my fovorite .play for trainer it was so cool.

kittyposted - Oct, 12 2003 - 15:55
Good game!!! i like it so much until i fail my exam!!! but the PC must have good required so the game not "hank"

Zach Frameposted - Dec, 07 2003 - 01:11
GREATEST GAME EVER MADE!

Bobby Kuhnposted - Apr, 19 2004 - 00:03
Why can't you people accquire some more efficient typing and gramatical skills; Use comma's when necessary and form complete thoughts. Also, how can you people speak about Blizzard and their products like you do. Are you void of all history and common sence? Blizzard has dominated the gaming market because of their skill in game design and diversity of them, not because of their reputation. Lastly, Do you know how long Blizzards been around? They've stayed around because their good, not 'cause their lucky!

---ClawBade_Strike--posted - Aug, 28 2004 - 12:28
Its a great game yet the ending sucked (but only cus i favor the night elves). the ending was dramtic and cool but its dosn follow much on what happened after. and the credits, i just about fell asleep in it, the music is soooooo enoying. But dont get me wrong its a really great game, lots of good missions

Baba_Dunkaposted - Sep, 27 2004 - 12:49
Hey players on this great game:)) I want 2 ask you because im new player on this game but i like it ..well i want 2 ask you how can you help me to make my hero 2 be stronger whit thet i buy a arfitekts from the peoples on the map...because we play alway a map ( dota) can you help...if u can pls send me a message on my mail tnx.

Aklaisposted - Oct, 10 2004 - 00:13
I have to say that I believe starcraft age of empires , diablo 2 and warcraft seriesd are great games. Warcraft 3 and frozen throne expansion were very good but I didn't like the fact Illidan had to die. I have not heard ther word gramatical before, but i'm not even in high school yet.

MARTINposted - Dec, 16 2004 - 08:53
thi greAT IS COOL THE GREATEST GAME OF THE YEAR

Nobodyposted - Jan, 02 2005 - 23:07
Wow. I feel stupider just for having read this thread. Everyone needs to calm down, hit caps, finish puberty, and learn to type. As for the game, I can say that Blizzard did a good job. I don't like this particular style of RTS (too much micro, emphasis on heros), but I still think its a damn fine game, even if it is gathering dust on the shelf.

My Two Centsposted - Jan, 15 2005 - 21:18
In regards to nobody I totally agree, For me the game was more about the story line, interesting concept, I am not big on the lack of hope in the storyline, that makes it kinda depressing. As for everyone else, does it honestly matter whether or not someone liked or didn't like the game? How does that affect your opinion of it, does someone else not agreeing with you threaten your manhood (or women hood as the case may be) Get over it, some people will love the game some will hate it, and the same goes for any game. Just cause its your favorite game, doesn't mean everyone else has to like it. Learn to be open to new ideas, because it makes it a lot easier to admit you where wrong when you have a reason for why you where wrong, otherwise you get proved wrong and just get pissed off and die young of a brain aneurism. So calm down, get off the computer, and venture out into the real world, because in the grand scheme of things that is what matters, not how cool a game is.

Naga Royal Guardposted - Apr, 09 2005 - 13:57
Warcraft III Frozen Throne Kicks ass. It is the game of the centuary man! BLIZZARD RULZ ALL

ALDO (EL LoCo)posted - Dec, 03 2005 - 23:09
Personally i enjoyed warcraft 3. If like me you enjoyed this game i recommend trying out Battle Realms which is just as good. The only thing that annoyed me about warcraft 3 Frozen Throne was the ending....I HATED the ending....

Hand of Godposted - Mar, 14 2006 - 20:51
Hey, just so you know, anyone who thinks WC3 or WoW or SC or anything are bad... you are fucking retarded. These games are amazinf whether or not you like them. Theres no justification for your argument. Pce I'm out, queers.

Hand of Godposted - Mar, 14 2006 - 20:51
Hey, just so you know, anyone who thinks WC3 or WoW or SC or anything are bad... you are fucking retarded. These games are amazinf whether or not you like them. Theres no justification for your argument. Pce I'm out, queers.

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