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Written by Adam Pizzo - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 08 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday Guide
Call of Duty: Black Ops
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Fallout New Vegas
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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Name:World of Warcraft: CataclysmPlatforms: Windows, Mac
Release Date: December 7th, 2010
Published By:Activision Blizzard
Developed By: Blizzard Entertainment
Genre:Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
ESRB: Teen for Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence.
Website: www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm
Note:You must have a World of Warcraft Account along with the previous two expansions in order to play it. Also, there is a subscription fee associated with playing it and you need an internet connection.
Price: $39.99 from Amazon.com
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12 Million Subscribers can't be wrong when it comes to how fun a game can be. World of Warcraft revolutionized the way MMOs are created now and it's still holding on to the reins of most popular MMO game of all time. That being said, Cataclysm is sure going to help them do it. With more new features than you can shake a stick at, it's sure to keep you glued to your seat!

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Starting out the list of cool new features is the epic storyline that brings Deathwing back into the mix. If you haven't played the original games or read the books, than you might be wondering who he is. /nerdmoment. He's one of the five dragon aspects. More specifically, he is in charge of the Black Dragonflight, and he was made to watch over the earth and the deep place by the titan's when they created Azeroth. The Old Gods, who are enemies of the titans, corrupt him by making him extremely paranoid and power hungry. He turns on his brethren and forces them into submission with a powerful artifact known as the Demon Soul. Eventually, during the second war (Warcraft 2), the Demon Soul is destroyed and Deathwing is beaten by the combined forces of the other aspects. Beaten, but not killed. He licks his wounds and hides deep in the earth in a place called Deepholm. This is eventually where he rises up from, throwing Azeroth into a chaotic mess. /nerdmomentdone.

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Cataclysm adds new content and features to keep you coming back to Azeroth. Two new playable races are a big addition (Goblin for Horde, Worgen for Alliance). The world pre-cataclysm is altered in major ways. Some zones have been revamped completely, while others are brand new. This leads to a major amount of quest changes and offer a brand new experience for those that played the original game. A new secondary skill, Archaeology, is added which makes exploring much more rewarding. More Raiding and PvP Content is added and you'll be able to fly in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms finally!

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It's going to be interesting on both sides now that the Greymane wall is open, and that some goblins are officially siding with the horde. Battle.net integration is also going to be used. If you play the game you've already seen the effects first hand. Blizzard is integrating all their current games with Battle.net. Starcraft 2 (Which you'll see later on) and Diablo 3 are also using this system, which means you can stay in touch with all your friends even if you aren't on the game they're playing! Also, if you have a graphics card that supports DirectX 11, Blizzard is including some experimental support for it! This game is going to be epic (pun intended). With all the new features they're adding, what are you waiting for? You can order if now on Battle.net or pick up in stores!



 

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# RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideRobert17 2010-12-09 04:00
In your reviews I note that WoW was online only (didn't I?). Otherwise, all these titles can be played solo? I ask due to the fact that I travel quite a bit, and without a laptop at that, so I don't really have much time for building up much team play following.

Yes, I know it sounds dumb, but this is the main reason I haven't bought a new game in years. It's about time though.
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# almost allresere 2010-12-09 05:47
depend on your tastes, my preferences are:
Fallout NV: yes. some crazy fans state they go ap tu 200 hours or more IN SOLO. 1st for me from the list. i'm playing it right now. (try to compare with stalker series, metro2033 and other immersive games, HL series maybe to far but for me the etalon. so yes a good game, IMO those mentioned are better, but it works just fine)
Starcraft WoL: yes. good campain, not too big but ok.
Call of Duty BO: yes. been there done that. despite de good or bad rumours, it's a good game.
Tom Clancy, wow: didnt try them, but based on previous releases, yes.
Travel a lot? ok, but prepare with a powerful enough laptop: go Fallout or Starcraft.

I dont want to criticize this review. i guess it's based on sales or some. otherwise games top it's very personal.
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# RE: RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideAdam 2010-12-09 11:11
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and H.A.W.X.2 both require internet, so if you don't have a reliable internet connection I would suggest sticking to one of the other games. Fallout New Vegas will probably give you the most bang for your buck in terms of solo game play.
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# Two Worlds 2Wayne 2010-12-09 04:03
This is what I'll be playing, and right now it's Nehrim the free addon to Oblivion which I feel is even better than Oblivion. These guys could have sold it on the market and made money.48k
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# COD:BOBrian Boucher 2010-12-09 05:36
We bought COD:BO. It's a fun 'FPS'. However, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the 'gold standard' for FPS's... not even close. If I had to decide between the two, it would be BBC2... far superior...
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# Your a God of men, lolSWAT 2010-12-09 09:06
You should join us at #epgamers.com

BBC2 Forever.................until BF3 is released, lol
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# RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideOlin Coles 2010-12-09 09:09
I still love and play BF:BC2, and consider it the best FPS currently available. On the other hand, I've been playing CoD:BO for a month now and it's finally grown on me. I still think it's full of cheats and hacks, and it's totally unrealistic, but it's fun to customize so many aspects of the game. Too bad Medal of Honor was such a lousy game, because it wasn't worth the time I spent on it.
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# RE: RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideAdam 2010-12-09 13:33
Cheats and hacks? I've been playing it (a lot) since release and not come across a single hacker. What most people think are cheaters are in actual fact just players who have learned how to use the UAV/motion scanners/blackbirds in the way they were intended.

On the other hand, optimisation and textures are a pile of wank, the spawn system is laughable, knife horribly overpowered and several guns are utterly redundant. It's still a good game, just a bit...flawed.
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# You need to be educatedSWAT 2010-12-09 17:13
codehook.com / callofdutyhacks.com thses are just a few. Each of them have 1000's upon 1000's of subscribers. You know what the bets part is? They don't get caught very often and if they do, they obtain a key generator and get right back online again. So soak up this educational moment and know......................hackers in the COD world are out there.

SWAT ....... Ex-COD Hacker.
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# RE: You need to be educatedAdam 2010-12-10 05:37
I'm not denying there are hackers at all, seen several vids of people using walls already but considering I've not come across a single one I'm either very lucky or they're rare.

May I ask why you (or did) hack on CoD? I mean, playing computer games is already seen as pretty sad, cheating at them seems even more pathetic...
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# RE: RE: You need to be educatedOlin Coles 2010-12-10 08:24
Who considers it a stigma to play computer games? I've never met anyone that thought I was odd or antisocial for playing games, and I'm a pretty social person.

Are the kids at school picking on you Adam? :p
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# RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedAdam 2010-12-10 10:56
Heh, luckily I'm plenty old enough to be out of our wonderful public school system.
But come on you must admit that gaming is not exactly seen as the coolest hobby ever, attempt to start up a conversation about it with any normal (non-geeky) person over the age of about 18 and you're likely to make them run for the hills.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedRobert17 2010-12-10 15:50
Not necessarily so Adam. I'm a grampa and I've been playing computer games since the early 70's. And I know a grandma who's kids just got her hooked on Battlefield online; she's getting her own XBox for Christmas. I'd never have called her geeky, ever, never, ever.

Lighten up. Enjoy. And Merry Christmas.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedAdam 2010-12-11 14:25
It'd be awesome to have grandparents like you. Unfortunately whilst mine are still great fun they're rather typical for their age of not being the most technologically adept.

Perhaps I was just born into the wrong part of the world but gaming is still seen as a somewhat geeky passtime around here. But then it is Essex...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-12-12 15:40
Most people in the UK don't know much about computers, I know because I'm from the UK. When I talk about games they ask which console I play on and when I say PC they laugh... When they see the level of detail their smug smile soon departs. It is due to ignorance and lack of knowledge that people think PC's are geeky. When their PC goes wrong they soon want my help though...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: You need to be educatedServando Silva 2010-12-12 17:29
Yep, I pretty much feel the same way. Best part is when they want to compare games between consoles and PC.
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# RE: RE: RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideRagingShadow07 2010-12-09 17:14
I've seen maybe 10 hackers so far. I've had to ban three or four of those ten from servers I admin. Didn't take long for them to get around VAC (for now) but at least it's not ridiculous like MW2 (yet)...
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# RE: Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday GuideAdam 2010-12-09 11:17
Imo, Treyarch is still playing catch-up to Infinity ward. Most people don't even know they're done by different developers. I loved Modern Warfare 2, but I also played it on Xbox Live for the largest chunk of time and not PC. I haven't played much PC FPS games since Counter Strike 1.6 and Source Days. Has anybody seen the news about Gearbox picking up Duke Nukem Forever? That will definitely bring back some nostalgia from Duke Nukem 3 days.
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