Who does Number 3 work for?
I’ve fought in every battle since the first war between the Orcs and Humans, and
still, I fight on. Maybe it’s the sounds of battle, the magical carnage or the
battle cries of “Why do you keep touching me?” that keep me coming back for more.
Whatever the reason, the battle seems to be never-ending, but that’s not a bad
thing at all, especially in the case of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
of Warcraft III will slip into the new campaign
as easy as a Peon falling off a log. Many of the original goodies make a comeback
along with a fistful of fresh meat to devour. The story still rocks, the gameplay
is still solid and clicking on those little guys over and over again will never
get stale. This is definitely another solid Blizzard expansion.
The fight begins where the last one left off. The demons have been beaten
back and the splinters of Alliance groups that survived are struggling to bring
order back to the land. The fallen Night Elf Illidan seems to be stirring up
trouble and the remains of the Undead army are terrorizing the townsfolk of
Lorderon. The situation is darker than the bottom of an Orcish latrine.
Like Warcraft III, The Frozen Throne‘s single-player campaign
will have you joining factions one at a time, beginning with the Night, Elves
followed by the Alliance and the Undead. A lesser expansion might cut this war
short, but Frozen Throne offers a full 26 new missions to experience.
That’s more gaming than you can throw a stick at!
Interestingly enough, the Orcs aren’t a part of the main Frozen Throne
storyline, but they can still be found in a bonus campaign that’s got some interesting
RPG elements. While it doesn’t fit perfectly with the rest of the game (which
is probably why it was separated from the pack), the bonus campaign turns out
to be a nice extra diversion as long as you can stomach all of those respawning
The Frozen Throne adds all kinds of new creatures into the mix. Most
prominent are the Naga, which could almost be considered an entirely new race.
These bad to the bone, snake-lizard guys are tough customers thanks to their
ability to swim and brutal powers. While not playable alone in multiplayer,
the Naga can be controlled in a few of the single player missions.
Making a return to the Warcraft series is a taste of naval warfare.
I know some fans were a little disappointed that terror on the high seas was
left out of the third installment, but it’s back for a short cameo for those
of you that miss the smell of the ocean.
Each of the four races also gets a boost from a variety of different units, from titanic Mountain Giants to magic-shattering Spell Breakers and radar jamming Dragonhawk Riders. Not all of them have a huge impact on the game, but you’ll certainly find a few that will be handy in a pinch. Besides, new characters means a whole new set of witty comments. Bah weep granah weep ninny bong!
what would new units be without fresh crop of heroes to lead them into battle?
Each race gains a new super soldier to provide some serious support in the field.
There’s the Warden Night Elf, which has a handy area damage spell and the ability
to ‘Blink’ in and out of combat. Then there’s the Alliance’s Blood Mage, who
also has a powerful area flame spell to incinerate foes as well as the ability
to summon a phoenix to fight at his side. The Orcish Shadow Hunter is great
for keeping armies fresh with a healing wave and the Undead Crypt Lord lumbers
on to the field with the power to raise a host of undead soldiers from your
Surprisingly, the biggest change comes not with the character additions, but the single player strategy. Forget about the old building Base “A” to ultimately demolish enemy Base “B” plan – Frozen Throne will challenge you with multiple objectives and armies at once. For example, you’ll control two self-sufficient armies at different ends of the map. One will have to defend itself from a constant enemy onslaught while the other must sneak in from behind to rescue an ambushed comrade. I’m glad to see the guys at Blizzard are working hard to give us a new challenge.
The only noticeable problem is still with the low unit selection limit. Even after a year of griping, you’re still only allowed a handful of troops to throw into a single grouping. That means you’ll still be constantly hotkeying through multiple groups in major battles, so stretch out those keys before jumping into the pool.
It’s no surprise that The Frozen Throne is a no-brainer for anyone
who’s ever enjoyed a Warcraft game. Blizzard continues to deliver great
expansions to enhance the experience of one of the most beloved RTS’ in town.
It doesn’t change the face of the Warcraft world, but it does bump the
experience up another notch. En’shu falah-nah, my brothers. See you on the field