E3 2006 Best Expansion Pack: World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade, Blizzard
Throw in the Blood Elves, that finally should help the population balance by giving the Hoard a "sexy" race and you see how the game addresses a lot of major issues for the community. There is a new crafting line and the ability to use it to enhance your items. Players can also look forward to ten more levels, new high kevel PvE focused gear and plenty of new high level raid content.
As always, Blizzard raises the bar artistically once again in this expansion. The Blood Elf starting area is perhaps one of the most artistic things available in an MMORPG.
A long time in the making, The Burning Crusade is doing a lot more to consolidate the base of their game than any other title.
Is it perfect? No. People want more PvP, and while they are expanding the Battlegrounds, they're not taking it to a whole new level. However, WoW simply is not a PvP game at its core and Blizzard's decision to focus in on what gave them 6 million plus subscribers and make it better is probably the right thing to do.
It was a slow year on the expansion front, with several annual mainstays not quite there yet, but The Burning Crusade was definitely a worthy champion. Remember, check out our E3 Preview.