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Casual Play: More of the Same

Posted by Jon Wood on Jan 25, 2007  | Comments

Casual Play: More of the Same - World of Warcraft - MMORPG.com

Steve Wilson returns this week to talk a little bit more about the topic that seems to be on the mind of many Casual Gamers, The Burning Crusade. Wilson gives us a breakdown of what this game has to offer a non-hardcore audience.

Burning Crusade released last week and it turns out that like everyone expected it is more of the same. For many casual gamers however that is exactly what they were hoping for. More of the same when it caters directly to your playstyle is definitely a good thing. And from the number of people I've talked to who have a renewed interest in grinding through quests for that magic level cap Crusades is a great thing.

The number of quests available is insane. From the very starting zone there's more to do than most casual players could ever hope to finish. After moving onto the next zone there were easily a dozen quests in my journal that would be discarded in order to make room for the quests in the new territory. Just like in the original the quests have been breadcrumed constantly leading the player to areas that perfectly match their character's level. It was a brilliant idea in what many hardcore gamers thought was a dumb game. And while achievers may complain of quest grinding the massive number of small quests does have the advantage of giving casual players short easily achievable tasks to make them feel like they accomplished something. Even if there is no discernable difference in their experience bar.

You can read the whole column here.

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