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Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne

Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne Game Analyses

Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne was released as an expansion to the Warcraft 3: reign of Chaos storyline. It is a real time strategy game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released in July 2003 for Windows and Mac platforms. This expansion begins the story from where the previous game Reign of Chaos ends.

This article reviews the synopsis of the plot and the changes in gameplay mechanics of this expansion from Blizzard.

Warcraft 3 Plot:

The escapee Illidan is chased by Maiev Shadowsong to a group of islands. Maiev discovers Illidan to have sided with the Nagas on the island. Moreover, that he has acquired the Eye of Sargeras.  Maieve is forced to summon Illidan’s sibling Malfurion Stormrage and Malfurion’s wife Tyrande for help. Illidan flees to the kingdom of Lordaeron with the Eye. Tyrande gets carried away by the river whilst attempting to help Blood elves being led by Prince Kael’thas.

Maiev persuades Malfurion of his wife’s demise and maintains the hunt for Illidan. They apprehend Illidan and terminate the Eye. However, Illidan tells them that he was employing the Eye to stop the Lich King. Kael’Thas informs Malfurion that his wife Tyrande is breathing and uses the Naga to find and save her for Malfurion. Re-united with his wife, Malfurion thanks Kael’Thas by pardoning all his past transgressions. Meanwhile, Illidan absconds to the planet Dreanor with Maiev in chase.

In Lordaeron, the Blood Elves and human commander Garithos have an uncomfortable association. Kael’Thas is unable to complete few demeaning tasks set by Garithos even with the help of Nagas. For this, Garithos jails Kael’Thas and his forces for sedition. Kael’Thas is freed by Naga leader Lady Vashj and together travel to Outland where they unite with Illidan. Illidan’s teacher, Kil’jaeden, seeks to punish Illidan for his failure to finish the Lich King. However he refrains when he learns of Illidan’s efforts in organizing an army against Lich King.

Story Development:

Arthas revisits the undead provinces of Lordaeron. He informs the three residual dreadlords of the Burning Legion’s defeat and crowns himself king. With the aid of Sylvanas Windrunner, Arthas purges the remainder of the Alliance forces. However, he suddenly finds all his power fading slowly. He is contacted psychically by the Lich King. The Lich King tells that the forfeiture of Arthas’ influence might be the result of Illidan’s machinations. As such asks him to travel to Frozen Throne. Arthas reaches Northrend and conquests Illidan in a duel using Lich King’s forces. Arthas then retrieves and wears the Lich King’s helmet to become the Lich King. In the meantime, Sylvanas escapes the Lich King’s influence. Also with the assistance of one dreadlord, he manages to slay 2 remaining dreadlords and Garithos. Thereby declaring Lordaeron to be the home of the free undead and rechristen it to Forsaken.

Elsewhere, the Orc warchief Thrall constructs his kingdom of Durotar in the land of Kalimdor. Thrall tasks the half-ogre beastmaster and explorer Rexxar with building the kingdom with the help of Rokhan. Rexxar comes to know of the plot by Admiral Daelin Proudmoore from Theramore. To conquer Durotar without any consideration to the treaty between humans and orcs. Rexxar enlist Jaina Proudmoore who helps him out of guilt and assaults Theramore. Thereby killing the Admiral and assigns Jaina in command.  

Warcraft 3 Gameplay:

Players gain command of a group of different units for combat. Others are for exploration and building in this RTS for completion of objectives. The limits on food and unit upkeeps have been augmented marginally to enable bigger and stronger armies. Building costs has also been reduced. As contrasted to the Reign of Chaos, the unit armors, weapons, their strengths and weaknesses have been totally refurbished. Along with treasures, fallen enemies will also leave runes used to revive health or mana. Frozen throne also reintroduces naval battles.

The Frozen Throne allows new type of unit or buildings for every faction. As well as a player controlled shop and a hero unit. This can be called into battle for each faction once. Normal units can be upgraded to carry things. The Naga and Draenei are two new factions that can be controlled by the player in the main storyline. Neutral hero units can be used in melee maps via the tavern while also provides the point for their revival.

Mechanics:

Single player mission have varied objectives. This is where players can control multiple units to only a few units depending upon the storyline. The Orc storyline was not included in the main story. Along with the main storyline and the orc story, players can now experience around 40 hrs of gameplay. 

In Warcraft 3 players can now set computer opponent difficulty level. The multiplayer component includes clans and auto-tournaments with a 30 min time limit. Chatting feature is also added. There are 62 new multiplayer maps with a 12 player multiplayer limit.

An added and improved World Editor feature can be used by the player. This helps to create custom maps and scenarios for playing against the computer or other players. Players can use the world editor to link maps. This is where events in one map can be carried into the next map. The effects of the World Editor are best demonstrated in the Orc campaign. 

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