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Blizzard knows what they’re doing when they put out an expansion. They know that it needs to be even better than the original. Starcraft: Brood Wars and Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction set the bar for The Frozen Throne. Expectations were high and Blizzard delivered.
Picking up where Warcraft 3 left off, The Frozen Throne takes you on a thrill ride through several more campaign missions, each with a wealth of new content to experience.
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The Frozen Throne gives you even more of the story involving Prince Arthas, the elven Prince Kael’thas, the elf-turned-banshee Sylvanas Windrunner and a host of other characters. It brings the story up to a point just shy of where World of Warcraft takes off, and it does it all with the same style that we have come to expect from all Blizzard games.
The Frozen Throne also introduces new units and heroes such as the Blood Elf Spell Breaker and Dragonhawk Rider. An entirely new race, the Naga, has also been added. Working with Illidan Stormrage and Prince Kael’thas, the Naga are a force to be reckoned with. They include a whole host of units and buildings, all unique and as well-balanced as the other races.
As well as new heroes for each of the established races, The Frozen Throne introduces a system of neutral heroes, which can be purchased from a tavern (like mercenaries in Warcraft 3.) They include several very unique characters such as the Panderan Brewmaster and Goblin Tinker. Each neutral hero has a wide range of abilities that make them very powerful allies.
Lastly, The Frozen Throne gives us a mini campaign focused around a new Horde Hero, Rexxar. The campaign plays very much like an RPG, adds more lore to the world and helps set the stage for World of Warcraft quite well.
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Graphics and Sound
Though The Frozen Throne uses the same graphics and sounds as Warcraft 3, it still manages to improve upon them. Along with the new missions and new heroes come a host of new locations and sound to go with them. Babbling waterfalls, howling Northrend winds and crumbling caves all add to the ambiance of the game.
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Building off the astounding success of Warcraft 3’s multiplayer experience, The Frozen Throne adds all the goods available in the single-player campaign. The new units, buildings, locations and neutral heroes are all available for use in multiplayer games.
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The bottom line is simple: if you liked Warcraft 3, you will like The Frozen Throne. It continues the story, gives you more units, more heroes, more locations and more game to enjoy. If you like Blizzard games, real-time strategies, role-playing games or just a good game in general, The Frozen Throne should be high on your list.