If you thought Reign of Chaos was great, wait till you see this. Trust me, this is not an ordinary expansion !!
This expansion has added a new element to each of the original game's unique features. For a more detailed explanation of Warcraft III : Reign of Chaos, you can read my review for it. Now on with the review ....
The single-player campaigns of the earlier game were unique as they told a brilliantly designed story, and fortunately Frozen Throne is no different. The story picks off from where the original game left off. The Undead still control most of Lorderon and other races are trying to build new homes for themselves. The central characters are Illidan and Arthas who we know from the original game, and are trying to take control of the already burning world. The campaign missions, as in the earlier game, move from one race to another and in succession you take control of the night elf sentinels, move on to the human alliance and finally the forces of the undead.
The campaigns are, yet again, well developed and have great voice talents. They are a bit more on the RPG line and you do sometimes feel you're playing Diablo, but still they, at the end of the day, end up doing what they're planned for and you can easily master the game's basics because of them.
As it is an expansion, the game adds new units and heroes to each of the factions. To the kitty, add more items and spells and another unique feature - buildable shops, to stock up your units with items. Also to be found in the expansion, are numerous neutral units and buildings. Overall gameplay has also been improved with many little tweaks to every feature.
Graphics and sound of the expansion are also just as good, if not better than the original game. The maps are well-detailed and colourful. The dialog is also fantastic and gives it an edge over other RTS games.
Coming to the online play, let me say it’s just fantastic. What the expansion has done is, that because of its new units, it has provided a counter-strategy to every previous strategy. So if you thought spell casting was enough to make you a champion, think again, as many of the new units have been specifically developed to counter the spell casting ones. As a result, matches have gotten longer and require more skill and practice. There are also many new multiplayer maps for you to play on.
In the end, I think I’ll be justified in saying that this is one of the best expansion packs ever made. If you have played the original game, there is no reason for you to hesitate in getting the expansion. It has added more life to the original game and it really is a must-have for any gamer.