There is so much to say about WOW that i doubt i would ever be able to fit it all in the review.
When you first play the game, if, like me, you are not used to MMPORG's you will find it a strange game to play, and somewhat confusing. But if, like me, you bare with it you will find it is quite possibly the best game you will ever play.
Its a strong boast, but its true. I should warn you now that if you do have a social life, expect that to go downhill somewhat. Also, i have known this game to break couples up (luckily my girlfriend is very understanding).
Yes, you do pay monthly (or buy gaming cards) but it is not expencive. You do however get your first 10 days free, to see if your going to like it or not. To be honest you need to be playing it for a few days just to get used to it, and after you, you will find that you are hooked.
I would reccomend that, should you be of older generation, you stick to the RP Realms. That is what i have done, you meet much more mature people and it makes for a much better play experience. Also being Role Playing realm, you can give you character its own personality, my char is has its own tradgic background, and its own reasons which drive it.
The reason this game is also so well worth the money is it never ends. ever. A game that goes on and on with no end? it makes most games look like mere Demo's.
You can do pretty much anything you want to do in this game. Different professions (such as jewel crafting, mining and blacksmithing) also there many different classes to play as, as well as races, also you can play Alliance or Horde (Horde all the way baby yeah!).
As i said there is not enough space in this review, or ever maybe the earth to explain the diversity of this game. It never ceases to amaze me.
The Battle Chest is well worth the money, considering you get both the game and the expansion and also the guide books, all for £18!? its something like £35 in the shops. So well worth the money.
The only other thing i should say is expect a plethera of updates and downloads before you get to play the game when you buy it. (im talking maybe 4 hours wait)