Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, or WAR, sees the cult tabletop game move to the realm of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Games). World of Warcraft rules that world, so what does Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning do to compete?
The first obvious advantage of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is that you can play it for free, as long as you sign up for an account. You can create and play any of the available characters and careers, but if you want to move about level 10, a paid account is necessary. Still, there's plenty to see and do on the journey to level 10.
The other main difference with Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is that it centers on War. The six species you can play are divided into two factions: Empire and Chaos. Players will always see which faction controls the area they are in, and although there's lots of solo play, fighting together with your faction is where the greatest action is.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning suffers from being sometimes underpopulated, but it's different enough to be worth playing. It's a polished MMORPG, although the fantasy setting and graphics aren't really individual. It is very hard to look original in the world of Orcs and Elves, but Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning doesn't feel particularly inspired.
If you're looking for a well made, professional MMORPG experience that isn't World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning is an excellent choice.