Well, its finally upon us, Warcraft: The Beginning hits theatres this Thursday. Based on the best selling game franchise, Warcraft hopes to end the trend of dud video game films. Like any solid fantasy genre, Warcraft is filled with a deep complex lore (running across 4 games, and countless books) that may confuse even the most geared up adventurer!
So whether your relative newbie, or a geared up lvl 100 raider – check out our ‘What to know before you go!’
IS IT BASED ON ‘WORLD OF WARCRAFT’?
No. Whilst World of Warcraft may be the most popular (and contemporary) game set in this universe, Warcraft: The Beginning takes place around the time of the original game – 1994’s RTS hit Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. The film chronicles the first appearances of the Orcs in Azeroth.
WHERE IS THE FILM SET?
Warcraft is based in the realm of Azeroth – home to the Alliance – a group mainly consisting of human and dwarven forces from across the many kingdoms of Azeroth. Whilst Azeroth (see below), is quite large, the film takes place on the eastern continent.
Cities like Stormwind and Lorderon along with the Dwarven fortress of Ironforge will be familar to players. The Orc’s hail from Dreanor – a dying world. Corrupted by Fel magic, the orcs invade Azeroth in search of a new home.
FEL…? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
There are two types of magic in the film – Arcane and Fel. Fel is easily distinguishable by its green glow, and is ancient, powerful, corrupting stuff.
Fel has a long history before the orc’s get involved with in, involving the demonic forces of the Burning Legion. It’s these guys that ultimately corrupt the orc race into invading Azeroth.
WHO ARE THE GUARDIANS?
From the WOWWiki:The Guardian of Tirisfal, also known as Guardian of the Tirisfalen, was a single mortal champion magically empowered by the Council of Tirisfal to secretly fight the Burning Legion and other demons wherever they may appeared on Azeroth.Essentially, a mage who watches over Azeroth on the hunt for the demonic burning legion… I think…. This lore is confusing.
WHAT RACES CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE?
As this is set well before the events of World of Warcraft, don’t expect to see the wide variety of races you may wish for. Races such as the Tauren, Undead and even Gnomes aren’t exactly hanging out with the familar Humans and Orcs at this time.Expect to see all kind of Orcs (warriors, shamans), along with human footmen, mages, and Dwarves
SHOULD I TAKE THE KIDS?
Warcraft: The Beginning is rated M in Australia for Fantasy Violence. Expect to see some heavy hitting and swordplay, but don’t expect to see the blood and gore of some other fantasy films. There may end up being an element of cartoonish violence due to the nature of the CGI orcs. Older kids will enjoy it, but younger kids have certain fish-based sequel to feast their eyes upon this week
SO NOW YOU KNOW
And knowing is half the battle! but should you check out Warcraft: The Beginning? Be sure to read our review and read what we thought, with knowleage like this it could of changed our verdict.
WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING is in Australian theatres from Thursday June 16th 2016