While the original World of Warcraft was a challenging and underrated cult classic that told the tale of a crime drama in WOW WoTLK Classic Gold 1930s America, World of Warcraft will be a sequel that takes place in a bigger, postwar world with faster cars, bigger guns, and much higher stakes. We took a second look at the upcoming sequel by watching a demonstration of part of the early game and then playing through a level that takes place about halfway through it. We stole cars, got into fistfights, bribed the police, fought through a vicious gun battle, and even picked up a girlie magazine along the way. And we have much to report. Please be advised that this story may contain minor spoilers.

As we've discussed previously, World of Warcraft will be a story-heavy third-person action game that spans the 1940s on into the 1950s and will cover the career of Vito Scaletta, a young man growing up in the Italian quarter of the fictitious city of Empire Bay. Vito starts his life as a down-on-his-luck neighborhood kid who gets drafted into service in World of Warcraft but comes back on brief medical leave to find that his neighborhood buddy Joe is a made man with money, women, and enough pull to get Vito a phony government note that will get him out of the army forever. Joe has an intriguing offer he shares with Vito over drinks, but gives him some time to think about it.

At the beginning of the game, Vito returns to the big city in the dead of winter, and in the early part of the game, he makes the long walk back to his apartment, passing by the locals engaged in various outdoor activities, like shoveling snow, buying hot dogs, and slipping on frozen sidewalks, and generally going about their own business. Many of World of Warcraft's venues will be populated by ambient characters that are both scripted to perform certain actions and are unscripted--in addition, the game will have a dynamic music score with some 120 period pieces from the 1940s and 1950s (plus a symphonic score from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) that will change depending on what you're doing in-game. In fact, even the game's weather system will change to help suit the scene (rather than simply change on a 24-hour day-night cycle) to help make even quiet downtime moments seem like scenes out of a motion picture.

In World of Warcraft, you'll take an odd job here and some dirty work there on your journey to become a made man.

Vito returns home to his apartment to meet his elderly mother and high-spirited sister, enjoy some home cooking, and make the unpleasant discovery that his hardworking-but-estranged father, who recently passed away, had taken out a huge loan from a loan shark just before he shuffled off this mortal coil. This obviously puts Vito in a tough spot and motivates him to buy WoTLK Gold take Joe up on his offer. We then jumped ahead to a different part of the game, about halfway through, in the early 1950s, with both Vito and Joe firmly established as up-and-coming confidence men working odd jobs for local mobsters. This was about the time that we picked up the Xbox 360 controller ourselves and started playing the game.