Hearthstone is a new addition in Beta for the Blizzard Franchise. It brings a little bit of all the wonderful things from World of Warcraft into this game. The witty comments are as good as ever and while waiting your turn in the game you can interact with the 4 different scenes on each of the battle fields. The game is a turn based card game where you fight against an opponent. Each class has its different special abilities. Your card choices are made with mana crystals that you gain one more each round. The more mana crystals the card has obviously the better the card. When you first start into the game it has a warm, fun feeling that makes you want to enter the tavern doors and just start throwing your cards around. The music is something you would also imagine hearing in the blizzard games along with amazing sound effects.
When you first enter the game to the Main Menu the first thing you will see are the selections for Play, Practice and the Arena. There is also the quest log, shop selections, Open Packs and My collection. As you select the play option you will enter in to the card deck options. You can than from there choose whether you want to play a casual or ranked game. The casual game is just a fun played game but without ranking points and gold to buy more cards. The ranked game will keep track of your wins and losses. If you win you will gain rank points and gold to use in buying items. If you enter the Practice option you can play against the AI to hone your skills and your deck to the best of your ability. If you go to the Arena selection you will be able to enter the arena for 150 gold. You can also spend $1.99 in real money to enter the Arena. In the Arena you will have to choose cards quickly from the group of cards given and fight the opponent given. When you enter the Open Packs selection you will as it says open a pack of new cards you have acquired. When you open the Quest Log It shows you how many Arena Keys you have acquired. It shows how many total wins you have and the rank you are at. It also shows the rank of all of your classes. The last thing it shows are the three daily quests you must complete for 40 gold. In the last selection the Shop, this is where you purchase your packs of cards. You can buy 1 pack of cards for 100 gold 2 packs for $2.99, 7 packs for $9.99, 15 packs for $19.99 and 40 packs for $49.99. In each pack you get 5 expert Hearthstone cards and at least 1 card that is rare or better. (of course prices may change when the game goes live)
If you are a Blizzard fan and an ongoing card game player you will love this game. I highly recommend this game for anyone who loves Blizzard.