Looks like he's new to the game, so he might have thought the Hunter was the Ranger. WoW is one of the only fantasy MMOs where a ranged class (sometimes with a pet) is called a Hunter. Rift, Guild Wars 2, EverQuest, FFXI and LOTRO all call it a Ranger.
Anyway, jabberwocky24, a small note on classes and races. The Undead (Forsaken), Draenei and Night Elves are races
. The Hunter is a class
. For instance, a Worgen Druid is of the Worgen race and Druid class. A Worgen Feral Druid is of the Worgen race, the Druid class and the Feral specialization (spec).
As for choosing between the three, here are some aesthetic pointers:
Male (possibly female as well) Draenei, when wielding a rifle, do a sort of spinning reload after every shot. It looks kinda neat, but some people find it incredibly annoying in the long run. The male Night Elf holds his bow horizontally instead of vertically when firing while looking like he's surfing (stealth animation as well). Finally, the Undead, when wearing armor, have gaping holes where their elbows and knees used to be. These holes exist in the armor as well, which means you can see bone sticking through your mail armor.
Just something to be aware of before you regret it later. However, if you later on find out that you dislike your race, it's possible to pay Blizzard to change your race. It's a feature in your Account Management on the official website. They charge some kind of fee (don't remember how much) and then "unlock" your race, prompting you to pick a new race upon the next login. NOTE: If you're low level, it's cheaper and faster to just delete your character and start a new Hunter with the race you prefer.
Personally, I prefer the Night Elves, but that goes back to my Warcraft 3 playing days. Unfortunately, I cannot stand the male Night Elf firing stance. Having practiced archery for some years, I know that it's a very uncomfortable and imprecise way to shoot with a bow (can't aim worth a ****). I know it's a fantasy game and realism is not a known word in the Azerothian dictionary, but it still annoys me. As such, my Hunter was a Dwarf when he was Alliance. Dwarfs are awesome and they drink lots of beer. My kinda guys! Their shooting animations are also pretty neutral.
Right now, my Hunter is a Blood Elf named Sergeant Stewpid. His pet, Imwith, follows him everywhere.
Anyway, pick the race (Undead, Draenei, Night Elf) you feel interests you most. Like Theo said, the three races you've found interest in are divided between the Horde and Alliance faction. Do you prefer to be a member of the Horde or the Alliance?
Oh, and welcome to the game. Edited, Sep 25th 2012 11:59am by Mazra