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The Evil that is WoW…

October 6, 2010

As much as it pains me to say this, I’m actually thinking about giving WoW’s upcoming epic expansion, Cataclysm, a try.  Yes, yes, I know, I’m a self avowed WoW hater and all that… but…  I think the hype has finally gotten to me.  I’m feeling a little burnt out by Aion right now and I cant seem to find anything else worth playing at the moment, so I think that I will actually  give Blizzard’s latest iteration of their undeniable success, a look-see.  I’ve gone so far as to download the client (I threw away my cd’s back in 2006) and have UNsuccessfully attempted to retrieve my password ~ though I think I’ve made some progress in that area and just need to wait until the “tried one too many times – try again later” thingy lets me give it another shot.

One thing that bothers me though is that I’ll probably end up having to buy the two expansions:  Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King for two simple reasons:

1.) I hate to be behind the power curve and

2.) according to Pitrelli over at KTC they’re really not optional

Normally I don’t grouse about the expense of things, and truly, it’s of no real concern to me in the financial sense, but given that I will most likely never see the content in one, much less both of those expansions, it rankles me a little bit that I can’t just purchase Cataclysm and be done with it.  For me the buy in cost will be about $100.  But that’s neither here nor there.  I’ve paid more for less.

However, what is of concern to me, is that after deciding that I wanted to give WoW another shot, I went in search of some information regarding the new expansion.  More specifically, I went in search of information regarding the Worgen.  I had decided that if I was going to do this, I was going to do this from a fresh start with all new content, which the new Worgen starting zone should provide as well as the newly reshaped world.  Maybe I should have left well enough alone.  Because after watching this:

and this:

I couldn’t help but feel that, although the world might be re-done, this might not be the revolutionary makeover of WoW that I had been led to believe that it might be.  It’s looks to be pretty much more of the same ol’ same ol’.  And that’s… disappointing.

I don’t know if it was something I read, or maybe it was my own pre-conceived notion, but I had gotten it in my head that this expansion would be more along the lines of what SOE did with EQ2.  You know, the world suffers a cataclysm and is reshaped, nothing’s the same, etc.  I guess that isn’t a fair comparison though, since EQ2 was a completely separate game and not an expansion.  So while I’m not totally put off by what I’ve seen (watch the videos for the commentary ~ the guy is hilarious!) and will most likely still give Cataclysm a try, I have to say that my initial curiosity has been dampened somewhat.

~ Mojeaux

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  1. Pitrelli
    October 6, 2010 at 11:02

    Yeah I think its fair to say its still very much WoW at its core and I dont expect that to change. What I will say is if people expect WoTLK non difficulty then they will be mistaken.

    Sure the people with BoA gear will fly through content but in beta Im surviving on quest drops and the challenge is there which is refreshing.

    I would also say that its revolutionary in the sense that I dont think another MMO has quite tried to do the ammount of change that this expansion will introduce and to an extent thats quite a risk by blizzard. Im on the fence as to whether you can say this is ‘WoW 2’ as I’ve really not delved too far into beta to see 20-60 zones/quests and dungeons.

    • October 6, 2010 at 12:59

      I was heartened to read on your blog that some folks were complaining about the difficulty of some of the quests/raids as well as you mentioning in your post above that you’re surviving on quest drops as well as enjoying the challenge.

      And yes, maybe billing it as WoW 2.0 is a bit of a stretch or an unfair comparison on my part… but, on the other hand, I think that if they were to exclude the ability to use old toons, and made everyone start fresh, it very well could be billed as WoW 2.0…

      Still, I can’t deny that I’m a little bit excited to see how it all comes together.

      • Pitrelli
        October 6, 2010 at 13:11

        Trust me the difficulty is there if you dont ‘overgear’ and its even present in some of the lower content stuff which I surprisingly found frustrating due to not being used to dieing against a couple of mobs.

        I’d love it if they did a toon wipe as to get the most out of it as an expansion as a whole it should be treated as a ‘new game’. I just know people will rush to the end and then moan.

        • October 6, 2010 at 13:40

          Could you imagine the outcry? People freaked out over the proposed Honor Point wipe at WotLK’s launch – wiping their characters? Bwahahahaha!

          I wouldn’t mind, though, it’d be something totally new and different.

  2. October 6, 2010 at 11:28

    One of us! One of us! One of us!

    Love the new blog design btw!

    • October 6, 2010 at 13:00

      LOL! Indeed, indeed…

      … and thanks on the design, I had a friend of mine who does that sort of thing for a living design the header for me.

  3. October 6, 2010 at 13:04

    I think the major factor that keeps WoW the ‘same old, same old’ is that they like to keep the system entry barrier as low as possible. The joke is generally that it can “run on a toaster”, and that makes it accessible for anyone; I’ve heard tales of it being played on a NetBook.

    • Pitrelli
      October 6, 2010 at 13:08

      my friend played it on his netbook, and it ran reasonably well considering lol. Around 10fps and only started stuttering in main citys

  4. October 6, 2010 at 13:11

    @Drew ~ I agree. However given that GPU technology has come a long way since WoW’s launch (WoW is what, 6 or 7 years old?) that they could have managed a nice graphical update somewhere along the line without excluding many (if any) players, no?

    • October 6, 2010 at 13:23

      You would certainly think so, but man, if I was raking in the money Blizzard is – I’m not sure I’d change anything, either.

      I hope you find your return to Azeroth enjoyable!

      • October 6, 2010 at 13:27

        @Drew ~ Yep, hard to argue with that logic!

  5. October 7, 2010 at 06:10

    One of my favorite things about WoW that I’ve not seen in other games but sometimes wish I would, is the gear upgrades from expansion to expansion. It is amazing imo to get greens that are better than your blues/purples, after a few quests you’ve got a whole new set of gear and your characters power seems to have increased dramatically. It really helps to dampen the grind.

  6. October 7, 2010 at 07:16

    You’re absolutely right – I watched a snippet of one of the movies in your post yesterday and that guy is quite funny.

  7. October 7, 2010 at 13:16

    The way I look at it, it’s going to be a reboot of the same old stuff. That said, I’m still going to be getting Cataclysm; in spite of it all, I still find leveling in WoW very fun, it’s the neverending endgame treadmill that I can’t take. Usually though, I see people picking up other games to tide them over until WoW, it’s so refreshing to see someone picking up WoW to tide them over for something else! 😀

    • October 7, 2010 at 14:09

      I’ve been doing a little reading up on the game, since I have a lot of catching up to do (been out since 2006) and I’m starting to get a little overwhelmed. It’s a lot to digest and I haven’t even gotten into reading about the endgame aspect of it yet.

  8. Pitrelli
    October 7, 2010 at 19:13

    The best way to play wow is treat the levelling and endgame as completely different games enjoy the journey then worry about raiding etc when you get there. Patch 4.0 should be out next week and its bringing some really interesting class changes 🙂 a lot of bad players are gonna get found out me thinks.

    • October 7, 2010 at 19:24

      Pitrelli’s gonna get found out! OOOOH BURN!

      I’m so kidding, but I couldn’t help it. 😀

      • Pitrelli
        October 9, 2010 at 10:44

        probably on my druid but I wont play him lol

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